Introduction to Drama and Theatre Studies

Course code CAPA1420Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course provides an introduction to the main elements of body/space and place as integral to the process of drama and theatre making and includes the role of creative artists (designer, actor, writer and director). The course will introduce students to the theoretical and historical contexts impacting on theatre making and will include active experimentation in the process of creating theatrical performances.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesAfter successful completion of the course students should be able to demonstrate:
1) A basic understanding of the effects of historical, socio-political and theoretical contexts on contemporary approaches to creating drama and theatre
2) A basic understanding of the specific roles of creative artists (director, writer, actor, designer) in making and structuring theatrical performances
3) Foundational experience in experimenting with the main elements of body/space/place/structure and audience in creating drama and theatre
4) An awareness of the culturally specific nature of theatre making and reception including Australasian works.
Content1) Practically exploring the main elements of body/space and place in theatrical performance.
2) Case study examinations of the effect of historical and theoretical contexts on exemplary approaches to theatre making.
3) Exploring the role of the designer, writer, actor and director in creating theatrical performances.
4) Examining the culturally specific nature of theatre and performance making.
5) Analyzing through practice the dynamic relationship between body/space/place/structure and audience in theatre making.
Replacing Course(s)ARTC1420 Introduction to Drama and Theatre Studies
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed ARTC1420 Introduction to Drama and Theatre Studies may not enrol into CAPA1420 Introduction to Drama and Theatre Studies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWeek 9. 30%
Other: (please specify)Practical Presentation and Written Analysis. Week 13. 40%
Other: (please specify)Seminar Presentation. Week 5. 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term