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Conservatory Program Second-Year (Film and Television Year) Current Courses

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Titles of evaluated learning experiences

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THE CONSERVATORY PROGRAM Second Year (Film and Television Year) Current Courses (See Electives in next section)

ELECTIVES


Descriptions and credit recommendations

Acting as a Personal Business (THE266)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: Version 1: 24 hours (8 weeks) Version 2: 16 hours (8 weeks)
Dates: Version 1: September 2004 - September 2012. Version 2: September 2012 - Present.
Objectives: Versions 1 and 2:Research work prospects; prepare picture and resume, write a cover letter, utilize the Call Sheet, and develop a knowledge of theatre contracts and the roles of industry professionals, such as agents, managers, and casting directors; market oneself as a business for employment within the film and TV industry.
Instruction: This course informs the actor about how to pursue a professional acting career from a business perspective. Topics covered include: developing business tools (pictures, resumes, cover letters, mailings, postcards, etc.); dealing with agents and casting directors; managing one's finances.
Credit recommendation: Version 1 or 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications or Radio and Television (7/04) (7/07 revalidation) (6/08 revalidation) (7/12 revalidation).

Actor's Comedy Workshop (THE253)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 48 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: September 2004 - Present.
Objectives: Create comedic personae in sitcoms, and scripted or improvised commercials, for audition and on camera.
Instruction: Students find comedy in a script and learn how to physicalize comedy according to its style. Students write and perform scripted material and present a comedic audition.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/04) (7/07 revalidation) (6/08 revalidation).

Actor's Lab III (THE245) 

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 48 hours.
Dates: August 2008 – Present.
Objectives: Students will analyze and translate information about a character from a screenplay into an organic, three dimensional, person that lives truthfully in the circumstances of the story.
Instruction: Analyze a screenplay, incorporating scenes with dialog, scenes without dialog, and what information can be gleaned from descriptive scene settings and character descriptions. Students are assigned scenes to analyze for class discussion as well as perform a scene from the screenplay.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/09).

Audition Technique I (THE270)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 48 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: August 2010 - Present.
Objectives: Students will be able to memorize a scene verbatim; enter and exit an audition space in a professional manner; execute both artistic and technical skills necessary for a successful audition; apply skills to make adjustments when auditioning for a theatrical production or on-camera project.
Instruction: This courses provides an introduction to the necessary tools, both artistic and technical, that students will need to craft a successful audition. Students will rehearse and integrate skills such as memorization, script handling, see and say, oral reading, read alouds, and the deconstruction of language in order to prepare and deliver a successful audition.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/11).

Audition Technique II (THE274)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 48 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: : January 2011 - Present.
Objectives: Students will be abel to find appropriate monologue material; prepare a monologue for presentation; integrate technical aspects of auditioning into their preparation; adapt to different types of audition situations both artistically and technically.
Instruction: This course requires Film and Television Year students to prepare and perform monologues as audition pieces for the industry in addition to reviewing technical skills learned in Audition Technique I (THE270). Students practice different forms, both on and off camera using scenes from theater, film and television. In addition, students perform one monologue for a professional jury and receive feedback.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/11).

 

Commercials (THE267)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: March 2007 - Present.
Objectives:Apply basic acting skills to needs and requirements of performance in commercials, including MOS, slice-of-life, and spokesperson formats.
Instruction: Working in lecture/demonstration and labs, students learn the MOS, slice-of-life, and spokesperson formats in-depth. The curriculum applies basic acting skills to the needs and requirements of performance for commercials. Students become familiar with the type and style of ads and develop audition security.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

Physical and Vocal Dynamics (THE273)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length:
32 hours (16 weeks).
Dates:
August 2009 - Present.
Objectives:
Participate effectively in the collaborative process of producing a play, including technical theatre terminology, space rentals, creating sets, lights, costumes, props, sound, and video, dramaturgical research for design and performance, and public relations; work within the basic rules of behavior for rehearsal and performance, including blocking notation and stage orientation basics, call times and sign-in sheets, and how to work with a Director; discuss the skills and challenges inherent in producing one’s own theatre, including applications, letters, press, insurance, and umbrella companies, starting a non-profit company, and submission of new works.
Instruction:
This course introduces the student actor to an array of technical aspects that support a theatrical production, as well as to professional procedures and work ethics for rehearsal and performance. Students create a working template and production book for producing a theater show and gain real life skills through the practical experience of mounting a public production.
Credit recommendation:
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/10).

Process for the Camera I (THE255)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 48 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: September 2004 - Present.
Objectives:Function effectively and professionally before the camera: hitting marks, making entrances or exits, dealing with props, adjusting between master, midshot, and closeup, and shooting out of sequence with both physical and emotional continuity.
Instruction: On-set behavior; shooting sequence; master, midshot, closeup; working with the neutral mask; character specific behavior choices in midshot.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/04) (7/07 revalidation) (6/08 revalidation).

