ACP211 - Devising Theatre

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

This unit will not be offered in 2023

From 2024

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:ACA210, ACP101, ACP210
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Miles O'Neill

Students must have completed one unit from ACP103 or ACP109

Incompatible with: ACA101, ACA210
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 1.5-hour practical per week, 1 x 3-hour seminar per week


This unit is an experimental, practical laboratory where students investigate fundamental aspects of dramaturgy and composition for live performance commencing with core principles of time, space and frame. Using industry relevant strategies in a dynamic, interactive environment, students interrogate methodologies of composition and develop a solid vocabulary for the creation of new work from conception and stimulus; research and development; contemporary practices of documentation, framing and editing, through to performance and reflection.

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

Address dramaturgical problems in a group context at foundation level, demonstrating through research and practical skills an understanding of the core principles of performance composition

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork


Utilise digital research and social media tools for the location of contemporary live performance events and companies- the foundation of industry networking. 
Utilise digital technology to document a full dramaturgical process from conception to realisation as a reflective tool

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate live performance literacy at an intermediate level. By mapping local industry practice, students can interpret and analyse the core compositional strategies used in two current devised/original productions

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Identify and utilise the building blocks of effective collaboration in the creation of new works for performance with peers by managing positive and generative creative relationships- including research and participating in development and rehearsal activities outside of class time

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assignment 1 - Major Performance Task 1600 words 40% Information not yet available
Assignment 2 - Video Documentary of a dramaturgical process 800 words 20% Information not yet available
Assignment 3 - Industry map and critical analysis of two contemporary devised works 1600 words  40% 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

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