Cross Discipline Studies

Subject DNCE60047 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 72 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 Hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

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 streams to develop communication and collaborative abilities within the processes of artistic composition and a familiarity with the approaches of other disciplines.

There is a focus upon light, design and an exploration of the generative processes used in performance creation (sound design/composition for performance, writing for performance, cross modal improvisation).

Laboratory classes allow students to explore and develop design concepts together, to experiment, and become familiar with lighting and design methods, materials and possible solutions.

A series of seminars focus upon creative teams of professional practitioners e.g. designers, directors, choreographers, performance makers) who discuss the ways in which collaboration can occur in the development of design/production concept and realisation


On completing this subject students will:

• 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 theatrical performance environments;
• understand the means by which dramatic/performance text can provide cues for spatial, lighting and sound design;
• gain the capacity to conceptualise and design space – as occupied by a 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.

  • Individual & collaborative projects 55%
  • Written assignments & reports no more than 2500words 45%
  • 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 completing this subject students will have:

  • 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 one’s own work.

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

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