Breadth

Breadth studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music allow students from a variety of backgrounds to continue their interest in the arts or develop new skills and passions alongside their undergraduate degree.

Some subjects are suitable for beginners, others need a level of experience. The available options span dance, Indigenous arts and culture, interdisciplinary arts, film and television, music theatre, production, theatre and visual art.

Some are delivered through a traditional lecture-based format, while others are practically focused to give you hands-on experience. Subjects are taught on the Parkville and Southbank campuses and in many cases classes are also attended by Faculty students. As a breadth student you will be welcomed into our community of artists, performers, students and lecturers.

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Benefits of Breadth Studies

Diversify

Develop complementary skills outside your main study area.

Learn

Enjoy specially designed multi-disciplinary subjects.

Get Ahead

Meet prerequisites for graduate courses in diverse disciplines.

Our Campus

An ambitious $200 million capital works project is nearing completion at the University's Southbank campus to boost the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s standing as a world-leading arts education institution with cutting-edge facilities and strong industry links, right in the heart of Melbourne’s reinvigorated and thriving Arts Precinct.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Off campus 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Online 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Making Movies 1 introduces students with little or no background in movie making to the fundamentals of filmmaking from the professional filmmaker’s perspective. The subject analyses the role of the key ‘behind the scenes’ creatives: film director, writer, producer, actor, production designer, editor and sound designer, to provide an insight into professional film making practice.

The subject also analyses key creative and practical skills such as application of genre, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, film editing & audio post-production, actor direction, production aesthetics, and film crew organisation.

Delivery is through lectures that include a wide range of film material, presented by professional film practitioners and some applied exercises. Assessments apply the knowledge gained in the lectures, including the application of the grammar of screen language to the analysis of a film project, through image-based story-telling, and a directors vision of an original filmic idea.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville; Southbank 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Online 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Making Movies 1 introduces students with little or no background in movie making to the fundamentals of filmmaking from the professional filmmaker’s perspective. The subject analyses the role of the key ‘behind the scenes’ creatives: film director, writer, producer, actor, production designer, editor and sound designer, to provide an insight into professional film making practice.

The subject also analyses key creative and practical skills such as application of genre, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, film editing & audio post-production, actor direction, production aesthetics, and film crew organisation.

Delivery is through lectures that include a wide range of film material, presented by professional film practitioners and some applied exercises. Assessments apply the knowledge gained in the lectures, including the application of the grammar of screen language to the analysis of a film project, through image-based story-telling, and a directors vision of an original filmic idea.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Film and Television None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Visual Art None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

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Southbank 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Interdisciplinary [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Glee Singing offers the opportunity for singers and non-singers alike to share the joyous experience of singing as a shared community activity, whilst developing the ability to critically listen to, identify and apply vocal stylistic choices common in pop music. Weekly one-hour lectures will introduce concepts and skills such as basic anatomy and physiology for singing, safe voice usage, song structure and vocal style in pop performance. These principles will then be experienced and explored by students in a practical 90-minute weekly large ensemble singing class. Other lectures will explore issues in contemporary music writing and performance and situate the understanding of pop music within a cultural context. The semester’s work will conclude with a final performance of songs covered throughout the semester.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Indian commercial cinema, affectionately if ignorantly called 'Bollywood' by the West, typically produces extraordinary spectacles of colour, music and dance, whether telling stories of comedy or drama. This subject explores Bollywood film and dance through a blended learning model, with contact hours comprising viewing of films and online lectures with embodied learning through practical rehearsal and performance of Bollywood style dance pieces. Lectures will analyse the ‘rasas’ (or rules) that guide the storytelling in film, and their basis on nine key emotional states. Students will combine this critical understanding with their experience of learning Bollywood dance to undertake a practical creative task. Film screenings will be provided in a cinema and students are strongly advised to attend these to experience them as a community, as is traditional, though they may choose to view them in their own time. The subject objectives are two-fold: to learn about the world’s largest film industry, ‘Bollywood’, through an in-depth study of some of its outstanding examples and to explore and understand the efficacy and inter-relatedness of different ways of learning (critical/analytical, creative practice, embodied knowledge and critical self-reflection).

