Creative practice, communication and design units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Communication

  • CYB103 Communication Theory and Practice

    This unit introduces concepts and theories in the study of communication. It covers communication theory, textual analysis, representation, practice, and context. Drawing on examples of communication practice from contemporary society, the unit aims to develop your understanding of communication ecologies, processes, systems, and modes within the wider frame of radical changes occurring in the way texts are produced, read and circulated within our culture. It is one of four foundation units in the Bachelor of Communication program that supports learning activities in intermediate and capstone units and introduces you to individual and teamwork approaches to learning and teaching. The unit also addresses your role as a communicator in the workplace and initiates important strategies for career planning.

  • CYB104 Managing Social Media

    This foundational unit gives an understanding of, and basic applied skills in, best practice social media management within professional communication contexts. It introduces you to the principles, tools and techniques of professional social media practice, social media presence and the development, implementation and analysis of digital communication strategies. It also provides opportunities to apply them in the ever-evolving social media landscape through industry engagement. This is one of four foundation units in year 1 and year 2 of the Bachelor of Communication program that supports learning activities in intermediate and capstone units and introduces you to individual and teamwork approaches to learning and teaching.

Creative practice

  • KYB101 Understanding Creative Practice

    This foundational unit provides the principles and skills of creative and critical literacies in creative practice. It introduces the descriptive and analytical vocabulary for your creative practice discipline. It also looks at the principles of Indigenous knowledges and to the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have made to creative practice across a range of disciplines. The unit emphasises the productive relationship between traditional academic communication and creative practice with student responses to creative practice exemplars provided in both written and artform-based modes. This provides opportunities to practice academic writing, peer learning, and giving and receiving feedback. The unit prepares you to synthesise practical and theoretical knowledge about creative practice.

  • KYB102 Pathways to a Creative Career

    This unit helps you develop a professional identity. It introduces the principles and skills required for professional creative practice, including tacit knowledge, education and career planning, and professional development for creative industries practitioners. As such, it addresses personal branding, communicating about your work in professional contexts, navigating ethical and regulatory questions, self-care in practice, working toward a distinctive skill set and setting career goals. Creative practitioners begin developing a professional network during the course of their studies and a foundational understanding of how to build and maintain that network.

  • KYB201 Socially Engaged Arts Practice

    Knowledge of the ethos, values and processes of working with communities in a responsive and consultative fashion is an important component of a comprehensive career in arts and provides key career opportunities for emerging artists. This unit seeks to engage with principles, practices and forms of socially engaged performance that privilege community and cultural democracy. This unit makes connections between creative practice and a community’s concerns and provides the means to design impactful events and projects.

Creative writing

  • KWB104 Writing the Short Story

    This unit explores the elements of fiction such as character, voice, setting, plot, dialogue, point of view and modulation, and helps you acquire and practice skills in creative writing. It provides techniques in creative writing and editing, including some guidance in publishing. In this unit you will learn to analyse literary writing, in particular the short story, for craft elements and write your own work to industry standards. Rereading, editing, peer critique and rewriting are viewed as integral to the writing process. The writing of short stories has traditionally been a starting place for writers to begin developing their craft. This unit will aid you to improve your fiction writing skills and editing skills through a series of lectures and peer-critique workshops.

  • KWB113 Introduction to Creative Writing

    Introduction to Creative Writing aims to provide you with the fundamental skills for writing fiction and poetry, as well as a basic theoretical background. The unit looks at the development of these literary forms as a way of understanding how a practitioner might best approach both the writing and critical analysis of them in the contemporary context. It is designed to enable you to begin to develop a critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to the writing life.

  • KWB116 Creative Non-Fiction

    Creative nonfiction is an important part of the professional writer’s practice, and allows writers to combine real life stories with the creative writing techniques employed in fiction. This unit explores a number of genres of nonfiction, and encourages students to apply creative writing techniques to their areas of interest, from travel to music and food.

  • KWB117 Australian Voices: Writing and Practice

    Familiarity and engagement with one’s national writing culture is an important part of a professional writer’s practice. This unit gives students a critical awareness of contemporary Australian writing, and how writing culture in Australia is positioned in terms of industry, genre, and changing concepts of authorship practice.

  • KWB118 Swords and Spaceships: Writing Genre

    This unit surveys current trends in genre writing and popular fiction with a focus on writing for reader engagement. You will have the opportunity to develop a piece of writing that makes use of the techniques of your chosen genre and that reflects the concerns and themes appropriate to your genre. It includes focused writing exercises that will enhance the skills needed to develop, research, and write a genre text. It also aims to help you develop an understanding of genre theory. The unit develops your critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to the writing life, and the theories of genre that underpin those approaches.

  • KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique

    This unit allows you to significantly advance your writing practice and associated critical and editorial skills through close analysis of language-level literary style, as opposed to story-level or narrative concerns. In Creative Writing: Style and Technique, you will work on unpacking, theorising and then replicating literary techniques used by a wide range of exemplary authors. This unit gives you a unique opportunity to consider and manipulate very specific aspects of your authorial voice, drawing on the field of literary stylistics. Intensive studio-based work, self-directed creative practice, guided critical analysis and asynchronous on-line activities characterise the teaching and learning in this unit.

  • KWB212 Poetry and Poetics

    This unit provides important creative and critical skills in writing verse and cultivating an understanding and appreciation of poetry. It explores a spectrum of contemporary and traditional forms of poetry, and is designed for those who are interested in poetics and the use of words in precise, innovative, concentrated and musical ways. The unit also provides key creative and critical skills in writing poetry, while offering you the chance to practice in a variety of poetic forms and modes, reflectively writing about your own poetry, and analytically writing about the stylistics of another person’s work. The unit occurs at the mid-point of the creative writing major, building on KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique, and preparing you for the advanced work of third year.

  • KWB214 The Artful Life: From Memoir to Fiction

    Memoir and fiction are major literary forms that are connected by their use of creative writing techniques and also by the way they draw material from authors’ personal experiences. This unit examines the relationship between imaginative literature, especially the novel, and the inspiration we derive from our own lives.

  • KWB215 Dangerous Ideas: Contemporary Debates in Writing

    This unit introduces you to the key debates and ideas animating the field of contemporary creative writing, and allows you to consider your own writing practice in the context of these debates. The unit helps you to develop a nuanced understanding of the issues preoccupying contemporary writers, to gain insight into the historical and cultural factors informing those issues, and to articulate your own perspectives via conversation and debate. You will encounter a spectrum of ideas about what it means to be a writer today as well as the historical and cultural factors informing our ideas of authorship.

Dance

  • KDB107 Foundations in Improvisation and Choreographic Practice

    This unit introduces the fundamentals of improvisation and choreographic practice. Throughout it you will participate in a series of studio-based laboratories that seek to enliven an experiential understanding of the body in dance and explore different practices and processes that cultivate tools for dance making. The unit focuses on exploring dance through different approaches to improvisation and task-based processes. This is an opportunity to develop your foundational skills as a co-creator in dance through developing critical skills in experimentation, physical thinking, responsivity, trusting your instinct, as well as the ability to mobilise your ideas and concepts.

  • KDB113 Dance Studies

    This unit will give you an introduction to the diverse field of dance studies. Through encountering relevant theory and reflecting on recorded dance performances, the unit will equip you with critical frameworks through which you can interrogate various aesthetic codes and relevant issues relating to dance in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. This will involve a range of perspectives including dance analysis, writing from practising choreographers and dancers, historical and cultural contextualisation, gender issues, racial diversity, and social dance.

  • KDB123 Dance Legacies

    This unit will introduce you to the dance legacies that underscore dance practice. In the history of Western Arts, a number of key philosophies may be identified including romanticism, classicism, modernism, postmodernism and metamodernism, some of which are also evident in the arts of other cultures. In dance, they led to the formation of aesthetic codes that in some cases are still very much in operation in the dance industry. These will be further contextualised in relation to Indigenous Australian dance and the wider Asia Pacific region. Through encountering relevant theory and reflecting on live and recorded dance performances, you will be supported to critically interrogate how these legacies continue to inform current practices.

  • KDB222 World Dance

    This unit aims to develop your sensitivity, curiosity, and knowledge of cultural diversity and protocols, through participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts. Through practical classes you will gain an experiential understanding of the dance styles, which will be contextualised through lectorials and reflective practice strategies. The new generation of twenty-first century global citizens needs to be agile in the understandings and skills necessary to negotiate cultural difference if they are to contribute to creating peaceful communities. In this unit, participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts, provides an opportunity for you to develop these attributes.

Design

  • DYB122 Design Visualisations

    In this unit you will be introduced to the practice of design visualisation and learn how to employ a variety of techniques to visualise design ideas to assist you in design thinking, research, communication and presentation.

  • DYB123 Emerging Design Technology

    This unit introduces you to existing and emerging technology and how it applies to design. In this unit you will learn about how technology is used in the design process and to design solutions. Designers need to be familiar with technology to aid them in the design process as well as being able to create products that take advantage of emerging technologies.

Drama

  • KRB120 Scenography 1: Introducing Performance Design

    This unit introduces students to the foundational concepts of scenography through a study of historical shifts in live performance design. The unit considers how the use of light, sound, space, set, and costume in performance have developed over time, to better understand the role scenography plays within the performance work. Through this investigation, the unit covers the development of a broad range of techniques, technology and terminology used in contemporary design practice.

  • KTB110 Plays that Changed the World

    This unit investigates theatre and performance from Greek Theatre to Postmodernism and embraces socio-cultural/political/historical perspectives. This unit will provide foundations in academic written communication skills as required in the discipline of drama.

  • KTB111 The Authentic Performer

    Authenticity is the foundation for building and portraying characters for the performing artist. This unit is an overview of the theoretical and practical components of Stanislavski-based realism which strives towards authenticity. Emphasis is placed on the critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate authenticity, imagination, emotion-awareness and vocal and physical technique.

  • KTB120 Diverse Theatre Practice

    This unit addresses artistic practices and narratives that, for historical, societal or political reasons, have struggled to find a safe place and a voice in our cultural landscape. Through direct engagement, the unit will provide foundational knowledge of the sensitivities of practice and protocols to enhance communication and appropriate professional conduct when collaborating with artists and cultures from diverse backgrounds. An appreciation of how performance and story manifest across distinct cultural boundaries and history is essential for a comprehensive understanding of theatre practice in the 21st century. Theatre practitioners require an awareness of cultural practices and protocols, and empathy for the multiplicity and complexity of a diverse, globalised world, to ensure the voice of Australian theatre reflects a true picture of contemporary society.

