ACP324 - Ensemble Devising (A)

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2025

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kate Hunter

Students must have passed 1 unit from ACP211, ACP214, ACA204 or ACP207

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 4-hour seminar (weeks 1 - 11)


This unit introduces students to advanced principles of ensemble devising through an array of methods and approaches. It aims to extend skills in practices of ensemble devising as a means of dramatic composition and expression. Students will engage with a series of experiments that make demands on them to work with a range of different ensembles, and within a select number of devising approaches. The unit will extend students to undertake research, develop and co-lead various processes associated with the principles and definitions of dramaturgy and ensemble creation. The unit aims to nurture an appreciation and experience of group dynamics, collaboration and ensemble work as a basis for theatre making and performing; including ensemble management principles, and project development.

Students will be expected to experiment with their emerging understanding of working practices and principles of both devised theatre making and ensemble practices. Students will investigate the dynamics of working in project teams to conceptualise a performance project, and for undertaking the preliminary stages of preparation of a project through the development of a proposal that clearly articulates the conceptual terrain including content and method, identifies the necessary research and planning, and sets the timeline for development and realisation.

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

Research, design and articulate a proposal for a performance project for a contemporary audience

GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving


Engage in exploration to generate material within a collaborative group environment

GLO2: Communication
GLO7: Teamwork


Identify and apply appropriate creative development processes for working within an ensemble devising process

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO7: Teamwork


Prepare and deliver a relevant workshop and justify conceptual and contextual choices for the practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Research Informed Workshop   15% Information not yet available
Performance Critique 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Demonstration + Proposal Presentation    60% 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

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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