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject is an introduction to musical theatre through both an historical examination of its development and a practical experience of number of the key works of the genre through singing large ensemble songs. The diversity of styles of music theatre music and singing will be identified through learning basic vocal pedagogy, enhanced by the development of critical listening skills and experienced through a representative sample of repertoire, which will be situated in the contexts of both their socio-political and artistic significance. The subject will conclude with a short performance featuring a sample of the repertoire covered.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Glee Singing offers the opportunity for singers and non-singers alike to share the joyous experience of singing as a shared community activity, whilst developing the ability to critically listen to, identify and apply vocal stylistic choices common in pop music. Weekly one-hour lectures will introduce concepts and skills such as basic anatomy and physiology for singing, safe voice usage, song structure and vocal style in pop performance. These principles will then be experienced and explored by students in a practical 90-minute weekly large ensemble singing class. Other lectures will explore issues in contemporary music writing and performance and situate the understanding of pop music within a cultural context. The semester’s work will conclude with a final performance of songs covered throughout the semester.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Music Theatre None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Indian commercial cinema, affectionately if ignorantly called 'Bollywood' by the West, typically produces extraordinary spectacles of colour, music and dance, whether telling stories of comedy or drama. This subject explores Bollywood film and dance through a blended learning model, with contact hours comprising viewing of films and online lectures with embodied learning through practical rehearsal and performance of Bollywood style dance pieces. Lectures will analyse the ‘rasas’ (or rules) that guide the storytelling in film, and their basis on nine key emotional states. Students will combine this critical understanding with their experience of learning Bollywood dance to undertake a practical creative task. Film screenings will be provided in a cinema and students are strongly advised to attend these to experience them as a community, as is traditional, though they may choose to view them in their own time. The subject objectives are two-fold: to learn about the world’s largest film industry, ‘Bollywood’, through an in-depth study of some of its outstanding examples and to explore and understand the efficacy and inter-relatedness of different ways of learning (critical/analytical, creative practice, embodied knowledge and critical self-reflection).

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

#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.

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

#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.

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

 

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Parkville; Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

James Dean, Marlene Dietrich, James Brown, Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and David Bowie. What do these people have in common? They were cool.

Cool is an elusive essence recognised in artists, musicians, actors and other icons that generations have attempted to capture.

This subject will examine the history of cool from its roots to its continuing influence through the lens of one of its most visible products – fashion. Through study of the icons of cool in mainstream Western consciousness, you will examine the history of what we have found cool, the fashions that retain the aura of cool today, and how these elements in turn reflect what we have found desirable.

Disclaimer: This subject is not guaranteed to make you cool, but it will help you understand what it is.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Dance None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Dance None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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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Southbank 12.5 Dance None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Design and production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject approaches branding through an exploration of the power of images and text as a major part of human to human communication, and as a history of human social interchange. This introductory subject explains and explores the power of branding through lectures and project work focusing on how to create a brand using text and image-centred communication and the patterns of communication across all the available media platforms.

The lectures will look at the history of branding and how brands work strategically and emotionally. The content including logo design, typography, naming and copy text, art direction, visualisation and sound signature applied to print, electronic media and video, will be strategically formed as an effective branding campaign. In today’s saturated marketplace the challenge is to create a brand that is not only targeted but is also visually seductive. Students will work individually and in groups, learning how to present ideas to a client utilising branding elements to communicate messages in the graphic design context.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Design and production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Light is an essential ingredient in any performance – without light there is nothing to see. This subject examines how through the use of colour, texture, rhythm and intensity,  light can be used as a dramaturgical tool in the development of a performance. This subject also explores the close relationship lighting has with the other design elements in performance.

Through a series of lectures and studios, students will be introduced to light in performance across a range of forms such as; opera, music theatre, dance and drama, and how light interacts with the other design elements and the performer.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Design and production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Space is one of the elements available to be manipulated by the designer in the development of a design for performance. Space can be expanded and compressed, altered and changed through the use of scenic elements and devices - the set. This subject examines how through the application of scenic devices and mechanisms, space can be used as a dramaturgical tool in the creation of a performance. Students will also study different performance spaces from different periods – their physical structure, and the theories underlying them. Non-traditional spaces will also be examined – the found performance space, and the site specific performance space.

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Southbank 12.5 Design and production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Sound is capable of communicating ideas in different ways to visual elements in a design for performance. This subject explores the way sound is used as artistic mediums in the development of a performance. Applications of sound and music are integral to performance environments. Through a series of lectures and tutorial workshops, students will be introduced to sound in performance through a range of mediums and practices such as; film, opera, music theatre, dance, and other performance forms, and how sound interacts with the other design elements.