  • KTB121 The Responsive Performer

    This unit engages theoretically and practically with interaction, reaction, participation and co-creation in the theatrical experience with emphasis on comedy. The critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate self-awareness, other-awareness, play, improvisation and vocal and physical technique constitute the central focus of the unit. The basic premise of performance is sharing the conspiracy of theatre with the creative collaborators, fellow performers and, most importantly, the audience. Being comfortable with the uncertainty of the live act and empowered by its dynamism and ephemerality are key aspects of the development of the responsive performer. A combination of exercises and scene study will deepen the understanding and playing of action in the comedic mode. Building on the skills learned in The Authentic Performer, this unit provides you with the skills necessary for the development of a confident and versatile performer.

  • KTB217 Story and Performance

    An understanding of storytelling forms and the development of performance texts are fundamental communicative tools for artists. This unit develops professional dramaturgical proficiency in research, analysis, reflection and the giving and receiving of feedback. In addition, students are introduced to concepts and techniques needed to develop performance writing, either individually as a playwright, or in collaborative and devising contexts.

  • KTB225 Radical Theatre Forms

    This unit develops an appreciation of theatre innovation in both historical and contemporary contexts. It addresses concepts attributed to postdramatic theatre, immersive theatre forms, theatre as a hypermedium, and audience-centred work. Throughout history theatre has responded to changes within society and has developed styles that have reinterpreted and reinvented the notions of character, tension, audience, site, time and narrative. One way to understand new and radical theatre styles is to investigate the historical and contemporary contexts that are shaping current theatrical practice. These practices give rise to theatre that is responsive to site, places the audience at the centre of the experience and engages with non-linear narrative form. Understanding this enables theatre-makers to develop informed choices about where to locate, describe and promote their practice and product. This unit explores forms that reinvent notions of audience, narrative, space and linear time.

  • KTB227 Leadership in Creative Contexts

    This unit investigates creative roles and organisational systems towards an understanding of conventional and emerging forms of leadership. Through engagement with important practitioners and best-practice models, you will investigate the dynamics of effective collaboration within contemporary contexts, focusing on a personal point of interest. The unit addresses principles and practice of research and conceptual development, as well as the resulting plans and pitches required in professional environments. While leadership can take many forms, in this context its purpose is to achieve a unified creative vision. Whether within conventional hierarchical structures or collaborative models, delivering creative outcomes requires not only knowledge of the personal, logistical and artistic processes of creation, but also an understanding of the creative processes to safely navigate from concept to fullest expression.

Entertainment & arts management

  • CDB101 Managing Entertainment

    This unit introduces you to the theories and practices of management within the media and entertainment industries. It examines how the particular nature of work in the media and entertainment industries shapes managerial identities, roles, and strategies. It also provides students with a broad overview of what obstacles and challenges to expect as media and entertainment professionals. For example, how do media and entertainment professionals manage teams of creative workers?

  • KXB201 Entertainment Practice: Balancing Creativity and Business

    In order to work in the entertainment industries you need to understand how creativity and business can work together to complement each other. Successful entertainment industry professionals know how creative processes and projects work, as well as how businesses work; they combine and balance the two to produce effective entertainment. This unit aims to equip you with this ability to combine understandings of entertainment industries and business in the context of the entertainment industries. In practical terms, this unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the different stages of the entrepreneurial process in the particular context of the Entertainment Industries.

Fashion

  • DFB102 Introduction to Fashion Communication

    This unit provides an introduction to some of the complexities of the global fashion system and is intended to provide foundational knowledge and skills for students who wish to pursue further studies in fashion communication.

  • DFB104 Fashion Sustainability

    This unit is in the developmental stage of the program and provides you with a foundational knowledge of environmental and social impacts of fashion production and consumption. Throughout the unit you will examine the environmental and social impact of different industry business models, materials and production methods in order to develop the skills and mindset to apply more sustainable practices. It also introduces fashion systems as complex supply chains spanning raw fibre through to manufacturing, design, retailing and garment use, disposal systems at end of life, fibre and textiles, industry structures, and business models grounded in sustainable and ethical practices.

  • DFB105 Fashion Visualisation

    This unit develops your skills and knowledge in visual communication and presentation for fashion. It highlights both analogue and digital skill sets necessary for fashion industry practices. The ability to effectively communicate visual fashion ideas is a core skill in the fashion industry. You will learn both technical industry conventions and expressive creative processes required for visual communication and presentation of fashion products and ideas. This unit provides you with the opportunity to start building a portfolio of practical work to showcase your developing skills.

  • DFB209 Global Fashion History

    The unit provides an introduction to the foundations of fashion history through a global perspective of trade, culture and style. This unit presents a new approach to the study of fashion history as a meeting point between Western and non-Western cultures.

Film, screen & animation

  • KNB125 Animation History and Context

    This introductory unit provides you with fundamental aspects of animation craft along with an understanding of the historical aspects and key practitioner that have impacted the development animation theories and practices. These core concepts will enable you to succeed in your animation studies by building foundational knowledge underpinning further animation studies within units such as KNB135 Animation Aesthetics and KNB215 Animation Performance which builds upon these skills and knowledge toward a complete and deep understanding of animation theories and practices.

  • KNB126 Motion Design

    The unit Motion Design encapsulates the foundational aspects of visual narratives and explores the craft of expressing them in a sequential temporal format. The richly diverse field of motion design impacts a wide range of creative areas with fields such as graphic design, animation, visual effects, sequential art, film and games all offering opportunities in motion design. This unit breaks down the motion design process from start to finish and aims to introduce you to the concepts and methods employed within the field of motion design to develop and communicate visual narratives. While this unit offers animation students core fundamental knowledge and processes, the content will also offer students within other creative disciplines an opportunity to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills to enhance your practice and employability.

  • KNB127 CGI Foundations

    This unit introduces the foundations of 3D computer graphics theory and production methods. It provides a solid theoretical understanding of 3D space; the technical skills to create 3D computer-generated imagery and the ability to resolve issues that arise during 3D production. In the evolving fields of animation, games and graphical visualisation, you will require new literacies and skills to participate fully in the 3D computer graphics production process.

  • KNB135 Animation Aesthetics

    This unit introduces basic to medium level techniques of 3D character animation by investigating the fundamental principles, concepts and approaches to body mechanics and character performance. The focus is on developing an understanding of methodology, planning and execution in order to achieve a sense of physicality and believability. When creating animated content for production, it is important to develop a solid methodology that allows an animator to work quickly and creatively while maintaining an acceptable level of quality. Being able to take direction and creatively respond to a brief while finding the best way to communicate an idea to an audience is a core skill that takes time to develop. The core communication skills of illustration, motion, blocking and layout follow industry standards in pre-production and are required for the generation and presentation of ideas, as well as the exploration of form and character.

  • KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design

    This unit introduces the drawing skills and processes employed in the visual development phase for animated and live-action films and games. It addresses covering sets, props and character model sheets for production ready designs. There are many visual conventions to consider in the conceptual development and presentation of a visual story for screen and games. A range of capabilities and technical skills (observation, description, meaning-making, recording, synthesis, interpretation and sequential representation in graphic form) are required. This unit provides a historic context for the drawing techniques and processes for concept development and production. As such, the unit is your link to pre-production and production units, such as KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation and KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Pre-Production, as well as your final year capstone project.

  • KPB101 Introduction to Screen Production

    This unit introduces the principles and technologies of video production for both cinema and television such as the roles and responsibilities of production teams, production management, design and practice. Lectures by experts in the areas of producing, directing, and cinematography, editing and sound will inform your practice. As the contemporary mediascape simultaneously converges and diversifies technologically and in market applications, there is a growing demand for new content with correlating skill sets in media production. Drawing on production processes and methodologies established in film, video and television, this unit will introduce you to content production both generated and outputted through new media technologies. Skills, knowledge and approaches will be drawn from the fields of scriptwriting, pre-production, production management, direction, producing, camera, sound, editing and post-production.

  • KPB113 Screen Text Analysis

    Film and television production is an art-form and a business, and screen practitioners, critics and educators value media literacy based on critical and informed approaches to textual analysis. Taking into account shifts in industry and audience expectations in the new media environment, textual analysis can be applied to a diverse range of popular film and television texts from blockbuster movies to cult television programs.

  • KPB116 Introduction to Screenwriting

    This unit introduces various principles, elements and stages that make up the scriptwriting process for narrative production. Skills needed to generate and select ideas, write synopses, and draft scripts will be developed through studying and applying the key creative components of writing for the screen. The unit addresses principles of storytelling, industry standards and practical skills involved in developing projects for narrative productions within film, television and other media. The focus is on how to develop ideas, create engaging characters, and construct scenes for visual mediums. Writing scripts for a range of screen media formats is a learned craft and requires discipline, perseverance, and an understanding of industry practice. Possessing this key knowledge provides capabilities to develop concepts through to script stage.

  • KPB120 Contemporary Screen Histories

    This unit engages with contemporary screen productions and the ways in which they look and sound. It aids you to develop an appreciation of the artistic and production practices of key individuals and studios. The styles of recent screen productions (how they look and sound) are the result of past and contemporary creative innovations associated with key individuals, production houses, and studios over an extended period of time. This unit considers the styles of screen productions such as movies, television shows, and video games as being the result of evolving production practices, technological developments, individual and collaborative creative endeavours, and audience expectations.

  • KPB121 Screen Business

    This unit provides an introduction to the producing, writing and theoretical aspects of the movie, TV and new media businesses. The production and distribution of screen-based audiovisual material is a significant global industry. In order to properly understand the cultural impact of this content it is important to understand how it functions as an industry. This is important both for those who intend to work in these businesses, and for those who are interested in understanding how cultural and creative business works. Apart from introducing media business, the unit provides an understanding of the importance of researching the expectations and desires of audiences in order to create commercial products designed to entertain, inform or educate.

  • KPB220 Factual Screens

    This unit introduces the traditions of documentary film and television production, stylistic practices in documentary and documentary scripts, and methodologies for producing ethnographic, indigenous and cross cultural documentaries. Understanding the role documentary performs in our media age provides a crucial literacy to this film forms. You will be exposed to the history and theory behind documentary, enabling you to conceptualise and plan your own documentary productions and critique the place of them alongside factual and fictional forms of filmmaking in the contemporary media landscape. The documentary filmmaking tradition has involved many crucial aesthetic, technical and ethical concerns throughout history. For film, screen and animation students, this unit aids you to integrate its contents into documentary scripts and productions, while for other disciplines' students, the unit provides the theoretical underpinnings and processes of documentary production.

