Creative Collaboration

Subject MUSI20154 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
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: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 120 horus including private study
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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Mr Martin Dyckhoff, Ms Margot Fenley


Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419
Subject Overview: Students work in a creative development format with professional artists-in-residence. Students will participate in short term intensive workshop periods with limited performance outcome (e.g. in-house moved reading) that may range from new musical theatre works, to physical theatre, to avant-garde form, to children’s theatre. The primary skill development is in the possible use of improvisation, cold and/or sight-reading and adaptiveness to new forms and input in service of the writer/composer/choreographer. Whilst students will have an experience of active participation as collaborator/performers, at other times they will be required to become a ‘working audience’, acquiring skills in giving constructive feedback and critical response to work in which they have not been primarily engaged.
Objectives: Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• Understand the role of the actor in a creative development process
• Understand the nature of work in progress and development from the perspective of other creatives (writers, composers, directors, choreographers, animateurs etc)
• Understand dramatic structure through examination of such elements as character journey or arcs, scene structure and dynamics, relationship of dialogue to song/music, dance/movement, writing style, rhythm and the interplay of plot, theme, character, given circumstances, atmosphere, space, dramatic objective etc.
• Utilise skills such as improvisation, sight-reading and cold reading to facilitate creative development processes
• Understand the role of a ‘working audience’ in a creative development process and make constructive contributions in such a role

Continuous: based on participation, interaction and contribution to the development process, including critical analysis forums (50%)

Formal: contribution as performer and/or ensemble member in the Showing (20%), a research task on the collaborative process (1,000 words) to be submitted at the end of first semester and a reflective journal (1,000 words) on the development process to be submitted at the end of second semester (30%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the three major skill areas of singing, acting and dance, both individually and in combination.
• Practise their craft with autonomy, confidence, self-awareness and self-motivation.
• Synthesise the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to the various requirements of genre and style in diverse range of Music Theatre practice.
• Transfer their skills to allied areas of performance, whether in theatre, cabaret, new work, concert performance, film and television or commercial dance.
• Demonstrate a high level of professional conduct and incorporate respect, responsibility and support for collaboration as part of their professional practice.
• Employ skills that facilitate contribution to the creation and performance of new work, whether as collaborators or sole practitioners
• Practice a spirit of enquiry and critical evaluation of new forms and the development of Music Theatre and the allied art forms.
• Demonstrate a sense of enquiry about the responsibility of artists to reflect, respond and contribute to cultural and social debate.
• Collaborate with the wider educational and artistic community.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Theatre

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