The APA Credit Unit System

 
 

There are three different definitions of a Credit Unit depending on the amount of formal contact/class hours and the amount of time a student works on their own. 


  1. The basic definition is that for 1 Credit a student must spend 3 hours a week studying over 14 weeks of a Semester.  This is a total of 42 hours. 

  2. THIS DEFINITION IS NEVER GOING TO BE EXACT AND IS AN AVERAGE!!



  1. Type 1 is normally applied to a standard lecture/seminar class.

  2. This requires the student to complete 1 hour a week of formal contact/class hours and 2 hours of individual homework, giving a total of 3 hours a week.


  1. Type 2 is normally applied to case studies or similar courses. 

  2. This requires the student to complete 2 hours a week of formal contact/class hours and 1 hour of individual homework, giving a total of 3 hours a week.


  1. Type 3 is normally applied to production work or internships.

  2. This requires the student to complete 3 hours a week of project or production work, giving a total of 3 hours a week.


Most EDT Courses are 2 credits per course - so this results in a doubling of the numbers above.


  1. Type 1:    2 hours a week of formal contact/class hours and 4 hours of individual homework, giving a total of 6 hours a week.


  1. Type 2:    4 hours a week of formal contact/class hours and 2 hours of individual homework, giving a total of 6 hours a week.


  1. Type 3:    6 hours a week of project or production work, giving a total of 6 hours a week.


A chart of these Credit Units is available to download here



There is one other factor to consider for Academy productions.  Because the Production weeks are part of the normal production period, Production Practice Credits are calculated over 16 weeks - not 14. 

It is also impossible to predict the exact amount of work required for each production.  A small show could be very technical and have many lighting and sound cues with a complex set.  Therefore even though it is a small production the amount of time the student will need to spend will be greater that the normall allocated Credit Hours.   Another show could only have 2 sound cues.  It is a luck of the draw. 


From the Credit Unit System it is possible to calculate the average number of hours a week that the student should spend on their studies.  This number will again be an average and will also depend upon the ability of the student. 


For an average EDT BFA 2 study stream, there are a total of 34 Credits over the year, 6 of which are Production Practice. 

                                    1 Credit        =    42 hours

                                    28 Credits    =    1176 hours

                                    6 Credits      =    228 hours


                                    Total Hours    =    1404 hours over the full semester.

                                    Total Hours    =    702 hours per semester


                    Which works out at 49 hours a week!!!


Studying at the APA is a FULL TIME “JOB” and not something that can be thought of as a part time course!!

The APA Credit Unit System is a method to calculate the amount of time and therefore work that a student should spend on an individual course, each academic year, and therefore throughout their time studying at the Academy.