Interactive & visual design

  • DXB204 Design Thinking

    This unit introduces you to the methods of design thinking and creative problem solving. It takes a values-based approach to design thinking and will see you apply your imagination and creativity to address a real world design challenge. In contemporary society, design thinking and creative innovation are the differentiators behind every successful venture, from the commercial success of Apple to the social innovation and real change within our local and global community. They are recognised as the key capabilities for 21st century careers. This unit looks at the fundamentals of design thinking as you develop your own self-directed project aimed for real world impact. We are calling for students who are passionate about their studies and want to become change agents, social entrepreneurs, strategists, and innovative thinkers. This unit is about disruptive transdisciplinary practices that will challenge your imagination and expectations about what university and learning is.

Journalism

  • CJB101 Newswriting

    In this introductory unit you will gain a broad knowledge of the foundations of news reporting, focusing on identifying, researching and then structuring news reports in an evolving news environment. You will learn how to recognize the fundamental attributes of news and others journalism forms; use the mobile technologies available, evaluate events for their potential news value, to record interviews and perform other reporting tasks, and to write socially responsible news stories.

  • CJB102 Visual Journalism

    This unit develops the basic skills of Newswriting: generating story ideas, researching, conducting interviews, finding news values and news angles and applying them in a practical context.  You will  develop your journalistic inquiry skills focusing on interviewing, data mining and right to information. You will learn how practical newswriting skills fit into an online environment. You are introduced to the rigours of deadlines and have opportunities to write stories related to different news rounds throughout the semester.

  • CJB103 Journalistic Inquiry

    This unit addresses basic skills of newswriting: generating story ideas, researching, conducting interviews, finding news values and news angles and applying them in a practical context. It also advances generic newswriting skills, enhances writing competency and develops the use of social media and mobile technologies in journalism. As such, it develops media professionals who can generate accurate, interesting and insightful stories. It builds your capacity to independently examine issues and events from new angles, rather than uncritically complying with outside agendas, such as PR agencies, government or business. You develop your journalistic inquiry skills focusing on interviewing, data mining and right to information, and learn how they fit into an online environment. You are introduced to everyday journalism, rigorous deadlines, social media and mobile first technologies.

  • CJB201 Feature Writing

    This unit provides advanced journalistic skills in feature writing, such as generating story ideas and new angles, researching and interviewing and writing interesting copy. Feature writing is a mainstay of journalism that practitioners cultivate during a career in this constantly evolving media space. The unit provides experience in the preparation of feature stories of professional quality and gives access to the benefits of reflection and a constructive critique of your research and writing. It aids you in producing credible non-fiction articles in a dynamic and appealing style, engaging skills that are transferable to areas outside journalism. It also provides awareness of the market for feature material for writers including freelance journalists. You are mentored to find publication opportunities in off-campus media.

  • CJB202 Production Journalism

    Contemporary journalism increasingly requires multi-skilled practitioners able to engage and attract audiences through creatively and accurately edited content integrated with compelling visual design. This unit introduces you to the key functions of production journalism for print and digital media by teaching how to produce multimedia (video) and how to edit and design print and digital content prior to publication. It builds on foundation skills in journalism and engages you with the dynamics of visual design and the application of design theory to journalistic practice. You learn to develop material to the publication-ready stage and to apply theoretical concepts in practical contexts. You also gain an understanding of the role of layout and design as a communication tool in print and digital media.

  • KJB222 Online Journalism 1

    This unit explores the background to practice in online journalism, such as the place of the medium in contemporary mass communication; it promotes the principles of best practice in journalism, and enables you to publish reports online, giving instruction in a wide range of production skills. As increasing volumes of news and other factual material are processed through online media, practitioners and also intending citizen journalists stand to get a secure understanding from studying the social and economic underpinnings of the format, and also from acquiring skills for using it. This unit addresses: the developments of global online journalism (wired and wireless online mass communication); digital production skills; introductory practice in production and communication software used in online journalism, and the writing and publishing of work at a standard of journalistic competence.

  • KJB224 Feature Writing

    Students conduct interviews and other research that they use to write Internet, newspaper and/or magazine articles that profile personalities or stories or that treat processes, events and places to exploit their human-interest value.

  • KJB239 Journalism Ethics and Issues

    QUT Journalism supports the development of socially responsible, ethical journalists. KJB239 is a core journalism unit. It begins with an overview of western and eastern moral philosophical traditions and moves on to examine current journalistic practice in the context of Australian and international news media operations, regulatory bodies and the stance of professional journalism organisations. Students generate ethical dilemmas and work through them individually, making difficult decisions about issues such as invasion of privacy, protection of sources and conflict of interest. The impact of developing information and communication technologies is also addressed.

  • KJB280 International Journalism

    News media systems are developing and changing because of new technologies, corporate change, and professional development among practitioners, who increasingly work in internationalised settings, with increased market demand from different world regions. Journalists working abroad can cultivate their strengths and respond better to new demands if they understand and are sensitive to the changing cultures and values of countries they report on. By exploring political, economic, historic and other social influences on the roles, rights and expectations of journalists in different countries, you will consider how the skills you study in an Australian context may be adapted to other circumstances.

  • KJB304 Sub-Editing

    This unit builds on units such as KJB120 Newswriting and KJB103 Media Design and Layout. It is aimed at teaching students how to prepare text for publication in the journalism industry, which is a highly sought skill for employment both within Australia and overseas, and to understand the job market for subeditors. Students will assess the text for news values, quality, adherence to style guides (generic and in-house), grammar, spelling, accuracy, legality (including defamation, contempt and sub-judice), ethics, sources and balance. Students will learn to write headlines, captions and similar types of types that accompany stories, and to subedit print-media stories for reuse in new and social media. Students, individually and in small teams, will be given a range of copy-text from very poor to reasonable on a variety of topics and make the text which will be made publishable (i.e. production-ready) by them working with their tutor using the above processes.

  • KJB337 Investigative Reporting

    This advanced reporting unit stresses the watchdog role of the news media using investigative reporting approaches. In order to inform prescient news features, the class will examine two news issues that are central to the current news agenda. Journalists must be able to critically analyse and report to deadline matters of public interest for publication in a range of media outlets. Such attributes are developed to an advanced level through this reporting and writing unit which couches discussion and analysis of this process in the context of understandings of journalism's role in informing discussion around major issues of public affairs.

Media & communication

  • CCB101 Media Issues and Debates

    This unit explores key myths, controversies and debates surrounding the relationship between media and society. For example, debates about the relationship between media content and violence. It investigates the historical foundations, cultural context and factual accuracy of a series of ‘common sense’ arguments regarding how different kinds of media have or have not affected the way our society functions. In doing so the unit introduces important media and communication theories and ideas about the role of media in society.

  • CCB102 Multi-Media Design

    Visual communication techniques are essential in capturing the attention of an increasingly visually literate society. Understanding how to design well is growing in importance in a society that is time poor and overloaded with competing sources of media. You will learn how to apply design theory in a variety of visual communication contexts relevant to the journalism, media and communication industries. You will gain an understanding of the role of design as a communication tool in a variety of outputs including newspapers, magazines, online publications and other integrated communication resources. It introduces the theory of design, its formats, the use of desktop publishing software, the principles of typography and design and the development of stakeholder relationships (photographers, printers etc.).

  • CCB203 Strategic Speech Communication

    This unit addresses the theory and practice of speech and interpersonal communication. It introduces theories of language, rhetoric and persuasion which are interrelated to promote understanding and development of your communication skills. Classroom practice in simulated work situations will enhance the leadership abilities needed to become articulate presenters in a range of contexts, including personal presentations both live and mediated. The ability to present a spoken message is a highly desirable skill in education, employment and life. Across a range of fields and professions, graduates will have many opportunities to speak a message both face-to-face and online. Taking an audience-centred approach to speaking, this unit focuses on creating and analysing persuasive messages. The unit is designed to assist you in becoming an effective oral communicator and discerning listener.

  • KCB105 Inquiry in Media and Communication

    The research process (define problem, collect relevant information, analyse information, formulate conclusions/outcomes) underlies many decisions that confront media and communication professionals. This subject introduces foundational research skills and contextualises them with a number of media and communication problems. The unit will involve qualitative and quantitative research methods including content analysis, focus groups, ethnography, interviews and survey research which are studied in the context of media and communication problems and issues. You will carry out research using some of these methods, analyse the results and present your conclusions and recommendations.

  • KCB203 Consumption Matters: Consumer Cultures and Identity

    A knowledge of and ability to research consumer cultures is essential to those working in the Creative Industries. It is crucial to understand the ways in which consumption actively shapes not only media and production industries, but also the value and meanings of products themselves. This unit requires you to synthesise and apply concepts and methodologies that you have learned in earlier units. The unit focuses on developing in you a broader understanding of media, communication, and production through the lens of consumer cultures. The knowledge that you gain in this unit will inform your future professional, academic, and creative practices.

  • KCB205 Professional Communication

    This unit develops practical and critical skills in situation analysis, project proposal development and reporting, formal document production, professional presentations, and workplace communication practices. It enhances your career prospects by developing an understanding of communication dynamics between individuals and groups in organisational settings. Although it focuses on the creative and cultural industries, the content is transferable to other professions and career options. The unit also addresses problem-solving roles professional communication teams play in their organisations. You will gain experience in planning, presenting and evaluating applied communication tasks in professional settings, and a critical understanding of the role of professional communication skills including audience sensitivity, rhetorical appropriateness and generic conventions.

  • KCB206 Social Media, Self and Society

    With the rise of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, the number of individuals and organisations in contemporary societies who use social media technologies to shape, (re)form and sustain their identities has grown rapidly. This unit introduces students to the key considerations, and necessary tools, for contemporary media and communication professionals to engage in this process in a critical fashion, supporting them to develop a nuanced understanding of social media’s place in broader media history; its recent impacts on professional identity and corporate communication strategies; and of issues such as the ethical difficulties associated with social media governance.

