Production Skills 2A

Subject THTR20015 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours per module per semester
Total Time Commitment:

144 hours


THTR10004 Production Skills IB or equivalent



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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 provides an extension of skills in two areas of specialisation selected from Lighting, Sound, Design, Workshop, Costume and Stage Management. This will allow students to further explore and develop skills in specific areas of study. The narrowing down of this subject into two modules enables students to concentrate more deeply and at a higher level.

Learning Outcomes:

To enable students to expand and develop knowledge introduced in Production Skills 1B.

Design focuses on the analysis of text, the development of original design concepts from that text, the effective communication of those concepts and an examination of the implications of those design concepts.

Workshop will examine typical prop and scenery making techniques and materials through a series of demonstrations and simple practical exercises. At the conclusion of this module students will be required to select, manage and complete a project using one or more of the skills covered. Projects will allow for individual skills development across a variety of materials and techniques.

Costume At the end of this module students should have developed an ability to undertake costume construction research, have a basic understanding of a specific period of pattern making techniques, a rudimentary knowledge of toile construction and have developed an ability to interpret a costume design through pattern making into a 3D form.

Stage Management Following the completion of this module students shold have an understanding of the demands and requirements for fulfilling the roles within the stage management department via exercises introducing score reading and the introducing role of Production Management.

Lighting At the end of this module students should have basic understanding of how to utilize computer software when undertaking a lighting design.

Sound At the end of this module students should have developed a high level of skill in sound design for the performance and non performance arts.


The two modules chosen will be assessed separately; the final result will be an aggregate of the two marks for the subject. Practical and written assignments (80%); participation (20%). Attendance hurdle of 80% is required for each of the modules.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to practising visual/performing artists;
  • demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual/performing artist in the 21st century.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Production

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