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THE2022 Creative Development

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Creative Development
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
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: David Burton


A large proportion of new theatrical work is developed according to an established paradigm based on broadly accepted and recognised principles of structure, genre, style, plot, character and dialogue. Industry entertainment professionals utilize a series of recognized collaborative and individual approaches and processes in order to generate new work which responds to those principles. Students working in the entertainment industry need to develop a working proficiency in being able to recognize and apply this broad methodological approach to developing new and innovative work.


This course introduces the theoretical and practical procedures employed by creative artists when developing a new theatrical work. Students are introduced to a heuristic exploration of the principles of script and new work development. Students are then mentored through an application of their learning in generating theatrical material that may include scenes, skits, lyrics, music, digital images, and spatial constructions.


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

  1. examine relevant theories and underlying principles and concepts in developing new work for performance (TLO 1);
  2. develop research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice (TLO 2);
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise new performative work (TLO 3);
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences (TLO 4);
  5. work collaboratively and independently as part of drafting and developing a new performative work (TLO 5).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Material generation models 15.00
2. Models for collaboration 15.00
3. Principles of story 50.00
4. Critical response protocols 10.00
5. Legal, ethical and cultural considerations 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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McKee, R 1999, Story substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting, Methuen, London.

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.
Wainscott, R, & Fletcher, K 2012, Collaborative acts, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Practicum 39.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WEEKLY EXERCISES 100 50 20 Aug 2021
SCRIPT DRAFT 100 30 22 Oct 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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. In addition to set assessment tasks and requirements, students should be aware that assessment is continuous as a part of their work in the practice-led work and learning environment.

  3. In view of the Objectives and the development of skills that they entail, students are strongly advised to attend all classes.

Date printed 21 July 2021