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.
Creative practice, communication and design
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit addresses principles, practices and forms of performance that privilege community and cultural democracy. By examining the key ideology and teachings and contemporary Australian practice in community and cultural development (CCD), this unit aims to make connections between creative practice, community and their concerns. It also aims to provide opportunities for you to engage positively in these contexts through your respective art form. Creative practice can reach out beyond the walls of conventional performance space and use its transformative powers to activate solidarity and agency in people and communities to facilitate social action and positive change. Knowledge of the ethos, values and processes of working with communities in a responsive and consultative fashion is an important capability for a comprehensive career in arts and provides key career opportunities for emerging artists.
The writing of short stories has traditionally been a starting place for writers to begin developing their craft. Via 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. In this unit you will also learn to analyse literary writing, in particular the short story, for craft elements in a way that informs and illuminates your own work. In addition to lectures, tutorial based peer-critique workshops are a central part of this unit. Within them, in a guided and structured way, you will get and give feedback on the stories as they are being written.
This unit provides the fundamental skills for writing fiction and poetry as well as the basic theoretical background that underpins them. It 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 develops a critical understanding of your own and others’ approaches to writing life. You will be encouraged to develop the skills required for professional writing through a series of tasks that introduce key concepts such as characterisation, constructing a scene, and writing dialogue.
The ability to recognise, analyse and use core types of non-fiction writing is an important part of the professional writer's practice and a highly useful aspect to develop early in a writing career. Creative non-fiction allows writers to combine real life stories with the creative writing techniques employed in fiction, and develops writing skills in a variety of non-fiction written modes and publishing contexts. These include personal essay and humorous writing, life writing and travel literature, and reviewing of books, film, music, and food. This unit encourages you to apply the creative writing techniques of these forms to your areas of interest, and has an industry focus in equipping you with practical and analytical skills in a range of non-fiction creative writing genres.
The ability to recognise, analyse and engage with key aspects of one’s national writing culture is an important part of a professional writer's practice. This unit analyses works of contemporary Australian writing focusing on how writing culture in Australia is positioned in terms of industry, genre, and changing concepts of authorship practice. This unit equips you with creative writing and analytical skills in a range of Australian contexts. It offers reading and discussion of contemporary prize-winning works and an understanding of the writing and broader cultural contexts of their publication.
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.
This unit is a masterclass in literary style. Each week in this unit we will look at how one writer produces a particular technique or effect well, we will unpack at a language level exactly what they are doing, and then we will use this understanding to produce a written piece for the week employing that technique. In essence, this unit provides an opportunity to develop different writing techniques through guided writing exercises and theoretical analyses of texts with an emphasis on style and effect. Here you move beyond the basic elements of fiction and develop advanced techniques in creative and professional writing at a low, language-oriented level. Intensive studio-based work, self-directed creative practice, guided critical analysis and asynchronous on-line activities characterise the teaching and learning in this unit.
This unit provides important creative and critical skills in writing poetry and cultivating an understanding of how to interpret and use poetic techniques. 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. It equips students with knowledge of the techniques, poetic forms and modes, and the opportunity to apply this vocabulary in analysing and reading a wide range of contemporary poetry. The unit 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.
This unit examines the relationship between imaginative literature, especially the novel, and the inspiration we derive from our own lives. Memoir and fiction are major literary forms that are connected by their use of creative writing techniques and by the way they draw material from authors’ personal experiences. They also are pervasive, complex and culturally important literary forms. This unit is designed to help you examine and understand the theory and practice of memoir and long-form fiction writing; the relationship between imagination and inspiration, and the process of planning and research leading to the development of a novel or memoir proposal, including an initial chapter and synopsis. As such, the unit addresses the scope, challenges and practices of developing fiction or memoir; the standards, conventions and possibilities of fiction and memoir forms; and the development of editorial skills in collaboration with others (feedback).
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.
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 choreographer in dance through developing critical skills in experimentation, physical thinking, responsivity, as well as the ability to mobilise your ideas and concepts.
