Writing and Devising for Performance

Course code CAPA3490
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course focuses on the relationship between writing/devising and the performance process. Students will explore opportunities to develop their own creative potential through original performance writing in a range of different media and platforms including, individual, collaborative, interactive, live or virtual.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Ability to apply writing/devising/scoring skills in a diverse range of non-verbal and verbal performance texts

2. Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical issues and discourses relating to performance and performance writing/devising/scoring

3. Knowledge and understanding of the structures, forms and features of different types and styles of performance writing/devising/scoring


  • Theoretical perspectives underpinning writing for performance--e.g. Communication theories, semiotic theories, narrative theories
  • The role of the writer in various performance contexts--e.g. the playwright and the screen writer
  • The "auteur": issues of author-ship and authority in performance contexts
  • Relationship between words, images, the performer's body and voice and the context and medium of performance
  • Structures and features of a range of texts for performance
  • Skills, processes and practices of writing for performance in a range of contexts

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARTC3490. Students who have successfully completed ARTC3490 are not eligible to enrol in CAPA3490.

Assumed Knowledge

ARTC1450 and/or HUMA1650 and/or HUMA1653, CAPA1001 and CAPA1020

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments - Analytical Paper

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Project: Projects

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term