Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code060434K
Deakin course codeA357

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The drama program will develop your skills in contemporary drama practices and perspectives. It is a dynamic combination of acting theory and practice, performance styles and processes, theatre history, text studies, community theatre and technical skill development. Final year students are able to participate in performing arts (drama) internships.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) offers you systematic exposure to collaborative possibilities between various art forms, the experience of bringing art forms together in major projects and training in creative arts enterprise and management. You will also receive grounding in the academic knowledge necessary to understand the arts and to create new forms of art. The program draws upon the expertise of its staff – who are active practitioners in their fields, and industry – and on visiting, special guest and casual academic staff.

Deakin Drama graduates have a well-deserved reputation for high levels of skill, flexibility and initiative. The course equips you with the skills to establish independent drama projects and production companies.


Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 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.

Prerequisites
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.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,276Not applicable$27,520

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

Students who commenced 2008-2014

  • 12 credit points of core units
  • 12 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

For students commencing from 2015:

  • 15 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 9 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

Course structure

Students who commenced 2008-2014

Level 1

ACP101Performance Laboratory (A): Time, Space, Frame (previously Principles of Live Performance)

ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action (previously Improvisation and the Actor)

ACP110Performance Laboratory (B): Body, Image, Performance (previously The Paradox of the Actor)

ACP177Genre and Performance (previously Modern and Postmodern Drama)

4 Electives 

Level 2

ACP205Performance, Image, Site (previously Performance of Alternative Spaces)

ACP206Performance, Authenticity, Adaption (previously Processes of Realisation)
 

And 2 cp selected from

ACP279 The Integrated Performer (last offered 2015 under the title Body, Voice, Text)

ACP280 Performance, Text, Realisation (1 credit point) (last offered 2014)

ACP280Major Performance Project: Page to Stage (2 credit points)

ACD211Performance and Technology
 

4 Electives 

Level 3

ACP323Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts

ACP378Out of the Ether: Devised Theatre
 

And 2 cp selected from

ACC316 Collaborative Major Project (2 credit points) (last offered 2015)

ACP324Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (A)

ACP326Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (B)
 

4 Electives

For students commencing from 2015:

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas  

ACP101Performance Laboratory (A): Time, Space, Frame

ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action

ACP110Performance Laboratory (B): Body, Image, Performance

ACP177Genre and Performance

2 Electives

Level 2

ACP205Performance, Image, Site

Select one unit from ACD211 or ACP206:

ACD211Performance and Technology

Or

ACP206Performance, Authenticity, Adaption

ACP280Major Performance Project: Page to Stage (2 credit points)

3 Electives

Level 3

ACP323Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts

ACP324Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (A)

ACP326Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (B)

ACP378Out of the Ether: Devised Theatre (2 credit points)

4 Electives

Elective units

Students are encouraged to consider the following recommended elective units:

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

ALL375Shakespeare: Six Plays, Six Worlds

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

 

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Other Course Information

Assessment

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative 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.