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THT1005 Acting for the Digital Medium

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Acting for the Digital Medium
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 : 100199 - Performing Arts not elsewhere
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 13 April 2021


Examiner: David Burton


Pre-requisite: THT1000 and THT1004


Artists working/performing in a broad range of digitally based practical components are required to possess a sound knowledge and concomitant skills of the adaptation of live work processes and outcomes to fulfil the requirements of specific digital workflows and aesthetic adjustments. This course builds on the interpretive skills and knowledge and body/vocal training gained in THT1005 and THT1000, guiding students through a variety of authentic learning experiences wherein they apply those skills to the work environment and aesthetic requirements of digital production and distribution. Digital production includes voice-over work and acting for camera. Students should gain comprehensive fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the work environment and processes and stages of workflow in producing performance outcomes for the digital medium. These contextual knowledges and skills underpin the adaptation of live interpretation and performance skills and provides students with formative knowledge and skills leading towards a capability for independent production.


This course introduces students to vocal skills and techniques for text and spoken work. Students are introduced to a variety of articulatory techniques for enhanced clarity of spoken work. They subsequently negotiate processes for exploring sub textual meaning and kina textual qualities of spoken work prior to application in general voice over tasks in authentic recording environments. The acting classes for this course introduce students to the interpretive principles, approaches and skills for preparing screenplay scenes for performance to camera. In small student-crewed video shoots, participants negotiate the principle skills of acting for camera. The video recording process continues iteratively throughout the semester and is based on students occupying a rostered workflow of rehearsal, recording `shoots', post-production editing and reflective analysis to gain an all-round knowledge of the processual stages involved in producing performance work for digital delivery. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in digital performance training linked to real-world industry training experiences.


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

  1. Comprehend, recognize and apply vocal skills and knowledge for spoken performance and recording
  2. Comprehend and apply interpretive skills and analysis through process and performance
  3. Comprehend and apply skills and techniques for the digital production of performance work
  4. inhabit given circumstances in scene, action and character in a digital context
  5. Employ persuasive communication in disseminating reflective practice analysis and formulated strategies for development


Description Weighting(%)
1. Voice: the skills of spoken text work 20.00
2. Interpretation and rehearsal/preparation of screenplay and texts for digital production 20.00
3. Application of skills and knowledge of performance in a digital work environment 20.00
4. Inhabitation of character and scene 20.00
5. Persuasive communication of reflective practice 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Independent Study 68.00
Intensives 62.00
Rehearsals 35.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
VIDEO SCENE 1: REHEARSAL & PER 100 25 24 Aug 2021 (see note 1)
VIDEO SCENE 2: REHEARSAL & PER 100 25 11 Oct 2021
REF PRAC CRT ANLYS: VID-BSD PR 100 25 25 Oct 2021
VOICE: VO RECORDING 100 25 05 Nov 2021

  1. Please note that EXT students are responsible for attending and participating appropriately in all scheduled activities (refer to Study Desk.)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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 for that item.

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in 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

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 13 April 2021