Course Syllabus Outline
Voiceover Acting for Radio, TV and Multimedia
Monday-Wednesday: 9:35 AM to 12:05 PM

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Instructor:  Connie Terwilliger – please call or email with questions or if you will be absent from class. Please note that homework assignments will also be posted online and updated as often as possible.

619-280-0420 Office Phone (do not use College number)

Prerequisites: Completion of ENGL 056, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5 and RTVC 105, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.

Recommendation: Beginning Acting for the Drama Major (Drama 132) It is also recommended that students be fluent in reading English aloud, as this course requires the ability to quickly read English aloud.

Required Text:

There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is: Acomplete Insider’s Guide to Earning Income and Building a Career in Voice-overs (third edition)by Elaine Clark. (Bookstore or online)
Acting for Radio/Voiceover Workbook by Connie Terwilliger (Available in the bookstore) Note that this workbook is updated each semester, so if you are repeating the class, you will need a new one.

Office Hours: Instructor will hold office hours immediately after class on at least 10 Mondays and Wednesdays beginning around 12:05 PM in the same classroom. Other times can be negotiated with instructor.

Content: Introduction to voiceover acting techniques for radio and television commercials, multimedia, and other audio and video presentations. Extensive reading aloud and recording for critique. Class will provide information on the industry, professional work and studio etiquette, and marketing techniques. At completion of class, the student will understand where they might fit in the industry and will know what steps to take next.

Teaching Methods:

Instructor lectures, guest lectures, and/or field trip to studio. Quizzes and other tests on standard industry practices. Student participation and critique. Study of actual programs, commercials, presentations. Writing, rewriting or transcribing of copy

Objectives: For satisfactory completion of this course it is necessary to:

1.     Participate in-class exercises, take quizzes/tests, and deliver homework on time
2.     Demonstrate willingness to be directed and critiqued
3.     Demonstrate self-awareness of current and potential abilities, as well as the ability to analyze current trends in the industry, by submitting assigned self-evaluations and selecting appropriate material for potential demo, including transcribing/collecting, rewriting and writing copy

Academic and Vocational Goals: Successful completion of this course should provide the student with:
1.     A practical understanding of the voice over business and what it takes to succeed
2.     Experience reading a large variety of copy
3.     Sufficient knowledge and practice to be able to determine if further study is recommended

Scope and Content (Tentative – depending on individual class):

Week 1                  Introduction/Initial Self-evaluation
Week 2                  Special Assignment / Breathing, Articulation, Inflection
Weeks 3-6             Commercial copy — Straight, Real Person, Multi-voice
Weeks 7-9             Characters /Cartoons/Radio Plays/Video Games
Weeks 10-11         Narration/Industrial and other long form or specialized copy
Week 12                Begin final project/Review VO basics/Auditions
Week 13                Agents/work on final project
Week 14                Marketing/work on final project
Week 15-16           Individual review of final projects and evaluation


Attendance and Class participation 20%
Quizzes/other tests/other Assignments 15%
Assignments 45%
Final Project (develop copy for potential demo tape) 20%

(Please note that these are suggested evaluation assignments and may change depending on the individual class.)

Class Attendance/Participation:

20% of the final grade in this class will be affected by active participation, including attendance, as follows: Students will be permitted 3 unexcused absences per semester. Any absence above this number will lower the student’s grade by one point for each additional unexcused absence. According to the state of California, students cannot miss more than 12 % of the required time allotted for this course. It is the student’s responsibility to drop all classes in which he/she is no longer attending.

It is the instructor’s discretion (choice) to withdraw a student after the add/drop deadline due to excessive absences. Students are required to attend class regularly and to complete all assignments in order to receive a grade. Students may be automatically dropped after six absences. Each event of tardiness will be counted as one-half of an absence. Promptness for class is required. Additionally, you will silence cell phones during class and will not read or answer email or text messages during class. You will receive a warning the first time. The next time, you will be assessed a point.

Students who remain enrolled in a class beyond the published withdrawal deadline April 8, 2016 as stated in the class schedule will receive an evaluative letter grade in this class. There is no Pass/Fail option.

Suggested Reading:

Subscribe to Class Blog. Also subscribe to “The Art of Voice Acting: The Craft and Business of Performing for Voice-Over” by James R. Alburger is another good book if you like lots of details!

Note: At the discretion of the instructor, the organization and presentation of class materials, announced guest speakers and assignments may vary. There will be no incompletes in this class.

Questions/Concerns/Problems:   As per college policy (Policy 3100.1 – College Catalog p. 62), please first address any questions, concerns or problems with me. If we are unable to come to an agreement, please contact the Chair of the Department before moving on to the Dean.

Students with Disabilities:  Students with verified disabilities who may require academic adjustments or auxiliary aids are strongly recommended to contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Department, Room A-115, and complete orientation procedures well before classes begin. Additionally, please contact me directly to discuss the details and time lines necessary to provide appropriate accommodations.

Code of Conduct: Students are subject to adhering to the policies and procedures of the San Diego Community College District, as well as all federal, state, and local laws. Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in their pursuit of academic goals. Any written work required will need to be original work created on your own. Students who are found in violation of district Procedure 3100.3, Honest Academic Conduct, will receive an “F” grade (zero points) on the assignment in question and may be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with Procedure 3100.2, Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Academic Freedom: Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well being of society. Free inquiry and free expression in a mutually respectful environment are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Such freedom shall be recognized as a right of all students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Due Process: Students Rights Responsibilities and Privacy of Student Records also known as (Policy 3100)  1.1 Due Process. Students shall have the right to impartial objective evaluation of their academic performance. Students shall receive in writing, at the beginning of each course, information outlining the method of evaluating student progress including the method by which the final grade is determined. If the student disagrees with the final grade, a formal complaint with proof of all scores and attendance should be presented to the instructor (in writing).  The Dept. Chair will then meet with the instructor and student to make a final assessment of the situation.  Neither Department Chairs nor Deans can change grades.