Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
|Year and Campus:||2015 - Southbank|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||100 credit points taken over 12 months full time.|
Dr Alyson Campbell
This is the first course leading to a qualification in dramaturgy in Australia and Asia, and offers a unique curriculum emerging from its positioning within the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the artistic and cultural life of Melbourne. It is a one-year, 100-point, Masters course that is closely interwoven with both the existing Master of Writing for Performance and the new Master of Directing for Performance. The Dramaturgy course would form a significant part of a distinctive suite of postgraduate taught programmes in Theatre at the VCA, contributing to a vibrant ecology that matches the conditions of contemporary practice in the field. Working closely with postgraduate Dance and Design, the Centre for Cultural Partnerships and the undergraduate Theatre Practice students, the course exploits the interdisciplinary possibilities of the VCA to offer a course that is not only matchless nationally but internationally. This is enhanced by our international partnerships with institutions and cultural organisations. The VCA’s central location in Melbourne opens up the city’s rich and vibrant performance diversity to the student cohort, and VCA Theatre has strong partnerships with industry.
The structure and content of the course is distinctive in that it is underpinned by a commitment to interdisciplinarity and national and international engagement. It draws on the Theatre department’s strengths in teaching and professional experience in writing, directing and dramaturgy.
The teaching-intense first semester focuses on skills and research training, including a discrete subject that engages closely with the dramaturgical expertise of Melbourne’s diverse theatre industry. The teaching methodology is underpinned by the principle of bringing industry professionals onto the campus to interface with the students. The second semester allows more independent practice and research, building reflective performance practitioners with a high level of research and practice skills commensurate with a Masters degree.
Through a balance of theory and practical subjects, laboratory-based workshops, seminars, lectures, self-directed exercises, tutorials, practical master classes and internships, the key learning outcomes are:
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
Year One – Semester 1
Dramaturgy and Text
Cross Disciplinary Laboratory
Year One – Semester 2
Dramaturgy and Live Performance
Writing from Performance
Independent Dramaturgy Project
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Study Period Commencement:
The Selection Committee for the Master of Directing for Performance will evaluate applicants using the following criteria:
|Core Participation Requirements:||
Participants should possess and/or display potential to develop:
Behavioural and Social Attributes:
Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability; however, students will need to participate in the course in an independent manner.
|Further Study:|| |
The Master of Dramaturgy offers a pathway into VCA research higher degrees or other research higher degrees, and the PhD.
On completion of this course the students should demonstrate the ability to:
The Master of Dramaturgy includes an independent project that will involve students undertaking a research project within an arts institution/professional environment. This will be managed and assessed by staff on campus. It is possible for this to happen overseas as the learning outcomes and assessment are set up as a research project and monitored and assessed by staff. This will be assessed by research essay and presentation on return to campus. Monitoring will be by email and Skype.
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