Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation

Course GD-PERFCR (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Southbank
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time.


Helen Herbertson


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Course Overview:

The Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation brings together choreographers, directors, designers, and animateurs in a flexible program which enables distinct discipline specialisations as well as cross-collaborative and interdisciplinary projects through common subject areas. The course is focused on nurturing and developing arts practioners who will contribute through leadership, research and performance development to Australian culture in the arts.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course, students should:

  • have developed and refined individual leadership abilities and capacities for initiating and realising projects in performance and/or performance pedagogy within and across a range of cultural and social contexts;
  • have extended their skills and expertise in all aspects fundamental to their primary performance discipline – namely choreography, directing, animateuring or performance pedagogy;
  • have acquired relevant skills in other disciplines;
  • be able to foster creativity and experimentation, both individually and through collaboration with artists from their primary discipline area and other disciplines;
  • have developed research skills at both a theoretical and practical level appropriate to postgraduate study;
  • have acquired a greater understanding of the cultural context of the arts of performance at state, national and international levels.
  • have achieved proficiency in eliciting ideas from people and implementing appropriate processes to develop artistic performances;
  • have acquired a practical understanding of group dynamics and communication skills needed to develop productive work processes within a collaborative context;
  • have developed effective entrepreneurial, planning management and promotional skills appropriate to projects, to ventures in arts training and to small arts organisations;
  • have acquired a capacity with which to target, connect with, nurture and develop an audience.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The Animateuring stream focuses on an investigation of contemporary performance practice and research. It emphasises the core roles of the animateur including maker, performer, initiating artist, collaborative artist, ensemble artist, and community facilitator.

The Choreography stream aims to facilitate proficiency in all aspects fundamental to movement design and compositional realisation, while encouraging the mobilisation of expressive and imaginative faculties to realise individual creative vision and skills in artistic leadership.

The Directing stream aims to equip you with the skills to operate with technique, process and imagination as directors. It will develop your individual vision and skills in artistic leadership so that you can operate within the existing and emerging theatre professions.

The Design (Set and Costume) stream offers designers and visual artists the opportunity to transfer their creative abilities into designing for live performance. We provide you with the technical skills, processes and conceptual understanding required to design with insight and imagination.

Lighting Design
The Lighting Design stream aims to equip you with the skills to work as lighting designers with individual vision, and skills in artistic leadership. Lighting Design students receive hands-on experience working on a variety of in-house VCA productions.

Sound Design
The Sound Design stream aims to develop your design technique, process and imagination. Sound Design students receive hands-on experience working on VCA productions in Dance, Theatre and Music Theatre as well as events with arts external companies.

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Design Stream subjects


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Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• either
– an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent, or
– at least five years of documented relevant documented professional experience, with evidence of artistic ability and achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines;
• a selection test which may include both visual and written elements; and
• an audition; and
• an interview.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic performance and/or work experience; and
• the selection test; and
• the audition; and
• the interview.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

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:

Graduate Attributes: None

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