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. These understandings are an integral part of a wide range of pursuits within the dance industry including those of the performer, choreographer, and critic, as well as useful to other Creative Industries' disciplines.
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.
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.
This unit Introduces you to design visualisation practice and how to employ a variety of techniques to visualise design ideas to assist you in design thinking, research, communication and presentation.
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.
This unit introduces students to the foundational concepts of scenography through a study of historical shifts in live performance design. 'Scenography' is the art of creating performance environments incorporating elements such as set, sound, light, new media and costume within space; driven by the performance text; and shaped by the performer and director for a live audience. This unit addresses the development of scenography for theatre, dance and opera (particularly within a broader historical discussion); and how these developments continue to influence contemporary performance design. Through this investigation, the unit covers the development of a broad range of techniques, technology and terminology used in contemporary design practice. As the first unit in the Scenography minor, this foundation unit serves as preparation for more detailed and practical investigation in subsequent units.
This unit investigates theatre and performance from Greek Theatre to Postmodernism and embraces socio-cultural/political/historical perspectives. It provides foundations in academic writing skills as required in the discipline of drama. It addresses the major movements in the evolution of performance in theatrical history while encouraging critical enquiry, debate and research through study and performance of seminal plays that shaped theatre. An understanding of the evolution of the theatrical form and its relationship with contemporary contexts is vital to a sound knowledge of performance. The facility to identify inherited theatre tradition, the key junctures in the progress of content and form, and the advancement of theatre as an art-form, is foundational to the contemporary practitioner.
This unit surveys the theoretical and practical components of Stanislavski-based realism which strives towards authenticity. It focuses on the critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate authenticity, imagination, emotion-awareness and vocal and physical technique. Authenticity is the foundation for building and portraying characters for the performing artist. A combination of exercises and scene study will deepen the understanding and playing of action in the realistic mode. Stanislavski-based realism is arguably the most dominant style of acting in twentieth and twenty-first century practice. As such, it needs to be understood in its own terms. Therefore, in this unit you will be encouraged to learn to appreciate the basic construct of the actor craft, your relationship with your emotional interior, and the key concepts and language used to create an authentic performance as the basic skills needed to develop a personal methodology for acting.
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.
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.
This unit introduces concepts and techniques needed to develop performance writing, either individually as a playwright or in collaborative and devising contexts. It develops professional dramaturgical proficiency in research, analysis, reflection and the giving and receiving of feedback. An understanding of storytelling forms and the development of performance texts are fundamental communicative tools for artists. This unit builds on the social, historical and cultural contexts of performance introduced in ‘Plays that Changed the World’ and introduces a suite of professional practice skills-sets, including dramaturgy in performance-making; understanding traditions of First Nations’ storytelling and writing for performance.
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.
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.
This unit develops a critical understanding of the social dimension of work in the media and entertainment industries. It introduces core concepts and debates, analytical frameworks, and the professional practices necessary to understand and employ effective management principles in the media and entertainment industries. The unit looks at management theories and practices, and how the often social and collaborative mode of work in the media and entertainment industries shapes managerial identities, roles and strategies. It also provides you with a broad overview of what obstacles and challenges to expect, such as managing teams and collaboration within and across diverse contexts in a rapidly evolving industry environment. Ultimately, it develops a solid theoretical foundation, essential for media and entertainment professionals that you will apply to authentic project management activities in the second and third year of the Entertainment Industries course.
This unit provides an introduction to some of the complexities of the global fashion system and is intended to provide foundational knowledge and skills to pursue further studies in fashion communication. It aims to develop your conceptual understanding of fashion as both an everyday cultural form and a complex global industry. Learning in this unit will be important in order to gain an appreciation of the breadth of the fashion system and fashion cultures. You will develop and practise foundational fashion communication skills alongside learning how to apply key theoretical ideas to understanding fashion. This unit will provide you with the conceptual basis to pursue further studies in fashion communication.
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.
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.