(No prior knowledge of music theory or sound production is required to take this subject).

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Southbank 12.5 Design and production None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The figure is one of the elements available to be manipulated by the designer in the development of a design for performance. An audience reads (either consciously or unconsciously) that figure through its relationship to its environment, and how it presents itself to the viewer. The human figure is in some ways the only element in a design that is non-negotiable in terms of scale, however it can be transformed through costume design, its relationship to space, its relationship to light and as represented through the puppet. Through a series of lectures and studios, this subject examines how this manipulation can be used as a dramaturgical tool in the creation of a performance.

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Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject explores a range of popular guitar styles that have had widespread impact over the past century, including blues, rock and global folk styles. As well as examining relevant literature and recordings, students will be instructed in the performance of basic examples of these styles.

Guitars will be provided at tutorials. Students will need access to an instrument for practice outside of class.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to music and dance in West Africa. Through weekly rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to perform traditional rhythmic patterns using drums, bells, and their bodies; students also have the opportunity to learn traditional dance steps. Weekly lectures place West African music and dance within their cultural and historical contexts.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to the Indonesian gamelan, an ensemble of tuned percussion, gongs, and chimes. Through weekly rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to perform and analyse the traditional interlocking melodies of Indonesian music on several instruments.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Students will receive tuition in the traditional Japanese pedagogical style for shakuhachi (bamboo flute). Classes will cover the history and construction of the shakuhachi; breathing, blowing and fingering techniques and the different notation systems. The repertoire studied includes folk songs, traditional ensemble and Zen meditation pieces (Hogaku). Students will be required to purchase their own flute.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to unaccompanied vocal traditions from around the world. Through weekly lectures, students learn to recognise the musical, social, and political significance of traditional and contemporary vocal styles of Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. In weekly rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to harmonise and perform in a large choir of mixed voices.

 

 

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Choir is a large group that performs works of larger scale, often with orchestra. Members are assisted to reach a high level of vocal ability during the course of the semester as well as learning works for performance.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to traditional Chinese instrumental music. Through weekly lessons culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to play a Chinese instrument, read traditional notation, and perform in a large silk-and-bamboo ensemble. Through attendance at two concerts, students will learn to evaluate Chinese traditional music in contemporary performance contexts. Dizi, sheng, yangqin, erhu, zhonghu, zhongruan, daruan, and traditional percussion instruments are available for instruction.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 6.25 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

A small chamber ensemble for instrumentalists specialising in baroque performance practice. The ensemble performs using period instruments at pitch A415Hz. Repertoire is tailored to the composition of the ensemble.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Repertoire will cover a wide range of styles and will consist of large ensemble pieces as well as duets, trios and quartets. To join the Guitar Group, reasonable sight reading skills are required and the preferred instrument is nylon string guitar. The ensemble presents one or two concerts a semester. Appreciation of this ensemble’s repertoire is also fostered by concert attendance and critical reflection.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 6.25 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The String Ensemble is a specialist ensemble for the development of ensemble skills through learning and performing key works from the string repertory.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The Big Band comprises 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Occasionally other instruments are employed for special projects, and for some concerts singers are also used. All positions are auditioned at the start of each year, and the timetable works so that students can take Big Band as well as Wind Ensemble or Orchestra. Each year the band performs at a range of venues including regular appearances at Wangaratta Jazz Festival. The music played covers a range of styles from the 30s to today, as well as student arrangements and compositions, and all students are encouraged to improvise.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The Orchestral Ensembles (including large instrumental bands and orchestras) play an important role in the educational and performance activities of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Students participating in Orchestral Ensembles gain invaluable experience through rehearsing and performing a wide variety of works from the symphonic canon.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 6.25 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The Brass Ensemble offers brass players the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a large brass ensemble setting. The ensemble includes all brass instruments and a wide variety of repertoire and diverse musical styles is performed, including both transcriptions and original compositions for brass.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 6.25 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The Brass Ensemble offers brass players the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a large brass ensemble setting. The ensemble includes all brass instruments and a wide variety of repertoire and diverse musical styles is performed, including both transcriptions and original compositions for brass.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to unaccompanied vocal traditions from around the world. Through weekly lectures, students learn to recognise the musical, social, and political significance of traditional and contemporary vocal styles of Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. In weekly rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to harmonise and perform in a large choir of mixed voices.

