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New Work (MUST30005)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMUST30005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students work in a creative development format with professional artists-in-residence. Students will participate in short-term intensive workshop periods that may range from new musical theatre works, to physical theatre, to avant-garde form, to children’s theatre. The primary skill development is in the possible use of improvisation, cold and/or sight-reading and adaptiveness to new forms and input in service of the writer, composer or choreographer. Whilst students will have an experience of active participation as collaborator/performers, at other times they will be required to become a ‘working audience’, acquiring skills in giving constructive feedback and critical response to work in which they have not been primarily engaged. Following this, students will be required to create and perform a new short work. The style and content of these works will be dictated by the particular skills and interests of the student but must involve at least two of the ‘triple threat’ areas of singing, dancing and acting. Initial introductory workshops will focus on devising skills and understanding form. With much of the emphasis on autonomous creative practice and self-direction, tutors will provide regular feedback, guidance and provocation towards new directions. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work

Intended learning outcomes

• Develop skills in collaboration and contribution to the development of new works of other artists.
• Develop skills in generating and developing student ideas for new music theatre works that may challenge or develop existing forms.
• Develop skills in creative realisation of ideas in performance.
• Develop skills in giving and receiving critical feedback as part of the creative development process.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students will:
• Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the construction and development of works for music theatre.
• Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in creative development processes.
• Adapt and apply their skills in a range of contexts and styles of performance material
• Apply creative processes to develop ideas from inception to performance.
• Apply critical thinking to the relationship of form and content in creating new work, developing work that is cohesive in its intention and execution.
• Perform to a professional standard.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MUST20002 Acting Skills 3
Year Long
MUST20001 Dance Skills 3
Year Long
MUST20006 Music Theatre Combination Class 3
Semester 2
MUST20005 Voice Skills 4
Semester 2



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




Creative development participation in New Works intensive workshops focusing on achievements against set criteria in areas such as: engagement, developing a methodology, transference of skills into performance, professional attitude and commitment, ability to discuss & give/receive feedback. - 20%


Collaborative development and rehearsal of original student-led New Short Works focusing on achievements against set criteria in areas such as: engagement, developing a methodology, transference of skills into performance, professional attitude and commitment, ability to discuss & give/receive feedback. - 20%


Presentation of original performance work (small group or solo performance of 10-15 minutes). Week 12. - 40%


Completion of written score/script/rationale (equivalent of 1,000 words) Week 12. - 20%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJayde Kirchert
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours60
    Total time commitment144 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

Time commitment details

144 Hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

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

Last updated: 7 August 2019