COMT103 Introduction to Acting

Department of The Arts: Performance Arts

I. Course Number and Title
COMT103 Introduction to Acting
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Students are required to attend at least one live play production.

The course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.

VI. Catalog Course Description
Students experience a non-threatening introduction to basic acting techniques through improvisation, theater games in pairs and groups, and beginning scenes. Exploration of interpersonal relationships and non-verbal body language are stressed.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate a family and community atmosphere in an ensemble, teamwork approach, and respect each others' individuality in a supportive environment;
    2. demonstrate communication skills including listening, observing and managing conflict;
    3. express believable and understandable emotion;
    4. prepare and deliver a professional and creative performance in front of a live audience [Arts/Humanities]; and
    5. recognize and evaluate positive and negative aspects of a performance.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Getting to know each other and feel safe and accepted
    2. Leading and following exercises
    3. Trusting and being trusted
    4. Emotion through improvisation
    5. Stress recognition and reduction
    6. Conflict
    7. Dramatic action
    8. Scene work

    Students are required to attend at least one live play production.

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Participation in class activities and creative exercises
    Self- and peer evaluations and critiques
    Observation and critique of peers and professionals
    Attendance and critique of a live play production
    Class discussion of handout and/or textbook reading assignments

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

    Students may also use:

    1. College and community play productions;
    2. Films and TV programs;
    3. Handouts; and
    4. Texts; and
    5. Workshops.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Course Goals/Objectives added 1/05; Revised 11/09; New Core 8/2015