RSA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

ART

ART 150 Visual Foundations 3 credits

This course is offered in two modules and introduces a range of visual arts concepts and hands-on practice of media including drawing and videography as a means to explore how we see what we see. The class includes a student-produced exhibition of the term’s work.

ART 240 Art Tutorial 1 credit

A guided study in a student’s area of interest in the visual arts.

GENERAL

GEN 100 Life Skills No credit

This class addresses practical and social issues that arise with independent living, current and upcoming events in the program, and the opportunity to “check-in” as an ensemble throughout the year. Topics include study skills, money management, the basics of cooking, conflict resolution, orientation for the West Coast trip, and FAQ about RSA’s Mentorship program.

GEN 101 First Aid 1 credit

A course providing First Aid certification, including CPR/AED, to prepare students in dealing effectively with accident and injury situations, especially in consideration of work with a variety of tools and other hazardous materials. This class may be taken with a regular class schedule or as part of a continuing education programme in one of the surrounding communities. If a student already has his or her certification, upon proof of such certification, this class will not be required.

GEN 165 Assistant No Credit

Assisting an RSA instructor for the duration of one term.

GEN 170 West Coast Theatre Trip 1 credit

The Theatre Foundations ensemble, led by staff guides, take an 8-10 day excursion in early February to British Columbia. Students see a number of theatre productions, with special attention given to Pacific Theatre in Vancouver and Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island, two Christian-based professional companies. In addition, there are workshops, visits to art galleries, and time given to explore other attractions and the natural beauty (and the relatively warmer climate) of the West Coast. Students are required to write and submit a journal of their experiences and reflections after returning to Rosebud.

GEN 250 Bibliography 1 credit

Through personal readings, students acquaint themselves with books, articles, and web sites dealing with subjects of professional interest. Tutorials guide the student to producing a thoroughly annotated bibliography. The MP1 bibliography focusses on the Western canon; MP2 on current developments; and MP3 on a topic of the student’s own choosing.

GEN 355 Conference Attendance No credit

Students attend a professional conference pertaining to their field of study.

GEN 370 International Theatre Trip 2 credits

As part of the educational experience of Mentorship level 1 and 2, students participate in a two-week field trip to one of the two major theatrical centres in the English-speaking world – London or New York. Students attend world-class theatre, participate in workshops and talk-backs with West End and Broadway professionals, and go on backstage tours of theatres like the Metropolitan Opera House or the Royal National Theatre. The London trip includes a visit to the new Globe Theatre and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. The international theatre trip offers a more global picture and a wider scope of the international theatre community. Students experience immersion in another culture with the opportunity to broaden their professional perspective.

GEN 465 Teaching Assistant 1 credit

Advanced students assist an instructor in teaching beginner students for the duration of one term.

GEN 470 Grad Panel 1 credit

Graduating students demonstrate their acquired knowledge in the field of their major to a panel of artists drawn from Rosebud and the broader arts community. The panel reviews and evaluates the student on their Bibliography, Final Project, Portfolio, and anything else the panel deems relevant.

INTERDISCIPLINARY

INT 101 Topics in Community Arts Development No credit

Workshops designed to explore various topics in community arts development.

INT 150 Job Shadowing 1 credit

Students observe the day-to-day work of theatre practitioners. The purpose of job shadowing is to give students insight into the wide variety of employment and opportunities within the broad spectrum of both community and professional theatre. For approximately 40 hours the student will job shadow one or two practitioners at a particular organization, such as a church, school, camp, theatre company, etc.

INT 360 Community Program Direction 1 credit

A practicum for students who love working with community drama and/or music programs (Children’s Choir, etc.) and who demonstrate ability in directing or assistant directing musical and dramatic works for a specific group.

INT 365 Summer School Assistant 3 credits

This is an exciting opportunity for students with a keen interest in helping teenage performers reach their artistic potential. Assistants supervise residential living for the Canadian Badlands Summer School in Drumheller and assist various workshop leaders during this programme.

INT 370 Camp Ministries 3 credits

This practicum course is intended for students who love working with children and who demonstrate leadership ability in spiritual formation. This course is offered in special arrangement with an existing camp ministry.