This unit provides you with knowledge and skills in applied textile design and technology exploring avenues in speculative design into textile futures. By learning about the technologies involved with textile production you will be able to understand and forecast future design and technology trends that involve textile processes in the wider spectrum. This unit will be presented in an integrated studio environment. As such, it will focus on textiles, materiality and technology. You will be given the opportunity to design experimental textiles in line with industry trends and challenges.
This unit introduces the foundations of fashion history through a global perspective of trade, culture and style. It presents a new approach to the study of fashion history as a meeting point between Western and Eastern cultures. The unit takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach to provide you with the opportunity to build your fashion knowledge in a context of complex global cultural and commercial exchanges in fashion. In doing so it addresses fundamental knowledge of fashion history and theory through the study of global interactions of fashion cultures, styles and trade. The unit recognises the multiple sites that contributed to the emergence of fashion and the influences and impact that these global sites had on local fashion. It provides you with skills in written and oral communication, research and visual analysis; and, importantly, it will help you to identify and understand current influences and future directions in contemporary fashion design.
This introductory unit addresses core animation processes and theories and the key historical aspects of the field. Animation intersects a wide range of creative disciplines resulting in a vast number of diverse outcomes and methods of practice. However, animation in its truest form, no matter what the medium or purpose of its outcome, is the illusion of movement facilitated by the manipulation visual content within a frame. This knowledge will enable you to progress into units such as KNB135 Animation Aesthetics and KNB215 Animation Performance.
This unit introduces 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. Motion Design has evolved to more than 'graphics presented in motion'. With the advent of technology, applications and methods for creating them rapidly expanded into a new form of visual communication, visual effects, infographics and visual artworks. The unit provides an understanding of motion design processes, theories and historical developments. It enables you to effectively design and communicate ideas using graphical and motion-based elements constructed using software and technologies common to the field of motion design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit introduces different Hollywood, independent and experimental film and television text forms, the industry processes that produce such texts and the audiences that consume them. It addresses key textual analysis techniques to examine screen texts and approaches to analysing industry and audience contexts. 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. Films and television programs produced within varying industry contexts and for different audiences, construct values, meanings and messages. Therefore, the ability to analyse, interpret, and critique these texts is an important capability for those interested in screen content and production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This foundational unit provides you with the understanding and skills in journalistic ways of thought, processes and practice, focusing on processes and practices that inform effective news writing. This is the first writing/reporting unit in Journalism. By adopting a hands-on newsroom approach and industry-based assessment, this unit provides a foundation for advanced and specialised professional journalistic reporting techniques. Professional journalists require these foundational knowledge and skills in order to practice in newsrooms. The unit addresses the foundations of news reporting, focusing on identifying, researching and then structuring news reports in an evolving news environment. You will learn how to recognise the fundamental attributes of news and others journalism forms; use availabile mobile technologies, evaluate events for their potential news value, to record interviews and perform other reporting tasks, and to write socially responsible news stories.
This unit equips you with knowledge and skills of digital photography principles and techniques and visual storytelling experience. You will learn to apply visual communication theory into your journalistic practice. Changing digital technologies now require journalism, media and communications professionals to have appropriate digital visual skills. You are increasingly expected to understand and apply digital visual principles and be able to employ and include visual elements in your work such as audio slideshows, news photography, photo-essays, and photojournalism projects. Visual journalism is a core of modern journalistic practice. This unit provides applied understanding of visual principles and processes including visual literacy and aesthetics, photo-essays, and photojournalistic practice in still and multimedia (image and audio) packages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This introductory unit addresses key concepts, myths, controversies and debates surrounding the relationship between media and contemporary society. The media and communication theories and ideas about the role of communication in contemporary society and culture are foundational for communication professionals. The unit aids you to critically examine topics such as the relationship between media content and violence, and how media may or may not affect social behaviours. In doing so, the unit 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. The unit provides a critical approach to media scholarship about the role of media in society that underpins more advanced units such as Social Media, Self and Society and Research Methods.
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.).
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.