  • KCB302 Political Communication

    This unit surveys the theory and professional practices of political and governmental communication, especially through the media and communications industries. It examines contemporary and historical political issues and communications in Australia and internationally from the perspectives of democratic theory, media influence, strategic image and issue management, and popular culture. The unit comprises an overview of theoretical approaches to political communication, the construction of political discourse, and the mobilisation of audiences/voters; an understanding of the relationship between communication strategies and the management of politics, with cases drawn from Australian and international politics; and the capacity to critically appraise strategic issues such as political persuasion, electoral strategy, popular culture, and public opinion formation.

Music

  • KMB118 Musicianship 1

    This unit develops your awareness, critical analytical and synthesis skills across a broad range of music and sound contexts and concepts. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units in the degree by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.

  • KMB119 Music Production 1

    This unit introduces you to the fundamental principles of music and sound production through a mix of theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of sound recording, sound production and live sound reinforcement, while developing listening skills essential for music and sound production. The unit prepares you for later music production and creation units.

  • KMB129 Music Production 2

    This unit builds on Music Production 1. It introduces you to sequencing, sound synthesis, and signal processing as approaches to contemporary music composition and production. You will gain an understanding of the approaches and aesthetics that underpin music production and performance in the digital domain. The unit prepares you for later music creation units.

  • KMB215 The Music Industry

    This unit gives a working knowledge of the structural, legal and business aspects of the Australian and global music industries by engaging with real world music industry professionals and formulating a number of strategies to reflect this.

  • KMB216 Audio / Visual Interaction

    The ability to build custom audio/video performance and composition systems enables digital media artists to create unique interactive works.  Graphical development environments are an ideal entry point for creating these systems as they enable rapid prototyping of ideas and do not require in depth knowledge of computer coding. This unit gives you a grounding in the concepts and processes required to build interactive media works.

  • KMB217 Music Creation 1

    This unit will provide you with skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. It introduces you to varying musical contexts and concepts to help you better understand your practice and that of your peers within a complex professional environment, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond as appropriate.

Visual arts

  • KVB102 Modernism in Art

    This unit addresses concepts and movements that comprise early twentieth-century modernism in art and culture. It provides a coherent theoretical-historical knowledge of the period, 1900-1945, while fostering written, and oral communication skills, as well as building capabilities for visual analysis of art works across different media. Modernism is a crucial area of study for understanding twentieth century and contemporary art and visual culture. A proper comprehension of this period will assist you to become an informed practitioner in contemporary art, design, architecture and art writing.

  • KVB104 Photo Media and Art Practice

    This unit develops an appreciation of the conceptual, cultural and historical contexts of photo media, addressing visual literacy, critical artistic enquiry, and the protocols related to ethical photo media practice. Photo media, which involves the use of diverse photographic processes, plays an important role in contemporary creative practices because of its pervasiveness and its application across a broad range of cultural and conceptual contexts. Photo imaging may also be the predominant mode of specific artists within a broader multidisciplinary approach to practice. This unit introduces a diverse range of contemporary artistic photo imaging concepts and methods as part of a trajectory of photographic history. It provides the opportunity to experiment with a variety of approaches to understand and create engaging and informed photo image portfolios.

  • KVB110 2D Art: Material and Process

    This introductory visual art Unit provides you with practical experience of a range of experimental approaches to two-dimensional art-making to assist in the development of your creative practice. It will assist your understanding of experimental 2D materials and processes, your analytical, creative and reflective skills, and your communication skills in relation to works of art.

  • KVB113 Australian Art and Identity

    This unit introduces you to the history of Australian art in the 20th Century and provides you with an understanding of the evolution of Australian art, including Indigenous art, as an expression of ideas about national identity and Australia’s place in the international community.

  • KVB210 Time-Based Art: Moving Images

    This unit develops your critical literacy of video, filmic, and time-based imagery in combination with creative and technical experimentation to engage with the conceptual and artistic possibilities of moving images.

  • KVB216 Post 1945 Art

    This unit introduces the historical, philosophical, economic, political, social, cultural, artistic and formal issues related to the production of art since 1945 and into the post-modern era. Major topics that are examined include the neo-avant-garde and art's engagement with consumerism. This unit is intended as a foundation skill-base for all students in Creative Industries applicable to all disciplines and cultural industries including art criticism, arts practice, architecture, landscape architecture, fashion and music.

  • KVB222 Spatial Art: Object and Site

    This intermediate visual art unit provides empirical and theoretical frameworks for exploring the areas of space and site thus further developing your creative practice. Through both directed and independent activities you will explore the sculptural object and its setting as interdependent aspects of spatial art practice. These practical activities will be grounded in a study of the critical-analytical background to debates and theories in the field of installation art, site-based art and public art. This unit forms part of a suite of visual arts units that aim to expand your creative skillset and visual literacy for application in the visual art studio and beyond.

  • KVB223 Post 1989 Art

    This unit introduces key ideas and styles of art practice that have emerged since 1989 in a global economy. It develops knowledge and skills that are relevant to cultural literature and visual analysis. It furthers your expertise in problem solving, creative thinking and effective communication of knowledge in a variety of contexts and modes. As a creative industries student, it is important to possess an informed knowledge of art and culture since 1989, including the rise of the experience economy and the centrality of entertainment and post-avant-garde art in global creative industries. The concepts and knowledge gained will aid you to organise and evaluate information, synthesise research material into a coherent form, and write and verbally articulate ideas. This unit is intended to provide a foundation skill-base for you in Creative Industries and is applicable to all disciplines including art criticism, arts practice, architecture and fashion.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Creative practice

  • KYB103 The Creative Body

    All peformance techniques are reliant on an understanding of the body and its capabilities to open the imagination of the individual, the group and an audience. This practice-based unit aims to bring together students from across the performance disciplines (dance, drama, music) to explore the relationship between the body and the creative impulse, and to expand on ways of thinking and doing in a transdisciplinary creative space. It will introduce a variety of philosophies exploring the psycho-social dynamics of the body in your creative practice.

Creative writing

  • KWB306 Creative Writing Project 1

    This unit will be vital in challenging you to commence producing the most sustained and coherent piece of work in your major. In this unit you will choose your strongest genre and write an extended piece with both breadth and complexity. The unit has a particular focus in helping you to propose and plan an extended piece of creative work through a series of intensive highly participatory workshops as well as peer critique.

  • KWB326 Creative Writing Project 2

    This unit provides a unique learning opportunity to complete a sustained body of creative work in a genre or form of your choice and identify market and publication strategies for your work. Building on the project commenced in KWB306 Creative Writing Project 1, it offers you the opportunity to continue work on an extended piece of creative writing with the assistance of critiques and peer feedback. The unit aids you to identify markets for creative practice, develop skills and strategies to submit work to publishers for professional consideration, and identify and create pathways for publication.

Dance

  • KDB101 Dance Performance 1: Analysing Dances

    This is the first in a suite of four units for Dance Performance students that fosters the fundamental development of the professional performing artist.  This unit provides the opportunity for you to work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director leading to a performance. To enhance your understanding of the context of the creative practice, the unit equips you with dance analysis methodologies.

  • KDB102 Dance Performance 2: Dance Histories

    This is the second in a suite of four units that fosters and continues the development of the professional performing artist. This unit provides the opportunity for you to work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director leading to a performance. To enhance your understanding of the creative practice, the unit equips you with dance history methodologies. This unit builds upon Performance 1, and addresses dance history. The performer uses dance history to contextualise and enrich their current experience of choreographic and performance practice. In this unit you will explore the historical legacies that have influenced the choreographic work you are learning.

  • KDB103 Dance Technique 1

    This introductory unit is the first in a series of four practical units which establish the critically important routine of daily technique training, in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, for the elite dance professional. You will enhance skills in, and develop your knowledge of, dance technique and artistry, through guided training and reflective practice. To support your technical development, you will be exposed to, and physically participate in, complimentary practices associated with dance training.

  • KDB104 Dance Technique 2

    This unit aims to further enhance skills in, and develop your knowledge of, dance technique and artistry, through guided training and reflective practice. You will develop the technical, artistic and reflective practice skills introduced in KDB103 Dance Technique 1. This will advance your development towards becoming an elite dance professional by exposing you to increasingly complex material, other forms of complementary practices and reflective practice methods.

  • KDB112 Dance Technique Fundamentals

    This unit offers you an introduction to dance technique and the application of somatic practices. Through practical classes you will develop your technical foundation in different dance styles and understanding of the principles of movement. These will be supported by a series of seminars and discussions to facilitate self-directed learning about topics such as safe dance practice, key concepts of somatic approaches in dance, and reflective activities.

  • KDB122 Popular Dance Styles

    The unit focuses on different dance styles and their application in different contexts, supported by complementary studies. You will continue to explore and develop your emergent understanding of your dance practice and your future as a dance practitioner. This unit builds upon the knowledges you have developed from studio-based practice in KDB112 Dance Technique Fundamentals by offering you an introduction to a broader spectrum of popular dance styles. You will undertake a series of practical classes throughout the semester that may include a combination of: Jazz, Hip-hop, Breakdance, Capoeira, Ballet, Contemporary or Swing.

  • KDB206 Dance in Contemporary Culture

    This unit builds upon embodied knowledge and dance practice developed in KDB122 Popular Dance Styles. Through a series of seminars and practical workshops you will explore different trends in the role and place of dance in contemporary culture. You will explore dance's place in society and the development of trends such as Musical Theatre, Music Videos, Dance in Museums, Hip-hop culture, Flash Mobs, Dance as a Political Intervention, and So You Think You Can Dance.

  • KDB210 Dance Composition

    This unit offers you an introduction to the fundamentals of Dance Composition through exploring a range of choreographic practices. The emphasis will be on understanding the tools available for composing dancing and utilising these to develop successful choreographic outcomes. Through studio-based shared practice sessions and reflecting on readings and performance documentation you will begin to develop an aesthetic understanding applicable across your artistic practice.

  • KDB211 Dance Performance 3: Current Trends

    In this unit, professionally guided rehearsals, classes and performance practice, will be informed through cultivating an understanding of current cultural, social and political trends and issues, both local and global, and how this is reflected within the current intersections between dance-making, technology, science, and interdisciplinary practice. This unit provides the opportunity for you to work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director leading to a performance. To enhance your understanding of the creative practice, the unit equips you with the tools to situate and expand your performance experiences.