INT 380 Applied Studies 3 credits

This is an opportunity for students to practice their craft in a setting other than Rosebud Theatre. Work study projects must be approved by the education team.

 INT 489 Internship 6 credits

In their final year, students may complete an internship with a host institution, such as a school, church, camp, or theatre, approved by RSA. The internship enables students to live and work in their main area

of interest and develop greater confidence in their chosen profession. The internship is up to four months long and will be evaluated by the supervisor on site.

MARKETING

MKT 101 Topics in Marketing 1 credit

Workshops designed to explore topics in Marketing.

MKT 321 Business of Showbiz 3 credits

Based on the premise that a successful artist needs business skills in addition to honing their craft, this course offers tools for marketing oneself in the industry and obtaining work in the arts. Module 1 covers marketing fundamentals. Module 2 covers business practices for the freelance artist. Module 3 offers auditioning workshops and networking opportunities with the industry.

MKT 350 Marketing in the Arts 3 credits

This course consists of two components: The first is an introduction to basic marketing terminology and strategies. The second component is a hands-on marketing project through which students learn how to handle the administrative, public relations and financial responsibilities in the running of a mini-promotion campaign for a product or service currently offered by Rosebud School of the Arts or Rosebud Theatre.

MKT 470 Portfolio 1 credit

Before their grad panel, graduating students must present a portfolio documenting significant achievements in their field of study. The portfolio, including a resume and CV, should be up-to-date and produced according to industry standards.

MUSIC

MUS 101 Topics in Music No credit

Workshops designed to explore different elements of music with an eye to supplementing the student’s practicum coursework.

MUS 110 Preliminary Music Theory 1 credit

This course provides the vocabulary and exercises needed to orient students to the rudiments of music theory. It is intended to compliment student participation in choir and other opportunities for music performance throughout the year. Students with music experience are welcome to challenge the Royal Conservatory exam before taking the class.

MUS 135 Primary Applied Music I 1 credit

This course provides individual instruction on a musical instrument.

Nine lessons of 45 minutes.

MUS 165 Conducting 1 credit

In this course students learn conducting patterns for simple and compound time, entrances, cut-offs, fermatas, and expressive use of the left hand.

MUS 210 Rudiments of Music Theory – Grade I 1 credit

Course completion is based on the Royal Conservatory exam.

MUS 211 Rudiments of Music Theory – Grade II 1 credit

Course completion is based on the Royal Conservatory exam.

MUS 225 Music History I 3 credits

This course prepares students for the Royal Conservatory of Music grade III history exam. The curriculum serves as an introduction to Western music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century. Through studying the lives and musical contributions of selected composers and analysis of representative works, students gain an understanding of the musical style of each era.

MUS 235 Primary Applied Music II 2 credits

This course provides individual instruction on a musical instrument. Students are expected to commit to a rigorous practice schedule. Non-music students may register for this course with approval from the head of music. Thirteen lessons of one hour.

MUS 240 Vocal Coaching I 1 credit

These singing lessons focus on healthy voice production and its relation to musical theatre. Min. 12 lessons of 30 minutes.

Pre-requisite: MUS 252 Rosebud Chorale

MUS 251 Masterworks Choir 1 credit

Students join community members in this choir. As a class, it develops vocal and musical sensitivity by singing large choral works of the historical “Masters”. Past works include the works of J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Telemann, Rutter, Camille Saint-Saens, Schubert, and opera selections from Wagner, Bizet, Verdi, and Purcell.

MUS 252 Chorale 1 credit

This choral ensemble includes Certificate and Mentorship students (and occasionally staff members). It offers skill development in harmony, phrasing, pitch, dynamics and tone, and prepares students for performance where group singing

is required.

MUS 253 Ensemble Choir 1 credit

Credit for this course may be obtained by participating in an advanced auditioned choral ensemble such as Rosa Cantorum.

MUS 259 Dinner Music Ensemble 1 credit

During the run of a show at Rosebud Theatre, the student performs selected genres and styles of music for the dinner theatre patrons as a member of the dinner music ensemble.