This unit explores how research is undertaken and applied by media industries and researchers and provides the skills to conduct qualitative and quantitative research. The research process (define problem, collect relevant information, analyse information, formulate conclusions/outcomes) underlies many decisions that confront media and communication professionals. The unit will involve qualitative and quantitative research methods including content analysis, focus groups, ethnography, interviews and survey research which are studied within the media context. You will carry out research using some of these methods, analyse the results and present your conclusions and recommendations.
This unit introduces the foundational aural and analytical skills to develop your understanding of music and sound. These skills will be applied to a range of musical styles, settings and practices. The development of critical listening and 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. It complements other creative, practical and analytical units in the degree by fostering a deeper understanding of music and sound.
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. Understanding how to capture and manipulate sound in live and recorded domains are core skills for anyone involved in making music or in any associated creative practice that involves the use of audio. You will develop a critical and practical understanding of the physical properties of sound, how it is perceived, and how it is recorded and processed to produce a final musical outcome.
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.
This unit provides skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. It introduces a range of musical contexts and concepts to help you to better understand your practice and that of your peers within a complex professional environment, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond appropriately. 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. This unit establishes a platform for your practical skills in the creation and presentation of new music. As the first of four units in creative practice, it provides an opportunity for you to explore and present creative ideas with peers in a professionally engaged environment.
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.
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.
This unit introduces the history of Australian art in the 20th Century. It addresses the national, cultural and social frameworks within which this art has been produced, particularly after World War II, emphasising a number of movements and styles in Australian art and their relationship to international tendencies. The unit also considers the nature of Indigenous art and its contribution to the complexities of Australian cultural identity. All of these issues will assist in understanding that Australian art has, and has continued to be, an important expression of our cultural values. This includes the viewpoints of marginal voices from Indigenous culture and multiculturalism, and at the level of gender and sexual politics.
This unit introduces the theory and practice of the moving image as an art form. It addresses ideas and languages in relation to contemporary video and filmic art and what it shares with television, cinema and other time-based media. These concepts inform the development of methods and skills in practical experience by creating moving-image artwork. The unit looks also at literacy in the meaning, formal codes and conventions of moving images in order to encourage critical and analytical thinking that can be used to effectively communicate concepts through creative practice. An expansive range of video, filmic and time-based imagery currently dominates the cultural landscape. This unit engages with the conceptual and artistic possibilities of moving images which constitute a crucial graduate capability for those committed to building a professional practice in visual meaning-making and communication.
This unit introduces the historical, philosophical, economic, political, social, cultural, artistic and formal issues related to art production since 1945 and into the post-modern era. It covers topics on neo-avant-garde, and art's engagement with consumerism, the philosophical underpinnings of movements such as Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Performance and Earthworks, Feminist art practice, and post-modern art and architecture. The study of these movements will assist you in understanding the history behind arts production and the styles that have been adopted by other creative industries. This unit provides a skill-base for all Creative Industries students and applies to all disciplines and cultural industries including art criticism, arts practice, architecture, landscape architecture, fashion and music. You will also increase understanding and skills that are pertinent to the study of cultural literature and visual analysis.
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.
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.
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Creative practice, communication and design
Effective communication has essentially always been about telling compelling stories. As a digital communication specialist it is critical that you are able to craft effective messages to reach and engage your target audiences across multiple platforms and in a variety of formats.
This unit addresses key debates and different perspectives about the role and impacts of digital technologies on contemporary culture and society. As such, the unit develops your academic skills to assess, draw on and contribute to scholarly research in the context of such debates. Issues such as the role of social media, filter bubbles, echo chambers and the changing nature of power will be focussed on. The ability to consider different perspectives and draw on current research to discuss the debates around digital technologies and their impact is crucial for critically informed communication professionals.
Knowing how to make sense of data for diverse audiences, through appropriate visual representation, is a key skill for contemporary communication professionals. This unit is included early in the program to teach you some fundamental knowledge and skills in data visualisation.
