VPA220 Experimental Production and Applied Theatre (8)

In this subject students research, analyse, plan and produce a range of collaborative productions responding to a range of social and cultural issues. Students are exposed to a broad survey of historic and contemporary productions including screen based drama, drama in non-traditional settings, and socially engaged performance practices.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and validate various exploratory techniques and processes as a means of producing experimental innovative productions;
  • be able to test and evaluate ideas from various perspectives (author and audience) through user testing, self-evaluation and critique;
  • be able to apply technical, creative and theoretical skills to take an idea from concept to production in innovative and socially engaged dramatic contexts;
  • be able to describe a range of cultural, political, environmental or economic drivers that inform innovative production; and
  • be able to critique their own work and the work of their peers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Location production and stage-less production
  • Performance/Production/Design: Location based transformative aesthetics
  • Work Place Health and Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Pre-production, production, post-production and design processes
  • Script analysis and interpretation for single camera production
  • Socially engaged performance practices

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VPA220 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Discipline assessment 1
Discipline assessment 2
External production project

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.