One of my favourite things about the SCA is the classes – the opportunity to learn new things (and share things as well). I think it’s a great way for newcommers to both learn about the SCA, as well as gives folks who feel awkward or unsure, or whatever in their first few months… something to DO – its a good way to sort of organize time.
During the pandemic, my kingdom has hosted a few different virtual events, some with classes (though lots without too) but it appears that our education ministers aren’t conducting any of the administration side, since I haven’t received any replies to any of my emails. (I should have been confirmed Scholar Cum Laude back in July 2020, and Scholar Cum Laude twice over in February 2021…) however there are other kingdoms that are really embracing the opportunities to reach out across the known world and connect with people (as well as give newcomers, and existing members something DO) during the pandemic.
One of those that I’ve been really excited about and have been to a lot of classes with is the University of the MidRealm. In May 2021 they confirmed my participation by awarding me a Licentiate degree in the College of SCA and Historic Topics from the Royal University of the MidRealm as well as a Graduate degree in the same.
Their degree levels:
Licentiate – 15 credit hours across any of the colleges. If 7 hours are from a particular college, the Licentiate may include that emphasis. (confirmed May 2021)
Graduate – 30 credit hours across any of the colleges, with 15 hours in a single college of emphasis. (confirmed May 2021, thus making me “Drifa, Graduate of the Royal University of the MidRealm with an emphasis in SCA and Historic Topics”)
Adept – 55 credit hours across any of the colleges with 30 hours in a single college of emphasis.
Unfortunately, the work of putting on weekly workshops most certainly took its toll on the ministers and their deputies, as well as volunteer moderators and teachers I presume, so in March 2021 they stopped doing weekly workshops online, and instead it looks like they’re focusing on single-day events. The next one is June 19, 2021 – Spirit Day. Of course with a one-day event I won’t be able to get the credit hours needed to reach Adept – but hopefully they’ll have other events as well so I can reach that milestone while learning some awesome things from awesome people.
There are 6 different colleges with areas of emphasis – most of the classes I took have been in SCA & Historic Topics, mostly just because that’s what seemed to work best for me online. Really.. in any other time, most of my interests would fall under Studio Arts as well as Textiles.
- Literary and Performing Arts
- Martial Arts
- SCA and Historic Topics
- Technical and Studio Arts
- Textiles and Domestic Arts
- Youth Education
I find this approach really interesting. Here our awards are based just on the number of classes someone has taken, so I wonder if someone takes enough classes in one area, and then also enough classes in another area, if they’d be granted multiple degrees?
The Royal University of the MidRealm also offers recognition for their teachers (as does Avacal). I haven’t done any online SCA teaching yet oddly. There were lots of classes I taught or was prepared to teach in person (there were a few times I was going to teach but then wasn’t able to physically get to the site since it was out of town) but nothing I was able to figure out how to translate to teaching online with the kind of ‘home office’ set up I have.
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