MUS 260 Accompaniment I 1 credit

Accompany a performance on the piano, guitar, or other musical instrument. Opportunities include accompaniment for children’s choir or vocal coaching.

MUS 262 Sound Design I 1 credit

Students earn credit for designing sound for a small or independent project, such as a student project.

MUS 265 Musical Direction I 1 credit

Direct a short musical work. Previous opportunities have included musical direction for children’s choir, dinner music, dinner music ensemble, and the Rosebud Chorale. By invitation.

MUS 267 Composition & Arrangement I 1 credit

MUS 271 Music Performance 1 credit

Rehearsal and public performance of a solo or ensemble work.

MUS 320 Harmony III 3 credits

A continuation of MUS 210 and MUS 211 Rudiments of Music Theory grade I and II, this course culminates in the Royal Conservatory of Music exam.

 MUS 340 Vocal Coaching II 1.5 credit

One-on-one singing lessons focused on developing the student’s vocal technique and musical sensitivity. Min. 12 lessons of 45 minutes.

Pre-requisite: MUS 240 Vocal Music Performance I

MUS 360 Accompaniment II 3 credits

Accompany a larger performance on the piano, guitar, or other musical instrument. Opportunities include accompaniment for theatre359 or Rosebud Theatre show.

MUS 362 Sound Design II 3 credits

This is an opportunity for advanced students to produce a sound scape for a show. or serving as music director for a smaller project, such as a Fringe show or student final project.

MUS 365 Musical Direction II 3 credits

Students learn the fundamentals of musical direction by assisting the music director during the production of a Rosebud Theatre show or an approved project, or by serving as the music director of a smaller project. By invitation.

MUS 367 Composition and Arrangement II 3 credits

MUS 440 Vocal Coaching III 1.5 credit

The private study and practice of singing with emphasis on proper singing technique, communicating the heart and meaning of a song, and preparing for auditions. Min. 12 lessons of 45 minutes. Masterclass vocal coaching by invitation.

Pre-requisite: MUS 340 Vocal Music Performance II

MUS 462 Sound Recording 3 credits

Advanced music students work in the Rosebud recording studio under supervision of an experienced sound engineer.

MUS 465 Musical Direction III 6 credits

A practicum designed for advanced students. Students serve as music director for a production at Rosebud Theatre, theatre359, or another approved company, holding the responsibility for communicating their vision and mandate to the artists, and using the supervisor merely as a resource. By invitation.

MUS 489 Final Recital 6 credits

In the student’s final year, the final recital showcases the student’s skills in solo performance on their main instrument. The recital emphasizes initiative, making and meeting deadlines, while integrating skills learned throughout the student’s Mentorship programme. The recital should include a program with written program notes.

A proposal must be submitted and approved by the education team. Students may access the school’s resources, but ultimately they must demonstrate financial prudence through a balanced budget. Any profit or loss will be borne by the student.

The music director and a final project supervisor provide guidance throughout the process. The final recital results in a public presentation that will be critiqued by evaluators appointed by the education team.

RELIGION

REL 110 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 1 credit

This is a reading and discussion class based on theological writings about the spiritual disciplines (i.e. Scripture, prayer, meditation, service). This class offers a context for engaging questions about the core of Christian faith and an intentional practice of cultivating one’s spiritual foundation.

REL 120 Topics in Spiritual Formation 3 credits

In addition to formal instruction, this class incorporates small group discussion. The class will explore five distinct streams in church history and foster an awareness of different spiritual disciplines within the Christian tradition. Students are encouraged to grow in their personal faith experience and to reach across denominational boundaries.

REL 121 Christianity and the Arts 3 credits

This course explores the broad conversation of how a Christian world-view intersects with Art making. Through readings, group discussion and assignments, students are challenged to examine their assumptions about faith and art, recognize the role of art in culture, articulate their understanding and engage the challenges and opportunities for artists in the post-modern age.

REL 321 Faith and Art 3 credits

Faith and Art looks at truth and truthtelling through various art languages. Inspiration is drawn from works by artists of faith and discussion and in class exploration center on the voice of the artist interfacing with contemporary culture. Students are encouraged to articulate their core values through journal/scrapbooking, reading and discussion, performance art, essay writing and collaborative work.

