COMT103 Introduction to Acting (formerly COMT110)

Department of The Arts: Performance Arts

I. Course Number and Title
COMT103 Introduction to Acting (formerly COMT110)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills a “Creative Expression” requirement of Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives and Category III requirements for “Collaboration” of the Core Curriculum at Bucks County Community College.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students will 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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to

      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; and
      5. recognize and evaluate positive and negative aspects of a performance.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. Not applicable
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
      1. Participation in class activities and creative exercises
      2. Self and peer evaluations and critiques
      3. Observation and critique of peers and professionals
      4. Attendance and critique of a live play production
      5. Class discussion of handout and/or textbook reading assignments

    2. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    3. Students in Introduction to Acting will meet the Core Learning Goals of Creative Expression and Collaboration through many of the class exercises and through the development and performance of their final scene. Students work in teams of two or three to construct a final scene. This entails initial concept and brainstorming, character development, portrayal of emotional believability, conflict escalation and resolution through disciplined rehearsal, and this group process will be assessed with a departmentally-developed rubric that will be used by students and faculty. The semester culminates with a polished performance presented to the class for evaluation.
    4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

      See Course Format. Students may also use:

      1. College and community play productions;
      2. Films and TV programs;
      3. Handouts; and
      4. Texts;
      5. Workshops.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methods may include, but are not limited to:

    Hands-on experience (in-class exercises)
    Self and peer evaluation and critique
    Observation of peers and professionals
    Critique of play production
    Critique by instructor
    Handouts and/or textbook reading assignments

Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

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