Acting Skills 4

Subject DRAM30019 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Year Long
Corequisites: None
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:


Ms Margot Fenley


Ms Margot Fenley

Subject Overview:

In Acting Skills 4, students will develop skills for acting for camera. Working with a range of film and television scripts, students will continue to apply acting processes developed in previous years whilst responding to the particular demands of the medium. Classes will develop the student’s understanding of all stages of the process, from audition to shooting and provide the foundation for diversifying employability for a sustaining career. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject will:
• Develop knowledge of technique and terminology required for acting for camera
• Develop the ability to apply knowledge in practice
• Develop the student’s capacity to critically and objectively analyse their own performance on screen and adapt their performance accordingly.
• Develop the student’s capacity to critically and objectively analyse screen performances of other actors, including classmates and professional performance.
• Develop skills in combining technical craft skills with artistic and intuitive choices.

  • Acting for Camera: Class work evaluation focusing on achievements against set criteria in areas such as: engagement, developing a methodology, transference of skills into performance, professional attitude and commitment, ability to discuss and give/receive feedback - week 9 (40%)
  • Performance Task: Presentation of a scene for camera (10 minutes) - week 10 (40%)
  • Written: Self-assessment of progress based on a journal of classroom experiences, self-directed study and progress towards personal artistic objectives (500 word equivalent) - week 11 (20%)
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 will be able to:
• Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of the terminology and craft of working with camera.
• Demonstrate a developing ability to integrate technical and intuitive information to build performances that appear spontaneous and truthful whilst being technically specific.
• Demonstrate the ability to learn from watching their own performances in playback and put that knowledge into practical use.
• Demonstrate the ability to utilise constructive feedback and direction.
• Confidently present prepared work for camera.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre)

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