Performing Arts

Since the 1970s the VCA has trained Australia’s theatre makers including actors, directors and writers.  For the first time in 2013, students from the University of Melbourne have the opportunity to experience the practical theatre training offered at the VCA.

 

DRAM30020 Acting for Camera Intensive

An intensive introduction to the art of screen acting, focusing on the processes actors use for creating effective performances for camera. You are introduced to a series of practical exercises that allow you to focus on creating effective on-screen performances. You will experiment with the concept of ‘intention’ through prescribed and self-selected scenes. Practical insight into dealing with the pressure of the camera’s gaze and learning to work objectively with one’s self-image is given. Classes and exercises also focus on the analysis of classic scenes from theatre, film and television. This subject is perfect for aspiring actors, directors, cinematographers, writers and artists wishing to gain a practical understanding of the relationship between the living body and its performance for camera.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 30 hours in total

Practical subject

 

THTR1007 The Actor’s Process Intensive

Experience the training that forms the basis of an actor’s process including; utilising action and improvisation as ways of opening up an imaginary world, practicing the ability to take on a role other than oneself and learning the skill of script analysis. You also learn how to work spontaneously and to use this spontaneity in a theatre context.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: July Intensive (6 July - 10 July 2015)

No audition required

Contact hours: 24 spread across a 5-day workshop

Practical subject

 

THTR20023 The Artist's Toolbox Intensive

This subject introduces you to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Arts Management. It offers a practical exploration into the key disciplines required to turn a creative idea into a reality. The subject aims to ‘lift the veil’ of the industry to reveal the core systems common in implementation plans and to demystify the process of producing an artistic project. The subject provides learning in: the relevance of arts administration to facilitate artistic outcomes, the realities of delivering artistic services into themarketplace, the broad arena in which artistic events happen, and more.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 36 over 12 weeks

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

THTR10019 Clear Speech and Communication

Taught by the School of Performing Arts’ specialist voice lecturers, this subject is designed for students where English is a second language. Its aim is to develop confidence and fluency in spoken Australian English including learning how to use the voice effectively and develop skills in intonation, stress, and rhythm. Intensive study includes the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to improve and develop the articulation of specific speech sounds for Australian English.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 36

Practical subject

 

DRAM20021 Clear Speech and Communication 2

This subject is designed for students to further develop their confidence and fluency skills in spoken Australian English. Practical application of the International Phonetic Alphabet is used to assist further improvement in the articulation of specific speech sounds for Australian English. You will extend skills in how to use your voice effectively for intonation, stress and rhythm patterns; in conversation, group discussion and presentation settings.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1

No audition required

Contact hours: 36 spread across 12 weels

Practical subject

 

 

DRAM10025 Contemporary Performance Analysis

Learn how to critically and theoretically analyse, evaluate and interpret performance events and texts from a range of critical perspectives by examining contemporary live performance and engaging with various theatres and performance spaces in Melbourne. The subject introduces the languages, methods and theories used to discuss performances and examines how theatre sits in relation to culture and society. These insights add depth to the experience of live theatre and highlight how we become active theatre-goers and participants in an arts culture.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24 spread across 12 weeks

Lecture-based subject

 

 

THTR20043 Design and the Moving Image Intensive

Through a five-day intensive, this subject investigates how design can be used to bring greater meaning, depth and emotion to stories told through the medium of film.

We consider how design works by looking at visual language, colour theory, composition and metaphor. The role of the Production Designer will be outlined and the motivating factors behind the decisions they make will be identified. Students will be introduced to the processes designers use to generate ideas and then develop them into detailed design concepts.

This subject also focuses on some of the ways in which these design concepts are realised. You will learn about the various roles within the Art Department as well as the nature of how a Production Designer collaborates with other key creative personnel, including the Director and Cinematographer.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: 29 June - 03 July 2015

No audition required

Contact hours: 30 hours over 5 days

Lecture-based subject

 

THTR20022 Improvisation: Text, Space and Action Intensive

Focuses on the use of improvisation in acting and theatre making processes. The perception and manipulation of text, space and action forms the basis of this studio-based exploration of the art of acting. Areas covered include experimental physical and vocal improvisation, writing, and composing material for performance. You learn to work spontaneously and to use this spontaneity in the theatrical context.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1

No audition required

Contact hours: 24 spread across a 5-day workshop

Practical subject

 

FLTV10021 Interactive Art Media 1

Interactive Art Media 1 introduces students to practices and process of digital/computer based interactive installation and performance media. The subject has two integrated outcomes: the development of basic skills in the interactive media program Max (© Cycling74), and through the development of these skills, the discovery and understanding of the works and processes of current and past interactive media artists.

The subject blends lecture and self directed student-centred learning processes, with a focus on students developing their own practice in the area of interactive and digital media and developing an understanding of the context in which they are creating.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 30 over 10 weeks

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

FLTV10022 Interactive Art Media 2

Interactive Art Media 2 develops students' understanding and capacity in the practices and process of digital/computer based interactive installation and performance media. The subject has two integrated outcomes: the development of skills in the interactive media program Max (© Cycling74), and through the development of these skills, a good understanding of the works and processes of current and past interactive media artists.

The subject blends lecture and self directed student-centred learning processes, with a focus on students expanding their own practice in the area of interactive and digital media and understanding of the context in which they are creating.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 30 over 10 weeks

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

THTR20042 Puppets and Storytellers Intensive

A puppet allows alternative modes of authorship not easily achieved with live actors. This subject will initially examine the history of puppetry as a story telling language including the methods of construction and operation of various styles of puppet. The outcome of allocated research topics will be used to formulate ideas for a specific puppet character. Students should then apply this research to the design/making process required to make a puppet. The emphasis will be on the animation of the inanimate through the discovery of a “soul”. The puppet must have a purpose for being “alive” a reason to exist, a world to occupy, and a history of experiences to define the character that emerges.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: February Intensive (02 February - 18 February 2015)

No audition required

Contact hours: 40 over a 10-day period

Practical and lecture-based subject

 

 

THTR30039 Understanding Masks Intensive

What is a “mask”?

Students will endeavour to answer this question by exploring the history, cultural and performative function of mask in a wide variety of social contexts. This research will be supplemented with practical studio sessions in mask design and making, processes and materials. Students will then articulate this learning by designing and making a mask for a defined social or performative purpose.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: July Intensive (06 July - 17 July 2015)

No audition required

Contact hours: 40 over a 10-day period)

Practical and lecture-based subject