Collegium is the annual fall educational event for the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It's a day full of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and all types of classes on medieval and renaissance history.
Missed Collegium XLVII? You can download handouts from some of the classes taught at the last Collegium here.
Find out more about Collegium below.
Chancellor Violet Ruthvene welcoming attendees at Collegium XLVI.
1. What is Collegium?
Collegium Occidentalis is a full day of classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations that is open to the public (with reduced admission fees for SCA members). 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 9, 2013.
3. Where is Collegium?
The location for the next Collegium has not be set, but it will be in the San Francisco Bay Area and should be announced in early 2013.
Sir Richard de Camville teaching at Collegium XLVI.
4. How much does Collegium cost?
The admission fee is $20 for the general public. SCA members receive a discount when they show their membership cards and pay only $15 per person. Cash and checks are accepted at the door.
Some classes may have additional fees to cover materials, and these are paid directly to the teacher (cash is preferred). These will be noted in the class schedule, when posted.
Because of our tight, nonprofit budget, we hope that teachers and staff can also pay the site fee, which not only supports the event but allows you to attend classes around your own.
5. Do I need to register in advance for Collegium?
Not for most of the classes. You can come and pay the admission fee and attend as many classes as you want.
Any limited-attendance classes that require advance registration will be noted on the class schedule, and you will need to show up early on the day of the event to sign up.
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 materials provided or for handouts, so bring cash (exact change is preferred). It's a good idea to bring note-taking materials for all classes.
7. What should I wear at Collegium?
The SCA asks that attendees will 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.
Have more questions or comments?
Please go to the Contact Us page to email the Chancellor.
Last site update on November 28, 2012.