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Acting and Performance 1 (DRAM10028)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeDRAM10028
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces acting and performance methodologies to first year students. The foundations are laid for the development of the art of acting and the composition of original material. This subject explores the core principles of performance creation: body, space, action, word, meaning, score, rhythm and repetition through improvisation and task based work. Performers will explore working spontaneously and imaginatively within a theatrical context. This unit is co-delivered to BFA Acting and BFA Theatre students.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Develop a critical awareness of the self in acting and performance processes.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work openly and collaborate within an ensemble.
  • Demonstrate practical studio learning in the context of acting and performance.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Practical Assessment - Studio Work: includes development, rehearsal, performance and evaluation of material (4 hours Class Time, 4 Hours Individual Preparation/warm up per week) (2000 word equivalent). Weekly. 50%. (ILO3)
  • Practical Assessment - Individual Presentation (800 word equivalent). Week 6. 20%. (ILO1)
  • Practical assessment - Assigned tasks in Group Presentations (1200 word equivalent). Week 12. 30%. (ILO2)
  • Hurdle requirements: Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorLeith McPherson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours48 hours Taught Class Time 48 Hours Independent Preparation/Warm Up
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 23 July 2019