School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Introduction to Acting
  • Unit Code

    ACT1001
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Ms Glenda LINSCOTT

Description

This introduction to Acting Skills is founded on the traditional training values of Stanislavsky and of his philosophical descendants. Students examine the basis of drama: high stakes; conflict; character objectives; and identification with the protagonist, both theoretically and practically. This unit puts emphasis on improvisation, impulse work, connecting with the dramatic imagination, personification, sensory awareness, story telling, focus, stage awareness and working in an ensemble.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to move into creative state, and experience impulse and action from truth.
  2. Demonstrate an emotional and physical range of expression.
  3. Analyse and interpret texts to better enable story-telling.
  4. Understand processes to build a character and enable character development.
  5. Appraise Australian theatre history.

Unit Content

  1. Self-reflection. Know yourself.
  2. Basic acting skills.
  3. Examination of basic Stanislavski technique.
  4. Spontaneous, free form studio work.
  5. Creative improvisation.
  6. Script analysis.
  7. Creative Studio/Location projects.
  8. Literary Critical Analysis.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Class room activities, and rehearsal, peer observations, guest speakers, Masterclasses with visiting artists, Intensive week-long workshops for specific outcomes.

Assessment

GS2 GRADING SCHEMA 2 Used for performance and/or practical based units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
Creative WorkA Slice of Life, Life Stories, Ovid's Metamorphosis, The Greeks
ParticipationActing Classes, Improvisation, Acting Journal
EssayText and Historical Studies

Core Reading(s)

  • Merlin, B. (2007). The complete Stanislavsky toolkit. London: Nick Hern Books.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Introduction to Acting
  • Unit Code

    ACT1001
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Ms Glenda LINSCOTT

Description

This introduction to Acting Skills is founded on the traditional training values of Stanislavsky and of his philosophical descendants. Students examine the basis of drama: high stakes; conflict; character objectives; and identification with the protagonist, both theoretically and practically. This unit puts emphasis on improvisation, impulse work, connecting with the dramatic imagination, personification, sensory awareness, story telling, focus, stage awareness and working in an ensemble.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to move into creative state, and experience impulse and action from truth.
  2. Demonstrate an emotional and physical range of expression.
  3. Analyse and interpret texts to better enable story-telling.
  4. Understand processes to build a character and enable character development.
  5. Appraise Australian theatre history.

Unit Content

  1. Self-reflection. Know yourself.
  2. Basic acting skills.
  3. Examination of basic Stanislavski technique.
  4. Spontaneous, free form studio work.
  5. Creative improvisation.
  6. Script analysis.
  7. Creative Studio/Location projects.
  8. Literary Critical Analysis.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Class room activities, and rehearsal, peer observations, guest speakers, Masterclasses with visiting artists, Intensive week-long workshops for specific outcomes.

Assessment

GS2 GRADING SCHEMA 2 Used for performance and/or practical based units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
Creative WorkA Slice of Life, Life Stories, Ovid's Metamorphosis, The Greeks
ParticipationActing Classes, Improvisation, Acting Journal
EssayText and Historical Studies

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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