The final grade for the course will be in part a culmination of grades for specific projects
assigned throughout the semester. This is intended as a practical application class
resulting in products the student will be able to use to demonstrate to potential employers and possible transfer institutions their level of technical skill and artistry.
There will be several objective criteria that will determine a grade for an individual
- Neatness: The student must take care to present their final product in a form
suitable for presentation. Sloppy work will detract from the products usability to
achieve professional and/or scholastic goals.
- Thoroughness: The student must take care to complete the project fully and not
leave out details.
- Timeliness: Theatre has deadlines. A student must be prepared to meet those
deadlines if they expect to succeed. Submitting work after a deadline will negatively
affect the grade.
- Comprehension: In the critique process, students must be able to demonstrate their
knowledge by discussing reasons for their choices and evaluating their own work.
Impulse works on an artistic level in a sole endeavor with no justification, but in the
collaborative world, a student must be able to explain their impulses to others so
they can appreciate it and incorporate it in their work.
Along with the project work, students will be evaluated on their willingness to enhance
their skills. This will involve an overall charge to exercise their drawing skills daily
through a ‘sketchbook’ that will be presented weekly to the class. It is expected for the
student to take any new tools discovered in class and work with them in their
sketchbooks to explore new mediums.
Another portion of the final grade will be drawing from assignments designed to exercise
and enhance the critical eye and analytical thought process of the student. These
assignments will support the project work. This will include research projects, critical
analysis of live performance focusing on technical elements and the like.
As a part of the course grade, the student is expected to actively engage in the learning
process. A part of their final grade will also consist of an evaluation of their participation
in the class. They must be ready to contribute to discussion and critique sessions and
actively seek to forward their development as well as others.
Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation for students seeking
acceptance into BFA programs in four-year institutions, as well as MFA and post
graduate professional programs. The quality of the work, assembled and organized in
the student portfolio presentation as well as their ability to discuss and evaluate that
work intelligently, serves as the single most important method of assessment by the
various instructors and departments the student will encounter during their education.
Technical Theatre students need to have a strong portfolio upon gaining their degrees
One assessment of the effectiveness of this course is through documentation of students
achievements post graduation whether by gaining employment or matriculating into other academic programs. Our students’ success will be evident in advancing their
The results of this course give the student material to incorporate into their portfolio as
well as the background and knowledge to present that work to reviewers and potential
employers. Furthermore, this course serves to provide a standard for work in other
courses thereby raising the overall expectations of project work. In this way, the
student gains tools for furthering their professional or academic career which they can
then expand and refine beyond the achievement of their degree. Such tools are
invaluable for professionals working in the field.
Along with that work, Students successfully completing this course will learn a skill set
that will serve them throughout their professional careers. In the short term, they will
be able to confidently add those skills to their resumés, making them more attractive to
the profession and four-year academic programs.
USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS
Photographic documentation of student work will be kept in digital format for future
reference. This documentation may be used as reference for future classes and
promotion for the program. These findings can also be used in yearly review to
determine the course’s effectiveness and support possible plans for improvement.