THEATRE

Department website: www.ufv.ca/theatre

Founded in 1980, UCFV Theatre champions the university college’s mission statement in providing adult learners and the communities of our region with leadership in the delivery of education, training, and related services needed to learn, live, and work successfully in a rapidly changing world. Theatre options at UCFV include a two-year diploma, a two-year Associate of Arts degree, a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree (extended minor or minor options), weekend workshops, public lectures, and external study tours. Students can also participate in the co-operative education option.

The series of public performances that constitutes our season of theatre serves to both advance students’ educational qualifications and skills and enrich the quality of life in communities of the Fraser Valley. Check our department webpage (link above) for other related info.

You may want to take Theatre at UCFV for one or several of the following reasons:

The season of theatre mounted in the department’s theatre on the Chilliwack campus is a vital component of the program. Emphasis is placed on producing Canadian plays and classics (mainly Shakespeare).

In addition to the diploma program, the Associate of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts: Theatre extended minor/minor option, and the season of theatre, the Theatre department also sponsors public lectures, trips to professional and university productions, and visits by touring theatre groups. External study tours are organized to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and are open to all students and community participants.

This section specifies the extended minor and minor discipline requirements only. Please refer to additional Bachelor of Arts requirements.

Theatre Extended Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 27 credits

Upper-level requirements: 16 credits

Theatre Minor Requirements

Lower-level requirements: 21 credits

Upper-level requirements: 16 credits

Associate of Arts degree: Theatre

Admission for the program is for the September semester. Students wishing to start in January may do so by taking any course for which they have the stated prerequisites and then applying for the following September.

Audition

In April you will be informed of an interview and audition that is required. You must attend or make special arrangements with the program head to be eligible for admission to the program.

Entrance Requirements

See details on entrance requirements and application procedures.

Program Requirements

The Associate of Arts Theatre option requires a minimum of 60 university transfer credits of which 30 must be from UCFV. In addition, students must complete one practicum course chosen from Theatre 199 or Theatre 299. A minimum grade of C- in each course applied to the degree is required. No course will be used to meet more than one of the following specific requirements, except requirement #6. No more than six credits shall be in any one subject area to satisfy requirements #1 and #2.

1. English

2. Arts — other than English.
Eighteen credits in 100-level Arts as follows:

    Social Sciences
    Six credits chosen from:

    Creative/Performing Arts
    Six credits:

    Social Sciences/Humanities and the Creative/ Performing Arts
    Six elective credits.

3.Arts — 200-level Arts in two or more areas.
Eighteen credits, to include:

4. Science
Nine credits to include:

5. Nine credits chosen from:

6. Canadian content course
Three credits.

To determine which courses fulfil this requirement, students should consult with the Arts advisor or Arts department head before completion of the program.

7. Audition for Theatre 111: Students must audition before permission to register will be granted. Theatre program students have first priority for available spaces. Auditions will be held in May and early June. Contact the department for an audition time.

Theatre Arts diploma

UCFV offers a two-year, 60 credit program (including practical skill development courses and university transfer courses) leading to a diploma in theatre. The program prepares students for a life-long enjoyment of the theatre arts. Graduates are qualified to seek entry into professional training schools, transfer to university degree programs or pursue involvement in community theatre. Exceptional students may be qualified to seek professional work upon graduation.

Transfer
The majority of courses in the Theatre Arts program are transferable to university. Consult the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide for details. Students who plan to continue their education at another post-secondary institution should make themselves fully aware of its requirements, particularly when choosing electives. Consult the program head, this calendar, the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide, and a UCFV Student Services advisor for advice.

Entrance Requirements

B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older before classes begin.

Note: While the Composition Placement Test (CPT) is not necessary for applying to this program, it is a prerequisite for ENGL 105, one of the required program courses. Students are advised to arrange for the CPT well before they plan to register for ENGL 105.

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. In April you will be informed of an interview and audition that is required. You must attend or make special arrangements with the program head to be eligible for admission to the program.

3. Upon admission to the program you will be invited to register. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied to the tuition fees and is not refundable. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

If you meet all of the entrance requirements, but the program is full, you will be given an opportunity to register in the general studies program. Should a space become available at a later date, you will be contacted.

4. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements are due the end of the first week in August.

