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THE1000 Preparation for Practice

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Michael Smalley
Moderator: Darryl Chalk


Pre-requisite: THE1021 or THE1022

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Artistic practice in any of the collaborative disciplines requires a sound working knowledge of professional practice, teamwork techniques and protocols. This practice is processed through a framework of recognized professional roles and duties dedicated towards individual and collaborative input into the creative process. An individual working within this collaborative environment is also expected to exercise an objective ongoing application of self-reflection and analysis of their own process, strengths and limitations within the professional work environment and of their effective contribution to that practice.


This course provides a rigorous introduction to the personnel, principles, and processes that theatre artists apply in preparing for creative practice. Students are led through appropriate approaches to theatre-making from a variety of performing and non-performing perspectives, the expectations placed on all collaborators in achieving best professional practice, and the reflective and critiquing skills that facilitate the development of their own and their collaborators' creativity.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. display skills and recall knowledge that theatre makers use in preparing for working on productions [TLO1]
  2. evaluate their preparedness for and participation in production related activities using critical, creative and reflective approaches [TLO2]
  3. discuss ideas, problems and arguments with collaborators using appropriate group critical response techniques [TLO4]
  4. work independently and collaboratively as appropriate to ensure individual and group preparedness throughout the various tasks of pre-production [TLO5]
  5. recognise and reflect on the ethical issues involved amongst collaborators in a theatrical professional practice environment [TLO6].


Description Weighting(%)
1. Production process 20.00
2. Instrumental preparation 10.00
3. Conceptual preparation 10.00
4. Professional practice 20.00
5. Critical collaboration 20.00
6. Reflective practice 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Benedetti, R 2009, The actor in you, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
  • Campbell, D 2007, Technical theatre for nontechnical people, 2nd edn, Allsworth Press, New York.
  • McKinney, J & Butterworth, P 2009, The Cambridge introduction to scenography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Rodenburg, P 1997, The actor speaks, Palgrave MacMillan, New York.
  • Stanislavski, C 2008, An actor prepares, Methuen Drama, London.
  • Stern, L 1997, Stage management, 6th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
  • Theatre research international (journal), Oxford University Press, Oxford.
    (In association with the International Federation for Theatre Research.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Practicum 118.00
Private Study 47.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CLASS WORK 100 50 24 Jul 2015 (see note 1)
MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS 100 20 24 Jul 2015 (see note 2)
REFLECTIVE PRACTICE EXERCISES 100 30 24 Jul 2015 (see note 3)

  1. More information about the due dates for assessment will be distributed at the first class
  2. More information about the due dates for assessment will be distributed at the first class
  3. More information about the due dates for assessment will be distributed at the first class

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Two of the main attributes of an arts practitioner are commitment and flexibility. To that end all students in the Creative Arts are expected from time to time to work in a voluntary capacity as the need arises. However, within this course formal provision is made for the assessment of practical work. Practical work in this case meaning the carrying out of assigned duties associated with the mounting of a production and participating in all in-class activities. Such duties may include front of house, backstage crew for the direct running of the show, crew involved in the preparation and installation of the show, acting, community liaison or any activity deemed necessary to the preparation and performance of a project. Consideration will be given to normal professional theatre protocols, punctuality, co-operation, adherence to safe working practices, appropriate dress and demeanour.