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

    The Dynamic Actor
  • Unit Code

    ACT2002
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    Y
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Ms Samantha CHESTER

Description

This unit extends and harnesses the physical capacity of the actor. The classes demand a dexterous ability and physical confidence that allows for clear and embodied movement. The classes will call for courage, initiative, rigour, discipline, detail and heightened self-awareness. All practices undertaken will support movement knowledge for the actor and seek to extend the physical and creative capacity of the actor for application in production work and relevant projects. All classes are designed to be explorative, responsive, challenging and investigated through a class/workshop structure.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Have a strong body, mind breath connection.
  2. Understanding of a detailed movement methodology for the Actor.
  3. Have a fundamental understanding of how to physically prepare for a role in a production.
  4. Have a fundamental understanding of embodied movement for the stage that is connected to the text and serves the dramatic narrative of the work.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of tension line between performer and audience.

Unit Content

  1. Undertake a Body Mind Practice.
  2. Undertake and develop an understanding of a particular movement methodology for the Actor.
  3. Physical preparation and application for a role in performance through production work.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Appropriate Movement Studios, Intensive Workshops and Small group, solo and duo exercises, public performance. In class feedback, observation and discussion. Completion of homework and preparation Self -rehearsal and self-study.

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
ParticipationStudents will be marked on their professional attitude, commitment, self- management and their progress in weekly classes/workshops.
PerformanceStudents will be marked on a demonstration for movement staff on the movement methodology they have been learning.
ExerciseStudents will be required to participate in a in-class exercise for assessment.

Core Reading(s)

  • Murray, S. (2003). Jacques Lecoq. New York: Routledge.
  • Lecoq, J. et al. (2002). The moving body: Teaching creative theatre. London: Methuen.

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

    The Dynamic Actor
  • Unit Code

    ACT2002
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    Y
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Ms Samantha CHESTER

Description

This unit extends and harnesses the physical capacity of the actor. The classes demand a dexterous ability and physical confidence that allows for clear and embodied movement. The classes will call for courage, initiative, rigour, discipline, detail and heightened self-awareness. All practices undertaken will support movement knowledge for the actor and seek to extend the physical and creative capacity of the actor for application in production work and relevant projects. All classes are designed to be explorative, responsive, challenging and investigated through a class/workshop structure.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Have a strong body, mind breath connection.
  2. Understanding of a detailed movement methodology for the Actor.
  3. Have a fundamental understanding of how to physically prepare for a role in a production.
  4. Have a fundamental understanding of embodied movement for the stage that is connected to the text and serves the dramatic narrative of the work.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of tension line between performer and audience.

Unit Content

  1. Undertake a Body Mind Practice.
  2. Undertake and develop an understanding of a particular movement methodology for the Actor.
  3. Physical preparation and application for a role in performance through production work.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Appropriate Movement Studios, Intensive Workshops and Small group, solo and duo exercises, public performance. In class feedback, observation and discussion. Completion of homework and preparation Self -rehearsal and self-study.

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.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
ParticipationStudents will be marked on their professional attitude, commitment, self- management and their creative progress in weekly classes/workshops.
Presentation ^Students will be marked on an inclass demonstration for movement staff on the movement methodology they have been learning.
ExerciseStudents will be required to participate in a in-class exercise for assessment.

^ Mandatory to Pass


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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