Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre)
- CRICOS Code: 075490A
- VTAC Code: 3800638951
- International VTAC Code: 3800638953
What will I study?
Gain extensive practical training in music theatre’s principal disciplines of singing, acting and dance as individual crafts. Then learn to combine the three to create holistic music theatre performance.
In first year, the focus is on building an excellent foundation of skill, technique and self-awareness. You will develop your understanding of practices, concepts and language in all skills discipline areas, preparing you to confidently apply your process effectively, safely and independently.
In second year, you will deepen your understanding of the complex demands of music theatre performance across a range of contexts and will apply your developing skills in acting, singing and dancing to diverse and challenging material.
In third year, the focus moves to professional readiness, with training in audition techniques, acting for camera, and developing your rep folder, alongside performing in major productions and participation in the development of new works. Your final year culminates in an industry showcase for agents, directors and producers.
On completion, you'll be an industry-ready, professional performer with a strong sense of individual expression.
Second year and third year
Public performance is an integral part of the program beginning in second year, with fully staged performances in third year and culminating in an industry showcase for agents, directors and producers.
Explore this course
Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this degree.
- Dance Skills 112.5
Dance Skills 1
The focus for students in their first year of dance study is on the development of fundamental understanding of a common dance ‘language’ and the implementation of secure and safe dance technique, with particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on technical skill in jazz, tap, and ballet (technique). Course content will include technique, flexibility and strength work, corner work and choreography. Students will be expected to progress at a rate that takes into account their entry-level skills and ability and will be streamed accordingly.
- Acting Skills 112.5
Acting Skills 1
In first year of Acting Skills classes the creative and expressive potential of the actor is explored through the development of imagination, self-awareness, flexibility, connection and play, whilst analytical and craft-based skills are introduced to assist the performer’s development of a full personal process. Movement classes will develop the actor’s awareness of physical expression and potential for transformation. The focus on the self will place the actor at the centre of their work as a performer and potential performance maker and will be balanced against the requirements of working in an ensemble.
The acting skills taught in this module will provide a common language and range of acting process applicable to both music theatre and ‘straight’ theatre performance.
- Voice Skills 112.5
Voice Skills 1
Voice in this course is designed to explore the world of voice production and its application specific to the Music Theatre genre. Throughout this course, the phenomenon of individual voice difference will be taken into account and students will be encouraged to explore and value these differences in themselves and others. Contact hours in Voice Skills 1 will be divided between individual lessons, spoken voice classes and small and large ensemble classes. In the first semester, particular emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of singing and speech, incorporating breathing, alignment, pitch, tone and articulation. Individual lessons will allow for assessment of areas of vocal production that require individual focus and identify any problem areas. Small and large ensemble classes will lay the foundations for group singing work that will then be advanced in Music Theatre Combination Class in semester 2.
- Music Theatre Contextual Studies12.5
Music Theatre Contextual Studies
Music Theatre Contextual Studies provides a foundation understanding of the history and major developments in 20th Century Music Theatre within social, cultural and historical contexts and as they connect to diverse objectives and influences. Students will gain skills in critical analysis of all elements of structure and performance of music theatre works and examine potential future developments in the form through weekly music theatre history lectures. Also in this subject, students will develop skills in musicianship. aural studies and music theory through music skills classes, providing a music theory base fro their practice-based voice studies.
This subject includes an embedded program in academic literacy skills of analysis, discussion, essay writing, research and information retrieval.
- Dance Skills 212.5
Dance Skills 2
In Dance Skills 2 students will build on and further develop the skills from first semester. They will be expected to extend these through a program of self-directed daily practice. At the end of the first year of study, students should have developed sound technique in all areas of dance studied and be working at all times in accordance with an awareness of safe dance practice. Students will be expected to progress at a rate that takes into account their entry-level skills and ability and will be streamed accordingly. Classes will cover jazz, tap and technique but move beyond these as necessary. Course content will include technique, flexibility and strength work, corner work and choreography.
- Acting Skills 212.5
Acting Skills 2
With the acquisition of new acting processes and language, Acting Skills 2 will afford students the opportunity to apply these new skills, with early exploration of text process, as well as in improvisation and movement classes. The focus continues to be on developing the actor’s individual intuitive and imaginative response alongside technical craft skills. Students will be introduced to the principle that these two approaches integrate personal interpretation with the demands of serving the style and substance of story and text to provide performance that is rich in both form and content, with the clear understanding that in theatre, analytical work must have full and free physical and emotional expression to be meaningful.
- Voice Skills 26.25
Voice Skills 2
Voice 2 continues the technical work of Voice 1 with the introduction of repertoire in individual voice classes. Spoken voice classes will include the development of a self-directed study plan of regular work-outs to facilitate skills development in key areas such as breath support, range, resonance and articulation and support these with continuing continue class work in these areas.
- Music Theatre Combination Class 16.25
Music Theatre Combination Class 1
This class comprises the vital work of practising the core skill areas in combination for holistic music theatre performance. Classes will integrate skills learning from first semester singing, acting and dance classes in specific application to music theatre repertoire. Acting the Song classes will advance the work begun in small ensemble and individual voice lessons to build an understanding of both technical and interpretative imperatives for the music theatre singer. Production classes will combine the skills of large ensemble singing and dance, with an emphasis on the technical requirements of each and their linkage to advancing meaning within the context of plot and character.
- Dance Skills 318.75
Dance Skills 3
The focus for students in their second year of dance studies is on the actor/dancer and developing the ability to adapt to style. Students will be expected to integrate the skills taught in acting classes in their work as dancers, bringing to the work an understanding of character, relationship, stakes, given circumstances and storytelling. Technical and artistic practise will be extended through exploration of a range of music theatre dance repertoire and the capacity to adapt stylistically to the demands of genre and style as well as through partner work.