Pre-requisite: REL 121 Christianity and the Arts or permission from the instructor.

REL 322 Topics in Theology and Art 1.5 credits

A guided tutorial for advanced students exploring questions about theology, philosophy, and the arts.

Pre-requisite: REL 121 Christianity and the Arts or permission from the instructor.

THEATRE

THR 100 Grounding .5 credits

The focus of this course is individual exploration of the inner landscape – breath, body and voice – and its external expression in connection with others. Offered in 20 minute sessions at the beginning of the day, the course helps prepare minds and bodies for the rigors of self discovery, selfless expression and courageous exploration. Sessions range from solo to group work and physically active to introspective exercises.

THR 101 Topics in Theatre Practice No credit

These are workshops designed to explore different elements of theatre practice with an eye to supplementing the student’s practicum coursework.

THR 110 Introduction to Technical Theatre 3 credits

This class initiates students to the world of theatre production. Starting with learning basic terminology and safety practices, and reinforced with readings and hands-on experience, the course illuminates the practical and artistic demands of bringing a production to life. The practicum component of this course is 60 hours of assisting the production team of Rosebud Theatre, spread over two terms.

 THR 125 Script Analysis 3 credits

This lecture-based class exposes students to various genres of dramatic literature. Through reading plays students learn to recognize the structure of action in the story, the authorial intent behind the play, and appreciate the rigorous challenges faced in transforming words on the page into vital story-telling on the stage.

THR 130 Acting Foundations 3 credits

This studio class immerses the ensemble in the fundamental components of Acting. Through regular practice of games and exercises, the ensemble explores the spirit of play, honest connection, and the emotional and physical risks that acting demands.

THR 132 Beginner Scene Study 3 credits

This studio class engages scenework on twentieth-century plays to translate words into action in partnership with another actor. Students explore the actor’s process through a combination of terminology, rehearsal techniques and game-based exercises. The course is offered in two modules, each worth 1.5 credits.

Pre-requisite: THR 130 Acting Foundations

THR 135 Oral Communication 3 credits

This studio class covers a broad range of topics and techniques, from how our bodies produce sound to speaking heightened texts from Shakespeare and the Bible. Students practice the discipline of clear, precise articulation, and core goal of connecting our hearts and minds to achieve, clear, compelling communication.

THR 141 Movement Foundations 3 credits

This studio class is offered in two modules, fall and winter, each worth 1.5 credits. The first module emphasizes improvised choreography through body awareness and a range of explorations and approaches to movement as a language of expression. The second module focuses on choreographed movement and dance, covering many styles and creating pieces for large groups, duets, and solos, culminating in a dance show presented on the BMO Studio Stage.

THR 150 Design Foundations 3 credits

This studio class offers an introduction to various elements of theatre design, including costume, set, lighting, and sound design. Theoretical projects offer students a chance at practicing scenic design under the supervision of a professional designer.

THR 210 Topics in Stage Craft 3 credits

A continuation of topics covered in THR 110, this course allows students to get more in-depth in a number of areas of technical theatre and attempt, outside of production stresses, some of the tasks and skills used in production tasks. The course is offered in two modules, fall and winter, each worth 1.5 credits

Pre-requisite: THR 110 Introduction to Technical Theatre

THR 220 Voice and Text 1.5 credit

The study and practice of speech with an emphasis on the execution of texts from classical and other sources.

Pre-requisite: THR 130 Acting Foundations and THR 135 Oral Communication

THR 225 Theatre History I 3 credits

A survey of theatre’s first records in context of religious observances, with an emphasis on the forms developed in ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and non-Western performance traditions. The course is offered in two modules, fall and winter, each worth 1.5 credits.

Pre-requisite: THR 125 Script Analysis

THR 226 Theatre History II 3 credits

A survey of the major periods and styles of theatre in context of statehood and nation building. The course traces theatrical developments in different countries with an emphasis on English-language texts, culminating in a post-colonial assessment of artistic expression. The course is offered in two modules, fall and winter, each worth 1.5 credits.