 

 

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject is a further exploration of a range of popular guitar styles that have had widespread impact over the past century, including blues, rock and global folk styles. As well as examining relevant literature and recordings, students will develop and enhance their ability to perform examples of these styles.

Guitars will be provided at tutorials. Students will need access to an instrument for practice outside of class.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to music and dance in West Africa. Through weekly rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to perform traditional rhythmic patterns using drums, bells, and their bodies; students also have the opportunity to learn traditional dance steps. Weekly lectures place West African music and dance within their cultural and historical contexts.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to traditional Chinese instrumental music. Through weekly lessons culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to play a Chinese instrument, read traditional notation, and perform in a large silk-and-bamboo ensemble. Through attendance at two concerts, students will learn to evaluate Chinese traditional music in contemporary performance contexts. Dizi, sheng, yangqin, erhu, zhonghu, zhongruan, daruan, and traditional percussion instruments are available for instruction.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Choir is a large group that performs works of larger scale, often with orchestra. Members are assisted to reach a high level of vocal ability during the course of the semester as well as learning works for performance.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to the Indonesian gamelan, an ensemble of tuned percussion, gongs, and chimes. Through weekly rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester performance, students learn to perform and analyse the traditional interlocking melodies of Indonesian music on several instruments.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 6.25 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

A small chamber ensemble for instrumentalists specialising in baroque performance practice. The ensemble performs using period instruments at pitch A415Hz. Repertoire is tailored to the composition of the ensemble.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Repertoire will cover a wide range of styles and will consist of large ensemble pieces as well as duets, trios and quartets. To join the Guitar Group, reasonable sight reading skills are required and the preferred instrument is nylon string guitar. The ensemble presents one or two concerts a semester. Appreciation of this ensemble’s repertoire is also fostered by concert attendance and critical reflection.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 6.25 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The String Ensemble is a specialist ensemble for the development of ensemble skills through learning and performing key works from the string repertory.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The Big Band comprises 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, guitar and drums. Occasionally other instruments are employed for special projects, and for some concerts singers are also used. All positions are auditioned at the start of each year, and the timetable works so that students can take Big Band as well as Wind Ensemble or Orchestra. Each year the band performs at a range of venues including regular appearances at Wangaratta Jazz Festival. The music played covers a range of styles from the 30s to today, as well as student arrangements and compositions, and all students are encouraged to improvise.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] An audition is required for entry into this subject This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The Orchestral Ensembles (including large instrumental bands and orchestras) play an important role in the educational and performance activities of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Students participating in Orchestral Ensembles gain invaluable experience through rehearsing and performing a wide variety of works from the symphonic canon.

Handbook link

Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Ensembles [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Students will receive tuition in the traditional Japanese pedagogical style for shakuhachi (bamboo flute). Classes will cover the history and construction of the shakuhachi; breathing, blowing and fingering techniques and the different notation systems. The repertoire studied includes folk songs, traditional ensemble and Zen meditation pieces (Hogaku). Students will be required to purchase their own flute.

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Location Points Discipline Audition requirement Study Abroad
Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject will encompass an initial exploration of music psychology research. Selected researchers within the field, including music therapists, behavioural neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, and experimental psychologists will outline recent and current practical research involving music across the lifespan. Information will be provided on the relationship between music and the brain, as well as music and the body. The development of musical skills at different life stages will be outlined, from birth to old age. Each lecture will be assessed by weekly on-line quizzes and students will select one topic for specialisation for the final assignment.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is not available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject addresses all levels of music performance science by critically examining psychological, sociological and scientific research related to performing and creating music. Attention is given to the sub-skills of music performance including processes involved when listening, sight-reading, practicing, memorizing, improvising and creating music, as well as structural communication, emotional communication, body movement, performance anxiety, and rehearsing and conducting with regard to various types of musical instruments and ensembles and in differing social contexts.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject explores the types of music that constitute the soundtrack of our lives. We all experience music every day, but how deeply do we really listen to it? What critical faculties do we employ when we stop to think about our taste in music, and why do we choose to listen to what we do? Active listening, as opposed to passive hearing of music, is a key element in this subject. We will help you develop a range of critical skills that will allow you to think conceptually about music and therefore to understand and enjoy music at a deeper level. You will acquire a set of tools and a working vocabulary for discussing, describing and analysing music. You will be better equipped to discuss the music you love and talk about why, when, and how you choose to listen to it. You will be exposed to a wide range of musical styles and genres, including popular classical, contemporary, jazz, and non-Western.

