Acting Projects

Subject DRAM30001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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: 26 hours per week all year
Total Time Commitment: 912 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Year Long
Year Long
Year Long
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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Subject Overview:

This is a year where the emphasis shifts to performance. Classes and/or tutorials continue and they are linked with the rehearsal and performance process. Students are now encouraged to set their own objectives in the work in consultation with a staff member. In this year there will be a series of projects which range from performing in plays from the existing repertoire, to new plays, to a Film and TV project, to original works. Acting Projects: A series of plays directed either by staff members, or guest directors or student directors. These plays will be performed to the public and could take place in a variety of venues. Performance Making: Performances may be developed dealing with a selection of the following skills: narrative, character, metaphorical coherence, thematic unity, theatrical conventions, the rule of significance (where the work expresses a significant attitude to some problem concerning humankind and/or his/her relationship to the universe). The development of this work will be guided by students preferences and needs. It could be exercise based or the time could be devoted to the rehearsal of a single piece. The work could be student or staff initiated.


On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • demonstrate a professional standard in rehearsal process and performance;
  • work authentically before an audience in a variety of performance styles;
  • work constructively with other actors, directors, writers, animateurs and production personnel;
  • take on a variety of roles;
  • be consistent in rehearsal and in performance;
  • work through a rehearsal process to performance.

Transformation and Mastery of Skill and Methodology are fundamental to all areas of assessment in Acting Projects. Assessment is based upon class participation, level of preparation, and the degree to which the stated objectives have been achieved. Rehearsal process (50%); performance (50%). In order to gain a passing grade in this subject, a pass must be achieved in both areas. Students are required to keep a journal.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
• demonstrate a mastery of skill and methodology
• apply critical and reflective modes of thinking;
• interpret and analyse a range of source material and work methodologies;
• practise theoretical concepts and synthesise learned skills by applying them to another context.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA)

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