ACD202 - Dance Making: Principles and Processes

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2023 unit information

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Not offered in 2023

From 2024
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: To be advised

ACD101, ACP109 or ACD104

Incompatible with: Nil
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 practicals plus 1 x 2-hour seminar per week delivered weekly


This unit will cover the three areas of dance technique, choreography, and contemporary dance history. Practical classes in contemporary dance technique will build students’ understanding of transfer of weight, anatomical alignment, modulation of dynamics and complexity of rhythms and forms. Choreography classes will explore individual physical motivation and imagination for movement creation and execution. Readings in dance history will focus on the conditions, nature, and experiences of contemporary (or modern) and post-modern dance, particularly as these relate to significant choreographers and their approaches to choreography.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Understand and demonstrate key contemporary dance principles including use of weight, space and time, appropriate anatomical alignment, and functionality.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Develop skills in perceiving and executing the precise values embodied and communicated by the teacher in dance technique.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Create choreographic studies by synthesizing and transforming workshop experiences and information and through physical problem solving.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

Retrieve and use relevant material from library databases and (selectively) the internet to undertake research in dance history.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week


Participation in 2 x 1.5-hour practicals per week


Weeks 1-11

Choreographic Studies

2 choreographic studies created by students


Weeks 6 and 11


1200-word written assignment


Week 11

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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACD202. Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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