The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course introduces contemporary theory and practice in the Creative and Performing Arts, which includes Theatre, Performance, Drama, and Visual Arts. The course introduces an overview of 20th and 21st century aesthetics and forms, approaches to the use of space, place and time in performance-making and art, processes of collaboration, and basic approaches to constructing events, performances, and artworks using sound, gesture, text and image.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse contemporary performance works that employ words, texts, sounds, images, space and gesture.

2. Identify and apply the stages and benchmarks of the collaborative creative process in live performance-making.

3. Collaboratively create new performance works involving words, texts, sounds, images, space and gesture.

4. Write a Review of a contemporary arts event.


In this course students will investigate:

1.                   Exemplary aesthetic works that explore the intertextual relationship between words, texts, sounds, images, space, and gesture.

2.                   20th and 21st century theories and philosophies for creating aesthetic performances/events/artworks.

3.                   Foundational approaches to the collaborative processes of the creative and performing arts.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay - 30%

Performance: Group project - 40%

Professional Task: Review - 30%

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct


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