- Acting Skills 318.75
Acting Skills 3
Acting 2 focuses on extension of skills attained in Acting 1, with the experience of working with challenging texts and extension work in physical performance. Classes in Shakespeare will provide deep technical understanding that will then be given practical application, allowing students to find the freedom and energy of playing within structure. Clear connections will be made between Shakespeare’s text in play and the demands of Music Theatre performance, including active engagement with sound, rhythm, audience/actor relationship, the playing of action and a full and rich approach to character and storytelling. Other text work will focus on understanding style and genre and adapting skills and process to meet the requirements of diverse texts. By the completion of second year students should have developed clear individual processes for autonomous preparation in all acting tasks that are flexible to the needs of a range of projects and styles of direction.
- Voice Skills 36.25
Voice Skills 3
Voice 3 continues the development of technical and artistic excellence from year 1 Voice, with extension through exploration in singing lessons of music theatre repertoire and in spoken voice classes through application of technique to text work, which may begin to include dialects. Individual lessons continue, supporting the unique qualities of each student’s vocal qualities and giving specific attention to individual problem areas. Repertoire work will expand the student’s understanding of the range of approaches required vocally for music theatre voice usage and of technique needed to support a diverse range of material. In both speech and singing the student is expected to begin integrating vocal technique with acting demands to consider character, context, style and story in their vocal choices.
- Music Theatre Combination Class 212.5
Music Theatre Combination Class 2
Music Theatre Combination Class 2 continues the work begun in first year of skills integration across key skill performance areas. Classes will include Production Class (song and dance numbers), Acting the Song (expanding to duets, small ensembles and scene/song work) and introduce Presentation Class, where students will regularly present autonomously prepared work for lecturer feedback in front of their peers. MTCC 3 will focus on the development of independent study process and greater understanding of the inter-dependant nature of music and song, text (as speech or lyrics), and physical storytelling (through dance and characterisation) within music theatre storytelling and performance.
- Voice Skills 46.25
Voice Skills 4
Voice 4 continues the development of technical and artistic excellence from Voice 3, with continuing extension though a range of music theatre repertoire of diverse styles and genres. Spoken Voice classes will focus more specifically on accent and dialect with a study of the most commonly used dialects covered, whilst continuing to develop general spoken voice technique. In both speech and singing the student is expected to begin integrating vocal technique with acting demands to consider character, context, style and story in their vocal choices.
- Music Theatre Combination Class 312.5
Music Theatre Combination Class 3
In Music Theatre Combination Class 3 the work of first semester will be focussed through the lens of genre, style and repertoire. Students will be expected to adapt the skills attained in previous classes to respond to specific styles of language, music, choreography and to period.
- Dance Skills 412.5
Dance Skills 4
Dance Skills 4 continues to be delivered through jazz, tap and ballet classes and focuses on preparation for entry to the industry. Students will work on further developing stamina, technique, style and artistic interpretation and becoming increasingly aware of their personal skills development and goals as dancers. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work.
- Acting Skills 46.25
Acting Skills 4
In Acting Skills 4, students will develop skills for acting for camera. Working with a range of film and television scripts, students will continue to apply acting processes developed in previous years whilst responding to the particular demands of the medium. Classes will develop the student’s understanding of all stages of the process, from audition to shooting and provide the foundation for diversifying employability for a sustaining career. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work.
- Voice Skills 56.25
Voice Skills 5
In Voice Skills 5 the focus is on readiness to transition to professional practice. Individual lessons will focus on the preparation of an appropriate and diverse ‘book’ of repertoire tailored to the individual student, whilst continuing to develop and extend their artistry, individuality and technique. Spoken Voice classes will continue to combine development of a free and flexible spoken voice, its connection with character and text, connectivity to sung voice and competency in dialects commonly used in music theatre performance. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work.
- Music Theatre Combination Class 412.5
Music Theatre Combination Class 4
With a working understanding of the fundamentals of combining acting, singing and dance for music theatre performance, MTCC4 begins to focus on preparation for transition into the music theatre profession. Work may include classes on audition technique, mock auditions, classes on music theatre style and the rehearsal and performance of a full music theatre show (whether as a principal or ensemble/cover/swing). On completion of this subject students will have a clear understanding of industry expectations for auditions, for rehearsal preparation, process and etiquette and of sustaining a consistently high performance standard throughout a run of performances. As with all year 3 subjects a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principle in self-directed work.
- New Work12.5
Students work in a creative development format with professional artists-in-residence. Students will participate in short-term intensive workshop periods that may range from new musical theatre works, to physical theatre, to avant-garde form, to children’s theatre. The primary skill development is in the possible use of improvisation, cold and/or sight-reading and adaptiveness to new forms and input in service of the writer, composer or choreographer. Whilst students will have an experience of active participation as collaborator/performers, at other times they will be required to become a ‘working audience’, acquiring skills in giving constructive feedback and critical response to work in which they have not been primarily engaged. Following this, students will be required to create and perform a new short work. The style and content of these works will be dictated by the particular skills and interests of the student but must involve at least two of the ‘triple threat’ areas of singing, dancing and acting. Initial introductory workshops will focus on devising skills and understanding form. With much of the emphasis on autonomous creative practice and self-direction, tutors will provide regular feedback, guidance and provocation towards new directions. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work
Semester 2 Option A
- Dance Skills 56.25
Dance Skills 5
Weekly tap and jazz classes form the core of Dance 5, maintaining skills, fitness and artistry whilst students are simultaneously working on performance projects. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work..
- Performance Project A18.75
Performance Project A
In Performance Project, the emphasis switches to application of skills to performance. Here the emphasis is on opportunities for students to put into practice the craft and methodologies learned in all of their previous studies to create an autonomous personal process that serves the intention of the particular work and is harmonious with the requirements of other creatives such as directors, music directors, choreographers, designers and technicians. Students will be expected to be able to make a positive contribution to ensemble and create and fulfil sustained, psychologically, physically and emotionally cohesive characters as necessary, whether acting, singing or dancing. Key to this will be the ability to work from technical, interpretative and intuitive imperatives and the ability to adapt their process to the divergent requirements of style and genre. Participation in Performance Project may be through standard repertoire or moved/sung readings of a new work. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work. Students who are streamed into Performance Project A will be involved in ensemble roles in a performance project (repertoire or new work) and will be streamed into Music Theatre Combination Class A. They may also be understudies or swings.
