Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
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 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.

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

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

Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

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

  • 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

For students commencing from 2015:

 

Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action

ACP101Performance Laboratory (A): Time, Space, Frame

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

1 Elective

Trimester 2

ACP177Genre and Performance

ACP110Performance Laboratory (B): Body, Image, Performance

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (also offered in Trimester 3)

1 Elective

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACP205Performance, Image, Site

Select one of:

ACP206Performance, Authenticity, Adaption

OR

ACD211Performance and Technology

AND

1 Elective

Trimester 2

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

2 Electives

Level 3

Trimester 1

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

2 Electives

Trimester 2

ACP323Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts

ACP324Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (A)

2 Electives

Trimester 3

ACP326Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising B

Elective units

Students are encouraged to consider the following recommended elective units:

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

ALL373Greek Tragedy: Death, Sex and Vengeance

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

ALL375Shakespeare: Six Plays, Six Worlds


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.

Cross-institutional arrangements
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.

 

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