Student Review Procedures

B.F.A. Theatrical Production Arts

By the time they graduate from Ithaca College, every B.F.A. theatrical production arts major must have and present a significant formal portfolio of work that documents their course and production work. These portfolios must demonstrate both the depth of the student’s knowledge, as well as the breadth of their experience. The portfolio should demonstrate that the student is skilled at the professional level in their area of focus, as well as possessing a breadth of skills and knowledge in related areas. The portfolio must demonstrate the diversity of the student’s knowledge and experiences. The portfolio must demonstrate that the student can think for him or herself, as well as be open to new ideas. The portfolio should demonstrate that the student can think in innovative ways, from beginning idea through to completed work. The portfolio must demonstrate that the student has extraordinary craftsmanship in the appropriate areas. The presentation of the portfolio must demonstrate that a student can speak intelligently about their work and how that work contributed to the theatrical event. The presentation will also demonstrate that a student has a deep understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

In order to develop a rich, diverse and engaging portfolio, a series of reviews and presentations are conducted through the student’s tenure in the department. These reviews serve multiple purposes, including portfolio development as well as faculty evaluation of the student’s progress in the major.

FALL SEMESTER REVIEW
On the last Friday of classes in the fall semester all B.F.A theatrical production arts majors will display their work at a portfolio viewing on the stage of the Hoerner Theatre. This viewing is open to the College community and invited guests from the profession. The design and technical faculty will view students’ work in order to gauge student’s progress in the program. Time is very limited: approximately every three minutes a signal will indicate that it’s time for the faculty to rotate to another student. The specifics for this showing (time, table assignments, etc.) will be made available during the last week of classes. During this viewing it is expected that all first, second, and third year students will remain at their table to respond to questions. Fourth year students are asked to view and comment on the work of their peers during this time.

Students should present their work with the following criteria:

RESUMES
Each student will have at least 20 copies of their current resume available for the design/technical faculty, as well as other faculty and invited guests. For assistance with resume layout, bring a rough copy to any of the D/T faculty for feedback.

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:
First year students should include ONLY one or two examples of their high school/previous work. First year students should bring ALL work (including roughs and prelims) from departmental studio classes, organized in a coherent manner (by show, by class, in a binder etc.) the goal being having all current work accessible. Photos from crew assignments and previous work should also be available. All projects from outside required departmental classes should also be available: e.g. Introduction to Drawing, etc. First years students should NOT make any investment in a portfolio case at this point.

SECOND YEAR STUDENTS:
Second year students should bring in an edited selection of work from both their freshman and sophomore years, including two to three projects from EVERY studio class (DPT, painting, CAD, ATS, and all other studio classes should be represented). All work should be organized and accessible. The student should be prepared to talk about the work in an organized manner. It is recommended that a brief presentation be prepared about a few specific projects.

THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS:
Juniors and Seniors should begin to edit and formalize their presentations. Portfolio cases, labels and rehearsed presentations will be expected.

ADDITIONAL INDIVIDUAL REVIEWS
During the portfolio showing, the design/technical faculty will determine which students need to be scheduled for individual review sessions with the faculty, which will be held during finals week.
For those students brought into an individual review, a written critique of his/her work, both in the classroom and on production, will be placed in his/her review file. At this time the student may be warned of unsatisfactory progress, may be placed on probation or may be dismissed from the major.

During finals week in the fall semester the faculty will also review:

All seniors for an exit interview

  • Bring in a 10 minute rehearsed/polished portfolio presentation as if you were presenting your work to someone you’ve never met, and who’s unfamiliar with the IC department and productions. Start with the work that supports the position you’ll most likely be seeking, and move through supporting work. You should organize and practice your presentation, 10 minutes is NOT much time to present your work. You should include the title of the production, author/director/designer (if relevant), producing organization, your position; and then talk briefly about your contributions, using portfolio materials to support your descriptions.
  • Bring in ten (10) copies of your resume 
  • Be prepared to reflect on your experiences in the program

All London-bound juniors

  • Bring in all of your studio coursework from the current semester
  • Bring your portfolio, in a presentational form, and be prepared to show your work to the faculty as if they were unfamiliar with you or your production experience.
  • Bring in ten (10) copies of your resume

All students on departmental status (warning or probation)
The design/technical faculty will review all students on departmental warning or probationary status individually at the end of the every semester, until they are returned to good standing or are no longer in the major.

  • Bring in all of your work from required studio courses (including DPT, BTT, Costume Construction, all design courses, etc.).
  • Resumes are not necessary

All students interviewing for a change in concentration

  • Bring in all of your projects from departmental studio courses.
  • Resumes are not necessary

All students will be informed of their status at the conclusion of their individual appointment. An additional meeting with the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and/or their academic advisor/area coordinator may also be required.

SPRING SEMESTER REVIEW
At the end of the Spring Semester, ALL freshmen, sophomore and junior B.F.A. Theatrical Production Arts students will have an individual meeting with the design & technical faculty. Here, the student’s progress in all areas will be reviewed. Students should bring ten (10) copies of his/her resume to this review.

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:
First year students should bring ALL work produced in departmental studio courses for the entire year; organized in a coherent manner (by show, by class, in a binder etc.: the goal being to have work available to all faculty, who may or may not be familiar with it). Students should bring in prelims and research to support this work. Photos from crew assignments and one or two examples of previous work should also be available. All projects from outside required departmental classes should also be available: e.g. drawing, etc. First year students should NOT make an investment in a portfolio case at this point.

SECOND YEAR STUDENTS:
Second year students should bring in a broad SELECTION of work from both their freshman and sophomore years; two to three projects from each course is appropriate. DPT, painting, CAD, ATS, and any other studio class should be represented; both finished projects, and supporting prelims/research as appropriate. All work should be organized and accessible, however students should NOT make an investment in a portfolio case at this point. The student should be prepared to talk about the work in a methodical manner. It is recommended that brief statements be prepared about a few specific projects.

THIRD YEAR STUDENTS:
Third year students should organize their work in a more formal manner/presentation. It is expected that the student present their work to the faculty. The student should introduce the show or project, briefly state what it was about and talk about the specific role he/she performed. It is HIGHLY recommended that the student prepare a formal presentation and practice presenting their work before this review. The student should also bring other work that has been developed in design courses and production that might not be a part of the portfolio presentation (e.g. lighting students should bring work from Costume Design class, even if it will never be part of their portfolio).

FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS:
Fourth year students do not participate in review during the spring semester, unless they are on departmental status, or there are extenuating circumstances.

Written critiques will be provided by the faculty and placed in the student’s file. At this time the student may be placed on warning, probation or removed from the major.

 

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