- Music Theatre Combination Class 5A25
Music Theatre Combination Class 5A
Development of audition skills and practice continue in this subject, as well as further intensive acting the song classes (ATS), that may be delivered through classes or tutorials. A key focus is on rehearsal and performance of the Industry Showcase, to which agents, producers, directors and other key professionals will be invited. The content of Showcase will be created and shaped according to the individual strengths and skills of the student cohort. Showcase serves as the student’s introduction to the music theatre profession. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work. Students who are streamed into MTCC 5A will be involved in ensemble roles in the performance project (repertoire or new work) and will be streamed into Performance Project A. They may also be understudies or swings.
Semester 2 Option B
- Dance Skills 56.25
Dance Skills 5
Weekly tap and jazz classes form the core of Dance 5, maintaining skills, fitness and artistry whilst students are simultaneously working on performance projects. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work..
- Performance Project B25
Performance Project B
In Performance Project, the emphasis switches to application of skills to performance. Here the emphasis is on opportunities for students to put into practice the craft and methodologies learned in all of their previous studies to create an autonomous personal process that serves the intention of the particular work and is harmonious with the requirements of other creatives such as directors, music directors, choreographers, designers and technicians. Students will be expected to be able to create and fulfil a sustained, psychologically, physically and emotionally cohesive character journey across a whole role, whether acting, singing or dancing and make a positive contribution to ensemble. Key to this will be the ability to work from technical, interpretative and intuitive imperatives and the ability to adapt their process to the divergent requirements of style and genre. Participation in Performance Project may be through standard repertoire or moved/sung readings of a new work. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work. Students who are streamed into Performance Project B will be involved in principal or supporting roles in a performance project (repertoire or new work) and will be streamed into Music Theatre Combination Class A. They may also be understudies or swings.
- Music Theatre Combination Class 5B18.75
Music Theatre Combination Class 5B
Development of audition skills and practice continue in this subject though the key focus is on rehearsal and performance of the Industry Showcase, to which agents, producers, directors and other key professionals will be invited. The content of Showcase will be created and shaped according to the individual strengths and skills of the student cohort. Showcase serves as the student’s introduction to the music theatre profession. As with all year 3 subjects, a high level of preparation and autonomy is expected, with students exhibiting strong organisational skills and confident application of technical and artistic principles in self-directed work. Students who are streamed into MTCC 5B will be involved in principal or supporting roles in the performance project (repertoire or new work) and will be streamed into Performance Project B. They may also be understudies or swings.
- Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts12.5
Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts
The student will experience Indigenous Culture, Identity and Arts Practice first hand as they visit remote and urban Victorian Aboriginal communities, art galleries and artists. Fieldwork will comprise a four-night stay at Lake Condah Mission on Gunditjmara country (Heywood and Portland) where students are immersed in Victorian Culture and Identity. Local work will take place in and around Melbourne.
- Art and Indigenous Voice12.5
Art and Indigenous Voice
This subject is designed to give students a solid basis from which to start engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practice. Utilising both existing and new cultural frameworks, through lectures in cultural safety, traditional beliefs and culture, contemporary history and art as voice, students will be walked through the artistic, cultural and political histories of Australia’s first people with a specific focus on the diversity within Victoria and the south-east of Australia. With a focus on connection to country and place, students will learn from leading elders, visual artists, theatre makers and activists.
- Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation12.5
Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation
This subject brings together a vast range of different arts practices to give an holistic view of Indigenous arts and their role in facilitating voice and its use as a tool for social change. Presented over 12 weeks, students will be given access to a broad range of Indigenous guest lecturers who will present upon seminal works from their oeuvre and discuss their impact on mainstream Australia. Students will also examine the role of art as a tool for resistance and self-actualisation within Indigenous communities, studying the effects of cultural reclamation and artistic practice on the mental and spiritual wellbeing of a people.
- Street Art12.5
From illegally spray-painted stencils to secret exhibitions in abandoned warehouses to exclusive multi-million dollar art fairs, this subject explores the rise of street art in the contemporary city.
The subject examines the diversity of artists, materials and political impulses that drive street art and graffiti and its shift from an illicit subculture to a mainstream practice. Using examples from Melbourne and other key cities such as New York, Rome and Berlin, the subject investigates how the meaning and impact of street art derive from spatial and social contexts and how street art can provide new ways of understanding a city, as well as broader debates about art, public space and urban development.
Students undertaking this subject will develop skills in identifying, mapping and designing street art in Melbourne’s laneways.
- Dancing the Dance 112.5
Dancing the Dance 1
Dancing the Dance 1 offers students with little or no background in dance an introduction to the fundamentals dance techniques and their use in the creation of choreography. Each weekly seminar/workshop will start with a warm up in a particular technique (contemporary dance, hip hop, flamenco or ballet for example) and progress to problem-solving and choreographic tools to explore ways of making dances. The subject develops an insight into the roles of dancer and choreographer and the use of physical language as a means of expression through the exploration of dance techniques, approaches to dance-making, choreographic tools, rehearsal techniques, dance performance and presentation.
- Dancing the Dance 212.5
Dancing the Dance 2
Dancing the Dance 2 provides students, who have been introduced to dance fundamentals in Dancing the Dance 1, further insight into the practicalities of professional dance production. The subject will advance the study of Dancing the Dance 1, in areas such as dance techniques, movement design, choreography, rehearsal and presentation techniques including the realisation of dance performance ideas with lighting and sound design. The subject will conclude with a performance presentation of the work developed throughout the intensive.
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- Up Close and Personal with MTC12.5
Up Close and Personal with MTC
Love going to the Theatre? Want to learn more about one of Australia’s flagship Theatre companies?
This subject provides an up close and personal look at the art, craft and business of Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC). Emphasis is placed on you (the audience) and your appreciation of the work of the playwright, director, actor, designer, producer and critic. Upon completion you should be able to demonstrate a vocabulary of theatre terms and recognise the contributions of various theatre artists in an organisation like MTC. Since no theatre appreciation course is complete without an experience of the live theatrical event, you’ll be provided with tickets to see two productions from the MTC subscription season and the opportunity to attend pre/post show discussions for both works. The only pre-requisite for this subject will be your life experience and a desire to engage with performance. These experiences will be framed as reviewing assignments for a comparative Review (1,500 words), plus some online preshow testing and diary entries. The unit is taught wholly online in a self-service model, with a requirement to undertake theatre visits and participate in a series of moderated online group discussions. This subject will enhance your knowledge of one of Melbourne’s significant cultural institutions and hopefully enliven the experience of going to the Theatre in Australia’s greatest city.