Process for the Camera II (THE276)
Formerly Process for the Camera II (THE265)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: Version 1: 48 hours (16 weeks). Version 2: 24 hours (8 weeks)
Dates:September 2004 - Present.
Objectives: Integrate physical, vocal, and analytical technique for application to camera work.
Instruction: Exercises and scene work emphasize stereotyping and playing stereotype; breaking a scene down into beats/intentions; dry block, camera block, rehearsal and take; making physical choices for master shot; establishing continuity for master shot and follow through in successive takes/shots; working within the frame for close-up; surviving frustrations and obstacles during a shoot; working with outside professionals in final sessions.
Credit recommendation: Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/04) (7/07 revalidation) (6/08 revalidation). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/12).

Research, Rehearsal, and Performance (THE264)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 48 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: September 2004 - Present.
Objectives: Compile a professional quality reel, which includes a scene; cement warm-up techniques: voice, movement, Meisner, etc. as preparation for audition and performance.
Instruction: This course assists students in identifying and exploring their castable qualities and preparing, assembling, and recording a final video culminating the work and objectives of the two-year program.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/04) (7/07 revalidation) (6/08 revalidation).

Scene Study for Film and Television I (THE259)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 96 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: September 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Work on acting craft, both artistically and technically in front of the camera; explore master shots, coverage, and continuity, working on scenes from feature films and one hour episodic; perform in different on set work situations. Students are required to come to the set fully prepared without any rehearsal.
Instruction: Given circumstances; intention; obstacles and actions; long-shot behavior; mid-shot and close-ups; activity vs. behavior; listening/reacting.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/08).

Scene Study for Film and Television II (THE272)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 72 hours (16 weeks).
Dates: January 2008 - Present.
Objectives: Discover and understand the different types of comedy; Experience how to work a comedic moment; Learn to make quick acting adjustments with on set blocking changes; Maintain both physical continuity and emotional integrity; Find and analyze the specifics of the character through script analysis; Integrate artistic and technical skills that are necessary for a professional career.
Instruction: Perform scenes from different types of comedies (physical, romantic and situation), Work on two scenes from the same script, shooting these scenes out of sequence in order to prepare the actor for a professional experience.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/08).

Professional Internship
Formerly Second-Year Internship (THE241)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 25 hours (32 weeks).
Dates: September 2004 - Present.
Objectives: Observe and be part of the business of acting in working situations; interact with and be known by industry leaders to enhance networking.
Instruction: Actual placement in the offices of casting directors, agents, producers, advertising agencies, etc. Students prepare a report reflecting on how their coursework relates with their internship experience.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/04) (7/07 revalidation) (7/11 revalidation). NOTE: This course may be repeated two times during the second year for a total maximum credit recommendation of 3 semester hours for a 75 hours of internship experience (2 semester hours for a 50 hours of internship). NOTE: An earlier version of this course is located on the Conservatory Second Year Retired Courses page.

Voice-over (THE256)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: September 2006 - Present.
Objectives: Act and speak specifically in voice-over microphone work; prepare the moment before; apply subtext to meaning and inflection; identify key words; work with a partner.
Instruction: Students engage in exercises in physical alignment, inner dialogue, breaking down texts, styles, tags, slating, accents and character, focus, breath awareness, and broadcast jargon.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (7/12).

Web Video for Actors (THE411)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length:
24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates:
January 2010 - Present.
Objectives:
Discuss the various forms of digital video content from viral videos to web series; create and post one’s own videos to the Internet; work within one’s own technical limitations without sacrificing creative quality; use teamwork and communication skills by creating and shooting an original web series; absorb and apply the insights of those who are actively involved in the production and distribution of original digital videos; use the Internet and video to enhance one’s professional and creative prospects.
Instruction:
This course provides the actor with the writing, performance, and technical skills to create and disseminate their own video content online.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/10).

 

 

ELECTIVES

Advanced Voice-Over (THE405)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Deliver copy with ease, believability, conviction, confidence, and with the emotional and narrative qualities required.
Instruction: Analyze scripts, take direction, record various types of voice-overs, acquire terminology and language, and adjust voice-over work on demand.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

Combat for the Camera (THE408)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2008 - Present.
Objectives: Use fight/combat techniques for film and television discuss the differences between stage combat and combat in front of the camera; create believability and illusion of a prop weapon in a fight scene; perform multi-fights scenes with awareness of surroundings; implement learned skills in the auditioning environment.
Instruction: Using the basic principles of unarmed combat and hand held pistols; implementing safety principles; applying acting skills to the story and any fight scene the actor is performing in; filming, viewing and critiquing improvisation and scenes with fights.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/08).

Dialects (THE412)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length:
24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates:
January 2010 - Present.
Objectives:
Transcribe the sounds of spoken English into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); master the production of the sounds of a General American dialect; using IPA, transcribe and learn additional dialects.
Instruction:
This course is designed to teach students how to master the production of the sounds of General American English and the notation of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as a basis for learning any dialect, and then how to apply this technique to the study of additional dialects.
Credit recommendation:
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/10).