Fees and Other Costs

The fees for a full-time student (five courses or 15 credits) would be about $800 per semester. Books and additional supplies would cost $75 to $100 per course. See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information. Additional costs may include theatre tours, workshop fees, art supplies, and suitable acting-class clothing.

Workload and Classroom Expectations

Full-time students will carry a workload of five courses per semester, either five university-transfer or four UT and one practicum. Each UT course meets for three or four hours each week and requires approximately twice that time out of class, in study and preparation time. The practicums require from 60 to 200 total hours spread over approximately 10 weeks. Students must have flexibility in their scheduling to accommodate the varied time demands of the practicums. Rehearsals take place in the evenings and on weekends.

There is a definite need to learn to balance time and workload in order to succeed in the program.

Dates and Locations

The normal academic year is from September to the end of April. Admission for the program is for the September semester. Students wishing to start in January may do so by taking any course for which they have the stated prerequisites and then applying for the following September. However, they should be aware that because of timetabling and sequencing of courses they can expect to spend 2.5 years to complete the program.

It is possible to earn credits by participating in the external study tours. Contact the program head.

The Theatre department is based on the Chilliwack campus. Most courses and practicums are offered in Chilliwack; however, some courses each year are offered in Abbotsford.

Part-time Students

Part-time students may enrol in any available theatre course at any time convenient to them, provided they meet the stated prerequisites. Part-time students wanting to complete the Theatre program should consult with the program head as early as possible in order to ensure they are taking the right courses in the right sequence.

Program Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a diploma.

Students are required to attend an interview with the program head either prior to registration or during the first week of the first semester. Additional interviews will be scheduled to monitor individual student progress.

Students are required to audition for Theatre 111. Auditions are held in May and June. Acting roles in the practicum sections are obtained through audition.

Theatre students are strongly encouraged to take a high school and/or college-level language course.

Students are not required but are encouraged to take a selected reasoning course. These courses are Philosophy 100, Math 103, 104, 105, or 110.

Program Outline

First Year

Semester 1

Course Title Credits

THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre I 3

THEA 111 Acting I 3

ENGL 105 The Reading and Writing of Prose 3

Elective Social Science (see Note 1) 3

Elective Science (can be taken in Semester II) (see Note 2) or  THEA 199 Practicum 3–4

Total 15–16

Semester 2

Course Title Credits

THEA 201 or History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues of the 20th Century

 THEA 202 History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues to the 19th Century 3

THEA 112 Acting II 3

ENGL (English130 is recommended) 3

Elective Social Science (See Note 1) 3

Elective Science (if not taken in Semester I) (see Note 2) or THEA 199 Practicum (if not
taken in Semester I) 3–4

Total 15–16

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Title Credits

THEA 211 Acting III 3

THEA 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre I 3

Elective (English 230 recommended) 3

Elective Choose from Note 1, 2, 3 3

THEA 299 Practicum or Elective Choose from Note 1, 2, 3 3

Total 15

Semester 4

Course Title Credits

THEA 212 Acting IV 3

THEA 123 Introduction to Technical Theatre II 3

Elective Choose from Note 1, 2, 3 3

Elective Choose from Note 1, 2, 3 3

THEA 299 Practicum (if not taken in Semester III) or Elective Choose from Note 1, 2, 3 3

Total 15

Electives

Must be university transferable. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take a selected reasoning course chosen from Philosophy 100, Mathematics 103, 104, 105 or 110.

Note 1: Social Science elective

* Please contact the Arts advisor for details regarding acceptable Criminology electives.

Note 2: Science elective

Note 3: Other Electives:

Auditions for Theatre 111: Students must audition before permission to register will be granted. Theatre diploma students have first priority for available spaces. Auditions will be held in May and June. Contact the department for an audition time.

Practica

Two practica are required during the two-year program, one in each year. Students are allowed to take more than two practica, however, these additional practica must not interfere with course work. A maximum of six practicum credits will be counted towards the diploma.

All theatre courses require some production team work (usually 10 hours). Involvement in a practicum removes the production team requirement for the course in that semester except for Theatre 121 and 123 (30 hour requirement). Actors in the productions are encouraged and sometimes required to work on backstage aspects of the department shows.

Practica count for some credit towards Theatre 101, 201 and 202.

Theatre Wardrobe Technician certificate:

(Note: to be offered subject to funding approval.)