  • KDB212 Dance Performance 4: Intersections

    This unit allows you to work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director, while examining current cultural, social and political trends and issues, both local and global, and their impact on dance-making, technology, science, and interdisciplinary practice, and their intersections. In this unit, professionally guided rehearsals, classes and performance practice, will be informed through a deepening of the research undertaken in KDB211 Dance Performance 3: Current Trends. You investigate how the appointed choreographer, and consequently their artistic practice and sensibility, are informed through these perspectives and relate to emergent practices that are shaping the future of dance.

  • KDB213 Dance Technique 3

    This is the third unit in a series of four practical units which further establishes the critically important routine of daily technique training, in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, for the elite dance professional. In this unit, you will learn through guided training and reflective practice, to develop expertise in dance technique and artistry, advancing your transformation towards becoming an elite dance professional. To support your technical development, you will continue to be exposed to, and physically participate in, complimentary practices associated with dance training.

  • KDB214 Dance Technique 4

    This unit develops to a pre-professional level the technical and artistic skills accumulated through the previous three Dance Technique units. To support your technical development, you will continue to be exposed to, and physically participate in, complementary practices associated with dance training. This is the final unit in a series of four practical units which establish the critically important routine of daily technique training for the elite dance professional. This unit will allow you to engage in the experience of advanced technical dance training in ballet and contemporary dance. In the current artistic climate, it is essential for you to possess a strong command of dance technique and complementary practices. Through embodied knowledge and reflective practice, training methods must adequately prepare you for the rapidly increasing demands placed on dancers in order to successfully locate yourself within the dance industry as an emerging professional.

  • KDB216 Choreographic Practice 1

    This unit will introduce you to the concept of choreographic thinking and allow you to engage in the experience of creation from the inception and development of an idea, through to the completion of a choreographic work. This will be supported through encountering a range of approaches to dance making drawn from theory and current creative practice. Alongside encountering processes of making in practical classes, the unit will support you to develop documentation and annotation skills to map your creative practice.

  • KDB217 Choreographic Practice 2

    This unit further develops your choreographic thinking, studio-based processes, tasks and improvisational skills, to support movement creation and choreographic vision. You will explore your emergent choreographic practice and begin to situate yourself in the expansive terrain of dance. Building on your understanding of solo choreographic practice (as experienced in KDB216 Choreographic Practice 1), you will expand your practice to experiment and test the application of studio-based choreographic processes in ensemble contexts. You will look outwards to gather a situated understanding of your process and practice as an emerging dance artist within the field. To do this, you will be guided through weekly workshops that include choreographic thinking, experiments with duet and larger choreographic ensemble processes and work, and an applied understanding of shared practice.

  • KDB218 Performance in Context 1

    This is the first of two units introducing you to the practice of the Teaching Artist as a facilitator of dance led experiences. You will apply your developed knowledge of technical skill and artistic practice to the creation of a performance situated within a specific context. This project-based unit provides the context in which you will develop technique, artistry, communication skills, performance ability and confidence through professionally guided rehearsals, classes, performances and workshops.

  • KDB316 Choreographic Project 1

    This unit draws on your previous studies in Choreographic Practice to enable you to engage in a self-directed creative project with a focus on developing your own creative methodologies, documentation practices, collaborative skills, and interdisciplinary approaches. You will draw from your situated understanding of your process and practice as an emerging dance artist within the field as explored in Choreographic Practice 2. This will enable you to confidently develop studio-based practice and processes that lead to the creation of dance works and can extend across a diverse range of cross/trans/inter disciplinary settings.

  • KDB317 Choreographic Project 2

    This unit formulates your choreographic or performative specialisation and aids you to confidently present and promote your original work as a nascent dance practitioner. It draws on your previous studies in Choreographic Practice to enable you to engage in a self-directed creative project with a focus on developing your own creative methodologies, documentation practices, collaborative skills, and interdisciplinary approaches towards a performance outcome. This unit is the culmination of the project outlined in KDB316 Choreographic Project 1 and demonstrates a sophisticated choreographic practice or sophisticated co-creative practice (as a dancer).

  • KDB318 Performance in Context 2

    This is the second of two units which builds further on the practice of the Teaching Artist as a facilitator of dance led creative experiences. This unit aims to enable you to utilise, adapt and transform your skills for artistic expression in a specific performing domain including collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. This project-based unit provides the context in which you will develop technique, artistry, communication skills, performance ability and confidence through professionally guided rehearsals, classes, performances and workshops.

  • KDB320 Independent Dance Project

    This unit enables you to adapt and transform your dance skills for artistic expression, in a specific performing domain, engaging in collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. This is the culmination of your previous two Performance in Context units which supports you to establish your practice as a teaching artist through the key processual stages including conception, development and realisation of your ideas. You will apply your integrated knowledge of technical skills and artistic practice to effectively initiate and realise a performance project in a specific industry-engaged context. This will be a self-contained and discrete project that will enable you to develop your professional identity and industry networks while working in a collaborative team context.

Design

  • DYB102 Impact Lab 2: People

    This unit addresses methods of social impact design and the ways in which these approaches can contribute to transformational social and community focused change. In it, you experience how design approaches and tools can be applied to complex social and community-based challenges. In a context where design can foster inclusion and act as a disruptor and driver for positive change you as a designer, alongside your design peers, have the collective potential to lead or make a better future. Framed around real world challenges; and in partnership with community, government and/or industry partners; you will engage with design-led participatory strategies to address key issues within one or more communities. This will develop skills valuable in designing for social impact. This impact lab focuses on people, to foreground and privilege the importance of keeping the human condition at the heart of design practice which enables solutions aimed at social change.

  • DYB121 Introducing Design Fabrication

    This introductory hands-on unit explores concepts, skills and methods required to prototype and fabricate physical objects from your design ideas. Design and fabrication are mutually dependent and interrelated activities, and as such this unit forms the foundational basis for your technical skills and associated knowledge to realise your own design ideas.

  • DYB201 Impact Lab 3: Planet

    This unit aids you to take design-led approaches to analyse, evaluate and deliver innovative and ethical responses or design propositions. It builds upon the skills and experiences gained in the first two impact labs, introducing a new scale of investigation through the exploration of complex issues that have a global impact. You will collaboratively analyse and evaluate these issues to develop responses or design propositions that provide avenues for more sustainable and ethical behaviours or systems. This approach will allow you to consider how design methods and approaches can be used to address complex global issues such as those defined by the United Nations (UN.org, 2017).

Drama

  • KRB121 Scenography 2: Creating Worlds for Theatre

    This unit introduces you to the concepts and processes associated with the creation of scenography – the world of the theatrical performance. It explores the practical application of the core principles of scenography, such as the manipulation of the scenographic elements of set, costume, light and sound, and space and time, while considering narrative analysis, character, performers and audience. The unit facilitates practical application and experience in solving the challenges faced by the scenographer. This includes the demands of crafting and communicating a theatre design, using current design software to communicate design, and the ongoing challenge of documenting the creative process and product. It combines studio-based practical investigations with in-depth lectures on the application of design, including the role of the contemporary production designers, the design process and techniques.

  • KRB220 Scenography 3: Into the 21st Century

    This unit challenges students to interrogate the evolution of scenography through the 20th Century into the 21st Century within the changing fields of theatre and performance. Through an investigation of key shifts and leading practitioners of this time, the notion of scenography and its role in theatre and performance is challenged.

  • KRB221 Scenography 4: Intermedial Theatre

    This unit introduces scenographic techniques and approaches for intermedial theatre such as conceptualisation through to realisation, while offering an appreciation of the overall production process. It explores the practical realisation of the principles of intermedial theatre - the use of space and technology; the design and composition of visual and aural environments; the demands and effect of the digitally mediated upon the narrative, production, performers and audience. The unit is structured to incorporate a degree of practical application and experience in solving the challenges faced by the designer working in theatre, including 'hands-on' experience of the processes and demands of realising an intermedial performance. As the final unit in the Scenography minor, this studio-based unit comprises predominantly ongoing practical work that you complete under the close guidance and instruction of QUT academic staff and external industry professionals.

  • KTB126 Drama Practice 1: Collaboration

    This introductory unit addresses practical and theoretical understandings of processual, improvised and devised dramatic form. It introduces collaborative practice and play building that is at the heart of the BFA Drama coursework. The unit presents different techniques and processes of content generation and form exploration and develop a language around creative inquiry, taking concepts to action and applying form and genre to original ideas. It offers a descriptive and analytical vocabulary to underpin the application of performance making in preparation for 2nd and 3rd year practical units. Ultimately, this unit will provide a solid foundation for the academic and professional skills of observation and analysis, teamwork, creative leadership and collaboration to explore ideas or generate content.

  • KTB216 Drama Practice 2: Interpretation

    Skills in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of text-based performance are an important foundation for Drama practitioners. Here you will build and apply skills of theatrical interpretation and performance through a practice-led process of script-based rehearsal and performance of selected scenes.

  • KTB226 Drama Practice 3: Transformation

    This practice-led, intermediate unit enables you to build and apply skills in collaboratively devising and performing a show. Under the guidance of a director you interpret and transform key formal features of selected iconic practitioners or performances as the starting point for an original show to be performed at the end of semester. Indeed, transformation can be a process of adaptation, repurposing or one of profound re-imagining of content and/or form through research of form and genre, and the development and application of skills in devising, workshop and dramaturgical interrogation.

  • KTB316 Drama Practice 4: Generation

    Generation refers to taking an idea through a conceptual process to a supported proposal. This unit activates a process of inquiry that employs theory, skills and practice you have gathered so far to research and experiment with a potentially interdisciplinary work that responds to bigger critical and creative conversations, in consultation with experienced practitioners.

  • KTB326 Drama Practice 5: Realisation

    This advanced unit enables you to independently realise a new work on the page, stage or in between, responding to real world opportunities you may pursue after graduation. Interpretation, transformation and generation all have a role to play in realising a new creative work. Led by creative practice, this unit activates the foundations of prior drama practice units in a capstone experience which enables you to further develop your creative practice. Successful creative practice is measured by degrees of expertise, diligence and awareness that are acknowledged by audiences, peers and industry. Talent aside, much is dependent on working with others to converge drama theory, skills and practice into proposals, presentations or performances that possess viability and integrity. It is also reliant on the capacity of individuals and groups to formulate and respond to critique and successfully navigate dynamic uncertainties of creative realisation to fashion a viable outcome.

