ACF110 - Acting and Directing for Screen

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Donna McRae




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:

1 x 1-hour class (online) per week and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


This unit will begin with screenings and close analysis of examples of acting and directing for the screen. These examples will set some of the narrative, formal and stylistic criteria to be applied to exercises and tasks designed to explore different methods of working. The unit is designed to give students a practical understanding and overview of techniques and tools required to act in or direct a screen based work.

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

Engage in critique, analysis and reflection of directing methods and techniques in order to develop ideas and structure material into an effective narrative

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse existing industry practices and scripts to identify techniques for achieving acting and directing goals that will support the realisation of the task

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply different directing techniques and strategies to address problems and challenges inherent in taking a scene from script to filmed live action

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Acting and Directing Reflection 800 words 20% Week 3
Assessment 2 - Screen Director Analysis 1200 words 30% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Filmed Scenes 2000 words or equivalent 50% Week 10

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 ACF110
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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