It is critical for communication professionals to have an understanding of how the communication and media industries are disrupted and transformed by the power and influence of social platforms. This unit addresses how platforms have changed media industry business models, content creation and distribution, as well as a deep exploration of the specifics of platforms and their audience and user cultures. As a digital communication professional the knowledge and skills developed in this unit will be essential for you to be effective in this digital media environment.
Knowing how to analyse social media data sets by asking questions and making decisions that improve content and engagement is a fundamental skill for contemporary communication professionals. It is included in the early part of the program to develop your foundational data analytics knowledge and skills.
It is essential that future focused communication professionals have both an understanding of how computational technologies transform the world of communication, and the hands-on skills to develop code. This unit provides a foundational understanding of computational thinking .
This Work Integrated Learning unit enable you to synthesise your knowledge and skills developed in earlier foundational units in the program and to develop core knowledge and skills essential for professional practice in the Communication industries. It provides an opportunity to work collaboratively as a team to respond to a real client brief by applying the key principles of effective social media management to the development of a social media strategy.
This unit explores how changes in the broader digital creative economy impact on media and communication industries and the working lives of communication professionals. To develop effective communication strategies and pursue work opportunities, communication professionals need to have an understanding of how the new digital creative economy operates, emerging trends in the digital economy, and how to thrive in this environment as a digital communication professional. As such, the unit provides an advanced and critical understanding of the evolution of the broader digital creative economy, how it disrupts the communication and media industries, and the specific implications for the future of digital communication professionals.
This unit introduces current and advanced research on the impacts and ethical implications that automating the digital world have on the communications industry. As such, the unit provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of how Artificial Intelligence (AI), algorithms and other forms of automation are transforming communication, the media and communication industry and the wider society. It also addresses the ethical issues surrounding how these technologies are used. It is critically important that digital communication professionals have a future-focused orientation towards embryonic and emerging technologies that are likely to further disrupt media and communications environments.
This unit focuses on developing your critical understanding of media audience and the fundamental theoretical frameworks, methods and metrics for identifying and measuring it. Digital technologies have transformed the way communicators engage with and analyse diverse media audiences. The unit will aid you in recognising audiences by means of descriptive and inferential statistics. An applied and critical understanding of audience analytics is crucial for communication professionals. As a Work Integrated Learning unit, this unit provides you with the opportunity to work with a real client who is seeking to better understand and engage with their audience. This unit builds upon and deepens the ideas and methods for audience analysis introduced in CCN106 Introduction to Social Media Analytics. The methods and techniques explored in this unit also complement CCN203 Communication Research and Problem Solving.
This unit examines visual communication for information and the application of design principles for effective information design, especially visual data stories across various contexts and audiences. Understanding and engaging with the ever-growing quantities of data is a challenge for both organisations and individuals. Increasingly, experts are required to not only manipulate and evaluate this data but also to identify and communicate it within, to stakeholders, clients, users, community groups, etc. The effective visual communication of those stories in the data is a design process informed by advanced principles of information design and is critical for audience engagement. Data-driven storytelling is an advanced visual information design unit.
This unit introduces you to the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and bots as effective tools for communication planning and execution. It examines the impact of such technologies on communication planning and practice, aiding you in developing your own bots. The unit provides the hands-on experience of applying technology to develop bots that algorithmically communicate via social media platforms. Communication professionals need to understand how to use emerging technologies such as AI to innovatively engage with their users and audiences. Bots, generally defined as “a computer program that performs automatic repetitive tasks”, and other technologies in the field of AI are changing the way communication is planned and executed, and how stories are told and evolve across social media platforms.
This practice-based unit gathers you from across the performance disciplines (dance, drama, music) to explore the relationship between body and creative impulse in a transdisciplinary creative space. It introduces a variety of philosophies exploring the psycho-social dynamics of the body in your creative practice and its place in a space. The human body is a fundamental tool and a central site of study for artists, regardless of their specialisation. Good performance techniques are reliant on an understanding of the body and its capabilities to open the imagination of the individual, the group and an audience. An understanding of the body—how it moves, how it feels and how it relates to other bodies—is crucial to build resilience, connectedness and sustainability in performance-based creative practice.