Diction and Articulation (THE404)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Develop Standard American speech by learning the proper pronunciation of American English vowels, consonants and diphthongs.
Instruction: Blending or connecting words and sounds, so that speech is clear, but natural sounding; vowel and consonant placement; diphthongs; neutral dialect; articulation; word emphasis; and word flow; International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

Honors Performance Improv (THE136)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 36 hours (12 weeks).
Dates: January 2005 - Present.
Objectives: Develop skills and technique to perform as an ensemble improvisatory troupe in a live performance, which culminates in a professional venue in New York.
Instruction: Learn ensemble skills: Develop the group mind, Give and Take, Active Listening, Styles and Stories, Scene Work, Status, Improvised Characters and Rehearsal and Performance.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/08).

Hosting for Television (THE415)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2012 - Present.
Objectives: Students will be able to develop their unique hosting style; implement technology associated with hosting (teleprompter, IFB); develop grace under pressure for live television; develop content for hosted television.
Instruction: This course is designed to acquaint students with the techniquers, styles, technology and disciplines of the art of hosting for televsion. Students willwork with scripts for television segments, both existing and original, in front of the camera. Work is recorded and critiqued by instructor and peers.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/12).

Improvisation II (THE401)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Apply enhanced improvisational skills of spontaneity, staying in the moment, and freedom in making choices to actor’s skills.
Instruction: Learn how to make strong commitment emotionally to choice; apply status concepts to scene work; enhance character skills, reinforce give and take and develop stronger ensemble skills; maintain better relationships in scenes; build on narrative skills.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

Michael Chekhov Technique for Actors (THE403)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Approach acting through the basic principles and exercises outlined in Chekhov’s book, To the Actor, including psycho/physical exercises, character work and ensemble improvisation.
Instruction: Warm-ups specifically designed to develop the organic connection between the actor's inner life, creative imagination and expressive body; exploring archetypes, imaginary centers, imaginary body, character atmospheres, overall scenic atmospheres, qualities of movement, imaginary place and psychological gesture, along with on camera adjustments, and more.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

Musical Theater (THE410)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: August 2008 – Present.
Objectives: Explore all aspects of singing technique, style, musicality and lyric interpretation.
Instruction: Students develop basic vocal techniques (breath control and tone placement in singing), learn how to interpret a lyric and act a song, culminating in a demonstration on camera.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/09).

Salon (THE407)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2008 - Present.
Objectives: Apply and integrate basic acting technique, by researching, analyzing, creating, and performing historic and stylized genre performances.
Instruction: This course explores a specific period through research of modes and manners and vocal and movement work. The class includes instruction on gathering dramaturgical research appropriate to the script and time period, vocal accent work, dance styles, the effect of period clothing, furniture, and props, and how the aforementioned affects an actor's physical life.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/08).

Sketch Comedy for Performance (THE400)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 30 hours (10 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Build on sketch writing and performing skills (introduced in Actor’s Comedy Workshop) by creating and rehearsing sketch material and performing it for an audience in an outside cabaret.
Instruction: Review principles of sketch comedy; learn new principles to create a comic statement; experience the process of creating a sketch comedy show by brainstorming ideas and drafting scenes, review and critique material, rehearse and perform in an outside venue.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

Stand-Up Comedy for Actors (THE402)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 27 hours (9 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Develop a 5-minute stand-up comedy routine for performance in a live nightclub setting.
Instruction: Implement writing techniques that include the basic understanding of joke structure, timing and rhythm, point of view, and character/persona development. Emphasis on differences and similarities between acting and stand-up performance; use of a Writing Circle in which students act as each other’s sound boards for developing material, under the supervision of the instructor.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07)(6/08 revalidation).

Suzuki Training for the Actor (THE413)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2012 - Present.
Objectives: Students will be able to explaine the concentration, precision, physical engagement and application required of a performer; develop an awareness of the potential to alter and transform the dynmaic of a room; the ability to work at a more grounded, focused energy; develop and increased physical awareness; identify physical habits and limitations; develop a more alighed posture; practice heightened listening skills.
Instruction: This course introduces students to the basics of Susuki Training and addresses essential and universal toods for the actor: energy, breath, concentration, focus, stamina, stillness, flexibility, and presence. In addition to a study of the Susuki theory, most instruction is provided experientially through the experience of the body by observation, demonstration, and execution.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/12).

 

The Intuitive Actor (THE409)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: August 2008 – Present.
Objectives: Use greater independence and intuition integrating the qualities into scripted work and the rehearsal process.
Instruction: Students will use group and solo exercises to illustrate the importance of intuition in acting and will articulate their experiences in a useful and non-judgmental way.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/09).

The Physically Expressive Actor (THE406)

Location: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: January 2007 - Present.
Objectives: Use movement and awareness to deepen and expand sense of embodiment, presence, physical freedom, and expressiveness.
Instruction: Identify specific problems and habits that interfere with freedom of choice in monologue and scene work. Individual attention given in both solo and partner work.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (7/07) (6/08 revalidation).

 

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