Acting Studies 3

Subject DRAM30011 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 120 hours
Total Time Commitment:

240 hours : Students are expected to undertake self-directed, individual practice.


758-263 Acting Studies 2


758-344 Voice Studies 3

758-345 Dance Studies 3

Recommended Background Knowledge:


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

In Acting 3, the emphasis switches to application of skills to performance. Here the emphasis is on opportunities for students to put into practice the craft and methodologies learned in the first two years to create an autonomous personal process that serves the intention of the particular work and is harmonious with the requirements of other creatives such as directors, music directors, choreographers, designers and technicians. Students will be expected to be able to create and fulfil a sustained, psychologically, physically and emotionally cohesive character journey across a whole role, whether acting, singing or dancing and make a positive contribution to ensemble. Key to this will be the ability to work from technical, interpretative and intuitive imperatives and the ability to adapt their process to the divergent requirements of style and genre. Skills work will also be extended to include camera work. Ultimately, students will emerge from Year 3 with a clear understanding of their own potential as a performer and will be able to self-diagnose areas requiring further extension and skills maintenance.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
• perform a role to a professional standard, demonstrating technical and artistic mastery
• implement an autonomous process in support of the work that combines technical, intuitive, imaginative and interpretative aspects
• implement an autonomous process of preparation and external rehearsal that accords with the requirements of the Director, as well as the music Director and Choreographer
• create and sustain a character journey
• synthesise vocal, physical and acting skills in the interests of holistic Music Theatre Performance
• Adapt successfully to the requirements of genre and style, including working with camera.
• contribute positively to an ensemble
• understand and fulfil the requirements of working in an ensemble, understudying and/or playing a role.
• Understand the need for continual skills maintenance
• Self-diagnose technical or artistic areas in need of further improvement


Continuous: preparation and participation in rehearsal and individual lessons, demonstrating continuous application and progress towards stated outcomes (25%)

Formal: based on two performances, one in semester 1 and one in semester 2, demonstrating technical and artistic progress of an appropriate standard (75%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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.
• Recognise their uniqueness as a performer and maintain that integrity whilst developing diversity.
• 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.
• Collaborate with the wider educational and artistic community.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music Theatre

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