UCFV offers a one year, full-time Theatre Wardrobe Technician certificate program for those seeking a costume or wardrobe position in the theatre, film, or television industry. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills necessary to successfully construct, build, alter, and break down costumes. Organization and wardrobe management skills are also covered.

The curriculum also accommodates the practical application of these skills to the costumes for all the productions mounted as part of the UCFV season of theatre. Field trips to film and television sites are an integral part of the program.

Entrance requirements:

1. Fashion Design or Theatre diploma from a recognized institution.

2. Strong sewing skills and a knowledge of patterns as evidenced by a portfolio.

3. Two letters of reference.

4. Résumé.

Equivalent qualifications:

Industry experience and/or prior learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be the equivalent of the qualifications otherwise required.

A portfolio assessment as outlined in the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition section of the calendar will be necessary.

Applicants will be required to attend a personal interview with faculty to assess capabilities and check credentials. Applicants will be assessed upon the following:

(Applicants must score 60 out of 100 points.)

Note: Applicants applying for transfer credits from another institution or advanced standing will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the program head to make an appointment.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application: transcripts and Theatre or Fashion Design diploma/certificate or equivalent.

2. In April you will be informed of the date of an orientation session which you should make every effort to attend as the personal interview appointments are set up at this time. If it is absolutely impossible for you to attend, please contact the program head to book an appointment. During your appointment, which is approximately 20 minutes long, you are asked to present your portfolio, letters of reference an up-to-date résumé.

3. Upon admission to the program you will be invited to register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

Fees and Additional Costs

The fee for a full-time student (five courses or 16 credits) will be about $800 per semester. Books and additional supplies will cost approximately $100 per course.

The construction courses will require a reasonable supply fee and there will be costs for some fabrics and notions. Field trips will be mandatory.

Workload and Classroom Expectations

Twelve contact hours plus an average of 12 hours practicum per week over a 15-week semester. Deadlines are strictly adhered to as success in the industry relies heavily on the meeting of deadlines and delivery dates.

Regular attendance is mandatory. Penalties for late arrivals and absenteeism without reason might include a reduction of the final grade.

Students should not fall behind in their assignments. Fifteen weeks per semester does not allow time to catch up, also, courses are so closely linked that a class missed in one area could set you back in the other courses.

Location

Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses.

Program Outline

Semester I

Course Title Credits

Fashion Grads

THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre I 3

THEA 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre I 3

Theatre Grads

FD 113 Fashion Drawing I 3

FD 193 History of Fashion 3

All Students

THWT 331 Theatre Costume Construction I 3

THWT 335 Theatre Wardrobe Management I 3

THEA 395 Costume Practicum I 3

Semester II

Course Title Credits

Fashion Grads

THEA 123 Introduction to Technical Theatre II 3

THEA 201 History of Theatre — Major Trends and or Issues of the 20th Century 3

THEA 202 History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues to the 19th Century 3

Theatre Grads

FD 114 Fashion Drawing II 3

FD 171 Textile Science 3

All Students

THWT 332 Theatre Costume Construction II 3

THWT 336 Wardrobe Management II 3

THEA 495 Costume Practicum II 3

Work Study

The Theatre department participates in UCFV’s work study program. Consult the student
Financial Aid department for details.

Faculty

Ian Fenwick, BA (Brock), BA (Hons) (Queen’s), MFA (UBC), Department Head
Astrid Beugeling, Fine Arts diploma (UCFV), BFA (UVic), Technical Theatre and Design
Bruce Kirkley, BA (Hons) (UBC), MA (Toronto), PhD (Toronto), Theatre History and Acting
Lynne Wells, BSc (Hons) (Windsor), MEd (SFU), Acting

Staff

Astrid Beugeling, Fine Arts diploma (UCFV), BFA (UVic), Resident Designer and Technical Manager
Jody Cameron, Production Manager
Heather Robertson, Theatre Arts diploma (UCFV), BA (UCFV),  Wardrobe Manager
Rick Mawson, Theatre Arts diploma (UCFV), BA (UCFV), Department Assistant and
Publicity Manager

Part-time Staff:

Dan Easy, Joinery (UCFV), Set Construction
Muriel Morris, BA (Hons), MEd (UBC), Educational Coordinator
Jim Wenting, Technician Diploma (National Theatre School)


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