Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Drama
Course summary for current students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Contemporary Arts|
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Deakin course code||A357|
|Offered to continuing students only|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Details of major sequences
The Bachelor of Contemporary Arts builds on the strengths of specialist disciplines, but allows collaboration between art forms. Students explore the arts in theory, in practice and in collaboration with others. A range of expertise from Australia's leading practitioners is used in dance, drama, media arts and visual arts
The Bachelor of Contemporary Arts will give students a range of skills in one discipline (be it dance, drama, media or visual arts), systematic exposure to collaborative possibilities between various art forms, the experience of bringing art forms together in major projects, training in professional arts practice and a grounding in the academic knowledge necessary to understand the arts and to create new forms of art.
Structuring the course
In general, students at level 1 select two applied disciplines along with units in contemporary arts theory and electives from a variety of fields. At level 2 students focus on their specialist discipline or disciplines and continue their studies in contemporary arts theory. At level 3 students complete their disciplinary major and choose from a number of units which involve collaboration across art forms, completing a major project in their final trimester. Students normally undertake the unit in Professional Arts Practice in their final year.
Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.
Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Contemporary Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.
Fees and charges
Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.
Please be aware:
- Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
- Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
- Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services
To qualify for the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts a student must complete 24 credit points including:
- compulsory core unit Freelancing in the Arts ACC301
- at least 2 credit points of ACT-coded Contemporary Arts Theory units including compulsory core unit ACT102 Criticism, Narrative and Contexts
- 3 credit point of ACC-coded Collaborative Arts Practicum at level 3, including one unit of 1 credit point value and compulsory core unit ACC316 of 2 credit point value
- no more than 8 credit points taken outside the course-grouped units for the BA (in effect this means that up to 8 credit points may be taken outside the recognised Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences)
- no more than 10 credit points at level 1
- a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
- a major sequence of 8 credit points in Dance (A356), Drama (A357), Media Arts (A358), Visual Arts (A359)
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Contemporary Arts Theory
ACT102 Criticism, Narrative and Contexts [Final year of offer 2014]
Select 1 credit point from:
ACT203/303 Art and the Politics of Censorship [Final year of offer 2014]
|ACV114||Art and Technology|
The elective below may be taken in addition to but not instead of the compulsory core units.
|ALW227||Script Writing: Focus On Fiction|
Professional Arts Practice
ACC301 Freelancing in the Arts [Final year of offer 2014]
Collaborative Arts Practicum
Compulsory core unit
|ACC316||Collaborative Major Creative Project (2 credit points)(Final year of offer 2015)|
Select 1 credit point from:
|ACF302||Developing a Project: Ideas to Scripts|
|ACI303||New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science|
Details of major sequences
Drama major sequence
This major sequence provides skills in contemporary drama practices and perspectives, together with an understanding of their application in a wide range of artistic and social contexts. It includes acting theory and practice, performance styles and processes, theatre history, text studies, community theatre and technical studies.
On successful completion of the Drama major sequence, students should have the following skills:
- an ability to develop individual vocal technique and voice production
- an ability to understand and respond to the technical, expressive and/or compositional demands of a range of performance styles and genres
- an ability to successfully achieve performance realisation based on chosen compositional and performance strategies
- an ability to analyse, compose and collaborate in order to build effective relationships between actor, director, designer and writer in processes of performance realisation.
|ACP101||Performance Laboratory (A): Time, Space, Frame|
|ACP177||Genre and Performance|
|ACP205||Performance, Image, Site|
|ACP206||Performance, Authenticity, Adaption|
|ACP280||Major Performance Project: Page to Stage (2 credit points)|
|ACP378||Out of the Ether: Devised Theatre (2 credit points)|
|ACP323||Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts|
Note: The following unit may also be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence.
Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3
|ACC317||Communication and Creative Arts Internship A|
|ACC318||Communication and Creative Arts Internship B|