TH-120: Acting I (2C)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: TH-120 Acting I (2C)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): For non-theatre majors.

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Theory and practice of the art of acting; exercises in sense impression; characterization, improvisations; scenes from plays; special reports. Designed for the development of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience as well as for basic acting techniques.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

General Education: Flexible Core 2.C. – Creative Expression

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

a. Identify the skills required of a professional actor.

b. Articulate and apply requisite standards when assessing an actor’s work on stage or screen.

c. Expand and deepen their physical and vocal expression for the stage.

d. Advance in perceptual skills.

e. Listen effectively and be able to respond spontaneously to stimuli.

f. Integrate class exercises and develop a personal warm-up.

g. Be present on stage with a centered, neutral instrument.

h. Remain focused, sustaining concentration throughout scene work and acting exercises.

i. Distinguish their role in the physical environment of the stage.

j. Combine physical action with psychological motivation.

k. Comfortably apply the methods of emotional recall, sense memory and personalization in performance.

l. Support the articulation of character through movement and sound.

m. Utilize appropriate vocabulary in speaking and writing about the stage environment and the actor's process.

n. Analyze text and integrate analysis into performance.

Supplemental Information

Pathways Common Core Learning Outcomes: Creative Expression (2C)

A course in this area must meet at least three of the following additional learning outcomes. A student will:

  • Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring creative expression, including, but not limited to, arts, communications, creative writing, media arts, music, and theater.
  • Analyze how arts from diverse cultures of the past serve as a foundation for those of the present, and describe the significance of works of art in the societies that created them.
  • Articulate how meaning is created in the arts or communications and how experience is interpreted and conveyed.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills involved in the creative process.
  • Use appropriate technologies to conduct research and to communicate.


Required attire

Clothing that allows for a full range of movement for the work; no hats, heels, or jewelry.


Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

High & low stakes performance
High & low stakes writing
High & low stakes testing

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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