Rosebud School of the Arts expects attendance at all classes, workshops, sessions and practical studies assignments. Attendance is a component of all grading at RSA. Instructors can assign attendance anywhere between a minimum of 10% to a maximum of 45% of the student’s final grade. Grades are deducted 3% for unexcused absences, 1% for excused absences, and 1% for lateness.
RSA classes are scheduled Tuesday to Saturday, with Sunday-Monday weekends. During the fall and winter term, students can expect to be in classes, rehearsals, shows, or other school related activities between 8:30AM to 10:00PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays, with occasional rehearsals or performances on Sundays and Mondays.
Schedule details are available on the Education Master Calendar, accessible by staff and students through their Outlook account. Schedules are posted on a weekly basis on the Education bulletin board, and students are invited to their appointments through their Outlook account on Saturday of the previous week.
Changes in class times and venues occur frequently, since many RSA instructors are working artists and RSA shares space with Rosebud Theatre. During the Rosebud Theatre season, the education schedule creates room for hospitality shifts for those students wishing to pick up part-time work at the Mercantile Dining Room.
As a conservatory-based programme, courses are determined for each year, and students are required to complete all coursework regardless of previous work experience or skill level. Students usually begin their training in the Certificate Programme. During the second term of Certificate, students choose an area of specialization and audition for the Mentorship Programme. Only in exceptional circumstances is a student granted permission to withdraw from one particular course without withdrawing from the entire programme.
Training at Rosebud requires a full-time commitment. Part-time study is not possible towards the completion of a particular programme. Open Studies may be considered if part-time study is better suited to the applicant’s abilities or goals.
Statement of Marks
One month after the end of term, every student receives a transcript of grades and an evaluation document containing personal remarks by the instructors for the purpose of directing student to deeper artistic growth. At the beginning of the next term, the education team meets with each student individually to discuss instructor comments and chart growth for the coming term.
Students may withdraw from elective courses before Oct. 31 in the Fall term and Feb. 28 in the Winter term, after which date students are permanently enrolled in the course for the rest of the term.
Upon completion of the required course of study, graduates of the first year receive a Certificate in Theatre Foundations, while graduates of Mentorship Level 1 receive a Diploma. The Certificates and Diplomas are awarded at the annual ROSA scholarship and graduation ceremony in September.
Students in Mentorship Level 3 submit several independent projects, including a Marketing Project, a Final Project, and a Portfolio, after which the education team schedules the student’s Grad Panel. Upon completion of all requirements, the graduate is inducted into the Guild of Rosebud School of the Arts at the ROSA ceremony, where the graduate receives his/her official credential, a Fellow of Rosebud School of the Arts (F.R.S.A.).
Academic offenses such as cheating, plagiarism, tampering with examinations, tampering with student work, etc. are unacceptable and subject to disciplinary action. Discipline for academic offenses will be dealt with by the education director as follows:
- A written statement explaining the offense will be given to the education director. A preliminary investigation will determine if there are sufficient grounds to proceed with the charge.
- If there are sufficient grounds to proceed, the education director will establish a committee composed of the student life advisor, the student representative on the education team, and the education director. This committee will:
• Make a proper investigation and research the offense.
· Hold a meeting with the student and instructor in question to seek to remedy the situation.
· If the charge is appropriate, a determination will be made, which may include suspension, expulsion and/or changes in applicable student marks and academic standing.