Course Coordinator:Carl Walling (email@example.com) School:School of Business and Creative Industries
UniSC Sunshine Coast
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
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Focusing on the work of pivotal directors, this course provides an overview of the development of modern and contemporary performance practice. Through research and analysis, you will acquire an understanding of a range of directorial approaches. You will apply this understanding to your own creative practice as you assume the role of director and develop your skills in collaboration, textual analysis, concept development and aesthetic communication.
|Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Throughout DRA202 students will:
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Communicate knowledge of pivotal directors and contemporary performance movements in written, multimedia and oral forms||Creative and critical thinker|
|2||Analyse and critically reflect on the key dramatic features, directorial choices, audience impact, and developmental influences evident in a selected live performance||Knowledgeable|
|3||Apply knowledge of the director's role as an interpretative artist to construct a production process and present a performance||Ethical|
|4||Justify an original directorial concept and reflect on the directorial process||Engaged|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Competent English language skills for oral and written work and foundational skills in textual analysis and aesthetic communication. It is recommended that you have some experience in creating or participating in performance work.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
A plan of your Task 1 assessment (oral presentation) will be reviewed by your tutor in week 3. It should include the key components of your presentation and the group members responsible for each section.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual||30%||
1000 Words & Blocking Charts
|Week 5||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class|
|All||3||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual and Group||50%||
10 minutes & 1000 words
|Week 13||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Pre-Production Director's Workbook|
Using the provided one-act play, students will create a director's pre-production workbook containing a director's statement, composition diagrams (blocking), and dramatic analysis.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
Academic & Professional format. You will consider how the contemporary performance maker/director manipulates dramatic form and performance elements to communicate with an audience through compositional choices in blocking. You will provide a short script analysis for the provided dramatic work (750 words) and write a director's statement communicating your knowledge of key themes as they relate to your potential audience (250 words).
|All - Assessment Task 2:Research Presentation|
Communicate knowledge of one pivotal director and their practice.
Academic format. You will select one pivotal theatre director from the list provided to address the question, ‘Why is your theatre director considered to be ground-breaking when compared to other twentieth and twenty-first century theatre practitioners?" You will apply your information literacy skills to source and analyse information on your chosen director. You will present your research to your peers in tutorial. The presentation focuses on the director's theoretical approaches towards theatre and performance, highlights key professional productions, and examines significant innovations. You will present your research in a 5-6 minute oral and visual presentation using presentation software, before uploading your presentation to Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Creative Performance and Workbook|
This task will give you experience in practical directing skills while developing, collaborating and then executing a directorial concept for production.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
Academic and creative format. In pairs (as co-directors) you will plan and produce a 10-minute play/scene for production. This process will include play selection, auditions, rehearsals, technical preparation and performance. The performances will take place in Week 10. You will record this process in your Director’s Workbook where you will document and reflect on your directing process throughout this course. This will be handed in Week 13 and be 1000 words. This workbook can be presented creatively and should include: - production prompt book (floor plan, rehearsal plan, and rehearsal reflections) - script analysis, discussion of dramaturgy, research, casting decisions - summary reflection on rehearsal process As part of the learning process, you will also collaborate with your DRA 202 peers in either a performance or production role. Additional details will be provided in Canvas and in course workshops.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
For assessment task #3, students will be expected to be available for autonomous group rehearsals and peer workgroup sessions in addition to your timetabled workshops. Additionally, students will be expected to either perform in another group's public-facing directing scene or, in the case where all roles have been cast by a combination of enrolled DRA 202 students and other Theatre & Performance students, support the process in a significant production role. Students will be expected to hold rehearsals at the Sippy Downs campus. Due to rehearsals for the directing scenes, students must therefore consider their availability on evenings and weekends as well as normal working hours when enrolling in this course. There will be evening technical rehearsals and performances scheduled throughout Week 10. Specific performance dates will be announced at the start of semester. Per higher education practice within theatre and performance programs, DRA 202 students will be required to attend all technical rehearsals and performances. This is a common expectation in the theatre industry.
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Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying: The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4% The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct
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