This unit provides an opportunity to develop an extended creative writing project in your preferred and strongest genre and form. It will allow you to plan and propose an extended piece of creative work through a series of intensive highly participatory workshops in collaboration with peer critique groups. Though the major covers a range of writing genres, you choose your strongest genre and write with both breadth and complexity. This unit supports you to demonstrate that you have developed a sophisticated voice or style over the three years of study. The piece of work commenced here will continue to be built on in 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.
This unit fosters your fundamental development as a professional performing artist through: 1) providing the opportunity for you to work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director, and 2) equipping you with dance analysis methodologies and understandings necessary to analyse the choreographic process and concepts underpinning the work created by the choreographer for this unit.
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.
This unit enhances skills in, and develops knowledge of, dance technique and artistry through guided training and reflective practice. As an introductory unit, it 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. To support your technical development, you will be exposed to, and physically participate in, complementary practices associated with dance training.
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.
This unit introduces dance technique and the application of somatic practices. It includes the principles of safe dance practice, alignment, kinaesthetic awareness, and maintaining a sustainable embodied practice. Through practical classes you will develop your technical foundation in different dance styles and understanding of the principles of movement. The development of your engagement and understanding of what your dance practice might be and how it informs your future as a dance practitioner is at the forefront of this unit.
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.
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.
This unit introduces the fundamentals of dance composition through exploring a range of choreographic practices. It focuses on understanding the tools available for composing dance and using these to develop successful choreographic outcomes. Through studio-based shared practice sessions, online activities, reflecting on readings and performance documentation you will begin to develop an aesthetic understanding applicable across your artistic practice. The unit examines movement ideas, shifting from simple to complex group configurations, and understanding how to develop a compositional methodology for a particular context. It offers the opportunity to develop your choreographic skills and understanding by working in collaboration with a choreographer.
To better understand the creative practice, this unit provides the tools to situate and expand your performance experiences. It builds upon KDB102 to further develop you as a professional performing artist. You will work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director. The unit examines current cultural, social and political trends and issues, both local and global, and their impact on dance-making, technology, science, and interdisciplinary practice. The performer uses an understanding of contemporary trends and issues to situate the choreographic experience and expand their ability to engage with and contribute to the choreographic process. In this unit you will investigate how the choreographer for this unit, and consequently their artistic practice and sensibility, are informed through these perspectives and relate to emergent practices that are shaping the future of dance.
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.
This unit develops your 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, complementary practices associated with dance training. This is the third unit in a series of four practical units which establishes the critically important routine of daily technique training in ballet and contemporary dance for the elite dance professional. 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.
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.
This unit examines different approaches to choreography while enabling you to develop your own methodologies to realise your creative ideas. It aids you to articulate and analyse the creative process and engage with feedback. You will develop documentation and annotation skills to enable you to map your creative practice. In the dance industry, it is essential to understand choreographic practice to work successfully as dancer and choreographer. 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. You will be exposed to strategies and concepts drawn from other disciplines where relevant to enable you to gain a deeper insight into potential processes and contexts of choreographic work.
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.
This project-based unit develops technique, artistry, communication skills, performance ability and confidence through professionally guided rehearsals, classes, performances and workshops. It enables you to use, adapt and transform your skills for artistic expression in various performing domains including collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. 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. You will explore your role as a Teaching Artist from different perspectives throughout workshops, rehearsals and performances supported through guest/resident choreographers and teachers. These skills are best developed in a range of contexts to foster adaptability in dance performance, creative process and workshop settings.
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.
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).
This unit aims to enable you to use, adapt and transform your skills for artistic expression in a specific performing domain including collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. As such, 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. It is the second of two units which builds on the practice of the Teaching Artist as a facilitator of dance-led creative experiences. You will apply your developed knowledge of technical skill and artistic practice to the creation of a performance situated within a specific industry engaged context while exploring your role as a Teaching Artist from different perspectives.
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.
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.
