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CART11007 - Acting 1: Beginning the Story

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will develop fundamental acting techniques including stagecraft, mime and improvisational theatre. Stagecraft involves the technical aspects and terminology of the theatre. Mime encourages actors to think about their bodies and how they can act without speech. Improvisational theatre has a long history, and provides several key techniques necessary to actors.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Cairns
Townsville
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 25%
2. Practical Assessment 25%
3. Practical Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 5.88% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Karen Crone
Feedback
Teaching in off campus dance studio facilities are not suitable for acting classes. We are confined by other activities within the dance studio and travelling to and from campus on a constant basis causes unnecessary stresses for the students.
Recommendation
Investigate alternative facilities with the Dean of school.
Action Taken
CNS continues to work out of the off site studio. TSV also works out of off site venues and it has raised no concerns from students. Quotes for establishing on campus studios have been investigated and are currently cost prohibitive.
Source: TSV Student
Feedback
Request for more clarity on assessment criteria for Performance Assessment 3.
Recommendation
Revise Assessment Rubric to improve clarity of assessment criteria. Further in studio discussion of assessment task and explanation of assessment criteria.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop dialogue, action, story and characters whilst engaging in improvisations
  2. Apply basic theatre terminology
  3. Create and perform a rehearsed mime using techniques of shaping and structuring skills for performance
  4. Perform in a university production.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
1 - Practical Assessment