Entertainment & arts management

  • CDB203 Project Management in the Entertainment Industries

    This unit introduces you to fundamental project management skills for the entertainment industries with an emphasis on effective leadership strategies, team building activities, and stakeholder relationships. It also allows you to apply prior theoretical and practical knowledge to a team-based entertainment project partially developed by academic staff. Project management skills are central to a successful career in the entertainment industries. In order to effectively manage a project’s life cycle, you must not only understand fundamental project management skills (including minute-taking, time management, and risk assessment) but also know how to assess, evaluate, and adapt those skills to the particularities of entertainment.

  • KXB202 Project Management for Entertainment

    This unit provides the skills to oversee the production of an entertainment project by offering an understanding of, and ability to employ, project management proficiency for entertainment. Specific mid-course training in project management is required as entertainment is an area with particular features and idiosyncrasies. This unit will equip you with those field-specific skills (including minute taking, time management, risk assessment, and post-project evaluation) through the management of an entertainment project partially developed by staff.

  • KXB301 Entertainment Industries Studio

    Industry networks and experience are of key importance in Entertainment. In this unit you will extend and apply your critical knowledge of entertainment industries to the ‘real-world’ task of working on a large group entertainment project. The project will result in a public product.

Fashion

  • DFB110 Fashion Design Studio 1

    This unit is the first in a series of Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design Fashion program and provides introductory knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, including sustainable practices.

  • DFB111 Fashion Design Studio 2

    This unit advances your knowledge of fashion design principles and processes including the development of effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. It aims to provide a positioning framework for you to conceptually explore the realm of social enterprise and fashion. This unit is the second in a series of Fashion Design Studio units and provides further introductory knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design including sustainable and ethical practices. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) program.

  • DFB204 Fashion Product Development

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for professional fashion communication and product development in the fashion industry. The unit focuses on commercial fashion design and product styling.

  • DFB205 Fashion Media

    This unit offers insight into the connection between media and fashion image making. This unit introduces you to critical historical, interdisciplinary and industrial approach to the study of fashion media, exploring media and digital social platforms that have contributed to the dissemination of fashion.

  • DFB206 Global Fashion Cultures

    This unit further develops your knowledge of the complexities of global fashion systems, and builds on the application of your skills in fashion visual communication, with an emphasis on visual analysis. The unit focuses on the diverse aesthetics and practices of global fashion cultures since the mid-twentieth century.

  • DFB207 Fashion and Style Journalism

    This unit provides skills to conceptualise and produce fashion and style editorial content in various styles and in both Australian and international contexts. It maps the scope and practice of fashion and style journalism, a profession offering career options for journalists, photographers, designers, writers and fashion specialists. In this unit, you will use your developing professional skills to produce fashion and style editorial content and/or contribute to the production of a fashion and style magazine and/or website. Magazines and digital media map key changes in fashion in similar ways, forming opinions about fashion and taste. Fashion writing and styling is also a key skill in public relations for a brand curating and editing brand e-magazines, social media management and content creation in general. This unit addresses key skills learnt during the course and practising these skills in a real world, practice-based learning environment.

  • DFB210 Fashion Design Studio 3

    This unit builds on previous fashion studio knowledge to navigate the structure and requirements of industry/professional fashion contexts. It develops effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. This unit is the third in a series of six Fashion Design Studio units and provides expanded knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, including sustainable practices. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design Fashion program, and include practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.

  • DFB211 Fashion Design Studio 4

    This unit aims to provide you with knowledge of fashion design working in collaborative contexts including the development of more advanced skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. It will also allow you to explore the spirit of collaboration intrinsic to the fashion industry. You will build on your previously acquired design and communication skills as well as your awareness of ethical and sustainable practices. In this unit you will synthesise your understanding of product development and retail readiness. This unit is the fourth in a series of six Fashion Design Studio units and provides more advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Fashion design program and include practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.

  • DFB301 Fashion Design Studio 3

    This unit is the third in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program and provides expanded knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, for industry/ professional contexts.

  • DFB305 Critical Fashion Studies

    This advanced level unit deepens your critical fashion engagement and consolidates your skills in fashion communication. It prepares you to play a leadership role in shaping the dialogues that are transforming fashion practices. The aim of this unit is to develop your critical, analytical and communication skills in the context of the global fashion industry and wider cultural debates. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach characteristic of current fashion scholarship, this final unit builds on the theoretical and practical knowledge developed in DFB206 Global Fashion Cultures and DFB209 Global Fashion History and provides you with the opportunity to develop sophisticated research and written communication skills, preparing you to contribute to shaping the dialogues and debates that are changing the contemporary fashion industry.

  • DFB401 Fashion Design Studio 4

    This unit provides expanded knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design for societal contexts, including the development of more advanced skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program and include practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting. This unit is the fourth in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units and provides more advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design. It builds upon the understandings acquired in the unit DFB301 Fashion Design Studio 3 and also provides a base for understanding fashion in societal contexts. DFB403 Advanced Fashion Studio Practice provides support for more complex practical skills and knowledge in garment patternmaking and construction.

  • DFB403 Advanced Fashion Studio Practice

    This unit provides advanced/specialist technical skills and knowledge of fashion design studio practice (garment construction and pattern making) for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program. This unit provides support for the unit DFB401 Fashion Design Studio 4 and gives requisite specialist technical skills and knowledge for subsequent Fashion Design Studio units.

  • DFH501 Fashion Design Studio 5

    This unit is the fifth in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program and provides advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, in niche/unique contexts.

  • DFH601 Fashion Design Studio 6

    This unit provides specialist knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program. This unit is the sixth in a series and builds upon the understandings acquired in the unit DFH501 Fashion Design Studio 5. It provides more advanced knowledge of fashion design in order to begin to develop a formative individual design identity. It also includes practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.

  • DFH701 Fashion Design Studio 7

    This unit is the seventh in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) program, and forms the start of the capstone experience for an extended independently-led fashion project.

  • DFH801 Fashion Design Studio 8

    This unit aims to provide you with advanced knowledge of fashion design as well as professional decision making, planning and organisational skills in order to execute and complete an extended independently-led research fashion project. It is the final in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) program and forms the capstone experience for an extended independently-led research fashion project.

Film, screen & animation

  • KNB137 Digital Worlds

    This unit provides a strong foundation in the practices and concepts associated the creation of CGI assets for use within real-time graphics production. Applications of real-time 3D graphics now extend beyond the common place use in games into fields such as virtual production, interactive cinema, virtual reality and augmented reality. These applications offer users interactive and immersive experiences beyond merely watching a static 3D graphic. The creation of these experiences requires a firm grounding in the practices, concepts and skills associated with real-time production and asset creation for use in a real-time 3D engine. This unit allows you to take advantage of 3D skills and knowledge developed during KNB127 CGI Fundamentals, while laying the critical foundational knowledge and skills needed for more advanced practices undertaken in KNB217. It is a starting point to incorporating real-time technologies into your capstone projects.

  • KNB215 Animation Performance

    Building upon your animation studies undertaken in KNB135 Animation Aesthetics this unit expands your understanding of performance within animation. This unit offers further opportunity to study and apply the principles, processes and theories of animation through the creation of engaging characters performance, building core skills and knowledge needed to undertake KNB225 Advanced Animation Performance.

  • KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation

    This unit expands upon drawing skills as applied to concept design learned in KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design, and introduces you to the devices and techniques employed in cinematic narratives through storyboarding and animatics. Students will practise and refine their drawing and storytelling skills while working on script based sequences that employ screen language techniques in order to create meaning, emotion and deliver an engaging story. The knowledge gained in this practice based unit is relevant to animation, live action and games. The unit is your link to pre-production and production units, such as KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Animation Pre-Production, and your final year capstone projects.

  • KNB217 Digital Creatures

    This unit focuses on the creation of 3D Digital Creatures. The unit builds upon the production techniques introduced in KNB127 CGI Foundations and KNB137 Digital Worlds, and enables students to develop, create and animate 3D creature assets, ready to be inserted into a digital production pipeline.

  • KNB225 Advanced Animation Performance

    This practice-based unit advances knowledge on animation and acting techniques in a narrative context while working on a final project in a studio-like production. It addresses body language, expression and timing for effective communication in sequenced shots, as actors and directors at the same time. You will be the animation directors of your sequences - designing complex performances that include a range of emotions and creatures. Regardless of the medium or platform of delivery, character performance is at the core of storytelling. In order for the audience to empathise and engage with your animated character, it is important to understand the principles and techniques behind the craft of convincing and expressive acting, based on stylised animated movement.

  • KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Animation Pre-Production

    This unit expands on story development, design and pre-visualisation techniques for visual storytelling productions. As such, it consolidates and expands your concept development, production design and pre-production knowledge and skills acquired in KNB136 Visual Story: Production Design and KNB216 Visual Story: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation. The unit focuses on developing designs and storyboarding based on original concepts and stories to a production-ready level for animation, live action and games. As part of this unit you will develop, pitch, direct and project-manage your own short film to an animatic form ready for production. The ability to apply drawing to such a task requires various capabilities and technical skills: observation, description, meaning-making, recording, synthesis, interpretation and sequential representation in graphic form. This unit will develop the drawing and painting practice and advanced direction skills required of an emergent animation professional.

  • KNB227 CGI Technologies

    This unit develops your understanding of modern real-time production processes within a team-based project. It also allows you to explore your selected area of CGI production and advance your knowledge of practice in preparation for undertaking the final year capstone projects. Within production CGI a vast number of roles and process come together to form rich virtual worlds. Each of these roles within CGI production could be considered a field of practice in its own right and it is common for CG arts to specialise into a couple of fields. This unit offers you the opportunity to start to define your personal practice within the field of CGI by building upon the generalist knowledge acquired through the previous CGI units. It prepares you for your 3rd year units by allowing you to familiarise yourself with team-based CGI production in a studio environment while allowing you to test your selected role as a CG artist.

  • KNB310 Advanced Animation Production 1

    This unit consolidates your studio working practices, while supporting you to develop advanced skills and concepts in computer animation production. This unit will bring a depth and breadth to your practice and provide you with the production management and direction skills required of an emergent animation professional. The experiences within this unit adhere directly into the final semester unit, Advanced Animation Production Two.

  • KNB320 Advanced Animation Production 2

    To prepare for life outside of the academic institution, it is important to be able to showcase your work with knowledge of the requirements of your field. This unit builds on previous studies of animation techniques and production processes to complete a final advanced project and to create a professional showreel and portfolio. It continues to develop animation production skills, concentrating on final output and post-production for exhibition.