This introductory hands-on unit explores concepts, skills and methods required to prototype and fabricate physical objects from your design ideas. Designers need to consider the capabilities of fabrication, associated processes and equipment, and materials available to produce a physical prototype of their design ideas. From this perspective, design fabrication is problem centric and requires a rationale behind the choice of materials and processes, an understanding of the quality of the fabrication outcome as part of an iterative process or for its temporal qualities for concept evaluation, as well as consideration of the ethics of fabrication. The foundational design fabrication skills acquired in this unit will be further developed in subsequent design units in the program.
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).
This unit aims to articulate your individual sense of purpose and identity as a designer in relation to your desired career pathway and to translate this to a professional outcome and portfolio. Through student-defined projects, this capstone Impact Lab leads you to individually and collaboratively expand your professional networks and confidently present your purpose within a professional context. The unit addresses approaches to professionalism in practice, exploration of opportunities for career self-management, and development of a career portfolio. Such self-awareness will enhance your ability to navigate career opportunities and prepare you for the challenges of professional practice. Positioned in the final phase of Design study, this advanced unit provides you with opportunities to extend and reflect upon your professional acumen, expand your networks, and develop a meaningful and purposeful portfolio.
This unit introduces you to the practical concepts and processes associated with the creation of scenography – the world of the theatrical performance. It explores the practical application of the core elements of scenography including set, costume, light, sound and vision, while considering other key performance elements including space, time, narrative, 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 relevant industry software to model set designs, and the ongoing challenge of documenting the creative process and product. It combines practical investigations with in-depth lectures on the application of design, including the role of the contemporary production designers, the design process and techniques.
This unit challenges you to interrogate the evolution of scenography through the 20th Century into the 21st Century within the changing fields of theatre and performance. It prompts you to examine the broader implications of certain economic, historical and cultural shifts and their influence on conventional scenographic practice and theory. Through an investigation of key shifts, significant developments, and leading practitioners of this time, the notion of scenography and its role in theatre and performance is questioned. You will be exposed to a broad range of scenographic and performance movements, practitioners and styles which will shape your future experimentation in shaping performance products.
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.
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.
This unit enables you to build and apply skills of theatrical interpretation and performance through a practice-led process of script-based rehearsal and performance of selected scenes led by a director. Performance making stems from three fundamental strategies: interpretation, transformation and generation. Interpretation is the process of creating meaning from an extant work; analysis, research and contextualisation are the tools by which the meaning and significance of performance texts are revealed, developed and actioned by the collaborative group. Led by creative practice, this intermediate unit builds on the introductory learning experiences of The Authentic Performer, The Responsive Performer, and Drama Practice 1: Collaboration and connects to the parallel unit Story and Performance to aid you to effectively perform as Drama practitioners.
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.
This practice-led advanced unit integrates previous drama practice units, Leadership Dynamics in Performance and Radical Theatre Forms, into a collaborative capstone experience. In consultation with experienced practitioners, this unit activates a process of investigation and generation and employs the theory, skills and practice gathered through the course. You will generate, research, experiment, conceptualise and propose a potentially interdisciplinary work that responds to bigger critical and creative conversations. Indeed, the development of a self-determining practice is dependent on various factors: a mature relationship with collaborators; confidence informed by a sense of personal creative purpose and knowledge; an understanding of the function of research in creating performances with integrity; and a commitment to creating and communicating a shared vision.
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.
This foundational unit provides knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design, including sustainable practices. It addresses fashion design principles, processes and contexts, including the development of effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. The unit provides a positioning framework to introduce you to the broad notion of place: your formative place as a fashion designer connected to theoretical and cultural fashion contexts that underpin fashion design. The suite of Fashion Design Studio units form the spine of learning for fashion design understandings in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) program and this unit is the first in the series.
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.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for professional fashion communication and product development in the fashion industry. It focuses on commercial fashion design and product styling. Developing consumer products in the fashion industry requires diverse skills and knowledge in trend analysis, range building, sourcing, finishing, specification sheets and marketing to ensure successful and sustainable outcomes. By developing a foundational knowledge in product development you will be prepared to work in commercial fashion or to create your own fashion brand.
