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Acting and Performance (EGL253)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Provides students with a set of specific foundational skills in acting and performance. Skills will be of great benefit to students in a range of disciplines including: law, creative media, education, strategic communications and psychology - any career that involves public presentation. Skills covered include voice, movement, preparation, relaxation, public presentation skills, characterisation and focus. Skills are tested in theatrical duologues and monologues. Is suitable for students who desire to work on their presentation and public speaking skills for professional life.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of dramatic and performative modes and an understanding of their social and cultural significance.
2. Critically analyse, interpret and produce or perform dramatic or performance texts from a range of cultural contexts, focussing on their status as artefacts.
3.Harness the techniques and skills derived from practice-based and theoretical engagement with dramatic, theatrical and performance texts to explore philosophical, social and ethical issues in the 'imagined' public arena.
4. Demonstrate an increased proficiency in developing performance and writing skills as a means for communicating with readers or audiences across cultural boundaries
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture 1 hour per week: Tutorials 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through lectures and workshops. In lectures the students will study theories that analyse and model different approaches to acting and production in the modern and post-modern eras. In workshops they will learn specific acting skills in voice, movement, character and improvisation, and in the production areas of lighting and sound. The students will be asked to reflect critically on these learning activities and theories as well as to demonstrate their grasp of the various acting modes and techniques through group and individual workshop exercises. As well as performance exercises students will engage in a number of written analysis tasks during the semester.
Other Learning Experiences Rehearsals as necessary.
Assessment Dialogue: a practical task involving rehearsal and performance of a dialogue script in front of an in-house audience 20%. In-class test: a short-answer test examining students' understanding of key acting methodologies studied in the unit 20%. A critical review task. Students will be required to write a review of a performance, drawing on their readings and lectures to inform their critique 30%. Audition Monologue/Performance: a practical task involving performance of a monologue from a selected dramatic script in front of an in-house audience. This is to provide students with experience for professional auditions. 30%
Prerequisites nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Theatre and Drama (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Theatre and Drama
Appears in these Minors Theatre
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr David Moody
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2165
e: D.Moody@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.064 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Alexa Taylor
P/T Teaching Casual

e: Alexa.Taylor@murdoch.edu.au
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