ACT121 Techniques of Acting (8)


In this subject, students develop a theoretical and practical approach to various key acting 'systems' and methodologies, while learning to apply elements of these systems to performance in scenes and improvisations. Students are encouraged to pursue further research into at least one of the major 'systems' with the aim of developing a personal approach to acting technique.

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Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of what is meant by 'technique' in acting
- be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the major twentieth century acting systems
- be able to demonstrate a capacity to pursue further research into one or more 'systems'
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of some basic dramatic terminology such as 'action', 'intention', 'objective', 'unit of action', 'character'
- be able to demonstrate a capacity to apply learned processes to the performance of scenes and improvisations
- be able to demonstrate the application of more advanced vocal and movement skills
- be able to demonstrate a more developed and refined physical and vocal warmup


The subject will cover the following topics:
- an overview of the major acting systems of the twentieth century - dramatic terminology - introduction to stagecraft - applying learned processes to scenes and improvisations - applied vocal and movement skills - consolidating the physical and vocal warmup - scene work - a more advanced awareness and use of space


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.