SCA West Kingdom Arts & Sciences classes

Collegium is the annual fall educational event for the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It's on November 8, 2014, and features hands-on workshops, panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and all types of classes on medieval and renaissance history.

Find out more about Collegium below.

Master Vyncent atte Wodegate leads a dance class at Collegium XLVI
Master Vyncent atte Wodegate leads a dance class at Collegium XLVI.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is Collegium?

Collegium Occidentalis is a full day of classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations, by and for SCA members, and open to the public. The mission of this event is to further the understanding and appreciation of pre-17th-century history, especially in Western Europe.

Collegium is one of two, large, educational events held each year by the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The other is the Arts and Science Tourney, which takes place in June. The two events differ in that Collegium is held indoors, in a classroom setting, while the Tourney is held outdoors, in a camping setting. This allows for a wide variety of courses and topics to be covered by each event.

2. When is Collegium?

The next event is November 8, 2014.

3. Where is Collegium?

The site hasn't been determined yet but will be in Northern California.

4. How much does Collegium cost?

Admission is usually $15 for SCA members and $20 for non-members.

Some classes may have additional fees to cover handout printing and materials, and you'll pay this directly to the teacher (cash is preferred). Fees are noted in the class descriptions, as they're posted.

5. Do I need to register in advance for Collegium?

Not for most of the classes. Any limited-attendance classes that require advance registration will be noted on the class schedule and descriptions, and you will need to show up early on the day of the event to sign up.

Chancellor Violet Ruthvene raises funds to support Collegium XLVII
Chancellor Violet Ruthvene raises funds to support Collegium XLVII.

6. What should I bring to Collegium?

First, check the class descriptions and see if the classes you want to take require students to bring special equipment or materials. Some classes may have fees to cover handouts or materials, so bring cash (exact change is preferred). It's a good idea to bring note-taking materials for all classes.

You'll probably want to bring a cup or mug for water to stay hydrated throughout the day (especially if you take a fighting or dance class). And if you don't want to go off-site for lunch, then bring your own lunch too!

7. What should I wear at Collegium?

The SCA asks that all attendees make an attempt at dressing in pre-1600 costume for the event. This emphasizes that there are no spectators, and we are all participants in researching and recreating history. But don't worry about wearing your finest or fanciest costumes -- everyone is here to learn. Please leave the wide hoops and giant hats at home so there's more space for students.

Have more questions or comments?

Please go to the Contact Us page to email the Collegium Staff.


Last site update on November 17, 2013.