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Later Life Learning

If you are currently retired (or planning to retire) and would like to expand your mind, challenge yourself, keep abreast of current developments in the world around you, and learn new skills along with your peers, there is a wide selection of opportunities for you at Programs for 50+. You are also welcome to consider degree and certificate courses (subject to meeting prerequisites and/or admission requirements) in the full Chang School calendar at www.ryerson.ca/ce/courses.

Courses

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To view courses that are required for specific certificate programs, select the “Certificate Programs” tab and then select the program name.

Programs for 50+

Programs for 50+ at The Chang School offers unique non-credit programs to stimulate your personal enrichment, self-actualization, and a continuing connection to society in a community of like-minded people. Expand your learning, redefine your retirement, and be engaged as an older adult learner.

Continue your education through a wide variety of courses and workshops for older adults, including off-campus programming. Choose from classes in dramatic arts, liberal arts, media arts, and Caring Clown, as well as workshop opportunities that explore the challenges of the mature worker in today's workforce.

Join us at our annual 50+ Festival or year-round 50+ Festival Series offering a variety of thought-provoking and entertaining events including workshops and lectures, as well as cultural presentations (e.g., film, theatre, music).

Get involved in a variety of community engagement opportunities for older adults.

Visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/programs50plus for more information.

ACT II STUDIO: Acting Skill Development

CSAC 240 — Acting Without Text
CSAC 442 — Meisner Technique I: Listening
CSAC 443 — Meisner Technique II: Connection
CSAC 444 — Meisner Technique III: Truth
CSAC 445 — Meisner Technique IV: Text
CSAC 605 — Basic Makeup Skills

ACT II STUDIO: Clown and Comedy

CSAC 109 — Introduction to Clown
CSAC 180 — The Art of Comedy
CSAC 209 — Clown Cabaret

ACT II STUDIO: Directing

CSAC 127 — Directing: An Introduction

ACT II STUDIO: Improvisation

CSAC 182 — Introduction to Improvisation
CSAC 282 — Improvisation I: Fun and Games
CSAC 382 — Improvisation II: Group Mind
CSAC 482 — Improvisation III: Character
CSAC 582 — Improvisation IV: Making a Scene

ACT II STUDIO: Introductory Acting

CSAC 101 — Introduction to Acting I
CSAC 102 — Introduction to Acting II
CSAC 114 — Introduction to Scene Study

ACT II STUDIO: Lectures/Forums for Theatre Lovers

CSAC 501 — Shaw Festival Preview
CSAC 502 — Stratford Festival Preview

ACT II STUDIO: Monologue and Scene Study

CSAC 106 — Monologues: The Basics
CSAC 115 — Scene Exploration I
CSAC 215 — Scenes From Canadian and Other Plays
CSAC 306 — Comedy Monologues
CSAC 313 — Readers' Theatre Techniques
CSAC 516 — Advanced Scene Study: Beckett
CSAC 618 — Advanced Scene Study: Pinter
CSAC 619 — Unleashing Pinter

ACT II STUDIO: On-Camera Acting

CSAC 169 — Acting on Camera A to Z
CSAC 261 — Acting in Commercials I

ACT II STUDIO: Period Study

CSAC 126 — Restoration Comedy
CSAC 317 — Restoration Comedy Scenes
CSAC 318 — Restoration Comedy Performance

ACT II STUDIO: Playwriting

CSAC 151 — Playwriting Basics
CSAC 156 — Playwriting I
CSAC 356 — Playwriting Lab V: Generating Ideas
CSAC 357 — Playwriting Lab VI: Dialogue
CSAC 456 — Adapting Stories for the Stage
CSAC 555 — Research-Inspired Plays
CSAC 657 — Reading Plays: Pinter

ACT II STUDIO: Shakespeare Study

CSAC 105 — Shakespeare: Yes You Can!
CSAC 206 — Shakespeare Monologue

ACT II STUDIO: Storytelling

CSAC 310 — The Art of Story Telling
CSAC 410 — Bringing History to Life

ACT II STUDIO: Voice and Movement
For all Voice and Movement courses, please wear comfortable, non-binding clothing you can move in and shoes that you can slip on and off, if possible. Bring a mat or large towel, a notebook, and water. Also, have a short (1 minute max) memorized piece of text to work with.

CSAC 111 — Voice Work Basics
CSAC 211 — Voice Coaching
CSAC 322 — Movement Lab I: Grounding and Taking Space
CSAC 323 — Movement Lab II: Fluidity and Expressiveness
CSAC 324 — Movement Lab III: Warm Ups and Text
CSAC 326 — Movement Lab IV: Character and the Body
CSAC 421 — Alexander Technique I
CSAC 424 — Transformative Movement Intensive

Caring Clown
Through several courses, students are trained in clowning techniques and achieve an understanding of aging and the dementia process. For information about the Caring Clown program, visit the website at www.ryerson.ca/ce/caringclown.

CSCC 200 — Strengthen Your Clown Character
CSCC 201 — Clowning Into the World of the Other
CSCC 202 — Music Therapy and Caring Clown
CSCC 203 — The Joy of Dance
CSCC 204 — Opening to the Expressive Body
CSCC 900 — Caring Clown I
CSCC 910 — Caring Clown II
CSCC 911 — Caring Clown Practicum

Media Arts
Learn the latest in media arts in a supportive environment. Study films and cinema history, attend writing workshops, make your own films, and direct you own movie, with like-minded, creative peers.

CSMA 111 — Film Club

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