The review process provides students with regular feedback from the faculty about their progress in the program and how they are performing in relationship to program criteria.
FALL SEMESTER PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION
On the last Friday of classes in the fall semester all B.F.A Theatrical Production And Design majors will display their work at a public portfolio viewing. 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 their progress in the program. Time is very limited: 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 in fall semesters. During this viewing it is expected that all first-, second-, and third-year students will remain at their tables to respond to questions. Fourth-years are asked to view and comment on the work of their peers. Students should have 10 copies of their resumes on their table. Requirements for student work should follow the end of semester reviews, below.
END OF SEMESTER REVIEWS
All first- and second-year students will have an individual review with the area faculty at the end of each semester. Third-year students will have one review at the end of the academic year (unless studying abroad, when their review will be at their semester on the home campus). Fourth-year students will have a review at the end of the fall semester.
Process: Reviews are 15 minutes each. Students must be ready at least 10 minutes prior to their review in case the reviews are running ahead of schedule. There will be a cart outside of the room where students will load their work so that they can enter the room quickly when called. During the review, faculty will have their laptops open in order to access students’ academic records, production evaluations and to fill out review reports. Students should not be offended when faculty are working on their laptops. Following the review students will receive a summary of the review detailing how they are progressing regarding program criteria. Students should review this report carefully and meet with their advisor to discuss items raised and plan for any necessary corrections.
First-year students should not include any high school/previous work. They 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 is having all current work accessible. Photos from production assignments and previous work should also be available. Students should bring 12 copies of their resume to the review and begin the review by distributing resumes to the faculty. First-year students should NOT make any investment in a portfolio case at this point.
Second-year students should bring in an edited selection of work from both their first- (which may be electronic in format) and second-years, including representative projects from EVERY studio class (including design classes, advanced technology courses, as well as Software for the Theatre, CAD, Vectorworks, art studio courses, etc.). All work should be organized and accessible. The student should be prepared to talk about the work in an organized manner and design students should present one design from a studio class, taking no more than 2-3 minutes to present their ideas. Photos from production assignments and previous work should also be available. Students should bring 12 copies of their resume to the review. Second-year students should NOT make any investment in a portfolio case at this point.
Third-year students should bring an edited version of their body of work (both class and production) in preparation for the design and technical seminars which will be taken in the senior year, including multiple projects from their chosen discipline(s). Students should choose one or two realized productions to present to the faculty. It is not necessary for artifacts from every class to be presented. Students should bring 12 copies of their resume to the review. Third-year students should NOT make any investment in a portfolio case at this point.
Fourth-year students should present their portfolios in a professional manner. Well-formatted portfolios with rehearsed presentations are expected. Students will have 10 minutes to present their portfolios. Portfolio content will be determined in Design and Technical Seminar courses.