Research Project

Subject THTR70005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 0
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Southbank.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 hours per week (Semester 2 and 3 full-time); 1 hour per fortnight (Semester 3, 4 5 and 6 part-time)
Total Time Commitment:

1,920 hours


757-603 Research Proposal

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Student and Academic Services, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank Vic 3006 Tel: 9685 9419

Subject Overview:

In this subject the student will develop a sound design(s) for the performance and/or non-performance arts to a high professional standard and provide a succinct and directed commentary discussing the area(s) of study and exploration discussed in the Research Proposal in regard to the sound design(s) presented.

Learning Outcomes:

To further develop high level innovative skills in sound design for the arts, in research, and in appropriate documentation commensurate with a Masters by Research degree. The student will develop innovative, high quality professional sound design(s) relating directly to their area of study and provide a coherent commentary bearing direct relation to their sound design(s). This commentary will include: detailed discussion of the relevance of their work to current practices, it's innovative qualities, it's contribution to the field, and potential trajectories fo their research.


Sound Design for a performance or series of performances (60%); written commentary of 10,000-15,000 words (40%). Two appropriate external examiners will assess both the performance(s) and the commentary. The Degree of Master of Sound will be conferred on students reaching a mark of 65% (H3). Marks will be provided as letter grades with corresponding percentages.

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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 completion of the subject the student should have significantly developed and should have provided evidence of:

  • Collaborative skills in developing projects;
  • Written and oral communication skills commensurate with a higher degree;
  • An intellectual curiosity and appropriate research skills;
  • High level analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Appropriate bibliographical skills.

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Related Course(s): Master of Sound Design
Master of Theatre Design

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