 

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Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Peak Performance Under Pressure focuses on the factors that facilitate optimal performance in music and the performing arts, sports, business, public speaking, teaching and educational activities. Underpinned by theoretical frameworks, research findings and using real-world examples, this subject will engage students in practical strategies commonly used to achieve optimal performance.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Defines research dealing with the complexity of creativity, genius, expertise and talent across disciplines, including music. Recent research will examine the natural abilities, environmental and intrapersonal catalysts and developmental processes that lead to the development of human potential in a wide range of fields. Students will reflect on their own development and how they can optimize their own personal growth as a result of knowledge acquired through discussion of key points raised in lectures and readings.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject will provide an overview of the ways that music can be used to promote physical health and healthy behaviours for a range of people. Topics covered will include music for expression, relaxation, anxiety reduction and communication. Students will be involved in experiential activities underpinned by theoretical knowledge. They will also contribute to weekly web-based discussion that furthers understanding of topics covered in class.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Psychology and Performance Science None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Defines research dealing with the complexity of creativity, genius, expertise and talent across disciplines, including music. Recent research will examine the natural abilities, environmental and intrapersonal catalysts and developmental processes that lead to the development of human potential in a wide range of fields. Students will reflect on their own development and how they can optimize their own personal growth as a result of knowledge acquired through discussion of key points raised in lectures and readings.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

An overview of music, culture and society in Western Europe from the 17th to the late 18th centuries. Through an examination of works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, and J. Haydn, among others, students will explore the development of musical styles during this period in their cultural, social and political contexts.

In-class discussions, quizzes, and exercises will support students as they explore current scholarship on authenticity and performance practice, music and politics, gender and sexuality, and music and meaning.

Students will engage in an individual project on a work relevant to them, which they will explore from performative, historical and analytical perspectives. The three tutorial assignments will support them through the research process culminating in their essay.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

In this subject, we explore representative styles of Western art music from 1900 to the present. The music will be examined from a number of perspectives including nationalist and internationalist currents, modernist tendencies and the quest for order and disorder, and with reference to wider socio-cultural contexts. The music of Australia will also be studied in relation to corresponding global trends.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject teaches students to conceptualise and undertake an ethnographic research project on music-making in the contemporary world. Through in-class activities, students learn to make fieldnotes, engage in participant-observation, conduct interviews, and use performance as a research tool. Through weekly readings, students learn to assess and navigate ethical issues related to research and writing about musicians and listeners. The subject is especially designed for students considering honours or graduate research in music.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject surveys traditional, art, and popular music-making in one major ethnographic region. Students learn how local musicians and listeners discuss, make, and assign value to different musical styles, while also exploring how these styles influence local society. Subject themes such as the relationship of music to gender, race, social class, and age, as well as the impact of globalisation, colonialism, technology, and / or capitalism on music-making in the region may be considered. The subject is especially designed for students considering honours or graduate research in music, as well as students in anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. The specific region may be the following “The Middle East,” “Latin America,” “The African Diaspora,” “Oceania,” “Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” “East Asia,” “Southeast Asia,” “The Balkans,” etc., as announced in advance.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Reportedly in 1698 Cristofori built a harpsichord on which one could play “piano” and “forte”: keyboard music would never be the same. In 1823 Ignaz Moscheles staged a competition between an English and a Viennese piano: these two distinct schools of piano building would, through the following decades, merge into one “romantic” piano. But from when exactly can one speak of a “piano style,” different from a harpsichord or clavichord style? Did changes in the construction of the piano respond to new needs of composers? Or did new instruments inspire composers to do new things? These are central questions of this subject. Both the scores and the instruments will be our focal point as we chart our way through rapid changes in style and the development of the piano: it is through the instruments that we will look at the music written for them. We will study the pianos of Cristofori, Silbermann, Stein, Walter, Broadwood, Graf, Pleyel, Erard, and will rub shoulders with technology; we will listen to recorded performances on these instruments, and even try some of them ourselves; we will assess the keyboard music of varied composers from the eighteenth to the mid nineteenth century.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

