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NM1701 - Acting and Improvisation

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts

Available to all students

Students explore their potential for performance within the specifics of acting as a creative art form and develop a heightened physical and vocal awareness by understanding and applying psychophysical philosophies in a series of performance exercises, improvisations and interactions with partners. Students learn essential acting skills such as relaxation, attention, concentration, truth and belief introduced through Stanislavski methodology. Ensemble groups apply these skills with the techniques of Cicely Berry, Rudolf Laban and Viola Spolin to create physical location performance that scaffold to include mew media technology in performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop and apply fundamental skills in acting; the physical properties of body and voice in improvisation;
  • apply fundamental acting skills towards performance realisation;
  • develop an objective understanding of the performer's personal journey.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: two group devised performances (50%); assignments (30%); workshop tasks (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.