After announcing the idea of the Rowany Academy for Arts and Sciences at Yule Feast, I am happy to be able to send out the details. Thanks to everyone who I’ve spoken with over January who helped me to define and refine this scheme.
The Academy has a page on the Rowany website: https://rowany.lochac.sca.org/?page_id=1013, and a forum to discuss the skills lists, share A&S resources and organise teaching: https://rowanyacademy.myfreeforum.org/index.php. I encourage you to sign up for the forum and get involved. Otherwise here’s an overview of its purpose and structure:
The Academy will support the Guilds and existing paths to mastery of A&S in the Kingdom. It is modelled on existing Guilds of Lochac: In order to be recognised candidates need to produce a piece of work to demonstrate the skills required at each level. Where possible it will complement the work of a particular Guild – Scribes, Fibre, Cooks, etc. This will be done by aligning the cumulative requirements for Companion Artisan rank to ‘journeyman’ rank in the respective guild.
The Academy is a skills and competency based scheme, it provides guidance on what to learn in each area, and what could be taught on a regular basis. It is up to each candidate to be motivated and complete projects.
The skills listed against each area of study are assigned as follows:
- Novice Artisan (Beginner): by end of this period able to confidently say “I can do XXX skill”
- Novice Artisan (Intermediate): by end of this period, able to confidently design own projects and teach basic skills/ give advice.
- Companion Artisan: drawn on as pool of teachers, considered for Order of Berries, exemplifying A&S in the Barony
The names of levels in the Academy have been chosen to reflect words that were used in guilds in period, but that are not commonly used in the SCA, to avoid further confusion around words such as apprentice and journeyman.
Once a person demonstrates they are competent in all skills/works listed under an area of study then they are recognised by the Academy at that level. A list of ranks will be published on the Baronial website. Recognition of advancement is still being decided, but there will a formal presentation.
The Academy will run three major teaching events each year (aka 2 x Bunch o’ Classes, 1 x Cold War). We will support an event in Okewaite, Ursulan A&S nights, weekends inDencePark, weekends at Stowe.
Classes/open sessions will also be run at Fighter Practice on Tuesday nights, on Sundays at Dence Park in Epping, at Ursulan A&S, Stowe A&S weekends or as otherwise organised.
 this is not an exclusive requirement for Order of Berries, which is given at the decision of the Baron and Baroness