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ACD211 - Dance and Technology

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:K Vincs




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Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit introduces students to the concepts and principles of dance and technology. The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the strategic uses of technology in dance as a means of documenting and marketing dance, and as an emerging choreographic medium in its own right.
Dance's relationship with technology extends from the relatively ‘low tech’ realm of video documentation of performances to more ‘high-tech’ contexts such as real-time processing, sensor systems and motion capture. This unit will address the strategic uses of technology in dance from two distinct but interrelated perspectives. The first is the important role digital technology plays in enabling dance artists to create high quality portfolios and show reels of their work, and to generate video and still images that will effectively represent, brand and market their work for publicity, grant applications or employment opportunities. The unit will provide students with an understanding of, and basic skills in, use of readily available ‘desk-top’ technologies so that they can create their own portfolios throughout the dance course and beyond.


The second perspective is the extension of these techniques to create choreographic and performance environments. This unit will provide students with a studio-based introduction to creating these kinds of hybrid performance/technology environments.


Research exercise in interactive performance, 1000 words equivalent, 20%

Practical interactive choreography assignment, 60%

Practical assignment in digital documentation, 10%

Practical assignment in digital archiving, 10%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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