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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) (B-FAACTING)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Southbank)

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)
Year & campus2019 — Southbank
CRICOS code094861K
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 7
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) provides a studio-based learning environment where students are encouraged to develop holistically as an actor. The program focuses on the rigorous preparation of actors working across all areas of the profession for stage and screen (including animation and gaming) offering units of requisite size and scale to accommodate the demands of intensive project based learning outcomes, exposing students to current infrastructural, cultural and methodological practices in the profession. It offers students opportunity to engage in National and International engagement projects, building on existing expertise and approaches to industry readiness for the autonomous, ensemble and company actor.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) enables graduates to enter the profession with effective clarity, preparedness and skills. The structure of the course allows intensive skills training and practice to take place alongside rehearsal processes and a wide variety of performance situations.

Collaborative practice is regarded as an important element of contemporary theatre and is therefore integral to our training. Our graduates work at all levels of the theatre, film and television industries, and are renowned for their capacity to work creatively and collaboratively, in both traditional and ground- breaking performance contexts. Students establish careers in professional theatre, community arts and education, film, television, radio, new media and education.

Entry requirements

  1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

EITHER

(a) the Victorian Certificate of Education including

  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – either a study score of at least 25 in one of English, English Language; or
  • Literature or a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language;

OR

(b) the International Baccalaureate Diploma including

  • at least Grade 4 in English or English B (Standard Level or Higher Level);

OR

(c) a senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.

AND

  • an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance, and
  • performance in the audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements must be met.

Note. For applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre, “middle-band” selection adjustments are made only on the basis of eligibility for Access Melbourne.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providing support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website. http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Intended learning outcomes

  • Students will develop the cognitive skills necessary to critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise a body of knowledge central to the discourse and practice of Acting.
  • Students will develop practical and technical skills necessary to demonstrate a broad understanding of the Acting profession with depth into areas of Voice and Body Training, Text Analysis and Contemporary Performance across stage and screen.
  • Students will develop communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and sensibilities central to Acting and Performance
  • Students will develop the creative skills necessary to exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems within the discipline of Acting with intellectual independence

Generic skills

Artistic excellence (students should):

  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional artist/practitioner in the 21 Century
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of artistic practices and scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in artistic practice, writing, generic research activities, problem- solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledge across disciplines (students should):

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leadership in community (students will):

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Cultural diversity (students will):

  • value different cultures and their cultural forms of practice
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
  • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Global citizens (students will):

  • understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society
  • accept social and civic responsibilities
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.

Course structure

Each semester of the course will need to be successfully completed prior to students commencing the subsequent semester. This will be managed through subject pre-requisites.

Year 1, Sem 1 (Co-delivered with BFA Theatre)

Three core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM10027 Body and Voice 1
Semester 1
25
DRAM10028 Acting and Performance 1
Semester 1
12.5
DRAM10029 Contextual Studies 1 History Matters
Semester 1
12.5

Year 1, Sem 2 (Co-delivered with BFA Theatre)

Two core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM10030 Body and Voice 2
Semester 2
25
DRAM10031 Acting and Performance 2
Semester 2
12.5

One Level 1 VCA Elective (12.5 points):

See elective list below

Year 2, Sem 1 (second subject co-delivered with BFA Theatre)

Two core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM20022 Acting Lab 1
Semester 1
25
DRAM20023 Contextual Studies 2 Theory in Action
Semester 1
12.5

One Level 2 VCA Elective (12.5 points):

See elective list below

Year 2, Sem 2 (second subject co-delivered with BFA Theatre)

Two core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM20024 Acting Lab 2
Semester 2
37.5
DRAM20025 Contextual Studies 3 Performing Practice
Semester 2
12.5

Year 3, Sem 1 (second subject co-delivered with BFA Theatre)

Two core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM30021 Acting Lab 3
Semester 1
37.5
DRAM30022 Industry Practice 1
Semester 1
12.5

Year 3, Sem 2

Two core subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM30023 Acting Lab 4
Semester 2
37.5
DRAM30024 Industry Practice 2 Showcase
Semester 2
12.5

Level 1 Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AIND10003 Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
AIND10004 Art and Indigenous Voice
Semester 1
12.5
CCDP10001
CCDP10002 The Electronic Arts: Vision and Sound
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10003 Video Games: Remaking Reality
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE10027 Dancing the Dance 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10035 Still Life: Nature Morte
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10036 Life Drawing: The Body
Semester 1
12.5
FLTV10010 Making Movies 1
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10021 Interactive Art Media 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10023 Introduction to Screenwriting Practices
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10179 Making Music For Film And Animation 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10184 Pop Song Writing 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10202 Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit
Semester 1
12.5
MUST10012 Alexander Technique for Daily Function
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10222 The Wellbeing Orchestra
Semester 2
12.5
THTR10007 The Actors Process
Winter Term
12.5
THTR10019 Clear Speech and Communication
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
UNIB10011 The Secret Life of the Body 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DPSS10007 The History of Cool: Fashion & Attitude
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10009 Music Theatre: From Chorus To Ensemble
Winter Term
12.5
MUST10010 Singing 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUST10011 Singing 2
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10012 Alexander Technique for Daily Function
Semester 2
12.5

Level 2 Electives

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AIND20011 Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP20001 Street Art
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20031 Dancing the Dance 2
Winter Term
12.5
DNCE20032 Body Works Not available in 2019 12.5
FINA20026 Painting Techniques
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20033 Introduction to Printmaking Processes
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20035 Drawing with Anatomy
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
FINA20036 Under Camera Animation
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
FINA20044 Art and the Botanical
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
FINA20045 Introduction to Screenprinting
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV20005 Making Movies 2
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20163 Samba Band
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20164 Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensem
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20167 Creating Music For Advertising Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20011 Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20173 The Art of Game Music
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI20174 The Laptop Recording Studio
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20008 Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
Summer Term
12.5
MUST20009 Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age Not available in 2019 12.5
MUSI20190 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20192 R&B, Soul & Gospel Choir
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20194
MUSI20206 The Business of Music
Semester 2
12.5
THTR20022 Improvisation: Text, Space and Action
Winter Term
12.5
THTR20023 The Artist's Toolbox
February
July
12.5
THTR20042 Puppets as Storytellers
Summer Term
12.5
THTR20043 Design and the Moving Image
July
12.5
MUST20007 Bollywood: a cross-disciplinary study
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20008 Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
Summer Term
12.5
MUST20009 Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20010 Glee Singing: The Power Of Pop Music
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20011 Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
Semester 2
12.5

Last updated: 17 September 2019