An overview of musical works and ideas from the 19th century. Representative works of the period are introduced in their social and cultural contexts. The subject also looks at music and its audiences, and the role of music institutions in shaping music history. The focus will mainly be Western Europe with a segment on music in Australia.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students to one major research topic in the field of ethnomusicology. Considering a broad range of case studies from around the world, students learn how music researchers have approached, evaluated, and answered questions related to this topic across different cultural contexts and time periods. The subject is especially designed for students considering honours or graduate research in music, as well as students in anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. Topics may include “Music and Globalisation,” “Music and Multiculturalism,” “The Music Industry,” etc., as announced in advance.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Building on the knowledge acquired in Music Language 1, Music Language 2 continues with a survey of chromatic harmony, select thematic and contrapuntal devices, and form, up to the beginnings of the dissolution of functional harmony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of voice leading and harmonic function through regular assignments which will include analysis, chord construction, the writing of two-part contrapuntal textures and four-part chromatic harmonic textures (Bach-style chorales).

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject provides an overview of the principal compositional styles and techniques found in twentieth-century Western music.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The subject provides an introduction to understanding the relationship between music-making and social organisation in cross-cultural perspective. It presents case studies of traditional and contemporary music-making from different geographic areas, including Indigenous Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject explores a range of rock music, from its roots in American music styles of the mid-twentieth century to the emergence of rock and proliferation of hybrid genres in the 1960s and 1970s. It will also examine subsequent developments like punk, heavy metal and grunge, and more recent recasting of rock idioms. The aesthetic foundations of rock music and culture will be analysed, as well as the music's creation, performance and modes of consumption.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The subject explores a range of Spanish musical styles from the middle ages to the present day, and their interaction with European and American musical traditions. Topics include aspects of early music, opera and music theatre, concert music, film music, contemporary popular music, flamenco and the guitar in Spanish music. The subject will engage with the music’s creation, dissemination, social contexts and modes of consumption, and will draw on recent scholarship relating to issues of identity, nationalism and exoticism in the musics studied.

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Southbank 12.5 Music History, language and culture [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

An introduction to the elements and processes of voice leading during the period of triadic tonality through the study of species counterpoint and diatonic harmonic processes. Students are expected to attain a sound understanding of the elements and processes of voice leading and diatonic harmonic function within the Western musical tradition, and be able to demonstrate this understanding through regular assignments in analysis and composition. Students should also gain familiarity with the Western canon through set works for listening and study.

 

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject introduces students without previous composition tuition to strategies for thinking about and constructing original music. Students will write chamber music based on instruments available within the class. The subject will be divided into three 4-week modules, each beginning with a process of sketching and culminating in a short completed project to be performed in class.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject covers knowledge of the ranges and characteristics of orchestral and band instruments and techniques for notation and combination of diverse instruments. The subject will involve practical performance of the assignments directed by students. There will be a short-answer test, covering instrumental ranges, transposition, terms, techniques, and brief notated exercises as covered in lectures.

 

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

The notion of noise as potential music has been an enduring preoccupation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Various contexts for noise-based music include performance works, recordings, installation artworks/sound sculpture, radiophonic works and online. This subject looks at noise art's development from the Futurists through to Cage's and Oliveros's experimentalism, to contemporary postmodern sound art and into the current post-postmodern era. Students will learn how to create a short sound art work in a style of their choosing, and to contextualise their creative approach within the genre's history.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

Sound is capable of communicating ideas in different ways to visual elements in a design for performance. This subject explores the way sound is used as artistic mediums in the development of a performance. Applications of sound and music are integral to performance environments. Through a series of lectures and tutorial workshops, students will be introduced to sound in performance through a range of mediums and practices such as; film, opera, music theatre, dance, and other performance forms, and how sound interacts with the other design elements.

(No prior knowledge of music theory or sound production is required to take this subject).

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

This subject builds the production, compositional and performance skills required to create and realise Electronic Dance Music. Aspects of music technology and how its practice informs new artistic works will be examined. Electronic Dance Music Technique is delivered in a workshop environment and will illuminate the aesthetics, fundamental and principals of EDM production, arrangement, remixing and performance. The workshop provides the opportunity for EDM performance, creative problem solving through the completion of practical assignments and group discussion of issues related to Electronic Dance Music. During the course students will be required to complete individual tasks and engage in whole group discussion.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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Southbank 12.5 Music Making and the music industry [Breadth] None This subject is available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

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.

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