Performance Practice 2B

Subject DRAM20020 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours per week - Studio workshops
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Tony Smith


Subject Overview:

This subject draws upon skills developed in Acting and Performance Making 2B. Focus is placed on interpretive strategies for staging original performances of extant text. Areas covered will include the translation of an initial idea, source material or dramaturgical analysis, through a process of exploration, imagination, creation and structuring, to arrive at performed interpretation. This subject will culminate in the presentation of a short performance text in the form of a scene study, and the collaboration in an ensemble performance based on extant text.

Learning Outcomes:

On the completion of this subject students should be able to

  • effectively deploy the craft skills of interpretive acting (working with authenticity, sustaining an imaginary world, revealing inner life, advancing textual meaning)
  • demonstrate autonomous approach to the interpretation of text
  • develop and sustain processes of transformation suitable to the process
  • synthesise training experiences into an effective approach of their own
  • work with initiative and generated ideas on the floor
  • transfer skills to a rehearsal/production process.

Process Mark (Focusing on achievements against set criteria in areas such as: developing a methodology, transference of skills into performance and professional attitude and commitment.) (30%)

Contemporary Performance Study (Practical assessment of late C20/C21 performance material in scene or solo presentation.) 10 minute presentation (20%).

Interpretive Performance Piece (Practical assessment of assigned tasks in group presentations.) 20-30 minute performance (50%).

Hurdle requirements

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have acquired the following skills

  • The ability to solve problems creatively
  • The ability to work confidently in the unknown
  • The ability to trust the work process in which they are involved
  • The ability to initiate ideas and to put them into practice
  • The ability to collaborate in a team
  • The ability to work autonomously
  • The ability to transfer conceptual thinking into practice
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice)

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