The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces areas that are fundamental to the Creative and Performing Arts including Theatre, Performance, Drama, Visual Arts and Sound in a variety of contemporary cultural contexts. The course introduces an overview to 20th and 21st century aesthetics and forms and some of their precedents, 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. A basic critical appreciation of the relationship between words, texts, sounds, images, space and gesture.

2. The ability to identify the stages and benchmarks of the collaborative process.

3. An overview of 20th and 21st century developments in the arts.

4. The ability to create works involving words, texts, sounds, images, space and gesture.

5. Foundational written and oral communication skills


In this course students will investigate:

  1. Exemplary aesthetic works that explore the intertextual relationship between words, texts, sounds, images, space, and gesture.
  2. Analysis of the pre-eminent 20th and 21st century theories and philosophies for creating aesthetic performances/events/artworks.
  3. Foundational experience in the collaborative processes of the creative and performing arts.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Project: Group project

Written Assignment: Review

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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