Charter of the College of Performing Arts
A College of the Royal University of Meridies
Introduction and Statement of Purpose
The College of Performing Arts, hereafter referred to as “the College,” is an extension of the earlier College of Bardic Arts. The College exists to promote the development and study of period and SCA performing arts of all kinds. It attempts to encourage learning, teaching, creation, and doing of all forms of performances. As a College of RUM, the College uses the framework of the Royal University and its Collegium system as a core tool to accomplish this purpose.
Scope of the College
The College embraces all forms of period and SCA performance, including but not limited to:
- Vocal music
- Instrumental music
- Dramatic recitation
- Prestidigitation and illusion
- Tumbling and acrobatics
Furthermore, classes may cover performance, theory, history or creation of new works or performances in any of these areas. In addition, some degrees within the College require practicums, which may be performance before an audience or entrance into a performing arts or Bardic competition. Please see the section on “Requirements for Degrees and Bardic Rank” for more details.
All SCA classes may be used for RUM credit. To receive credit, the following information should be provided to the College Dean and the RUM Registrar:
- Title of the class
- Instructor’s name
- Date and location of the class
- A copy of the class outline or handout.
Courses of Study
Bardic Arts – This is a performance-oriented course of study designed to coincide with the curriculum of the previous Bardic College, as outlined in the 4th edition of the charter for the Meridian College of Bardic Arts. It preserves the bardic ranks , rather than using the degree hierarchy usually associated with RUM.
Performing Arts – This course of study emphasizes performance and knowledge of both period and SCA techniques of performance. It combines courses from the Bardic Arts with performance-oriented courses usually not considered “bardic.” It follows a degree structure parallel to that of the RUM general course of study.
Composition and Theory – This course of study emphasizes the creation of new works and a mastery of the history of period style. It also relies on the traditional RUM degree structure.
Requirements for Degrees and Bardic Ranks
Performing in the SCA and Research and Documentation for the Performing Arts are core courses for the college and are required for all programs of study.
The requirements for specific Bardic Ranks are:
Student Bard or Bard: This “rank” within the college indicates a student of the Performing Arts, and is appropriate for anyone who has completed at least one of the following
- Role of the Bard in the Middle Ages
- Performing in the SCA
- Research and Documentation for the Performing Arts
Filidh: Must complete all 8 Bardic Track core classes, and must have preformed publicly at least 8 times.
Ollamh: A student who has met all the requirements of a Filidh (see above) and has in addition completed six Bardic electives and performed publicly an additional 8 times. At least one of these performances must have been a Bardic Competition.
Lorekeeper: A student who has attained the status of Ollamh (see above) and has, in addition, taught 8 courses within the College, continued to perform publicly at least 8 times since reaching Ollamh status, and has competed in at least one Kingdom Bard Competition, or served as Kingdom Bard.
By tradition in Meridies, bards may indicate their level of achievement within the Bardic College – now the Bardic Track of the College of Performing Arts – by wearing a belt favor. Sable adorned with a single argent mullet is used to signify a Bard; sable with two argent mullets identifies a Filidh; sable with three argent mullets indicates an Ollamh; and sable with three argent mullets under an increscent identifies a Lorekeeper. Please note that this is custom, not law.
The requirements for degrees in either Performing Arts or Composition and Theory are defined in the RUM Charter and may be summarized as follows:
Scholar Degree: This program is intended to provide the student with a broad and basic familiarity with the Middle Ages and the SCA. Required courses are listed in the RUM Charter. Credit may also be received by teaching a certified course.
Lector Degree: This program builds upon the Scholar Program. It allows the student to focus on one or more areas of interest in the Performing Arts. Classes are chosen by the student to fit the individual program of study. Ten additional Performing Arts classes are required to complete this degree.
Magister Degree: This program concentrates on one specific area within a student’s chosen Lector Program. For example, if the Lector Degree focused on Performing Arts, the Magister program must focus on some area of Performing Arts, such as Instrumental Performance, Music History, or Music Theory. To complete this degree, the student should teach five separate classes in the chosen area of study and complete a Master Project.
Philosopher Degree: Any Student completing five Magister Degrees in any area of study and a Philosopher’s project will be granted a Philosopher Degree.
Enrollment and graduation requirements
All students and instructors who wish to enroll in the College of Performing Arts should notify the Dean of the College to be added to the rolls of the College.
The College of Performing Arts requires students to complete a total of 20 classes in the Performing Arts curriculum to graduate from the College.
Revised 3-2016 by THL Juliana Harper, Dean, based upon a previous Charter written by Master Kevin, former Dean.