  • KPB117 Screen Crafts: Non-Fiction

    This unit acknowledges many first-year screen production students have prior learning and reinforces and builds upon that learning by engaging with the principles and technologies of screen production. Students learn screen language and production practices, roles and responsibilities of production teams, production management, design and practice. Lecture delivery by experts in the major production areas of producing, directing, and cinematography, editing and sound informs this practice. Students work in groups to produce non-fiction videos which form a major part of their assessment.

  • KPB122 Screen Crafts: Narratives

    This unit develops your creative, technical and organisational abilities in the areas of screen storytelling and communication. Screen content specialisation requires you to develop an effective, industry-related range of skills. It builds on and advances basic understandings, skills and principles developed in KPB101 or KPB117. An introduction to the skills of sound and lighting complements the earlier core skills of camera, editing, directing and producing, and the unit concentrates on the basics of telling a coherent fictional narrative story for the screen.

  • KPB208 Screen Genres

    Genre is central to understanding the cultural and industrial contexts and visual forms of narrative screen productions. Genre productions appeal to local and international audiences. As screen genres adapt and change, it is crucial to appreciate genre conventions, inventions and innovations. Such an appreciation can be achieved by investigating those genre elements that might have contributed to the commercial, critical, or creative success of recent screen productions. Considering the impact of genre on these productions provides insights into the cultural, entertainment, and creative functions of screen genres.

  • KPB215 Advanced Screenwriting

    Screenwriting occurs within specific socioeconomic frameworks and is supported by specific industry practices. Working within these models, you will become aware of the scope and limitation of scriptwriting for screen projects. In this unit you will have the opportunity to build and extend basic screenwriting techniques, and explore topics such as the role of screenwriters in the industry.

  • KPB216 Screen Content Production Management

    This unit considers the role of the production manager, with a particular focus on the phases of pre-production and production. We examine how the production manager supports the producer in screen production projects, ensuring that the needs of the production have been addressed via a preliminary schedule and draft budget, within all legal and insurance constraints. The unit introduces you to the importance of working within the resources available in order to achieve the necessary production values on screen in a highly competitive market place.

  • KPB217 Screen Crafts: Experiments

    Filmmakers must push the aesthetic and narrative boundaries of cinema in order to find their own distinctive voice and style. In this unit, students will have the chance to test their imaginative limits and creative abilities using both vision and sound.

  • KPB221 Screen Project Development

    This unit equips you as a developing screen content creator with the concepts and skills for project development and pre-production. It addresses the roles played by producers, directors, writers, script editors and other craft practitioners in the creative process. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. This tried and tested adage applies to every crew member and department involved in screen productions. Hard-to-come-by financing, tight budgets and schedules, and the expectation for high quality, innovative content mean that the planning phase of project development and pre-production is essential. Indeed, it is important for you who wish to work in contemporary screen industries to understand the nature and importance of these critical phases.

  • KPB222 Screen Crafts: Multi-Camera and Single-Camera Production

    This unit addresses creative, technical and organisational abilities in the areas of screen story-telling and communication. It will also provide you with an understanding of the workings of multi-camera television studio production and how this mode of production differs from single-camera modes. You will develop practical production skills as a crew member on both modes of production which will form the basis of an effective industry-related repertoire. This unit builds on skills developed in previous units to make productions such as studio-based multi-camera productions, commercials, community service announcements, short form narratives and client-based productions.

  • KPB315 Global Screen Studies

    This course critically examines global cinema and the films of a selection of non-Hollywood cinemas in terms of historical, aesthetic, production and cultural contexts. The movies and television programs of national production systems are shaped by unique cultural, industrial and historical contexts, and non-Hollywood cinemas are responding to the challenges in the contemporary screenscape in unique and complex ways. This course will develop your critical writing, research and analytical skills and you will evaluate and problematise the history, aesthetics, production and cultural contexts of key global cinemas and how transnational forces shape ‘local’ screen content.p>

  • KPB325 Screen Issues

    This unit develops historical, critical and analytical skills in reading and writing about issues in the screen industries and contemporary culture. It fosters both critical research skills and practical, professional development skills and approaches for emerging practitioners. It looks at contemporary screen production contexts and consumption practices, and how these issues relate to the industries. The unit considers the effect of screen forms on the experience of visual culture and investigates the relationship between evolving digital technologies and existing media. Understanding the contemporary contexts for screen production is essential for screen professionals. This unit brings you up-to-date with the issues and topics most relevant for emerging practitioners who would like to make the most of the opportunities, be aware of risks and become dynamic and adaptive in the process.

Interactive & visual design

  • DVB102 Image Design and Production

    This unit provides skills and knowledge for image creation and production across different contexts, styles and media. It also deals with issues of originality, creativity and suitability of images used in professional visual design, while increasing your skills and creative approaches to areas of illustration, information design, photography, and photo media design. It advances knowledge on aesthetic and formal qualities of new areas of image design and a growing technical skill set which will be built upon in further Visual Communication Design specialisation subjects. In a world of easily reproduced digital imagery, the ability to create your own original illustrations, photos, textures and patterns can be highly competitive. Along with developing practical skills to generate original imagery for your design work, the unit further develops your capacity to critique and reflect upon practice.

  • DVB202 Visual Narrative Design

    This unit provides theoretical, conceptual, technical and research skills to produce innovative and effective narrative-based visual communication across design industry contexts. It aids you to develop key portfolio works which demonstrate a growing capacity for designing in this creative space. While much contemporary visual communication requires short, sharp and immediate impact and engagement for targeted audiences, others require different methods of communication to deliver complex, extended messages and information. This unit addresses principles and techniques of visual storytelling across multiple media forms such as graphic novels, and exhibition, editorial, interface and games design. It also looks at approaches and strategies for transmedia storytelling and experience design. This unit builds upon the Visual Communication specialisation foundations, expanding the scope of projects you are equipped for.

  • DVB301 Motion Design

    Moving image has become a leading form of communication in contemporary society, from online contexts, to film and television, to digital signage. An in-depth understanding of and creative skills in motion design are essential for visual designers to work on major campaigns and address all client needs. This unit provides you with knowledge of key theoretical approaches, techniques and methods of motion-based design and allows you to explore these through practice within studio-based assessment projects. In taking this focus, the unit builds directly upon prior foundations in the Visual Communication specialisation and prepares students to work at a further, advanced level within the industry.

  • DXB212 Tangible Media

    This unit provides in-depth knowledge of tangible media through the production of an advanced tangible media design project. The design and production of computational and interactive media forms requires theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the processes that underpin the tangible as well as the embodied ways in which people interact with such systems. This unit builds upon previous interaction design studies and extends these studies into the field of tangible media.

Journalism

  • CJB203 Newsroom

    The aim of this unit is to advance knowledge of the journalism professional approaches needed to produce quality news material for diverse and changing news audiences. It equips you with concepts and skills needed to plan reports; conduct interviews; write news stories; and present and edit material for radio, television and multi-media outputs. This second-year unit is the first of the newsroom suite of units that are a hallmark of the digital-journalism focus of the QUT journalism degree. With a collaborative newsroom approach, it combines the skills and learning of students from different year levels in a team environment with input from peers, staff and industry practitioners. Therefore, you learn the production principles of quality news production in real time while identifying and pursuing innovative news approaches. In keeping with a commercial newsroom, the QUT newsroom experience aims to create a dynamic and diverse news product.

  • CJB204 Journalism Ethics and Issues

    This unit aims to develop socially responsible, ethical journalists. As such, it looks at moral philosophical traditions and current journalistic practice in the context of Australian and international news media approaches. It introduces theories of ethical decision-making and their application; overviews professional codes of conduct and codes of ethics in the media industry and related professions; addresses major ethical concerns in journalism; examines the journalist’s working environment and the public’s perceptions of the media industry; provides opportunities to explore personal responses to ethical dilemmas and to work through examples of applied ethical decision-making; develops capabilities of self-care as well as your critical analytical abilities; and addresses the impact of developing information and communication technologies.

  • KJB235 Radio and Television Journalism 1

    This unit addresses broadcast media from a production-based perspective and advances practical preparation for working professionally in news media. It provides concepts and skills to plan reports; conduct interviews and carry out other gathering functions; and write, present, and edit material for broadcast on radio and television. The practical and theoretical aspects of radio and television media are studied and applied through the production of broadcast news programs. You will gather, script and produce a number of news items for radio and television bulletins for broadcasting through community sector outlets. Strong emphasis is placed on current affairs knowledge. The unit contributes to understanding of the mass media and to professional preparation for work in the news media. The unit provides first practice in broadcasting as part of the Journalism strand from Newswriting through to the next in the series, Radio and Television Journalism 2.

  • KJB323 Online Journalism 2

    All media outlets now have a visible and increasing online news presence. This unit builds on the foundations established in Online Journalism 1 to equip students with the skills and theory needed to compete in this multimedia news world. Students will receive practical hands-on training allowing them to incorporate text, audio, video and still images into timely online news and feature reports. They will be required to consider the application other online communication tools (Blogs, wikis, Myspace, YouTube etc.) in a modern journalistic environment. The praxis-based unit will see students work in rostered teams to create journalistic copy to be published online. They will also work independently to develop individual news or feature story highlighting the innovative possibilities of the online journalism medium.

  • KJB336 Radio and Television Journalism 2

    This unit includes the philosophy and formulation of radio and television news and current affairs, anchor techniques, and radio and television news production using computers.

Media & communication

  • CCB201 Australian Media

    This unit provides you with the skills to critically engage with media as a user and industry participant. By developing your current awareness of contemporary debates and developments in Australian media, you will learn about how national and local media are shaped by a range of factors including globalising media markets, questions of national culture and identity, and digital disruption. As such, the unit introduces the theories that seek to improve media industry visibility and its social and economic importance. It also addresses public policy strategies for critically assessing industry, government, citizen and consumer perspectives around media industry. A critical understanding of media institutions helps to inform ethical media choices and professional communication practices. Current awareness of technological, economic and political drivers and impediments for change introduces you to leaders, change agents and experienced practitioners in a range of media sectors.

  • CCB202 Social Media, Self and Society

    This unit critically assesses the relationship between social media and society and the evolution from mass to integrated media systems, focusing on our everyday interactions with contemporary social media platforms and within broader technical and historical shifts. As such, the unit assists you to develop a critical perspective on the complex contemporary social media landscape by providing you with key concepts needed to assess the social effect of media. It also enables you to engage with broad questions such as what is distinctly ‘social’ about social media and how can these technologies best be harnessed to benefit all of us within societies also heavily shaped by factors such as corporate interests, political and economic instability, and class inequalities.

