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Theatre and Drama (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Theatre and Drama (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Dr Simone Lazaroo | Email: S.Lazaroo@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7601

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre and Drama
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Description Theatre and Drama introduces students to a range of important theatrical and dramatic texts. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in reading and responding to this material both creatively and critically. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the role and function of dramatic work and performance in a range of different social and cultural contexts. They will also learn about the important theoretical and philosophical frameworks supporting these art forms, and will be guided in the development of skills in acting, writing and production. Upon completion of the major, graduates will be skilled and confident in their ability to undertake critical and creative work in the fields of theatre production and performance.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements A Working with Children Check will be required for some practical components.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Students graduating with a Major in Theatre and Drama Studies will be able to:
* Understand and critically evaluate theatrical and dramatic texts
* Understand the scope and nature of performance in a range of cultural contexts
* Engage, critically and creatively with contemporary theoretical and practice-led approaches to drama, theatre and performance.

SKILLS
Students graduating with a Major in Theatre and Drama Studies will have the skills to:
* Develop a character or concept to performance level
* Use relevant technologies and techniques to achieve a range of creative outcomes in the context of theatre production and performance
* Critically evaluate the role and function of dramatic texts and performances.

APPLICATION
Students graduating with a Major in Theatre and Drama Studies will have the knowledge and skills to:
* Interpret, communicate and present ideas in (or in relation to) a variety of performance modes to a range of audiences
* Work collaboratively and independently in the context of theatre production and performance to respond to project demands
* Reflect, critically, on the social, ethical and philosophical issues that apply in the practice of the discipline
* Function, creatively, in a local or international (cross-cultural) context in response to project demands.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates may choose to pursue a career as a producer/director, actor, stage manager or scriptwriter, find jobs in the television and film industry or decide to enter the teaching profession. Some potential employers may be theatre/drama companies and radio/television networks.
Recommended Double Majors English and Creative Writing; Graphic Design
Excluded Minors Theatre and Drama
Main research areas Performance praxis; writing for the stage; contemporary acting theories; performance art; installation works; dance; design; directing; lighting and sound design; dramaturgy; and production and stage management.
On-Campus Study Requirement This course includes a number of compulsory on-campus components. For further information see individual unit descriptions or contact the School Office.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

EGL106 Drama, Theatre and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EGL121 Turning Points in Literature - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 12 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

EGL236 Performance and Creative Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EGL239 Acting and Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EGL240 Children's Theatre - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Unit - 3 credit points

EGL349 Advanced Studies in Theatre and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Specified Elective Unit List

Select from the following:

EGL348 Shakespeare - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL342 Comparative Theatre - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EDN304 Engaging Communities through Drama - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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