ACP103 - Acting Studio

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kate Hunter
Trimester 3: Merophie Carr
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ACP177
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 2: 1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3: Intensive seminar over 5 consecutive days in week 3 and week 4
Monday - Thursday 9.00am-12.30pm
Friday 9:00am-12:00pm



Through practical workshops, students will develop the essential skills required for acting and performance at a foundation level with specific focus on presence, impulse, energy and imagination.

Through the practical application and analysis of two core actor-training methods, particular focus will be placed on questions of the boundaries between self and character, truth and fiction, text and subtext, as well as outside-in versus inside-out methods of constructing a role. Students will explore techniques to prepare a solo and group performance.

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

Engage critically with contemporary approached to acting through applying historical, cultural and theoretical knowledge along with technical and interpretive skills to performance

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically engage with theories relating to contemporary acting techniques to communicate ideas in performance and theatrical creation through multiple forms of expression

GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate ideas, concepts and processes related to acting through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Employ appropriate acting/performance methodologies to identify and develop solutions to performance problems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Effectively negotiate interpersonal, creative and collaborative relationships with peers and leaders

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Performance Exercise 1 1200 words or equivalent 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Research Essay 1600 words or equivalent 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Group of 4-5 students and individual) – Performance Exercise 2 1200 words or equivalent
(5-8 min duration)
30% 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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACP103
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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