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Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting) First year Acting 1 involves theory and practical classes in acting.

. Students also look at acting history as well as film history and film acting. Acting workshops provide students with opportunities to work on specific projects where they practice acting methods and techniques as well as the methods and techniques learnt in their other first year subjects. In these workshops students are able to explore different mediums including theatre and film. Movement 1 - introduces awareness and presence as well as an understanding of the principles and fundamental qualities of movement and the elements of space, time and weight. The subject looks at the key elements of movement. Classes emphasise alignment flexibility, agility, stamina, co-ordination, balance, kinaesthetic awareness, physical confidence, physical articulation and precision, physical ease, focus, peripheral vision, observation and movement analysis through individual, partner and group work. The subject content includes ballet and contemporary dance techniques, introduction to the Laban elements in movement and Stage Combat. Music 1 - is made up of the two areas of Music Theory and Singing. Music Theory assists students to understand music notation, key signatures, intervals, rhythm, tempo, dynamics and expression through individual sung pieces and the creation of ensemble choral projects. Singing teaches students to approach the singing voice with objectivity, imagination and confidence. Music exercises provide students with the opportunity to discover their vocal range and develop skills in melodic and rhythmic work. As the year progresses, singing extends from single melody songs to more complex harmony. Many different styles are covered in classes with an emphasis on the connection between sung text and spoken text, and the dramatic or lyrical extension of thoughts expressed in song. Voice 1 - consists of voice classes, speech classes and individual tutorials. All voice exercises are related to text work, linking breath, thought and relaxation, as well as tone, pitch and muscular expression. Speech classes and projects help students find enjoyment and pleasure in communicating their thoughts, feelings and ideas through language and to help them feel liberated by language and recognise its power in theatre, film, television and other performance contexts. Individual tutorials are held from time to time and individual assistance given on the preparation and performance of informal voice projects conducted during the year. Performance History 1 - is a classical performance history subject. As such it follows performance history chronologically from 5th century BCE- 1900. It does not cover every period of history but rather it highlights the most influential periods in order to assist in contextualising contemporary practice. This subject aims to develop the students knowledge and critical response to classical performance from 5th century BCE- 1900. The subjects intention is to give students the tools to analyses scripts, and to understand the material, political, social and cultural context of these works so that they can synthesize the history of performance with their contemporary practice. Arts and Ideas is a theoretical subject examining the interrelationship between Society and Arts. Studies examine social, political and economic paradigms that have influenced art, then later in the year students study Applied Performance and other social justice/community cultural development models.

Second year Acting 2 - furthers acting knowledge and skills through continued class work and production work. The work is designed to challenge and encourage students to extend their depth and range of expression through the exploration of performance styles and production contexts. Acting 2 is made up of theory and practical classes in acting technique, practice and style as

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well as classes in creative expression and imaginative responses related to a range of performance contexts including plays and film. Students also attend classes on acting history and film history. Acting classes are complemented by a performance program made up of advanced scenework, Shakespeare scenework, the Shakespeare plays, an ensemble play and a music theatre presentation. Movement 2 - continues the work of first year, extending the students' movement skills and vocabulary. Students are encouraged to explore and overcome individual problems as well as to apply specific movement techniques to their acting. The Laban technique and 'action' work is incorporated and applied in rehearsal and work on characterisation is emphasised. Classwork is more closely linked with performance and productions throughout the year. A range of dance techniques are explored. During their second year, students are required to present a 'Movement Piece' based on their own life experiences. Other key elements of movement studied in the second year are classes in yoga and Alexander Technique. Music 2 aims to instil musical confidence in students and to teach them to perform songs, both solo and ensemble, regardless of their perceived musical ability. Students learn to read vocal and instrumental scores. They develop an ability to learn songs from an acting perspective, with an emphasis on text and character analysis. This subject provides students with singing lessons and vocal coaching from a singing teacher, a repetiteur, or both. The lessons are practical and designed to increase functional range of pitch and dynamics and to increase confidence as a singing actor. Students learn to integrate the skills acquired in song learning and singing tutorials with those of Acting and Movement in practical settings. Performances include directed and choreographed ensemble works, and solo or small group works. Students learn to take a character seamlessly from dialogue to song. Voice 2 consists of intensive exercises and the undoing of habitual patterns that limit the student's expressive potential and free the expressive instrument. Once the natural energies of the voice and body are freed and developed, a combination of sound and movement exercises are undertaken in order to give students an imaginative and sensory experience of sound. Initially exploring instinctive connections through the physicality of vowels and consonants, the work leads on to the acceptance of words, images and thoughts in the body. A variety of texts are used in this process. Problems of restriction peculiar to the Australian voice are regularly addressed. Increased demands are placed on students in terms of stamina and range. Emphasis is placed on exercises that require greater rib expansion and depth of breath in order to facilitate greater emotional and intellectual content. Exercises to improve muscularity and dexterity of the articulators in order to serve different thoughts and emotional energies are a regular part of the work. Performance History 2 examines modern and contemporary performance. As such it follows performance history chronologically from 1900. It does not cover every period of history but rather it highlights the most influential periods in order to assist in contextualising contemporary practice. This subject aims to develop the students knowledge and critical response to modern and contemporary performance. The subjec ts intention is to develop skills of live performance analysis.

