Performance Theory and Organisation B

Subject DNCE60046 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3.5 hours per week for 12 weeks
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 continues to build a focus on contemporary performance creation from a theoretical, organisational and resourcing viewpoint.

Current performance practice is re-examined, including cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and contextual perspectives with student seminar presentations and visiting practitioners who discuss their philosophies and approach.

An understanding of the organisational aspects of performance creation is encouraged with a focus on pre-production planning, project financial management, areas of copyright, ethics and matters of legality as well as environmental health and safety considerations.

Locating resources for project development, the nature and scope of a relationship with a producing partner, the structure of governmental funding and the processes involved in preparation and evaluation of grant submissions is highlighted through seminars and guest speakers.

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this subject students will:

• understand the nature of contemporary performance practice and situate their own work and artistic concerns within it;
• relate these understandings to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary artistic practices, as well as to the political, historical and economic contexts in which it is developed;
• develop skills in the preparation and presentation of seminar research topics;
• critically evaluate and describe various types of performance practice and articulate the contribution of the collaborators in its realisation;
• develop the understanding and practical ability to conceptualise and plan a performance project with a workable idea that reflects an understanding of community, cultural infrastructure and support;
• develop an understanding of the financial management procedures in relation to the project development;
• develop an understanding of grant writing approaches and processes as applied to independent arts practice

  • Team research & seminar presentation 25%
  • Problem solving tasks and questionnaires 25%
  • Project development and grant proposal50%
  • Hurdle Requirement 80% attendance

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will have:

• the ability to interpret and analyse artistic work in the context of professional practice within both a broader cultural field and a body of contemporary ideas;
• the capacity to evaluate and synthesise data and other information;
• the ability to communicate in oral and written form;
• the capacity for critical thinking;
• the ability to effectively participate in a team pursuing creative objectives;
• the ability to initiate, maintains, manages and organises artistic practices within community, industry and business organisational structures.

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Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation
Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation

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