Applied Project 2 (Directors)

Subject DRAM60018 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, 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: 2 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 480 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Subject Overview: The student will work throughout the year on the preparation, realisation and presentation of a major research project. This project consists of:

  • A production of a theatrical text of approximately 60 minutes duration;
  • A research paper of 8,000 words (max.), which acts as an exegesis of the practical project.

The production will receive a small budget and some production support. The organisation of the project will however be the responsibility of the student. It will be shown in a public performance season.

The theatre work will have a set of research objectives laid out by the student at the outset. The paper will outline the research paradigm being used.

The student will receive regular tutorials with a supervisor. There will be seminars in which students present the progress of their work to their fellows, in order to elicit informed critical discussion. There will be a major presentation on the progress of the Project to a panel at the end of the Semester One. Students must satisfy the panel of their progress before they can proceed

The objectives of this subject are

  • to extend the student's skills and expertise in the creation of original theatre work and the presentation of a theatrical work to the public;
  • to provide an opportunity for candidates of proven ability to undertake advanced work and a leadership role as initiator and director of new theatre work;
  • to develop appropriate skills in the documentation, description and analysis of creative processes and performance;
  • to make a significant contribution to theatre practice and research in Australia.
Assessment: Theatre Project (60%);
Research Paper of 8,000 words (40%) (end of year):
Assessment will be by two examiners external to the discipline of Drama, VCA. At least one examiner will have academic experience. The research paper must be completed within 6 weeks of the completion of the performance and no less than 4 weeks before the conclusion of the academic year.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to a practising performing artist;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate practical skills in critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual/performing artist in the 21st century;
  • work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of performing artistic environments;
  • contribute to a range of performing arts environments as artistic collaborators and leaders.
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Related Course(s): Master of Theatre Practice

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