ACA301 - Student-Devised Public Performance

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Unit available for enrolment from 2025

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:ACD310
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: To be advised
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have passed 1 unit from ACD309, ACP324, ACP214 or ACD202

Incompatible with: ACA311, ACP326
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1.5-hour practical workshops and 2 x 2-hour seminar per week


This unit is the culmination of the Theatre or Dance major and requires students to work with an ensemble or group to realise a performance project through devising or composition. Drawing on the learning from ACP324 or ACD309, student teams will execute their proposed project from conception, research, planning and development, to presentation. Under staff supervision, ensembles/groups will use appropriate methods and processes to develop their performance vision taking into account parameters for time and resource management. Processes will include application of relevant dramaturgical or choreographic principles, and the demonstration of an articulate vocabulary in devising or composition including research and development strategies, toward the realisation of the thematic or conceptual ideas as a performed work.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Identify evaluate and apply appropriate creative development processes in order to realise a major performance project through devising or composing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically reflect on personal-performative capacity through sustained engagement with theatre devising or contemporary dance composition methods and approaches.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Work effectively in a team across a range of production processes in order to achieve the delivery of a live performance

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO4 Critically evaluate theoretical frameworks and their relationship to specific contemporary performance contexts

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Project Proposal 1200 words
or equivalent
30% information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Work-in-progress showing of creative work 800 words
or equivalent
20% information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Performance of creative work to public audience 2000 words
or equivalent
50% information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Students enrolled in this unit must participate in 2 practical, dance or theatre technique workshops per week. These practical workshops will enable students to develop appropriate skills applicable to their particular discipline and aid the development of performative content for assessment task 3. The workshops will also ask students to engage with standards and expectations as they exist in the professional context.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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