The cost of attending two MTC shows will be included in the subject cost.
- Acting for Camera12.5
Acting for Camera
This subject is an intensive introduction to art of screen acting that focuses on the processes actors use for creating effective performances for camera. A series of practical exercises are introduced that allow participants to focus on creating effective on-screen performances. Students experiment with concept of ‘intention’ through prescribed and self-selected scenes. Practical insight into dealing with the pressure of the camera’s gaze and learning to work objectively with one’s self image is given. Classes and exercises will also focus on the analysis of classic scenes from theatre, film and television. This subject will be of interest to aspiring actors, directors, cinematographers, writers and artists wishing to gain a practical understanding of the relationship between the living body and its performance for camera.
- Still Life: Nature Morte12.5
Still Life: Nature Morte
This subject introduces multi-dimensional investigations around the Still Life genre explored from a 21st Century perspective.
Engaging drawing and painting techniques and processes, this subject is designed for students who have little or no practical experience in art making. Commencing with figurative drawing, students will be introduced to ways of visualizing relevant, abstract concepts as they relate to the still-life genre. Multi-disciplinary investigations around the inanimate object will also focus on the dynamics of colour and pictorial space. Theoretical discussions will explore the human relationship to abstract ideas and the evolution of the still life convention. Projects will be set in both practical and theoretical areas.
- Life Drawing: The Body12.5
Life Drawing: The Body
This Breadth subject uses life drawing to explore the human body as a subject. It will explore how we visually perceive the human body, how we think about the body and how we theorise the body within art practice.
Within the practical studio classes students will be introduced to drawing through the foundational skills of observation and drawing techniques. These skills will be developed and extended so that students are able to explore and visually articulate their observations of the human body with increasing sophistication and complexity.
Lectures will introduce the history of the human body in art, focusing on the particular role that drawing the human body has played from pre-history to the present day. This will enable students to contextualise their own drawing practice, extending their conceptual understandings of the body and drawing, and assisting towards essay preparation.
At the completion of “Life Drawing: The Body” students should have a foundational understanding of drawing practice with knowledge and skills enabling them to visually communicate the human body as a subject.
Though this subject is designed for students who have little or no previous art making experience, it will also suit students who have previously undertaken a visual art Breadth subject or similar.
- Painting Techniques12.5
This subject introduces students to the techniques and processes used in contemporary painting. Through project-based experimentation students are guided through a range of different painting techniques and their application in the production of aesthetically and materially developed artworks. This subject aims to create an informed and critical methodology for the use of contemporary painting technology as a vehicle for imaging ideas. It is also concerned with developing skills and a visual language through a range of painting media.
- Introduction to Printmaking Processes12.5
Introduction to Printmaking Processes
This subject will introduce students to the unique possibilities inherent in printmaking processes, with a technical focus on monotype, relief and intaglio techniques. Alongside this workshop focus, students will be introduced to the key historical moments in the evolution of printmaking through an introductory lecture, which encompasses the fundamental technological innovations that have impacted upon printmaking, as well as the major terms of reference that will allow students to engage with printmaking terminology within a workshop environment.
Students will also be introduced to the Prints and Drawings collection at the NGV, from which students will be required to write a 1000 word essay that engages with a specific print based work that has a direct influence on the portfolio that they are creating within the printmaking workshop. Students will also be exposed to a lecture from the Printmaking Technician that demonstrates more advanced technical processes and possibilities within the field of printmaking.
Within the workshop, students will be encouraged to explore their own work and utilise a selection of techniques by engaging with ideas of repetition, difference, and variation. This subject is designed to explore printmaking processes and technology as a vehicle for imaging ideas and image production, as well as to motivate and involve students in analytical thinking about visual perception. It also includes an induction into the Printmaking workshop, with an emphasis on Occupational Health & Safety.
- Drawing with Anatomy12.5
Drawing with Anatomy
This practice-based drawing subject focuses on developing skills and techniques in figurative drawing. It is designed for students who have little or no experience in visual art making. Students will be introduced to specialist figurative drawing techniques through working from both life models and from anatomical specimens within the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Lectures and writing tasks that explore the human figure in historic and contemporary visual art will complement the drawing program. By the end of the subject, students should have developed a comprehensive folio of exercises and finished works exploring the body in both its living and preserved states, and highlighting the ways in which artistic practice can be used to examine these conditions.
- Under Camera Animation12.5
Under Camera Animation
In this subject each student will make a film using the “under camera animation” technique. This animation technique involves the creation of an animation through frame-by-frame imagery, photographing each frame with a tablet and then combining these photographs into an animated film. The potential processes and materials that can be used to create these animations are broad, and may include drawing, erasure, paper cut-outs, found objects, clay, sand, or paint.
Over the course of the subject students will be introduced to various techniques, materials and skills to create under camera animations. The craft and structure of animation will be considered, as will contemporary and historical under camera techniques, films and film-makers. Students will then apply these understandings and skills in order to develop and create their own “under camera” animated film.
- Interactive Art Media 112.5
Interactive Art Media 1
Interactive Art Media 1 introduces students to practices and process of digital/computer based interactive installation and performance media. The subject has two integrated outcomes: the development of basic skills in the interactive media program Max (© Cycling74), and through the development of these skills, the discovery and understanding of the works and processes of current and past interactive media artists.
The subject blends online, tutorial, seminar and self directed student-centred learning processes, with a focus on students developing their own practice in the area of interactive and digital media and developing an understanding of the context in which they are creating.
- Making Movies 112.5
Making Movies 1
Making Movies 1 allows students with little or no background in movie making to be introduced to the fundamentals of the role of the film director, writer and producer, and to gain an insight into professional film production techniques. The subject will explore topics such as screenwriting, film directing, cinematography, film editing & post-production, actor direction, production aesthetics, film crew organisation etc.
