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Theatre and Drama (BA)


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Title Theatre and Drama (BA)
Course Code B1356
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre and Drama
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description Theatre and Drama Studies is an exciting major that introduces students to a range of important theatrical, performative and dramatic texts, and equips them to be original, versatile and innovative artists. It also provides students with the skills to read these texts critically and creatively. During the major students will develop a thorough understanding of the role and function of dramatic texts and performances in a range of different social and cultural contexts. They will also learn about the important theoretical and philosophical frameworks supporting these texts. Students who undertake this major will also be guided in the development of skills in acting, writing, producing and designing the texts studied. Upon completion of the major, graduates will be skilled and confident in their ability to create their own work in a theoretically-informed practice.
The Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch is a degree unlike any other in Australia. It embraces new directions in teaching and practice-based learning to train the thinkers and researchers of the 21st century. So many of the biggest and most vital issues we face today are about human society and the human condition. How can we understand who we are, how we want to live, or what kind of society we want to create, without the insights, knowledge and skills provided by the humanities? Our degree is different because we teach our students to put these into practice in a way that is recognised and valued by employers. Our graduates are empowered to be the agile and creative thinkers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world. They are able to think creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects, exercise highly-developed analytical and interpersonal skills, and they possess an in-depth knowledge of contemporary societal issues and trends. These are professional skills which are recognised and valued universally. In short, you can study what you love and get a job too!
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English competence.
Special Requirements A Working with Children Check may be required for some practical components.
There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Major Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
[1] Demonstrate substantive knowledge of theatrical and dramatic texts and of contemporary theoretical and practice-led approaches to drama, theatre and performance in a range of cultural contexts.
[2] Critically evaluate the role and function of dramatic texts and performances.
[3] Create, develop, interpret and present characters and concepts to performance level in self-directed and collaborative projects of increasing complexity, in a variety of performance modes and to a range of audiences.
[4] Apply relevant professional technologies and techniques to achieve a range of creative outcomes in the context of theatre production and performance.
[5] Work collaboratively and independently in theatre productions and performances to respond to project demands.
[6] Recognise and demonstrate practices of ethical and effective discourse on complex or controversial social and philosophical issues that apply in the practice of the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes Students will:

LO 01 Possess broad and coherent knowledge of the content, theoretical perspectives, research methods and practices of a discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 02 Design and manage self-directed projects of increasing sophistication involving both independent inquiry and collaborative work.
LO 03 Construct critically reflective arguments that identify, analyse and evaluate complex issues, texts and data in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 04 Persuasively communicate complex information, concepts and problems through clear and accurate written work, creative artefacts and verbal presentations.
LO 05 Recognise and practice well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
LO 06 Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the application of knowledge and skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences to a range of practical tasks and experiences.
Employment Prospects Policy work, arts professionals, production management and acting, creative industries, NGOs, entertainment industry, film, creative production, education
Professional Recognition Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA), Performance Studies international (PSi), International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Perth Theatre Trust, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival, Black Swan, Blue Room, Black Yak Theatre Company, Renegades Theatre Company, Second Chance Theatre Company, State Theatre Company, Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universitat Berlin, National Theatre of Croatia, TheatreWorks, Singapore
Recommended Double Majors English and Creative Writing; Games Art and Design; Graphic Design; Photography; Screen Production; Sound
Recommended Minors Creative Writing; Radio
Excluded Minors Theatre
Main research areas Performance praxis; writing for the stage; contemporary acting theories; performance art; installation works; dance; design; directing; lighting and sound design; dramaturgy; production and stage management; spectatorship and reception studies.
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

Course Core - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 9 credit points

Spine Unit - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

ART101 Coming into Community - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 112 places) (closed), S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external


ART102 Inventing the Future - 6 points
Not available this year

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Spine Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

ART208 Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ART325 Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-external, S1-external, W-external

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

ART201 Global Citizenship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART202 The Weight of Data - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

Major Units - 24 credit points

Options - 24 credit points

Select from any of the available Majors, Co-Majors or Minors

Major Structure - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 6 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

EGL123 Texting I: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL124 Texting II: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

EGL244 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Page and Stage - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL250 Writing for Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL253 Acting and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EGL254 Making Contemporary Theatre - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EGL255 Theatre in Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

300 Level Units - 3 credit points

Core Units - 3 credit points

EGL353 Acting and Producing for Stage - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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