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The Meridian College of Bardic Arts
To provide an environment in which all individuals can share and develop their love of
the Bardic Arts for the betterment of themselves, the enjoyment of all, and the enrichment
of the Kingdom of Meridies.
We are stylized on a traditional Bardic College, focused on learning, teaching, and
performing. Our goal is to instill the desire and courage to perform the Bardic Arts.
We present the learning in fashion as to promote a balanced development of performance,
a keeper and relater of histories, and the relating of information in a Bardic Fashion.
- CRITERIA FOR ENROLLMENT/DISENROLLMENT
- The Meridian College of Bardic Arts embraces and welcomes all who wish to enroll.
- Anyone is welcome to participate in classes held by the College, however students must
complete a registration form to be officially enrolled. Records will only be kept on those
students who are officially enrolled in the College.
- Failure to complete / graduate IS NOT grounds for disenrollment of the College.
- The Only grounds for disenrollment is for the student to be absolutely banished by the
Society, as covered by Corpora and Kingdom Law.
- All members of any preexisting College for Bardic Arts, within the Kingdom of Meridies
are welcomed to join the College at their current status. Please send notification of your
intent to join the College, in writing to the Dean of the College. Progression within the
College will take place under the new curriculum. Mandatory classes must be taken or
taught in order to receive credit for those classes.
ALL COURSES ARE ONE HOUR CREDITS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF AND
GUIDANCE ON THE SUBJECT.
- REQUIRED COURSES
- ROLE OF THE BARD in the MIDDLE AGES: An overview of what a Bard was, how they were
trained, different courses of study, the role they played in society, and the political
importance of Bards.
- HISTORY of MERIDIES: RUM course CMA101. An overview of the history of our
Kingdom. This class will cover the history of Meridies from its early days with the
East, the switch to Atenveldt, becoming a principality, and finally kingdom status.
It will also cover key people of the Kingdom, such as Duke John the Bearkiller, Duke
Orlando, Mistress Rondallyn, Master Cathal, etx. and figures of local importance.
- MERIDIAN LAW: RUM course CMA202. A survey course that covers The Kingdom Law of
Meridies. Explanation of the laws as they appear in the most recent publication of
Kingdom Law will be discussed. Also discussed will be the process to change Kingdom
- HERALDRY: RUM course SCI400, BASIC HERALDRY. An introduction to mundane English
Heraldry covering the basic terms such as the colors, metals, furs, divisions and charges
and an introduction to blazoning. Also covered is the SCA rules for heraldic
devices, a look at examples of kingdom and local arms and the submission process.
- LIFE in MEDIEVAL TIMES: RUM course HIS100. A survey of peasants, nobles, and
clerics. This class will cover the details of everyday life: how the manors
and castles were run and by whom, who were the castle servants and where did they come
from. What the Lord and Lady of the Manor did, how children were trained for their
future position, fostering and marriage among the nobility, feudal obligations, amusements
and responsibilities. It will also cover the daily life of the peasant, such as it
was. The class will also touch on the merchant class and the clergy, how their lives
differed, and how one became a member of the clergy or a guild member.
- PERFORMING in the SCA: What to expect, what is expected, helpful hints on crowd pleasers
and displeases. Must also include information on Bardic Circles, their purpose and
how to run one.
- FUNDAMENTALS of COMPOSING ORIGINAL WORKS: A course which describes the creative process
used in composing original poetry, or song, using several as examples will also be part of
- RESEARCH and DOCUMENTATION for the PERFORMING ARTS: This class will discuss suggestions
on where to look, and how to organize documentation for Period and Original Work. (The
LMoAS Handbook is an excellent guide for this course)
- ANALYSIS of PERIOD WORK: A class that discusses a period poem, story, or song chosen by
the instructor. Discussion will include what is known about the author. An analysis of the
work as for the mechanics and content will also be discussed.
- ANALYSIS of CURRENT MIDDLE-AGES WORK: A class that discusses a poem, story, or song that
was written or composed during the existence of the SCA. Discussion will include what is
known about the author, what might have been going on politically or socially that could
have motivated the author. An analysis of the work as for the mechanics and content will
also be discussed.
- ELECTIVES: Along with the ten required courses and ten hours of teaching, students are
required to take six electives. These electives bring the total number of class and
instructional for graduation to 26. Electives should be of the student's choice and
can be taught by any Collegium that teaches performing arts. These electives allow
the student to customize his/her curriculum to their preferred area of study.
- TITLES and REGALIA of ACHIEVMENT:
- The College shall consult the Meridian College of Heraldry and the Crown for any
possible regalia used by the College.
- We ask that a Belt Favor, Sable adorned with a single Argent mullet be used to signify
the rank of Bard, a belt favor, Sable, adorned with two Argent mullets be used to signify
the rank of Filidh, a belt favor, Sable, adorned with three Argent mullets be used to
signify the rank of Ollamh, and a belt favor, Sable, adorned with three Argent mullets
under an increscent be used to signify the rank of Lorekeeper.
- TITLES: These titles are non-armigerous and carry no precedence.
- BARD: Any student officially enrolled in the College and has completed the course ROLE
of the BARD in the MIDDLE-AGES.
- FILIDH: A student who has completed all 10 (ten) required courses and has performed
publicly 10 (ten) times since enrollment. (All performances mentioned are to be on
- OLLAMH: A student who has reached the title of Filidh, completed all six electives,
continues to perform publicly, (10 (ten) times since obtaining Filidh), and has competed
in at least 1 (one) local Bardic Competition.
- LOREKEEPER: A student who has achieved the title Ollamh, has taught 10 (ten) courses
within the College, continues to perform publicly, (10 (ten) times since obtaining
Ollamh), and has competed in at least one Kingdom level Bardic Competition.
- The student is now considered a Graduate of the College and is invited to continue to
teach as long as he/she wishes.
- Graduation is not considered justification for disenrollment from the College.
- THE BARDIC COUNCIL
- To gather information on currently registered students and to recognize advancement
within the College.
- To report on which classes were taught and where they were given since the last Council.
- To prepare / plan classes for up coming events / Collegiums.
- To discuss other matters pertinent to the College.
- The Bardic Council may vote to amend or modify this charter. The Royal University
of Meridies and The Crown must approve any changes.
- All Bardic Councils will consist of Local group representation, within geographical
regions, (i.e.: western, middle, eastern regions) of officially enrolled students and or
- ADMINISTRATION of COUNCILS
- The Dean of the College, or his/her designated representative will administrate
- Councils will be coordinated through regional locations and take place at official SCA
events as invited / permitted by the autocrat of the event.
- Councils will be held as required for the administration of the College. Not to exceed
more than once per quarter.
- The Colleges web site/ newsletter will be updated with information from Bardic Councils.
- OFFICERS/ REPORTS
- TERM of OFFICE
- ALL Offices are for a two year term. Deputies will be selected within the first year of
office in order to insure the smooth continuation of the College.
- ALL Officers will be officially enrolled in the College.
- Administrator of the College and Arbiter of the Bardic Council.
- Files reports with the Dean of Academic Studies, RUM.
- Designates Regional Deputies.
- REGIONAL DEPUTIES
- No Regional Deputy will have precedence over any other.
- Administrates as the Dean's representative at regional Bardic Councils.
- Receives and forwards all reports on student achievement with in the College to the Dean
from local groups.
- The Dean reports to the Dean of Academic Studies, RUM semi-annually.
- Regional Deputies report to the Dean of the Meridian College of Bardic Arts