Clarendon College, Clarendon, Texas, Division of Liberal Arts
SYLLABUS • DRAM 2352 Acting IV • 3hrs • Instructor: Bill Huey
Spring 2013 • Harned Sisters Fine Arts Center Stage
Office hours/class schedule • 806-874-4838

This course is designed to aid the student in developing an actor's approach to the special demands of acting in front of a camera. Emphasis will be placed on the development of specific performance skills used for TV and film acting. Students will gain experience in acting, directing, and editing performance units designed for camera work. Instruction will be by lecture, discussion, and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: DRAM 2351, DRAM 2366 a/o consent of Instructor.

TEXT: Benedetti, Robert; ACTION! Acting for Film and Television:
Allyn & Bacon, Boston, 2001 ISBN 0-205-31980-7,1144,0205319807-CRS,00.html

Methods of Instruction: Classroom discussion / lecture followed by hands-on demonstration / usage of current subject matter.


1. To introduce the student to the art and craft of acting for the camera as an integral part of the TV/filmmaking process.
2. To provide the student with a reasonable basis for the development of camera performance skills.
3. To provide a means for adequate self-expression and personal growth.
4. To provide an understanding of the fundamental techniques and problems in relation to on-camera performance.
5. To introduce the student to a variety of theories, principles, and approaches to the task of performing in front of a camera.
6. To give the student beginning experiences in video/film acting, directing, and editing.
Mastery of text and lecture material
• Written: Analysis of acting performances in a TV commercial
• Analysis of acting performances in a TV soap opera
• Analysis of acting performances in major film
√ Performance: Various scenes and acting exercises done in class
Exams: Periodic quizzes as needed (both announced and unannounced)
One final written exam
Final Project: Creation of a final edited composite of scene work on tape

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Since this is a "skills" course, attendance is considered to be mandatory. There are no “excused absences” in that you will be held responsible for all material covered in each class. In cases of emergencies,all missed material must be made up at the instructor’s convenience and an excess of three (3) missed class sessions may result in a lower grade by one letter.

Grades based on:
Exams & Quizzes
Final written exam
Final Project

NOTE: This is a performance course and will require special preparation and rehearsal with other students. Each student therefore has a responsibility to other classmates for preparation of assignments. Instruction in this class involves close personal interaction and physical contact. Any student who has difficulty with this aspect of the class should see the instructor.

Exemplary Educational Objectives
To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts.
To understand those works as expressions of individual & human values within an historical/social context.
To respond critically to works in the arts.
To engage creative process & understand the physical & intellectual demands required of the artist.
To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts.
To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the arts.
To demonstrate knowledge of the infuluence of the arts or interculteral experiences.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: A student who drops a course after the first 12 class days of instruction will receive a grade of “W.” No classes may be dropped after the 12th week of a fall or spring semester or the 5th week of a summer term. To drop a class, the student must obtain the written consent of the instructor. Drop forms are available in the Student Services Office.

CLASSROOM CONDUCT: Failure to comply with lawful direction of a classroom instructor is a disruption for all students enrolled in the class. Cheating violations include, but are not limited to: (1) obtaining an examination by stealing or collusion; (2) discovering the content of an examination before it is given; (3) using an unauthorized source of information during an examination; (4) entering an office or building to obtain unfair advantage; (5) taking an examination for another person; (6) altering grade records; (7) plagiarism. Plagiarism is the using, stating, offering or reporting as one’s own, an idea, expression, or production of another person without proper credit.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT:  It is the policy of Clarendon College to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities.  This college will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the student services office in a timely manner if he/she desires to arrange for accommodations.