Bachelor of Performing Arts

General

Read more about this program on the institution's website

Program Description

Explores original, self-devised and collaborative approaches to researching, creating, producing and presenting contemporary art practice.

The course focuses on all aspects of performance in a broader context rather than singular training in acting, dance or music. It provides students with coherent knowledge of the performing arts, combining theoretical and technical knowledge of performance and seeks to unlock limitations through practical enquiry. It also examines the ever-evolving nature of contemporary practice and new approaches to presentation and production.

Students will develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Self-directed projects will develop confidence in working independently and highly collaborative group work will develop the ability to work as part of a cohesive team. The third-year offers the opportunity for students to focus on a particular discipline or area of practice.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to attend an audition. This is inclusive of an interview component. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to meet the technical requirements of the course and their suitability for the industry.

For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Students are required to complete: a Core programme of 4 Foundation units; plus an 8-unit Major and 4 related Special Skills units. This is supported by a Supplementary Programme, approved by the Course Coordinator, comprising of: a second Major; or Minor plus Elective units; or Elective units. The second major or minor can be from within or outside the School.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENG1205 Academic Research and Writing 15
BPA2545 Arts Practice and the Internet 15
PAD3103 Theory and Practice of Contemporary Performance 15
PAM2016 Arts Management 15
Unit from Major x 6 or x 8, depending on major selected 120
Unit from Specialisation x 4 Special Skill Units 60
Unit from Supplementary Programme x 8 120

Special Skills Units - Performance Making Major

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Select 4 units from:
PMA1005 Voice Fundamentals 15
PMA2005 Movement Fundamentals 15
PMA2003 Directing Workshop 15
PMA3010 Devising Physical Performance 15

Special Skills Units - Practice Transition Major

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Select 4 units from:
PAM1002 ^ Technical Theatre 1 15
PAM1008 ^ Design Development for Performance 15
PAM1013 ^ Theatre Workshop 1 15
PAM1017 ^ Vocal Technique 1 15
PAM1029 ^ Research and Computing Skills 15
PMA2003 ^ Directing Workshop 15
PAM2102 ^ Technical Theatre 2 15
PAM2111 ^ Physical Theatre - Physical Performance 1 15
PAM2118 ^ Dance Styles 2 15
PAM2121 ^ Playwriting Workshop 1 15
PAM2130 ^ Special Topics 1 15
PAM3110 ^ Jazz Dance 15
PAM3219 ^ Acting for Camera 15
PAM3230 ^ Improvisation for Performance 15
PMA2010 ^ Comic Performance 15

^ Core Option

Majors you can study in this course

  • Performance Making
  • Practice Transition
  • Production and Design

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad knowledge of the history of performance in the conceptualising and realising of new work.
  • Apply creative problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice to the generation of material for performance.
  • Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  • Perform in a range of genres or styles displaying the vocal, physical and creative skills required of a professional performance maker.
  • Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesis relevant information from multiples sources.
  • Work collaboratively or take the lead in a team environment that encompasses diverse disciplines, perspectives and levels of expertise in a manner that exhibit a strong sense of self-awareness, sensitivity to human difference and global awareness.

Career Opportunities

This course is underpinned by core performance and management skills that are necessary to gain professional employment as a contemporary art practitioner.

Possible future job titles

Performer, Musician, Director, Choreographer, Designer, Composer, Sound Designer, Arranger, Dramaturg, Playwright.

Last updated Oct 2020

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