Course Outline

DRA301 Devising Performance

Course Coordinator:Hannah Banks ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2023Semester 2

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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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Focusing on devising and collaborative processes, this course builds upon previous studies and provides artistic opportunities to develop a fully-realised original performance. In this capstone course you will utilise the knowledge and skills that you've acquired over the course of your theatre studies including acting, writing, directing, designing, dramaturgy and collaboration. You will participate in a devising process led by a director to produce an original devised work for the theatre in a public facing performance.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled On-Campus Workshops 4hrs Week 1 10 times

Course Topics

In DRA301 students will:

  • Form a theatre company, including production roles, to devise an original piece of theatre for public performance. Note: As this is an original performance created in collaboration by the student company it may contain: adult themes, coarse language, drug references, sexual references, references of violence
  • Investigate devising processes, the history of devised performance and it’s relevance to contemporary theatre practice
  • Examine key theories and fields such as: Dramaturgy, Performance Studies, Gender Performance, Cultural Performance, Playwriting, Directing, Acting, Design

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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 Engage in research on a specific provocation to create an appropriate performance pitch Creative and critical thinker
2 Apply knowledge of dramatic form, performance making, production process and performance skills with proficiency and confidence Empowered
3 Collaborate to create an original and polished devised performance for public presentation Ethical
4 Communicate, justify and reflect on the creative process and effectiveness of the final product Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


DRA 202


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Competent English language skills for oral and written work and foundational skills in theatre and performance. It is assumed that all students enrolled in the course have taken at least one prior Theatre Performance, Theatre Production or Music Performance course at university-level. Each student should have first-hand experience with a public-facing performing arts organization prior to this course such as, but not limited to, university theatre, music ensembles, community theatre, solo performance, other forms of educational theatre (inclusive of high school), professional theatre or a prior professional internship in the performing arts. As this a 300-level course, it is recommended that students complete this course in their final year of study.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

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. Throughout the semester the course coordinator will provide feedback on the original performance creation as part of Task 2. 

Assessment tasks

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 Oral Individual 20%
10 minutes
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class
All 2 Creative Performance Individual 45%
1 hour
Exam Period In Class
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 35%
2000 words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Oral Presentation
Communicate knowledge and vision of an aspect of the devising provocation
Product: Oral
Academic format. You will select an aspect of the provocation given to the devising company to research. You will apply your information literacy skills to source and analyse information on your chosen aspect. You will present your research to your peers in tutorial. The presentation must include background information, political/social context, personal connection, the central themes and purpose, and your analysis of how it could impact the devised performance. You will present your research in a 10-minute oral and visual presentation using presentation software before uploading your presentation to Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of research to demonstrate knowledge
Identify and analyse theme, purpose, personal connection and impact
Effective oral, written and visual communication
All - Assessment Task 2:Devised Performance
Collaboratively create a devised performance
Product: Creative Performance
Industry Format: This task requires you to draw on many of the skills that you have developed throughout the Theatre and Performance major and develop a polished original performance product from concept through to presentation. 
Students will collaborate to devise, rehearse and perform an original devised performance that will be presented to the public in the first week of the Exam Block. You will be graded individually on your contribution.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of the final performance product-content/form/innovation
2 3
Achievement of performance objectives
2 3
Effective group collaboration to plan and meet the performance timeline
Quality of production values appropriate to time, resources and venue
2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Concept Book
Document the emergent aesthetics and dramaturgy of the devised performance
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Industry format: Throughout the creative process you will conduct research and develop your aesthetic ideas by collecting and collating relevant images, sound and text. You will record significant moments in rehearsal and identify connections between the resources you gather. You will use this book to develop your ideas and as a record from which you initiate group discussion on the developing work. 
This concept book can be presented creatively and should include:
-	detailed research and analysis of the developing concept and thematic 
-	rehearsal journal, reflective practice on the process
-	reflection on performance season
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Engagement with the developing thematics aesthetic and production aspects of the performance
Application of ideas throughout creative development
2 4
Ability to identify resources and to make connections between resources that offer nuance and complexity to the developing work
1 4
Effective written communication and reflective documentation of the rehearsal process

Directed study hours

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.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Students will be expected to be available for autonomous group rehearsals and peer workgroup sessions in addition to your timetabled workshops. Students will be required to attend additional timetabled and non-timetabled sessions throughout semester to support their learning process (production meetings, learning lines, etc.). As production roles are set within the first two weeks of the semester, each student should consider their availability on evenings and weekends as well as normal working hours before committing to their assigned production role. A weekend performance and/or technical rehearsal will be required. Specific performances dates will be announced at the start of semester.

Per higher education practice within theatre and performance programs, DRA301 students will be required to attend all technical rehearsals and performances. This is a common expectation in the theatre industry. There will be evening rehearsals and performances scheduled throughout Study Week and Exam Block Week 1.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

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.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

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

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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