- Making Movies 212.5
Making Movies 2
Making Movies 2 provides students who have been introduced to film making fundamentals in Making Movies 1, further insight into the practicalities of professional film production. Delivered in two-hour sessions by film making professionals, the subject provides a hands on study of script analysis, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, sound, animation, documentary and directing actors. In some sessions, students will be working in groups, putting theory into practice, including developing script ideas, making short animations, and directing each other in short acting exercises. Finally, students will work in groups to produce a short 3 to 5 minute film from provided scripts, using their own devices for filming and editing.
- Making Movies 312.5
Making Movies 3
Making Movies 3 takes place at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and the VCA Southbank campus. Continuing the how and why of filmmaking, from the filmmaker’s point of view, this capstone experience concludes the Making Movies breadth stream, at this iconic Melbourne event.
This semester 2 intensive takes place over a 20 day period (evenings and weekends) during the July / August MIFF Festival season. An initial seminar will discuss the role of festivals for filmmakers, and explore the MIFF programme of upcoming events. Students will attend at least 10 x MIFF screenings and 5 x industry talks*, then discuss these events in three tutorials, spread throughout the festival duration.
* Some of these events will be curated (i.e. pre-determined by the subject co-ordinator) and others will be free choice. There may be themed experiences to choose from (eg fiction, documentary, social engagement, Australian cinema, Asian cinema). Cost of attendance at the festival is the student’s responsibility. Ticket prices are available at http://miff.com.au/index.php . Most industry talks are free.
- Making Movies 3 Practical Production12.5
Making Movies 3 Practical Production
Making Movies 3 Practical Production is where all the knowledge and introductory practical components of Making Movies 1 & 2 come together, to consolidate those experiences in a specialised filmmaking intensive experience.
This hands-on filmmaking workshop runs over four days. Working in small crews, and led by experienced film practitioners/tutors, students have the opportunity to work in small groups to write and shoot two short films over four days. Script development and shooting takes place in our state of the art film studios, using the professional filmmaking equipment of the film and television school.
This subject aims to give those who have never made a film the confidence that it can be done by those with enthusiasm, passion, dedication, team skills, considered coordination, and a good idea. During the intensive you will meet and work with your potential filmmaking crews of the future.
- Making Music For Film And Animation 112.5
Making Music For Film And Animation 1
This subject introduces the basics of Making Music for Film and Animation. Aspects of the function and crafting of music in film and animation including, film scoring and the music dramatic narrative will be examined. Making Music for Film and Animation is delivered as a lecture and workshop in a large group format and will illuminate the fundamental principles of music making for film and animation. It is also a practical class forum for the workshop of film and animation music making tasks and provides the opportunity for the individual development and showing of work and group discussion of issues related to music in film and animation. During the course students will be required to engage in whole group discussion and to present complete and ongoing work.
- Pop Song Writing 112.5
Pop Song Writing 1
This subject introduces the basics of song writing for the commercial music industry. Aspects of song form including the chorus and the hook, lyric writing and industry requirements will be examined. Pop Song Writing is delivered as a lecture and workshop in a large group format and will illuminate the fundamental principles of song writing. It is also a practical class forum for the workshop of new pop songs and provides the opportunity for the individual development and showing of new songs and group discussion of issues related to pop song composition. During the course students will be required to engage in whole group discussion and to present complete and ongoing pop songs.
- Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit12.5
Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit
Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit examines improvisation as it has manifested itself in Jazz and other African American Music. It is focused on the spirit of improvisation and its essential nature taking into account the concepts of imagination, freedom and individual expression.
- Alexander Technique for Daily Function12.5
Alexander Technique for Daily Function
This subject empowers students to make conscious changes to unconscious patterns of physical tension caused by stress, everyday life events and performance habits that are unhelpful to them and to their artistic practice as singers, actors, musicians and dancers. Alexander Technique was developed to promote freedom and ease in movement and can provide relief of pain, playing an important role in injury rehabilitation and prevention as new, more effective patterns of movement are learned and integrated into daily life and arts practice. Fundamental to alignment and balance, Alexander Technique has long been recognised for its benefits to actors, singers, musicians and dancers, preventing injury and developing physical, emotional and vocal freedom. Students will participate in various individual and group activities providing a practical context to learn the basic concepts and applied procedures involved in the Alexander Technique. The fundamental skills and understanding developed through this subject will be able to be applied by the student in daily life and in their artistic practice as performers. This unit introduces the skills and knowledge required to improve postural support, balance, movement and breathing in daily life and function. This will develop awareness of habitual patterns of tension and provide foundation embodied knowledge that can be further developed in the Level 2 subject, Alexander Technique for Performance. The practical work will be supported by reading materials that expound the theory, its history and procedures.
- The Wellbeing Orchestra12.5
The Wellbeing Orchestra
The Wellbeing Orchestra utilises Tibetan singing bowls and an assortment of allied musical instruments to facilitate mindfulness and meditation. Through sound, breathing, mindfulness, meditation techniques and self reflection, the student will learn to harmonise an unfocussed mind, release from self judgement and find a sense of peace within the busyness of study and work whilst developing an increased sense of personal wellbeing. The experiential nature of teaching and learning in this subject is intended to help students understand knowledge transfer that occurs outside of text based learning modalities particularly through somatic awareness.
- Samba Band12.5
This subject gives participants the opportunity for an in-depth practical study of drumming techniques in a large ensemble setting. This percussion based Samba Band will explore diverse rhythms and instruments that form part of Afro-Brazil musical culture as well as percussive material from other Latin American areas. Some of the styles include Carnival Batucada, Samba Reggae, Afro 6/8 and Bomba. Classes will cover techniques on a variety of percussion instruments and the role of the various instruments in the ensemble. The ensemble will rehearse and prepare material conducted and suitable for public performance or recording.
- Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensem12.5
Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensem
This subject gives participants the opportunity for an in-depth practical study of musical improvisation techniques by introducing the participant to the marvellous and unique art of improvisation. This performance-based subject introduces the practice of musical improvisation for those musicians who have had little or no experience in the art of real time creative music-making. Open to any instrumental or voice performer, this ‘free play ensemble’ will open your journey to a new musical freedom.
