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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) (B-FATH)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Southbank)

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre)
Year & campus2019 — Southbank
CRICOS code093588G
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 (Theatre) focuses on a rigorous conservatoire style preparation for theatre practitioners working across all areas of live performance (including physical performance, writing, direction, and dramaturgy). It offers learning experiences of requisite size and scale to accommodate the demands of intensive project-based work in theatrical contexts, and exposes students to current infrastructural, cultural and methodological practices in the profession. It offers students opportunities to engage in National and International engagement projects, building on existing expertise and approaches to industry readiness for the autonomous, ensemble and company practitioner. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) explicitly enables graduates to enter the profession with the capacity to instigate necessary change and leadership with effective clarity, preparedness and skill. Our graduates work at all levels of the profession, 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. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:

  • successful completion of the VCE (or an equivalent qualification) with a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 English/English Language/Literature, or a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 ESL. Minimum ATAR is not applicable.
  • performance in an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Intended learning outcomes

The BFA is designed to train highly skilled arts practitioners who can work independently or in ensemble in a wide range of careers and performance or production opportunities. They will be well-trained and knowledgeable in their own and related fields, and committed to continuous learning and production in their discipline; they will also have a local and international perspective on their own arts practice. As well as excellence in practising their own art form, BFA graduates will have good academic literacy skills in expression, argument and research and be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies.

Generic skills

Artistically excellent:

  • 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

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

  • 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

Leaders in communities:

  • 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

Attuned to cultural diversity:

  • 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

Active global citizens:

  • 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

275 points of core subjects

25 points of electives

Year 1, Sem 1

(Co-delivered with BFA Acting)

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 Acting)

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

VCA Elective 1 12.5 points

Year 2, Sem 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM20026 Theatre Lab 1
Semester 1
25
DRAM20023 Contextual Studies 2 Theory in Action
Semester 1
12.5

VCA Elective 2 12.5 points

Year 2, Sem 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM20027 Theatre Lab 2
Semester 2
37.5
DRAM20025 Contextual Studies 3 Performing Practice
Semester 2
12.5

Year 3, Sem 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM30025 Theatre Lab 3
Semester 1
37.5
DRAM30022 Industry Practice 1
Semester 1
12.5

Year 3, Sem 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM30026 Theatre Lab 4
Semester 2
37.5
DRAM30024 Industry Practice 2 Showcase
Semester 2
12.5

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
AIND20011 Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10001
CCDP20001 Street Art
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE10027 Dancing the Dance 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20031 Dancing the Dance 2
Winter Term
12.5
DPSS10007 The History of Cool: Fashion & Attitude
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10035 Still Life: Nature Morte
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10036 Life Drawing: The Body
Semester 1
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
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
FLTV20005 Making Movies 2
Semester 1
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
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
THTR10007 The Actors Process
Winter Term
12.5
THTR10019 Clear Speech and Communication
Semester 1
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
UNIB10011 The Secret Life of the Body 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10002 The Electronic Arts: Vision and Sound
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10003 Video Games: Remaking Reality
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10023 Introduction to Screenwriting Practices
Semester 1
Semester 2
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
DNCE20032 Body Works Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20007 Bollywood: a cross-disciplinary study
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV10023 Introduction to Screenwriting Practices
Semester 1
Semester 2
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
DNCE20032 Body Works Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20007 Bollywood: a cross-disciplinary study
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
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
MUST30012 Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
Semester 1
12.5

Last updated: 26 June 2019