Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Theatre Arts at Studio 58 offers a three-year Acting Diploma Program and a two-year Production Diploma Program designed to prepare students for a professional career in theatre, film, television, and related arts.

The programs graduate actors and production personnel who have a professional level of commitment and aptitude and who have acquired the skills to become contributing members of these professions.

The instructors are professional working artists in their respective fields. We maintain a close liaison with professional companies in Vancouver, casting agents, and directors, most of whom regularly employ our graduates.

Intake is limited to ensure students receive intensive individual training.

Some lecture and theory are part of the training, but the practical application of various skills is given greatest emphasis.

ACTING OPTION

Particular emphasis is placed on the development of an integrated voice and body as an expressive tool. Communication with the audience and fellow actors is stressed. Students are also encouraged to develop their creative contribution to the theatre process. The acting option comprises six terms. The emphasis in Terms 1, 2 and 3 is on class and project work. Students in Terms 1, 2 and 3 must also participate in extensive crew work on Studio 58 productions. Students in Terms 4, 5 and 6, while continuing with class work, devote most of their time to rehearsal and performance. Attention is also paid to developing audition techniques for film and television and preparation of audition material to be used upon graduation. Acting for film and television is also covered.

PRODUCTION OPTION

This program is designed for individuals with previous backstage theatre experience who wish to learn and develop additional skills in a practical theatre setting. Prospective students should have a clear notion in which areas of technical/backstage theatre they wish to concentrate their studies. The Production Option, after the first term, consists of classwork, practicum and directed studies.

This option is not a general interest course in technical theatre. Students will be given projects related to their field of study and will have the opportunity to work with professional designers and directors. Students are given a well-rounded understanding of acting, voice, and movement in their first term. After the first term, production students assume major responsibilities on Studio 58 productions.

The Production Option comprises four terms.

Grading

Acting: To be eligible for the second and third terms, students must receive a minimum ‘C’ grade in all subjects. To be eligible for the fourth and fifth terms, students must receive a minimum ‘B-’ grade in Acting and a minimum ‘C’ in all other subjects. To be eligible for the sixth term, students must receive a minimum ‘B-’ in THEA 2350 at the end of the fifth term.

Production: To be eligible for the second term, students must receive a minimum ‘C’ in all subjects. To be eligible for the third and fourth terms, students must receive a minimum ‘B-’ in THEA 2150 or 2250.

Repeating

For the policy on repeating, please contact the Theatre Arts Department. Students wishing to switch their option may do so only with the approval of the Theatre Arts Department Chair/Artistic Director.

Materials and Fees

  • Students must pay a materials fee at the beginning of each term to cover the cost of theatre tickets, scripts, tapes, etc.
  • They must provide outfits for movement work as required by their instructor. They are also expected to provide make-up as required, and to be prepared to have their hair cut or styled whenever needed for a part in a production.
  • Production students will be required to purchase additional equipment and materials.
  • An additional fee for head shots is required in the final term.

Course of Study

Unless granted previous credit for university or college-level first-year English, students must enrol in the total program.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 90

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
THEA 1120 Movement I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Body awareness and alignment. Tension release. Flexibility. Stamina. Agility. Some dance techniques.

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THEA 1140 Theatre Skills I
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 4.0

Introduction to the etiquette and organization of professional theatre. Basics of set, costume and prop design and construction. Introduction to lighting design and set up. Assignments comprised of backstage work and front-of-house on Studio 58 productions.

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THEA 1110 Acting I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 6.0

Introduction to the basic principles of acting through improvisation and script work. Concentration. Freeing the imagination. Developing a rehearsal process. Integration of the voice and body. Elementary scene work. Identification of and work on individual acting problems.

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THEA 1130 Voice I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Freeing the voice. Work on breath support, relaxing vocal channel, range, resonance, diction and text. Connecting voice to body.

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One of
ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

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ENGL 1181 History of Drama and Theatre I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is a study of drama and theatre history of the Primitive, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. Students will be given a combination of written and oral assignments.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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or any university-transferable ENGL course (3 credits) for which Langara College awards credit.
3
15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
THEA 1220 Movement II
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Body awareness and alignment. Tension release. Flexibility. Stamina. Agility. Some dance techniques.

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THEA 1240 Theatre Skills II
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 4.0

Introduction to the etiquette and organization of professional theatre. Basics of set, costume and prop design and construction. Introduction to lighting design and set up. Assignments comprised of backstage work and front-of-house on Studio 58 productions.

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THEA 1210 Acting II
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 6.0

Introduction to the basic principles of acting through improvisation and script work. Concentration. Freeing the imagination. Developing a rehearsal process. Integration of the voice and body. Elementary scene work. Identification of and work on individual acting problems.

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THEA 1230 Voice II
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Freeing the voice. Work on breath support, relaxing vocal channel, range, resonance, diction and text. Connecting voice to body.