  • CCB302 Digital Media Analytics

    From computational analyses of ‘big social data’ to close qualitative analysis of digital media platforms and practices, the approaches, methods and tools that are grounded in and suitable for the study of digital media are expanding and evolving rapidly. This advanced level unit equips you with critical understanding and skills in contemporary computational research methods as they are applied to digital content, platforms and networks.

  • KCB303 Brisbane Media Map 1

    This unit aims to demonstrate how media communication skills are practically applied, providing an environment in which to develop a content site. You will refine your project planning and management skills, information analysis skills, and team leadership and membership skills. You will also extend, apply and deepen your understanding of industry and professional association networks which are extremely important in media and communication industries. The unit provides the opportunity to work on Straddl - an online resource for media and communication students and professionals based in Brisbane. Students involved in this project will work in teams to collectively update and contribute to the site and learn basic project management strategies.

  • KCB305 Brisbane Media Map 2

    Industry and professional association networks are extremely important in media and communication industries. This unit will extend, apply and deepen your understanding of these networks through further developing and contributing to Straddl - an online resource that profiles media and communication industries in Brisbane. You will also refine your project planning and management skills, information analysis skills, and team leadership and membership skills. This unit aims to deepen your working knowledge of media and communication by demonstrating how critical understandings of media and communication are practically applied, providing an environment in which to develop your team leadership abilities, communication skills and project management capacities to professional levels of attainment while contributing at a high level to the development of an online content site.

  • KCB307 Making Media Connections 1

    This unit allows you to engage in public debates about the media, politics and popular culture, and to learn strategies for translating academic concepts into a public forum. It therefore encourages you to think critically about the relationship between academic and public discourse. As the unit is project-based, you will also learn project management strategies and how to work as part of a self-directed team. Issues surrounding 'The Media' are a common source of interest for the media itself and to the general public. Media and Communication students should be well-positioned to make an informed contribution to these debates but often lack the ability to communicate with a general audience. This unit will therefore assist you to become a visible part of the public discourse.

  • KCB308 Making Media Connections 2

    This unit allows you to further engage in public debates about the media, politics and popular culture and to develop high level strategies for translating academic concepts into a public forum. It requires you to reflect critically about the relationship between academic and public discourse, and how the two domains interact. Media and communication students should be well-positioned to make an informed contribution to media debates, but often lack the ability to communicate with a general audience. This unit will assist you in this regard, helping you to become a visible part of the public discourse.

  • KCB310 Contemporary Investigation in Journalism, Media and Communication

    This unit introduces a range of research methodologies and techniques used in the journalism, media and communication disciplines to prepare you to apply this knowledge to the design and delivery of a modest project. It aims to prepare you for scholarly and practice-led research at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level. In this unit, you will coordinate and develop research skills and knowledge acquired in years one and two of the course. Research skills are an important element of graduate capabilities, applicable to scholarly work at Honours and higher degree level, and also to professional practice. This unit will enable you to explore the possibilities of academic research, design a project, and acquire data gathering, analysis and presentation skills of value to subsequent study and employment.

Music

  • KMB109 Creative Practice in Music

    This unit establishes a community of practice with an emphasis on collaborative music-making that you can draw on to inform your own work. It introduces you to a range of music contexts, concepts and techniques to help you better understand your practice and that of your peers, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond as appropriate. Successful musicians need to form and negotiate their creative practice within a complex professional environment. They need critical, technical, conceptual and communication skills to understand their music in context and how it can be connected to an audience. This unit introduces you to the fundamental concepts and approaches to develop your practical skills in the creation and presentation of new music. It provides an opportunity for you to explore and present creative ideas collaboratively with peers in a professionally engaged environment.

  • KMB128 Musicianship 2

    This unit builds on the foundational aural and analytical skills introduced in Musicianship 1 to develop understanding of music and sound. These skills will be applied to a range of musical styles, settings and practices. The development of critical listening, analytical skills combined with representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound is critical to the developing modern musician. The unit will foster a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. This unit develops your awareness, critical analytical and synthesis skills across a broad range of music and sound contexts and concepts. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.

  • KMB218 Musicianship 3

    This unit develops your awareness, critical analytical and synthesis skills across a broad range of music and sound contexts and concepts. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units in the degree by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.

  • KMB222 Music and Culture

    This unit explores the way that music operates as a form of social, cultural and political communication. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches, you will investigate and discuss the various contexts in which music circulates and is made meaningful. The unit explores traditional and contemporary music from a range of cultural contexts, for example, Australian Indigenous music cultures, to provide opportunities to listen critically to music, while using key concepts from sociology, musicology, and cultural studies to discuss identity, culture, and the production and consumption of music. This unit is offered in the developmental stage of your course, and lays the groundwork for understanding why music exists in our lives and how it is placed in the cultural spectrum of music making and the perceived effects of globalisation and localism on music.

  • KMB223 Music and Media

    This unit explores how music is used as a storytelling device in a range of visual media. Building upon your awareness as a media consumer and your existing technological skills, you will explore and apply techniques in interdisciplinary contexts.

  • KMB227 Music Creation 2

    Building on Music Creation 1, this unit develops skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. Successful musicians need to form and negotiate their creative practice within a complex professional environment. They need to develop critical skills to understand their music in context and how it can be connected to an audience. As the second of four units in Music Creation, it builds deeper engagement and knowledge used to present creative ideas with peers and industry professionals.

  • KMB228 Musicianship 4

    This unit assists you to develop an awareness of your own musicianship and where this is situated within the diversity of contemporary practices and contexts. It develops your awareness of analytical and synthesis skills across a broad range of music and sound contexts and concepts. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound. This advanced musicianship unit provides you with critical listening, analysis, representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound. The unit will foster a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. You will build on these skills towards your final year capstone Music Creation units.

  • KMB317 Music Creation 3

    This unit aids you to refine your creative strengths in a focused area of practice connecting these strengths with the development of a professional and artistic identity. It enables you to identify an individual specialisation and demonstrate your musical skills through the creation of new works. You will situate your practice within a well-defined artistic and professional field and realise musical outcomes through engagement in authentic learning and assessment activities. Professional musicians must develop a critical understanding of the relationship between their music making, its artistic contexts and audiences. This unit draws on the practical skills gained in the previous two Music Creation units, advancing on the development of more focused areas of musical expertise and specialisation. As the third of four units, the unit provides you with an opportunity to envision and realise a deep engagement with specific areas of creative practice.

  • KMB327 Music Creation 4

    This unit consolidates your music creative skills in an individually defined area of practice within the broader field of music professions. It develops and refines works and performances in an authentic and professional context and fosters greater entrepreneurial awareness through activation of professional networks and consideration of a sustainable career. This is the capstone unit for the BFA (Music) degree. It draws on your experience from all previous Music Creation units. You will lead and participate in individual or collaborative projects to produce the most fully realised portfolio of work in your degree. The portfolio will demonstrate that you have developed a sophisticated and professional voice over the years of your study. It will also demonstrate a high level of professional activity and engagement. It will be launched to a public audience and demonstrate the highest professional values and an awareness of global potentials in your area of specialisation.

Visual arts

  • KVB117 Visual Arts Open Studio 1

    This unit introduces you to the conditions of current creative visual arts practices, their processes, reception, and contribution to society. You will initiate an individual visual art practice through the exploration of creative processes, the application of ‘art thinking’ and the development of a conceptual/contextual framework to support your studio activities.

  • KVB127 Visual Arts Open Studio 2

    This unit advances on your independent, self-directed art practice. By exploring a range of processual strategies for the practice of contemporary art and identifying its active and emergent conceptual dimensions, you will develop ways of engaging with the possibilities and challenges arising from the practice of contemporary art. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices, their processes, reception, and contribution to society, are diverse, increasingly complex, and inherently multi-layered. The Open Studio model of contemporary visual art practice provides a platform to build a robust and flexible creative skillset. Building on learning completed in Visual Arts Open Studio 1, you will expand your individual visual art practice through the exploration of creative processes, the application of 'art thinking'; and the development of a conceptual/contextual framework to support your studio activities.

  • KVB200 Exhibition and Display in the Visual Arts

    This unit addresses the development of the Museum in Western cultures and how that tradition manifests in current arts practices, such as in contemporary exhibitions, the display of collections, installation and site-specificity, audience interaction, curatorial activities such as didactic panels and virtual galleries. This unit will assist you in displaying objects and images from your own arts practice and/or the artwork of others in effective and appropriate ways.

  • KVB217 Visual Arts Open Studio 3

    Building on your first year Visual Arts Open Studio learning, this unit focuses on the consolidation of an individualised visual art practice within a creative community of practitioners. It foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice in order to nurture an imaginative and effective level of creative literacy and intelligence.

  • KVB227 Visual Arts Open Studio 4

    This unit focuses on the elaboration and sustained development of an individualised artistic practice within a creative community of practitioners. It foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice in order to nurture an expanded and nuanced level of creative literacy and intelligence. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices, their processes, reception, and contribution to society, are extremely diverse, increasingly complex, and inherently multi-layered. The Open Studio model provides a unique and ideally suited position from which to understand these factors and develop a relevant creative skillset. This unit furthers a sense of creative inquiry, self-motivation, self-reliance, and an openness to new ideas and aesthetic experiences. By providing support and structure for these activities and developments, the unit reinforces these essential qualities of artistic practice.

  • KVB317 Visual Arts Open Studio 5

    In this final year unit, you will undertake self-directed, intensive study in the Open Studio supported by research into a broad range of artists’ practices and contemporary art theory. The Open Studio is a creative community, which foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice.

  • KVB327 Visual Arts Open Studio 6

    This unit provides conceptual frameworks and practical experience in the Open Studio, in order to synthesise critical, creative and analytical thinking, in an independent, professionally ready, creative practice. It addresses effective communication, presentation and advocacy skills for the variety of contexts and modes you will engage with in the professional industry. The conditions of contemporary art practices, their production, reception and contribution to society are extremely diverse, increasingly complex and multi-layered. Your sustained critical involvement and increasing commitment to conceptual and creative pursuits will be supported by intensive research into artists' practices and contemporary theory. The Open Studio is a creative community, which foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice.