Charter for the College of Heraldic Studies
A College of the Royal University of Meridies
A Herald is one of the most visible parts of the SCA. Heralds are involved in some of the most beautiful and spectacular parts of the SCA. Heraldry has a rich history, and is a science that has garnered much intellectual thought over the centuries. A great deal has been written about heraldry. This gives students of Heraldic Arts a great opportunity to explore and research.
The College of Heraldic Arts is dedicated to the expansion of Heraldic knowledge. The College focuses on heraldry not only as it was practiced in period, but how we apply it in the SCA today. Whether a student is interested in a basic understanding of the science, or wishes to make an extensive study, the College of Heraldic Arts will provide opportunity and support.
- MISSION OF THE COLLEGE
The College of Heraldic Arts exists to provide a full range of education concerning the art and science of Heraldry. The College will support historical research and practical education. The College will provide avenues and encouragement in all pursuits of Heraldry in the Society. The College will encourage period heraldic practice and greater heraldic display.
III. SCOPE OF THE COLLEGE
The course of study in Heraldic Arts will focus on the two intertwined aspects of heraldry: Historical and ‘SCA’ Heraldry.
Historical heraldry is the study of the Heraldic Arts in period. Heraldry has a rich and varied history. Activities in Court, on the Field, and in diplomatic interaction took up much of the period herald’s life. Further time was taken with the administration of Arms. Many books have been written, often by the Heralds themselves. This provides a rich basis for our historical research. This research can and does take many forms, allowing involved discussion on a wide range of topics.
SCA heraldry deals with the functions of the SCA Herald today: Arms and names submissions, field and court work, precedence and protocol, etc. Each aspect of SCA heraldry has a basis in historical heraldry (even wake-up calls). SCA Heraldry includes our Rules of Submission, understanding the Title and Peerages of the Kingdoms, and how the Kingdoms relate to each other heraldicly. Together heralds have an excellent opportunity to learn period practice and to put that into effect, from the ‘Oyez’ call to the names and devices submitted, to encouraging heraldic display. The SCA has grown tremendously over the last few decades in heraldic knowledge, and it is exhilarating to be able to take part in learning more.
- COURSE OF STUDY
Scholar Degree Program
The Scholar program is general and comprehensive. This program is intended to provide the student with a broad and basic familiarity with the Middle Ages and the SCA. The required courses listed below cover both SCA subjects and general facets of medieval life. Students interested in pursuing an advanced degree focusing on Heraldic Arts should include the courses listed in bold type in their Scholar Degree program. Each course receives one-hour credit for a total of 24 curriculum hours needed for the Scholar degree. Credit may also be received by teaching a certified course.
Scholar Degree Program of Study
Current Middle Ages (Complete 5 )
CMA-1000 SCA Structure and Administration
CMA-2000 Protocol and Precedence
CMA-2001 Honor and Courtesy
CMA-3100 Research and Documentation
CMA-4000 History of Meridies
History (Complete 2 + 1 Elective )
HIS-1000 Life in Medieval Times
Martial Arts (Complete 1)
MAR-1000 Introduction to SCA Combat
MAR-1001 Non-Fighter’s Guide to Combat
Performing Arts (Complete 2 + 3 Electives)
PFA-1000 Beginning European Dance
PFA-2000 Introduction to Period Music
PFA-3000 Beginning Middle Eastern Dance
PFA-5000 Role of the Bard in the Middle Ages
Sciences (Complete 3 + 2 Electives)
SCI-1000 Feast Appreciation
SCI-3000 Basic Heraldry
SCI-3100 Name Research
SCI-5000 Chirurgeon’s Field Tactics
SCI-6000 Basic Coursing
SCI-9000 Introduction to Board Games
MAR-5000 Role of the Horse in the Middle Ages
(Students may receive credit for SCI500 for feastcratting an event.)
Static Arts (Complete 3 + 2 Electives)
STA-1000 Silhouette of Fashion
STA-1001 Basic Costuming
STA-4000 Beginning Calligraphy
All classes listed in the Course Catalog for Heraldic Arts, which are not listed above as Core
Courses, are considered electives for this college. It is recommended that the electives be chosen
from the following types of courses: History of Art, Medieval Textile Construction, Basic
Lector Degree Program
The Lector Degree in Heraldic Arts builds upon the Scholar Program. It allows the student to focus on one or more areas of interest in Heraldic Arts. Classes are chosen by the student to fit the individual program of study. Ten hours of additional classes chosen from the Heraldic Arts course catalog are required. For example, a student having completed the Scholars degree and who has taken or taught ten more hours of classes under the heading of Heraldic Arts would receive a Lector’s degree in Heraldic Arts.
Magister Degree Program
The Magister Degree Program concentrates on one specific area within a student’s basic Lector Program. For example, if the Lector Degree focused on Heraldic Arts, the Magister program must focus on some area of Heraldic Arts, such as Voice Heraldry.
Magister Degree Program Requirements
The candidate must:
- Teach five separate classes in the chosen area of study.
- Submit a short paper suitable for publication in Seasons (Meridies’ Arts & Sciences newsletter)
- Complete a Master Project of the candidate’s choice. The Master Project may be based on existing work; however, it must represent original work and ideas and be totally executed by the student. The project may take any form. Master Projects must be cleared with the Dean of Academic Studies before initiation to ensure their feasibility.
Philosopher Degree Program
Any Student completing five Magister Degrees in any area(s) of study and a Philosopher’s project will be granted a Philosopher Degree. The current areas of study, in addition to the individual colleges, are Martial Arts, History, Static Arts, Sciences, Current Middle Ages, and the Performing Arts. The Philosopher’s Project must be similar in nature and design to the Magister Degree Project, and must be approved in advance by the Chancellor and the Dean of Academic Studies and evaluated before graduation by the Graduate Review Board. Prospective Candidates may contact the Dean of Academic Studies for Project suggestions.
Credit will be given to all attendees who actively achieve the goals of the class. This achievement is to be decided by the Instructor, who may administer an examination to determine satisfactory completion. All classes within the College’s curriculum shall receive one (1) credit per class.
- Local Collegia
Local Collegia and local instructors are encouraged to teach classes from the School’s Curriculum at any opportunity which arises. Instructors must have students sign a Class Attendance Form and the form must be given to the Registrar before course credit can be applied to the students transcript.
Revised 10-17-07 by THL Cuhelyn Cam vap Morcant, Dean, using elements from previous Charters written by Master Knikolos Major of Salem-by-the-Sea and Master Alexander Ravenscroft both former Deans.