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Independent Directing Project (DRAM90017)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 50On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDRAM90017
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Independent Project is a major practice and research subject, drawing on and applying the knowledge and skills of directing gained throughout the course. Through discussions in advance of the subject, each student will identify a performance project they will direct. This could be a solo performance they devise and perform themselves, the direction of a single-authored text, or anything in-between. The performance outcome can take place on campus with undergraduate actors, for a season of graduate work at La Mama, for a company that engages you to direct for them, or for an independent production..The practice – direction of a piece of performance – forms a major part of a critical research project with a written dissertation and the two parts will be supervised by a member of Theatre staff.

It is possible that the entire project could be written (rather than practice-led).

It is possible that the production might take place outside of Melbourne, provided that appropriate supervision and assessment can be ensured.

The student is asked to set up a research question to investigate and analyse through creative practice and through the identification and application of appropriate critical and theoretical frameworks. Supervision will take place throughout the project. The assessment structure is devised to allow students to create their research proposal, pursue that research in the relevant practical context and then present their findings in the following assessments on campus at the end of the project: individual documentation (journal and/or multimedia), a class presentation and critical analysis in a final essay.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • utilise research and practice skills in an industry setting;
  • create a performance work for a public audience;
  • understand the way venues, festivals, events, etc. are run and how to function as an artist within them;
  • reflect on and critically analyse own artistic practice;
  • demonstrate imaginative and creative communication and presentation skills in the delivery of a research proposal and research presentations;
  • identify a research methodology appropriate to their discipline and project;
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of the critical issues in the field of research methodologies in researching performance;

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Create and organise aesthetic material
  • Use a range of research tools and methodologies
  • Solve problems
  • Interpret and analyse
  • Develop the capacity for critical thinking
  • Work independently
  • Communicate effectively
  • Organise and mange manage time
  • understand the relationship with and responsibility to the cultural environment;
  • work with respect for intellectual integrity, intellectual property and for the ethics of research and scholarship.

Last updated: 27 August 2019