Pre-requisite: THR 125 Script Analysis

THR 230 Topics in Acting 3 credits

Students train in various approaches to acting and acting problems focusing on the specialty of the instructor. The course is offered in two modules, each worth 1.5 credits.

Pre-requisite: THR 130 Acting Foundations

THR 232 Intermediate Scene Study 3 credits

The study of acting through the analysis and enactment of scripted scenes, focusing on characterization and complexity of language. The course is offered in two modules, each worth 1.5 credits.

Pre-requisite: THR 132 Beginner Scene Study

THR 235 Drama Ministry 3 credits

In this performance-based class, students learn about intention, design, staging, and performing in the context of a Rosebud church service or RSA chapel. They look at the expression of faith and art through the eyes of a minister, a planner, a participant, and a storyteller. Most class time is used in rehearsal and performance, including experimentation with writing, directing, leading music, choreography and stage management, depending on desire, availability, and the ever-present challenge of time.

THR 240 Acting Coaching I 1 credit

With an assigned acting coach and scene partner, students work one-on-one for an hour and a half a week, focusing on actor development in intense scene work, moving from the page to the stage. Min. 12 lessons of 1.5 hours each.

Pre-requisite: THR 130 Acting Foundations and THR 132 Beginner Scene Study

THR 241 Topics in Movement 1.5 credit

This course offers students a variety of skills and disciplines to engage their physical instrument. Topics include choreography, stage combat, authentic movement, and more.

Pre-requisite: THR 141 Movement Foundations

THR 250 Topics in Design 3 credits

Building on the skills gained in THR 150, this course specializes in one or more aspects of Theatre Design. Theoretical projects guided by a working designer compose the bulk of the course.

Pre-requisite: THR 150 Design Foundations

THR 251 Design Practicum 1 credit

Students with a background in design principles and process may earn credit for designing a production aspect (e.g. costumes, set, lighting, sound) in a non-professional show, such as a student final project. Credit for this course is available to students in the Mentorship programme upon approval of a proposal.

Pre-requisite: THR 150 Design Foundations and permission from the Education Team.

THR 260 Production Practicum 0.5 credit

Minimum of 24 hours of hands-on participation in the construction of a Rosebud Theatre show under the guidance and supervision of a mentor.

Pre-requisite: THR 110 Introduction to Technical Theatre

THR 261 Production Practicum I 1 credit

Minimum of 40 hours of hands-on participation in the construction of a Rosebud Theatre show or approved project under the guidance and supervision of a mentor.

Pre-requisite: THR 110 Introduction to Technical Theatre

THR 267 Theatre Management 2 credits

This course explores the challenges of managing people and the different ways they work, covering aspects of production management, stage management, and general aspects of theatre management. Students study standard work practices and industry standards.

Pre-requisite: THR 110 Introduction to Theatre Production

 THR 271 Performance of a Role I 1 credit

Students earn credit for performance in a show. Opportunities include a role in a student final project, a supporting role in the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, or an approved community company. Credit determination is based on size of role, rehearsal requirements, length of show, show run, and professional status of the production company. Students in the Mentorship programme are eligible to apply for credit in this course.

THR 310 Advanced Topics in Stage Craft 1.5 credits

This course is built around the student’s demonstrated proficiencies and particular interests in specific areas of technical theatre, such as lighting, scenic art, costumes, and props. Students expand and hone their skills in a variety of different environments under the supervision of professional artists and technicians.

Pre-requisite: THR 210 Topics in Stage Craft or permission from the instructor

THR 330 Advanced Topics in Acting 1.5 credits

Students train in various approaches to acting, focusing on the particular specialty of the instructor. Topics include Shakespeare, Mask, Restoration, Musical Theatre, and more.

Pre-requisite: THR 230 Topics in Acting or permission from the instructor

THR 332 Advanced Scene Study 1.5 credits

The study of acting through the analysis and enactment of scripted scenes, focusing on characterization and complexity of language.

Pre-requisite: THR 232 Intermediate Scene Study or permission from the instructor

THR 333 Introduction to Playwriting 3 credits

This class covers basic playwriting techniques through readings, lecture, and practical application, taught via email correspondence and culminating in a reading of a one-act play at the Budding Playwrights Festival.