- Creating Music For Advertising12.5
Creating Music For Advertising
This subject introduces the basics of making music for advertising including, the jingle, sound as persuasion, working to a brief and in a collective, the function of music in advertising and creating music for mass media and multimedia. Creating music for advertising is delivered in two parts: lecture and workshop. Lecture is taught in a large group format and will illuminate the fundamental principles of the use of music in advertising. Workshop is a practical class and provides the opportunity for problem solving through the completion of short assignments and group discussion of issues related to creating music for advertising. During the course students will be required to complete individual tasks and engage in whole group discussion.
- Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'12.5
Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
The Oxford Dictionary defines the fourth wall as ‘the space which separates a performer…from an audience …a conceptual barrier between any fictional work and its readers or viewers’. In this subject we examine and explore the creation of theatre in which the performer engages in a more intimate relationship with the audience, perhaps through creating a sense of complicity with its audience, through direct address, through theatre moving into intimate physical spaces such as private lounge rooms or through combinations of a number of these elements. In this theatre we challenge the notions of what is real and what is representative. The audience is necessarily invited to take on a more active role than does the observer in fourth wall theatre: to be engaged with being within the performance. Lectures and presentations cover a range of works in areas that may be as diverse as cabaret, burlesque, children’s theatre, site-specific private performance and independent theatre and music theatre. Within practical workshops students will explore elements of performance-making such as space, materials, content and rationale. The major assessment task will give students the choice to critically review theatre within this context, to collaborate on the creation of a concept for an intimate theatre work or to perform a small excerpt of a work in progress. These may incorporate dance, spoken text, music, song, light, sound and physical materials or any combinations of these.
- The Art of Game Music12.5
The Art of Game Music
This subject introduces the basics of creating music for video games. Aspects of the function and crafting of music for game use including, sound and visual interactivity, indeterminacy and the music dramatic narrative will be examined. The Art of Game Music is delivered as a lecture and workshop in a large group format and will illuminate the fundamental principles of music for video games. It is also a practical class forum for the workshop of game music tasks and provides the opportunity for the individual development and showing of work and group discussion of issues related to game music. During the course students will be required to engage in whole group discussion and to present complete and ongoing sound for games.
- The Laptop Recording Studio12.5
The Laptop Recording Studio
This subject introduces the basics of sound recording on a laptop computer. Aspects of sound recording including microphone use, recording set up, editing and production will be examined. The Laptop Recording Studio is delivered in two parts: lecture and workshop. Lecture is taught in a large group format and will illuminate the fundamental principles of laptop studio recording. Workshop is a practical class and provides the opportunity for problem solving through the completion of short assignments and group discussion of issues related to laptop studio recording. During the course students will be required to complete individual tasks and engage in whole group discussion.
- Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim12.5
Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
This subject is an exploration of the works and influences of Stephen Sondheim, one of the most extraordinary composer/lyricists of music theatre, delivered through a weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class and a one-hour lecture. Most popularly known as the lyricist of West Side Story, Sondheim’s work covers an astonishing range of subject matter, exhibiting song-writing craft that has challenged and ultimately contributed to the development of new forms of music theatre. The practical work, delivered in the supportive environment of singing within a large group, will explore the complexity and joy of Sondheim’s music whilst developing skills in safe voice usage and speech quality as a stylistic choice to privilege the lyric in song. Lectures will focus on the Sondheim’s early influences and the influence he has had on artists like Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown, as well as developing an understanding of the stylistic variation in both the form and content of Sondheim’s works. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered. No former singing or musical experience is necessary.
- Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age12.5
Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age
This subject is a practical and theoretical exploration of the development of the modern musical from its beginnings in opera and operetta through to the end of what is commonly termed ‘The Golden Age’. A weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class will explore the music of the period, focusing on the stylistic traits of ‘legit’ singing in music theatre. A one-hour lecture will consider major shows of the period, analysing their cultural context and performance style and examine the emergence and development of the ‘book musical’ with its integration of libretto, song and dance. Other lectures will explore vocal pedagogy, safe voice usage and develop critical listening skills. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered. No former singing or musical experience is necessary.
- Advanced Recording Studio Techniques12.5
Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
This subject builds on the basics of sound recording presented in The Lap Top Recording Studio . Aspects of sound recording including microphone use, mixing, ensemble/band and solo recording, acoustics, recording set up and editing will be examined. Advanced Recording Studio Techniques is delivered in a workshop environment and will practically illuminate the fundamental and advanced principals of mixing and recording engineering. The workshop provides the opportunity for problem solving through the completion of short assignments and group discussion of issues related to advanced studio recording. During the course students will be required to complete individual tasks and engage in whole group discussion.
- R&B, Soul & Gospel Choir12.5
R&B, Soul & Gospel Choir
This subject provides participants with an opportunity for an in-depth practical study of contemporary a cappella singing techniques. Classes focus on developing a personal sound and an understanding of the placement of the voice in an ensemble context, as well as the development of improvisation skills and techniques relevant to the repertoire covered. The styles range from contemporary gospel, r&b, soul, free form experimental and Afro-American chants as well as other related vocal styles.
- Alexander Technique for Performance12.5
Alexander Technique for Performance
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to improve postural support, movement and breathing in daily life and more specifically in functionality as artists in their professional practice as singers, musicians, dancers and actors. Whilst the core of the work will centre on continued development of the fundamental principles of Alexander technique that apply to all movement, students will be encouraged to consider unhelpful patterns of movement and tension that diminish their capacity in the practice of their work, and will at times be invited to bring their own practice-based challenges (eg playing music, dancing, improvising, playing an instrument, scene work) to class to be workshopped. The application of the principles to real-world practice will allow students to consider the benefits of improved functionality of their work as emerging artists. The practical work will be supported by reading materials that address the application of Alexander technique to arts’ practice.