Third year Acting 3 - is designed to further the student actors skills and experience through continued class work, master-classes, workshops, and production work. The work is designed to challenge and encourage students to extend their dynamic range of expression and depth. Class work is designed to complement the various productions and other performances. In their final year of study, the primary emphasis is on performance where students consolidate their knowledge, skills and experience in the production of plays, films, and other performance projects. Student performances in third year include the Comedy Plays and the Graduation Plays. The annual Show Reel and Show Case productions are designed to highlight the talents of the individual student actor to the contemporary professional industry. Students are given an overview of the film and television industries through a series of specialist talks during industry week and other industry talks throughout the year.

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Movement 3 consolidates the movement work from first and second year. Students enhance their movement knowledge and skills through stage and film scene work and other productions. Students learn to apply movement to the special requirements of a comedy play production, physical theatre and a contemporary play production. Movement classes focus on connecting movement to acting and extending characterisation skills. More advanced approaches to the creative process of devising physical theatre are developed. Movement improvisation and approaches to the creation of self-devised theatre are taught through workshops with full-time staff and visiting lecturers. Dance techniques are further developed while yoga classes allow students to maintain a strong, flexible body and help with concentration and focus. In their last year of study, through application of Alexander Technique students are encouraged to assume responsibility for developing a self-aware sense of ease and individual preparation methods. Music 3 supports students to use musical skills with confidence in performances and auditions. The subject provides students with a model for learning songs for auditions, with an emphasis on research of appropriate repertoire, in addition to text and character analysis complementing existing music theory skills of pitch and rhythm. This model is then applied to the songs being studied for industry auditions. They are also taught to understand the technical requirements of singing with a microphone. The subject includes individual singing lessons and vocal coaching with a singing teacher, a repetiteur, or both. The lessons are practical and designed to prepare students for the audition process and performance opportunities. Students are encouraged to integrate their singing, acting and movement skills in a practical setting. Performances will include internal master classes and master classes with industry professionals. Voice 3 Students work on texts related to performance in production and on dialect work for auditions. During production periods students receive individual tuition and coaching. Students work on vocal stamina through articulation, breathing techniques, resonance and range. The work focuses on keeping the voice open and alive to emotional and imaginative responses. Students work towards self reliance and the ability to conduct a productive vocal warm-up for themselves and for a company. Voice teachers give individual tuition on text, dialect work and vocal problems in the preparation of student audition pieces. In preparation for screen tests and television auditions this subject includes practical exercises in sight reading, which is often required for television auditions and screen tests, a practice known as the "Cold Read". Screen Studies analyses a selection of seminal works from some of the worlds most influential film directors. The films are examined within their historical context and production history. Scenes and sequences are scrutinised with a special emphasis on innovation in technique and structure. The directors approach to film making, working with actors and the process of script development is considered as well as the notion of the director as auteur. All the elements of film-making are explored including lighting, sound, music, performance, design and cinematography, but with a particular emphasis on the screenplay. The subject also looks at the legacy of these films on contemporary cinema practice.

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