ACD207 - Improvisation for Dance and Movement

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Luigi Vescio

Students must have passed one credit point at level 1

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 1: 1 x 3-hour seminar per week


This unit focuses on ways in which students can cultivate an embodied sensibility through dance and movement improvisation. Utilising improvisation and 'somatic' practices, the practical classes will allow students to learn through internally-focused experiences of movement, interactions with others, kinaesthetic imagination and physical self-enquiry. Improvisation will also be practiced as a form for performance thus offering students the opportunity to watch and reflect on the experiences of others.

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

Embody a personally refined movement sensibility as a part of creative exploration and performance

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Research, evaluate, and analyse diverse issues associated with movement
generation and literacy, improvisation and performance

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Use improvised movement and/or dance which displays spontaneity, skill and confidence in the presence of others

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Creatively collaborate with other students with diverse movement backgrounds and cultural influences to develop interpersonal skills

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Workshop Participation and Journal 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11
Assessment 2 - Improvised Performance 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 4,7 and 11
Assessment 3 - Research Task 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 9

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 ACD207
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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