Artistic Evaluation of Theater Students
All students are expected to meet a professional standard
of work, skill, and discipline.
Punctuality and class attendance are mandatory. The faculty, and where appropriate supervisory
staff, is responsible for setting standards and for guiding and evaluating each
student's development. The faculty will
continue to assess professional growth and consistency of application to work
through the third and fourth years.
The theater program faculties and, where appropriate,
supervisory staff formally meet twice a semester to evaluate the progress of
each student in the program. Decisions
to continue students in the program are not dependent solely on completion of
course requirements or grades. The
faculty assesses matters of artistic vision, leadership, initiative, work ethic
and discipline, ability to collaborate, ability to accept criticism, a
satisfactory rate of development, and overall suitability for a professional
career. This assessment is conducted according to the standards of the
profession and can serve as the basis for artistic probation or dismissal.
Definitions of Artistic Warning, Probation, and Dismissal
In the theater program there are training core courses and curricular core courses.
Training core courses are an essential component of the student's professional training.
Curricular core courses are those which all or most students in a
discipline or the department take to enhance the understanding of theater's
place in history or society. These are Theater History, Global Theater, Professional Development Seminar, and Theater Homeroom for all theater students; and Clothing and
Culture, Aesthetics of Space, and Avant Garde for particular groups.
Overall academic performance is
reflected in the student's GPA. Artistic standing is reflected in the student's performance in theater department training core and curricular core courses.
Artistic warning is a preliminary
step to artistic probation. It will be
issued at any time when a student's work in a class (or classes) does not meet
expected results. The student will be
advised what steps to take to clear this warning by the end of the
Artistic probation is a
preliminary step to artistic dismissal. If, in accordance with the grading policies of the department, a student
earns an unacceptable grade or if their artistic development still fails to
meet expected results after the artistic warning, artistic probation will be
Artistic dismissal will be
recommended if a student earns unacceptable grades that warrant dismissal
according to the grading policies of the department or if his or her artistic
development still fails to meet expected results after artistic probation.
Because advanced concepts are
often introduced in the second semester in most studio courses, it is necessary
to allow for late faculty assessment. On occasion, a student may do well in
early exercise work but struggle late in the training. In these cases a student
may be placed directly on artistic probation.
Curricular and Training Core Grades
Each discipline identifies what are to be considered training core and curricular core courses. The grading policy for theater majors in all required theater department courses are as follows:
Students are expected to receive a C+ or better in all required theater department courses to maintain good artistic standing in the department.
A grade of C in one required course in a semester is grounds for artistic warning.
Two or more Cs in one semester, or a grade of C in one course over two consecutive semesters is grounds for artistic probation.
A grade of D in one required course is grounds for artistic probation.
Two or more Ds in one semester, or a grade of D in one course over two consecutive semesters is grounds for artistic dismissal. A curricular core theater requirement in which a D is received may need to be retaken. A course may only be retaken once.
A grade of F in one required course is grounds for artistic dismissal. In the event the student is not dismissed, they will be placed on artistic probation. A grade of F will not count toward the degree. The same course, or a comparable course approved by the department's executive committee, will have to be successfully completed to fulfill the requirement for graduation. A course may only be retaken once.
meetings are normally scheduled during the seventh week of classes and
during exam week. Each student receives written notification of
the result of the evaluation:
faculty is not required to use each step of this process. If the
student's work shows a sudden, significant decline outside the normal
review parameters, the faculty may put a student on probation, without
having issued a written warning. In such cases, the faculty member will advise the
student of any concerns and of ways to address those concerns. In particularly severe cases the faculty may recommend artistic dismissal. In such cases, the faculty will meet with the student and provide written notification of the concerns behind the recommendation. Artistic dismissal is subject to appeal to the dean of the school.
the student is in good standing
the student is being placed on artistic warning
a student currently on artistic warning or probation is advised
whether the artistic warning or probation will be continued or rescinded
a student on artistic probation is dismissed from the program
At midsemester, students whose work warrants artistic warning will
have a face-to-face evaluation with at least one faculty member to
identify the program faculty's concerns and advise the student on ways
to improve their performance.
At midsemester, students
whose work warrants artistic probation will have a face-to-face
evaluation with the head of the program and at least one other faculty
At the end of the semester, all students have a face-to-face evaluation.
A student being continued or placed on artistic warning or probation will meet with the head of program and at least one
representative of the faculty.
A student whose work warrants artistic dismissal
will meet with their head of program and at least one representative of the
faculty. They will advise the student of
the faculty's recommendation to dismiss.
A student whose progress warrants being removed from artistic warning or artistic probation will be notified.
the Student of Artistic Probation or Dismissal
If a student is being placed on artistic probation or is
recommended for artistic dismissal, the student will be so advised by the Mason
Gross dean of students based on a letter received from the chair of the
Department of Theater. The department chair's recommendation is based on the
recommendation of the faculty and head of program. Artistic dismissal is
subject to review by the dean of the school.
B.F.A. Academic Performance
For more information regarding academic policies and procedures please see that chapter of this catalog.