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THE2011 Acting 1

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Acting 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 100103 - Drama and Theatre Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Travis Dowling


Pre-requisite: THE1021 and Students must be enrolled in the Program: BCAR or BCRA

Other requisites

For entry into the acting option students must successfully complete the audition process.


In order to establish a methodological base for professional practice students need to apply acquired skills and learned techniques, theories and conceptual understandings to practical projects based on industry standards.


Students enrolled in this course will engage in supervised and self-directed rehearsal of scenes work for recording in the Television studio and on live performance work for public outcome.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically examine processes, theories, technical skills and sensibilities relevant to their field of practice. (TLO 1);
  2. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise creative work (TLO 3);
  3. use problem-solving and critical analysis to creatively conceive and practice rehearsal and performance processes (TLO 2);
  4. adapt knowledge and skills for diverse socio-cultural contexts (TLO 5).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Professional practice and conduct 20.00
2. Performance skills and methodologies 20.00
3. Text analysis for performance 20.00
4. Systematic approaches to acting craft 20.00
5. Rehearsal methodologies 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Linklater, K 2006, Freeing the natural voice, QSM, Hollywood.
Tucker, P 2015, Secrets of screen acting, 3rd edn, Routledge, New York.

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.
McKee, R 1999, Story: substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting, Methuen, London.
Morris, E 1981, Being and doing: a workbook for actors, Spelling Publications, Los Angeles.
Morris, E 2000, Irreverent acting, Ermore Enterprises, Los Angeles.
Rodenberg, P 2000, The actor speaks, Palgrave MacMillan, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 52.00
Independent Study 113.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PERFORMANCE PROJECT 100 30 24 Feb 2021
TELEVISION & SCENES WORK 100 30 24 Feb 2021

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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021