THR 335 Introduction to Directing 3 credits

This class introduces students to the principles of directing through assigned readings and a guided preparation of a directing project, covering fundamentals of play analysis, directorial concept, design concept, marketing, casting, rehearsal planning, and delegation.

Pre-requisite: THR 125 Script Analysis

THR 340 Acting Coaching II 1 credit

Intense one-on-one sessions help students increase their dramatic range and develop their creative and imaginative instincts. Min. 12 lessons of 1.5 hours.

Pre-requisite: THR 240 Acting Coaching I

THR 350 Advanced Practicum in Design 3 credits

Building on the skills gained in THR 250, students continue to develop design abilities by designing one element of an upcoming show in the Rosebud Theatre or RSA season guided by a working designer. Registration by invitation only.

By invitation only

THR 359 Production and Performance 4 credits

Research, rehearsal, design, staging, and presentation of a scripted play by an acting ensemble, to be performed as part of the Studio Stage series. Students can expect to spend 120 hours in rehearsal and 40 hours in production. Roles are assigned by audition.

Pre-requisite: THR 130 Acting Foundations and

THR 132 Beginner Scene Study

THR 360 Theatre Management and Administration 2 credits

Students complete a practicum in theatre management or administration under the guidance of a supervisor and mentor.

Pre-requisite: THR 267 Theatre Management

THR 361 Production Practicum II 3 credits

Students learn the fundamentals of theatrical production by assisting in a specific production area, such as props, costumes, set construction, or other, during the production of one show at Rosebud Theatre or RSA. As theatre apprentices, students abide by the policies and procedures of the theatre department and fulfill the relevant job description outlined in the theatre manual.

Pre-requisite: THR 110 Introduction to Theatre Production and THR 261 Production Practicum I

THR 366 Stage Management I 1 credit

Students earn credit for stage managing a short, nonprofessional show such as a student project.

THR 367 Stage Management II 3 credits

Students learn the fundamentals of stage management by assisting the stage manager during the production of one show at Rosebud Theatre or Rosebud School of the Arts. As theatre apprentices, students abide by the policies and procedures of the theatre department and fulfill the relevant job description outlined in the theatre manual.

THR 371 Performance of a Role II 3 credits

Students earn credit for performance. Opportunities include a supporting or ensemble role for Rosebud Theatre or another company, based on size of role, rehearsal requirements, length of show, show 

run, and professional status of the production company.

THR 433 Advance

 THR 440 Acting Coaching III 1 credit

Advanced study and practice of acting, with an emphasis on scene work and preparing for auditions. Min. 12 lessons of 1.5 hours.

Pre-requisite: THR 340 Acting Coaching II

THR 461 Production Practicum III 6 credits

A practicum designed for advanced students. Students take responsibility for a specific production area, such as props, costumes, set construction, or another area, for a Rosebud Theatre or RSA show. As theatre apprentices, students abide by the policies and procedures of the theatre department and fulfill the relevant job description outlined in the theatre manual.

THR 467 Stage Management III 6 credits

Students practice advanced skill in stage management and will likely be expected to serve in a supervisory role. As theatre apprentices, students abide by the policies and procedures of the theatre department and fulfill the relevant job description outlined in the theatre manual.

THR 470 Directing Assistant 3 credits

Students learn fundamental directing techniques by assisting the director during the production of one show at Rosebud Theatre or an approved project.

By invitation only

THR 471 Performance of a Role III 6 credits

Students earn credit for performance. Opportunities include a lead role for Rosebud Theatre or another company, based on size of role, rehearsal requirements, length of show, show run, and professional status of the production company.

THR 489 Final Project 6 credits

The project is a public live performance of an independent production emphasizing initiative, the making and meeting of deadlines, and the integration of various skills learned throughout the student’s Mentorship program. Students will be expected to self-produce this project and be responsible for managing the budget, the marketing efforts, and all personnel involved in the production. A project supervisor provides guidance throughout the process and is critiqued by evaluators appointed by the education team.