More Information »

One of
ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

More Information »

ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

More Information »

ENGL 1191 History of Drama and Theatre II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is a study of drama and theatre history of the Restoration and the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Students will be given a combination of written and oral assignments. (This course is usually preceded by ENGL 1181, but it can be taken either before or along with ENGL 1181.)

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum 'C' in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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or any university-transferable ENGL course (3 credits) for which Langara College awards credit.
3
15 Credits

TERM THREE

Courses Credits
THEA 2110 Acting III
5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 9.0

Continuation of developing rehearsal skills and creative potential. Work in various periods and styles. Advanced scene work. Preparation of audition material.

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THEA 2120 Movement III
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Movement skills such as mime, mask, tap dancing, period dance and continued work on body integration with text.

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THEA 2130 Voice III
4

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Voice techniques including singing, some dialect work, speaking verse, diction, building a vocal warm-up. Application of vocal skills to acting and performance.

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THEA 2140 Theatre Skills III
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Experiential education in stage management and production, including heading a crew, running a crew, and backstage and rehearsal etiquette. Basic playwriting techniques are also covered.

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15 Credits

TERM FOUR

Courses Credits
All of
THEA 2210 Acting IV 1
5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 9.0

Continuation of developing rehearsal skills and creative potential. Work in various periods and styles. Advanced scene work. Preparation of audition material.

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THEA 2220 Movement IV
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Movement skills such as mime, mask, tap dancing, period dance and continued work on body integration with text.

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THEA 2240 Theatre Skills IV
4

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 9.0

THEA 2240 will focus on collaborative writing and production of a one hour play to be publicly performed. Students will design the set, properties and costumes and create the lighting, sound and video required. Backstage and rehearsal etiquette will also be covered.

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THEA 2230 Voice IV
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Voice techniques including singing, some dialect work, speaking verse, diction, building a vocal warm-up. Application of vocal skills to acting and performance.

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Notes:
1 Effective Spring Semester 2017, THEA 2210 will be 5 credits.
 
14 Credits

TERM FIVE

Courses Credits
THEA 3150 Advanced Performance Skills I
15

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 40.0

Former Title: Theatre Arts Practicum I

Development of advanced acting skills through public performances at Studio 58 and through work with professional companies. Continuing work on advanced vocal and movement skills. Acting for Film/TV is included. Audition techniques for Film, Television and Theatre are developed. Also covered is how to market oneself as a Theatre Artist.

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15 Credits

TERM SIX

Courses Credits
THEA 3250 Advanced Performance Skills II
15

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 40.0

Former Title: Theatre Arts Practicum II

Continuation of Advanced Performance Skills I.

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15 Credits

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
THEA 1120 Movement I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Body awareness and alignment. Tension release. Flexibility. Stamina. Agility. Some dance techniques.

More Information »

THEA 1140 Theatre Skills I
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 4.0

Introduction to the etiquette and organization of professional theatre. Basics of set, costume and prop design and construction. Introduction to lighting design and set up. Assignments comprised of backstage work and front-of-house on Studio 58 productions.

More Information »

THEA 1110 Acting I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 6.0

Introduction to the basic principles of acting through improvisation and script work. Concentration. Freeing the imagination. Developing a rehearsal process. Integration of the voice and body. Elementary scene work. Identification of and work on individual acting problems.

More Information »

THEA 1130 Voice I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 5.0

Freeing the voice. Work on breath support, relaxing vocal channel, range, resonance, diction and text. Connecting voice to body.

More Information »

One of
ENGL 1181 History of Drama and Theatre I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is a study of drama and theatre history of the Primitive, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. Students will be given a combination of written and oral assignments.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

More Information »

ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

More Information »

ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

More Information »

or any university-transferable ENGL course (3 credits) for which Langara College awards credit.
3
15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
THEA 2150 Production Skills I
13

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 35.0

Former Title: Production Practicum I

Directed studies and hands-on experience in such areas as stage management, lighting, sound, video, props, set construction, costuming, publicity, theatre administration, production management, and technical direction.

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One of
ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

More Information »

ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

More Information »

ENGL 1191 History of Drama and Theatre II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is a study of drama and theatre history of the Restoration and the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Students will be given a combination of written and oral assignments. (This course is usually preceded by ENGL 1181, but it can be taken either before or along with ENGL 1181.)

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum 'C' in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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or any university-transferable ENGL course (3 credits) for which Langara College awards credit.
3

TERM THREE

Courses Credits
THEA 2250 Production Skills II
15

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 40.0

Former Title: Production Practicum II

A continuation of Production Skills I.

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15 Credits

TERM FOUR

Courses Credits
THEA 2300 Production Skills III
15

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 40.0

Former Title: Production Practicum III

A continuation of Production Skills II.

Prerequisite(s): THEA 2250.

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Program Notes:

Theatre Arts at Studio 58 Program curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it meets the needs of the profession.