CART11007 - Acting 1: Beginning the Story
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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 body and how they can act without speech. Improvisational theatre has a long history, and provides several key techniques necessary to actors.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Cairns

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 35%
3. Practical Assessment 35%

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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain and apply the basic technical concepts of theatre
  2. Use basic theatre terminology
  3. Create and perform a rehearsed mime using techniques of shaping and structuring skills for performance
  4. Engage in an improvisation, collaboratively developing dialogue, action, story and characters with other students.
  5. Perform in a university production.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written 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 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work  
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment          
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Practical Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Voice and the Actor
Author/s: Berry, C Year: 1991
Edition: Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
City: New York State: NY
Country: USA
Impro Improvisation and the Theatre
Author/s: Johnstone, K Year: 2007
Edition: 1st edn Publisher: Bloomsbury
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Both books are available in Kindle versions. However, if you prefer a paper copy, you can order one through the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKaren Crone (k.crone@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017 Introducing Mime and Improvisation
Week 2 13-03-2017

Playing Mime and Improvisation games. Connecting to the natural voice.

Voice and the actor Cecily Berry.

Chapter 1

Week 3 20-03-2017

Investigating mime and improvisational techniques. Continuing to free the natural voice.

Voice and the actor Cecily Berry.

Chapter 2.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Continuing practice.

Impro - Improvisation and the theatre

Keith Johnstone

Chapter 2 STATUS

Week 5 03-04-2017

Individual performance.

Impro - Improvisation and the theatre

Keith Johnstone

Chapter 3 SPONTANEITY

Chapter 4 NARRATIVE SKILLS

Practical Assessment Due Thursday (06 Apr 17) 11:00 AM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Performances in pairs.

Impro - Improvisation and the theatre

Keith Johnstone

Chapter 5 MASKS AND TRANCE

Week 7 24-04-2017

Performances in groups.

Voice and the Actor Cecily Berry

Chapter 3

Take note of Under Milkwood Dylan Thomas p62.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Practical assessment.

Cold read of ZOOILLOGICAL

Week 9 08-05-2017

Auditions and castings for Production #1 ZOOILLOGICAL

Voice and the Actor Cecily Berry

Chapter 4

Week 10 15-05-2017

Rehearsals and notes.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Rehearsals and notes.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Production week. Final preparations for performance.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Performance Thursday 8/6/17

Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 08:30 AM AEST
Practical Assessment - Presentation of ZOOILLOGICAL Due Thursday (08 Jun 17) 11:15 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

WRITTEN ASSESSMENT: You will attend each Monday from 9.30-11am the CREATIVE ARTS FORUM. The FORUM will have visiting practitioners from various disciplines sharing their individual creative journeys. From these FORUMS you will choose 2 guests and critically compare and contrast their creative journeys.How do they differ? How has this impacted on your own career planning? You will be required to write 700-1000 words, detailing the varied creative paths your chosen practitioners have traversed. 15%

PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT: You will be required to direct an actor on the stage using theatrical terminology. Each student will play the role of "director" and will direct another member of the company in a 3 minute monologue. You will direct them to enter the space using theatre terminology, direct them within the monologue, using theatre terminology and direct them to exit the stage using theatre terminology. 15%

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 08:30 AM AEST
Monday 5/6/17 8.30am
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017)
Will be returned within two weeks of submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Written assessment

Content (35%)

Structure and argument (35%)

Written expression (30%)

Practical assessment

Correct use of theatre terminology Prompt, OP, DS, US, USC, DSC,

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain and apply the basic technical concepts of theatre

2. Use basic theatre terminology

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

Throughout the UNIT you have been developing your skills in Mime and Improvisation. In either pairs or groups, you will devise a piece of non-verbal story telling. You may use

- naturalistic style

- buffoon/clown

- other to be negotiated with Lecturer.

Performance must be between 5 - 10 minutes in length.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Thursday (06-Apr-2017) 11:00 AM AEST
In class Thursday at 11am
Return Date to Students Week 7 Thursday (27-Apr-2017)
In class Thursday at 11am
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Your performance will include:and be assessed on the following -

- clearly defined story with the standard beginning, middle and end. (25%)

- simple effective movements that clearly convey meaning (10%)

- connection to the story, with appropriate use of stagecraft NO UPSTAGING unless part of the story (15%)

- connection to breath (15%)

- connection to body (15%)

- strong connection with the character and your company (20%)

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Create and perform a rehearsed mime using techniques of shaping and structuring skills for performance

4. Engage in an improvisation, collaboratively developing dialogue, action, story and characters with other students.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment - Presentation of ZOOILLOGICAL
Task Description

Over the UNIT you have worked on developing your skills in MIME, IMPROVISATION and also FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE. In this production you will need to call on all these skills. You will have been auditioned and cast as a member of the company of ZOOILLOGICAL. In class time, and in your own time, you will work as a company to rehearse and polish the piece. As an actor you have to THINK about your characters, you have to be prepared and willing to work as a team. You will play TWO characters within the framework of ZOOILLOGICAL. The first being the "animal" character you have been cast as and have created. The second will be your "RANGER" character. This character will have text to learn, difficult text as it will be in the form of technical fauna speak. There will also be the chance to improvise, as the animal you will be assigned to introduce to the audience may NOT always do what you want them to do. This is a challenging piece.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Thursday (08-Jun-2017) 11:15 AM AEST
Performance venue TBC. Scheduled performance 12 noon.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Thursday (15-Jun-2017)
On the certification of grades.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the following.

Development of Character - You have developed a highly effective character with excellent nuances and detail highly appropriate for your

characters choice.

- The development of 2 clearly distinct characters (30%)

- Stagecraft - Use of the space and spatial awareness (20%)

- The effective use of non-verbals to convey meaning (20%

- Connection to character and company (15%)

- Clear vocal projection supported by breath (15%)

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Perform in a university production.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work




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