Cross Discipline Studies A

Subject DNCE60047 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 6 hours per week (12 weeks); total commitment 120 hours per semester
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours per semester
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirments for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Ms Helen Herbertson


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 03 9685 9419
Subject Overview: This subject focuses upon the potential for interplay and dynamic dialogue between the building blocks of performance creation. Seminars and practical/studio-based classes provide interaction with other discipline streams (e.g. sound, music composition, film, design) to develop communication and collaborative abilities within processes of artistic composition.

There is a focus upon design and light and an exploration of the generative processes used in performance creation (kinaesthetic creativity, sound design for choreography, writing for performance, cross modal improvisation). Laboratory classes explore the effect of light, space, form, colour and texture, allowing students to develop design concepts together, to experiment, and to become familiar with lighting and set design methods, materials and possible solutions. A series of seminars focus upon creative teams of professional practitioners e.g. designers and directors, designers and choreographers, who discuss the ways in which collaboration can occur in the development of design/production concept and realisation

  • gain an understanding of corporeal, spatial and temporal relationships in the constructing of performance;
  • gain a practical understanding of light and lighting sources as applied to both theatrical and outdoor performance environments;
  • gain the capacity to conceptualise and design space - as occupied by a dancer/performer (performance space), as visible (illuminated space) and as an environment for action (setting of performance);
  • gain the capacity to collaborate with others to realise a performance design;
  • work individually and as a creative team in the creation and organisation of multi-disciplinary work;
  • work with creative integrity and flexibility in working within different artistic forms.
Assessment: Individual and collaborative practical projects (55%), written assignments and reports equivalent to no more than 2500 words (45%) (intervals through semester). Hurdle requirement 80% attendance

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of the subject students should have developed
  • The ability to work in other modalities and appreciate their potentials
  • The ability to work as a team in the creation and organization of aesthetic material
  • The capacity to solve problems
  • The capacity for critical thinking and the evaluation of artistic materials
  • The capacity to identify and use the principles of another modality in the creation of ones own work

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation

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