Performing Arts Foundation
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The Performing Arts Foundation program introduces students to career options with the performing arts, both onstage and behind the scenes. Students will hone their performance and technical production skills, develop a greater knowledge and improved ability to work within a creative environment; and will have a deeper understanding of the nature of a career in the performing arts.
Only those who have applied to the Performing Arts Foundation program can audition. The Performance Audition for the Performing Arts Foundation program is an assessment of aptitude and attitude. Applicants can audition:
- In person or
- By distance.
The Holland College School of Performing Arts (SoPA) is a partnership between Holland College and Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Performing Arts Foundation Coursesprint full list with descriptions
Take the following course(s):
Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Course Code: SAFE-1005
Communications in the Arts
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills required for success in their chosen area of study. Through the exploration of various forms of communication including verbal, nonverbal, written and interpersonal; students will develop the ability to effectively communicate within the College and Art environments.
Course Code: COMM-1200
Dance Foundations: Introduction I
Develop ballet technique, the foundation of most performance dance. Experience practical exercises that build strength and flexibility in the execution of dance steps. Perform dance sequences and basic dance combinations and explore commercial dance styles and the language of dance. Practice the elements of professional conduct required in a performance arts environment.
Course Code: PAF-1000
Technical Aspects of Theatre
Discover the technical and design-related aspects of theatre production. Explore the role of the stage manager and learn to properly notate a script and call book. Learn the technical layout and the vocabulary of technical theatre as well as the roles of the key players on the technical team.
Course Code: PAF-1005
Performing Arts Overview
Learn about the different types of performing arts. Dance, music, theatre and other live performances will be analyzed for content and execution. Explore the various business roles supporting performing arts productions.
Course Code: PAF-1010
Voice Essentials: Introduction I
Develop basic vocal technique. Learn to incorporate movement with singing.
Course Code: PAF-1015
Music Theory I
Learn the basic elements of music theory, with an emphasis on music notation including pitches, notes, rhythm, and key signatures. Apply theory in practical settings.
Course Code: PAF-1016
Acting Essentials: Introduction I
Learn the fundamental acting requirements expected of professional actors. Through physical and vocal exercises discover how bodies and voices are used as theatrical tools. Learn the methods for successful theatrical communication and expression.
Course Code: PAF-1020
Dance Foundations: Introduction II
Building on the knowledge gained in Dance Foundations: Introduction I, students will continue to develop ballet technique. Build strength and flexibility in the execution of dance steps as well as enhance the ability to perform dance sequences and basic dance combinations through practical exercises. Explore commercial dance styles and the language of dance. Practice the elements of professional conduct required in a performance arts environment.
Course Code: PAF-1025
Creativity: An Introduction to Creative Thinking
Explore divergent thinking and look for possibilities for creative expression in the everyday. Employ brainstorming, use analogy and open-ended problem solving to build a toolkit of solutions for approaching artistic problems.
Course Code: PAF-1030
Voice Essentials: Introduction II
Develop singing abilities focusing on the mechanics of vocal production. Learn to interpret songs for theatrical performance, with particular consideration given to character development and story advancement. Explore movement and singing as well as microphone technique.
Course Code: PAF-1040
Music Theory II
Continue to study the basic elements of music theory, with the emphasis on music notation. Further develop the ability to apply this knowledge in increasingly complex melodic lines. Demonstrate the ability to analyze a musical score.
Course Code: PAF-1041
Acting Essentials: Introduction II
Continue to develop the fundamental requirements expected of professional actors including preparation for auditions. Further develop the ability to use the body and voice as theatrical tools through physical and vocal exercises. Apply the methods for successful theatrical communication and expression. Analyze and perform contemporary and classic scenes.
Course Code: PAF-1045
|Location:||Confederation Centre of the Arts and Prince of Wales Campus, Charlottetown|
|Credential Issued:||Certificate, Performing Arts Foundation|
By the end of this one-year program, students will have gained the skills required for acceptance into more advanced training in their chosen area and will have the opportunity to prepare audition pieces.
- Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
- Performance audition (See details above)
- Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.