- The Business of Music12.5
The Business of Music
This subject introduces the business practices of the music industry. Aspects of copyright, marketing, law, management, contracts, sales, distribution, ownership, and merchandising will be examined in relation to areas such as touring, recording deals, digital streaming, live performance, music placement in film, TV, sport and advertising, video clips and video games. This subject is delivered as a lecture featuring high-level music industry guests illuminating the fundamentals of the music industry. Each lecture will be assessed by weekly on-line quizzes and students will select one topic for specialisation for the final assignment.
- The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats12.5
The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats
This subject examines music production and the role of the music producer. It surveys the development of music production from early multi-track techniques to contemporary use of beats, loops and samples. Aspects of the function and crafting of sound elements will be examined in the context of enhancing or changing the intent of an existing song or piece of music. The subject is delivered in large group seminar format and will illuminate the fundamental principles of music production. It also provides the opportunity for group discussion of issues related to music production.
- Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals12.5
Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
In 1968 the first rock major musical Hair caused a sensation and spawned a new genre. A weekly 2-hour large ensemble singing class will explore the music of significant contemporary rock musicals, using music from a handful of the genre’s best examples to develop the capacity to identify and experience in practice the stylistic traits of contemporary voice. A one-hour lecture will consider major shows of contemporary music theatre, from mega-musicals like Les Miserables and The Lion King, to juke-box musicals like Jersey Boys and Hairspray and off-Broadway hits like Rent and Next to Normal, analysing their cultural context and performance style. Consideration will be given to the changing form of music theatre over its history and potential developments into the future. Other lectures will explore vocal pedagogy, safe voice usage and develop critical listening skills. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered. No former singing or musical experience is necessary.
- The Actors Process12.5
The Actors Process
The focus of this subject is on the actor’s process. Areas covered will include text analysis and the revelation of its interior world through action and improvisation. Students will learn to work spontaneously and to use this spontaneity in the theatrical context. The interface between acting skills and their use within other art forms will be explored.
- Clear Speech and Communication12.5
Clear Speech and Communication
This subject is designed for students where English is a second language and develops fluency in spoken Australian English. Intensive study includes the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet to improve and develop the articulation of specific speech sounds for Australian English. Students will learn how to use the voice effectively and develop skills in intonation, stress, and rhythm.
- Improvisation: Text, Space and Action12.5
Improvisation: Text, Space and Action
This subject focuses on the use of improvisation in acting and theatre making processes. The perception and manipulation of text, space and action will form the basis of this studio-based exploration of the art of acting. Areas covered will include experimental physical and vocal improvisation, writing, and composing material for performance. Students will learn to work spontaneously and to use this spontaneity in the theatrical context. The interface between acting skills and their use within other art forms will be explored.
- The Artist's Toolbox12.5
The Artist's Toolbox
Having a “great idea” you want to get off the ground is one thing, being able to effectively describe, promote and manage it, is entirely another. “The Artist's Toolbox” provides aspiring artists, entrepreneurs, and project visionaries of all disciplines, with the management skills required to conceptualise, pitch and manage that “great idea” from concept to delivery. Students will examine typical Arts Management methodologies and identify how these methods can be applied to the planning and delivery of their “great idea”, including how to describe the project, identifying the “audience”, effectively pitching the idea and confidently demonstrating the ability to deliver a defined outcome. The subject is delivered as a series of facilitated workshops including daily student presentations over 5 days, followed by an individually scheduled final pitch presentation.
- Puppets as Storytellers12.5
Puppets as Storytellers
A puppet allows alternative modes of authorship not easily achieved with live actors. This subject will initially examine the history of puppetry as a story telling language including the methods of construction and operation of various styles of puppet. The outcome of allocated research topics will inform the design and construction of a specific puppet character. Students should then apply this research to the design/making process required to make a puppet. The emphasis will be on the animation of the inanimate through the discovery of a “soul”. The puppet must have a purpose for being “alive” a reason to exist, a world to occupy, and a history of experiences to define the character that emerges
Some materials will be provided as part of a materials levy ($50.00 per student) however students will also need to supply specific materials for the realisation of their individual designed puppet in addition to this fee. Costs will vary depending on materials selected.
- Design and the Moving Image12.5
Design and the Moving Image
Through a five day intensive, this subject investigates how design can be used to bring greater meaning, depth and emotion to stories told through the medium of film.
We consider how design works by looking at visual language, colour theory, composition and metaphor. The role of the Production Designer will be outlined and the motivating factors behind the decisions they make will be identified. Students will be introduced to the processes designers use to generate ideas and then develop them into detailed design concepts.
This subject will also focus on some of the ways in which these design concepts are realised. You will learn about the various roles within the Art Department as well as the nature of how a Production Designer collaborates with other key creative personnel, including the Director and Cinematographer.
- Understanding Masks12.5
What is a “mask”?
Students will endeavour to answer this question by exploring the history, cultural and performative function of mask in a wide variety of social contexts. This research will be supplemented with practical studio sessions in mask design and making, processes and materials. Students will then articulate this learning by designing and making a “mask” for a defined social or performative purpose.
Some materials will be provided as part of a materials levy ($50.00 per student) however students will also need to supply specific materials for the realisation of their individual designed mask in addition to this fee. Costs will vary depending on materials selected.
- Hashtag Cyberstar12.5
#Cyberstar is the subject that guides the student to create, host, and promote the student’s artistic practice online. In #Cyberstar the student aims to build a complete online portfolio. The subject covers contemporary web design techniques, engages with design to build context around the work, covers methods for integrating social media into online portfolios, and explores techniques for preparing and presenting physical or performative work in an online environment. By the end of the intensive the student should have a complete, live, online portfolio and the skills to begin their web presence.
- The Secret Life of the Body 112.5
The Secret Life of the Body 1
Ever thought about how we actually see, hear, taste, smell and touch? How do musicians, dancers, artists, athletes, martial artists and yoga practitioners do what they do? And how does this relate to findings and hidden secrets in scientific research about the body and the brain?
In an increasingly global and collaborative world the need to have a knowledge of the whole, the interconnections between disciplines, their languages and approaches, histories and cultural expressions, is essential to understanding 21st century problems and creating practical and innovative solutions.
