ACD309 - Process Towards Performance

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Unit available for enrolment from 2025

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

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


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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

2 x 1.5-hour practical experience (workshops), 2 x 2-hour seminar per week


In this capstone unit, students will research, practice, and utilise specific approaches to choreographic practice in their relation to significant dancer-choreographers in the contemporary dance field. These approaches to choreographic practice will enable students to develop processes and content towards the creation of the live performance of a major choreographic group work in the trimester 2 unit Student Devised Public Performance. Students will engage with different dance-making approaches with the aim of discovering what processes best suit their interests in choreography, and the particular circumstances of their own cultures, contexts, experiences, capacities and bodies. A series of assignments will give students practical experience in creating from within the given choreographic processes and assessing their relevance and application to the emerging aims of their group project. Assignments will be shown as informal  presentations in class. During and towards the end of this unit groups will be established and will develop ideas and establish approaches towards the major choreographic project that will be created and performed in the unit Student Devised Public Performance. This proposal will be formally presented at the end of the Trimester.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Research, plan and create extended choreographic projects through working effectively in teams

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork

ULO2 Investigate a range of significant contemporary dance choreographers or choreographic approaches to identify, describe and explain various choreographic approaches to audiences in professional contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO3 Intellectually analyse and physically develop choreographic material applying a range of different processes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO4 Synthesise and adapt significant choreographic methodologies towards the development of a specific, original, collaborative choreographic project

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student
Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Choreographic showing 1 with oral presentation Physical presentation plus oral presentation 35% Week 5
Assessment 2: Choreographic showing 2 with oral presentation Physical presentation plus oral presentation 35% Week 10
Assessment 3: Group presentation Oral presentation 30% 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.

Hurdle requirement

Students enrolled in this unit must participate in 2 practical, dance technique workshops per week.

These practical experiences (workshops) will enable students to develop appropriate skills applicable to their particular discipline and support the development of content for assessment tasks 1 and 2. The workshops will 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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