This subject explores the intricate links and parallels between the arts, science, philosophy, architecture, mysticism, medicine (both western and eastern), law, and economics, through understandings of the human body. The VCA campus provides a unique classroom environment for this subject, with a teaching staff of working artists, academics and guest speakers, all experts in their fields.
Underpinning The Secret Life of the Body is recognition of the value of interdisciplinarity and the role it plays in understanding critical vocabularies and new areas of research. The focus on the exchange of ideas between students and teachers across the schools and campuses, shapes the range of issues that the human body presents to us, in all the ways that we experience it - intellectually, personally, kineaesthetically and in multi disciplinary forms.
- Games & Playfulness12.5
Games & Playfulness
Play is fundamental to the human condition. This breadth unit seeks to unpack the nature of games and playfulness within the everyday. By playing, analysing and creating games, the subject unpacks these various elements and encourages students to take a ‘hands on’ approach in reflecting upon the creative and playful aspects of both their everyday life and their chosen discipline. It considers the interactions between play and culture; how playfulness binds communities and how culture determines both the structure and content of play. Though there are some references to the videogame industry, the subject is not simply a valorisation of this history. Rather it looks at the rise, fall and rise again of public playfulness and the ways in which the medium has both industrialised and democratised. The subject aims to encourage student to explore what games can be, rather than what they currently are.
- The Electronic Arts: Vision and Sound12.5
The Electronic Arts: Vision and Sound
This course explores creative work in many fields that use technology as the core of its work. The use of electronics in The Visual Arts, Video, Experimental Film, Music and Sound Art, Theatre, Installations, Advertising, Multimedia and Design are covered from different perspectives and examined through the lens of many disciplines. We will look at practical applications from historical and contemporary perspectives as well as the theories underpinning these practices. The course is an overview and presentations of lectures on 20th and 21st century electronic art and the collaborations of inventors, artists, industry conditions and innovators that make it all possible. The course will involve guest speakers on their work and discipline as well as a wide range of presentations on historical material and the newest developments in electronic and hybrid digital and analogue methods.
Regular practical challenges throughout the semester will reinforce facility with the standard tools of the digital workstations and analogue techniques. Weekly journals will engage writing skills and critical thinking. Students will produce and present original electronic works in collaborative groups.
- Video Games: Remaking Reality12.5
Video Games: Remaking Reality
This course is a full overview of Video Games. The great games, the history, the techniques, and the future of this developing medium and industry are explored in 12 weeks. Games have developed from simple electronic entertainment in the 70s to an epic cinematic medium that now is larger than the entire film industry and one of the most popular and complex forms of art and virtual reality in the 21st century.
Games have moved past being shoot and kill spectacles and are becoming a form of expression for millions of people and a new medium of social interaction and technological development that is engaging gamers and non-gamers alike.
As virtual reality becomes a greater part of ‘real life’ this course explores the complex network that makes up the video game world and the emerging group of designers and artists who are exploring new possibilities.
To understand the full picture of video games it is impossible to separate the commercial elements from the artistic and the technological from the social and mental. A wide range of disciplines need to be explored and the connections between them as well as looking at the game industry itself and how it is transforming.
Each week will combine the issues that surround games and an overview of the best and most complex games from multi million dollar blockbusters to the new ‘art games’ and independent games that re-invent the concept of a game.
Guest speakers from the game industry and from the arts, sciences and business will share their perspective on the state of the present and new ideas that will shape the future. Tutorials will present new aspects of current and past games and students will discuss their experience with games and present ideas and new finds each week.
- Introduction to Screenwriting Practices12.5
Introduction to Screenwriting Practices
This online Breadth subject is an introduction to the process of creating stories for screen media, focusing on concept creation, screenplay structures, story and character generation. Students will study and practice the essential groundwork undertaken by writers in creating works for screen, and will learn how to apply these skills to their own ideas for screen projects. The subject will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, live online tutorials, assigned readings and on-line screenings. Students will write an original short script, analyse the screenwriting works of others, and take part in collaborative script development processes.
- Art and the Botanical12.5
Art and the Botanical
This practice-based drawing subject focuses on developing skills and techniques in botanical drawing, using drawing and watercolour media. Students will be introduced to specialist botanical drawing techniques, working from both live plants and botanical specimens from the University Cultural Collections (including the University of Melbourne Herbarium (MELU) and the University of Melbourne System Garden). Lectures and writing tasks that explore the botanical in historic and contemporary visual art will complement the drawing program. By the end of the subject, students should have developed a comprehensive folio of exercises and finished works exploring the botanical in both its living and preserved states, highlighting how artistic practice can be used as a space for exploration and discovery.
Though this subject is designed for students who have little or no drawing experience, it will also suit students who have previously undertaken a visual art Breadth subject or similar.
- Introduction to Screenprinting12.5
Introduction to Screenprinting
This subject will introduce students to the unique possibilities inherent in printmaking techniques, with a technical focus on screenprinting processes. As well as focusing on the development and application of screenprinting skills and techniques, students will be introduced to historical and contemporary contexts for screenprinting practice.
Within the workshop, students will be encouraged to explore their own work and utilise a selection of techniques by engaging with ideas of repetition, difference, and variation. This subject is designed to explore fundamental screenprinting processes as a vehicle for imaging ideas and for image production, as well as to motivate and involve students in analytical thinking about visual perception. It also includes an induction into the Screenprinting workshop, with an emphasis on Occupational Health & Safety.
Though this subject is designed for students who have little or no previous screenprinting experience, it will also suit students who have previously undertaken a visual art Breadth subject or similar.
- Body Works12.5
Based in Skinner Releasing Technique supported with fundamental anatomical and neuromuscular patterning information Body Works uses imagery and hands on tactile studies to foster a deeper kinaesthetic experience of movement. Students are guided through an embodiment process toward physical balance and creativity. Suitable for beginners and experienced movers, Skinner Releasing Technique can be beneficial to professional dancers, actors, musicians, artists of all kinds and all people interested in moving with ease. It can enhance any movement style and any activity. Classes include imagery as a powerful tool for transformation. Part of the class involves hands-on partner studies (partner graphics), where you can fell yourself letting go of habitual holding patterns. Connecting your physicality with your imagination, you find an empowered self, much greater than the sum of its parts.