This unit offers insight into the connection between media and fashion image making. It takes a 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. Cross-pollination between fashion and media platforms from different historical times has contributed to the formation of taste, along with cultural and consumer discourses. This unit explores the evolving and complex fashion communication landscape that has captured key changes in fashion culture and industry, and the fragmentation and opening up of fashion communication to global consumers and identities.
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. It focuses on the diverse aesthetics and practices of global fashion cultures since the mid-twentieth century. The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge of the diversity of global fashion aesthetics since the mid-twentieth century while focusing on consumer-led fashion developments alongside high-end designer fashion of this period. As such, it will deepen your knowledge of how design is connected to social and cultural developments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit is the fifth in a series of six Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design Fashion program and provides advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design exploring your individual design identity contextualised within critical and ethical parameters. It focuses on researching and documenting your individual design identity, including the development of advanced skills to research, communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. The unit builds upon the understandings acquired in the unit DFB212 Fashion Design Studio 4 and also provides a launch platform to explore in depth your individual design identity culminating in DFB311 Fashion Design Studio 6. 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.
This 24 credit point unit is the capstone Fashion Design Studio experience and aims to provide you with the opportunity to synthesise your prior learning, within university and the workplace, through the production of a final year project that will be outward looking. Within this unit you will develop your confidence and ability to work with minimal supervision in preparation for graduation exploring your individual style and target audience. During this unit you will complete your final year project and will have the opportunity to apply to present your work in a graduate show or other external event.
This unit provides advanced knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design in niche/unique contexts. 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 fifth in the series. It builds upon the understandings acquired in the unit DFB401 Fashion Design Studio 4 providing a base for understanding fashion. It also comprises practical skills and knowledge of garment construction and pattern cutting.
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.
This unit aims to provide an advanced knowledge of fashion design including the conceptual framing and situated context of your practice. It promotes critical analysis, design prototyping and organisational skills required to formulate an extended independently-led fashion project across DFH701 and DFH801. The seventh in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) program, it forms the start of the capstone experience for an extended independently led fashion project. This unit builds upon the understandings acquired in the six preceding Fashion Design Studio units and also provides advanced fashion research skills to begin to formulate pathways to execute the self-defined independently-led fashion project. DEH701 Research Methods supports the content of this unit. The independently led fashion project will culminate in the final capstone studio unit, DFH801 Fashion Design Studio 8 (semester 2 - 36cp).
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.
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.
This unit advances knowledge on animation performance, including your ability to create complex animations by applying relevant processes and theories. To bring a character to life requires an animator to create more than a sound illusion of movement, you have to communicate and engage a viewer through an animated performance. This unit builds upon the fundamental content from KNB135 Animation Aesthetics refining and further expanding on simple maniacal movements to focus on expressive communication and characterisation for storytelling.
This unit introduces the creative and technical processes involved in design-to-story previsualisation. It expands upon drawing skills learned in KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design and introduces the devices and techniques employed in cinematic narratives through storyboarding and animatics. Along with studying screen conventions, drawing is an important technique employed in the design and sequence previsualisation in visual storytelling regardless of the medium. This unit provides a historic context, and core skills, concepts and processes for the development and production design as a way to previsualise and then articulate the look and feel of a story. You will practise and refine your 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.
This unit focuses on the creation of 3D digital creatures. It builds upon the production techniques introduced in KNB127 CGI Foundations and KNB137 Digital Worlds and enables you to develop, create and animate 3D creature assets ready to be inserted into a digital production pipeline. Creature production pipeline is an integral part of any animation studio and allows animators and technical directors to collaborate on the development of production assets. On completion of the unit, you will have an understanding of the theoretical and practical foundations of 3D digital creature creation and will be able to apply the relevant techniques introduced for the development of digital characters and creatures.
This practice-based unit advances knowledge on animation and acting techniques in a narrative context while working on a project in a studio-like production mode. 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.
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.
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.
This unit consolidates your studio working practices while supporting you to develop advanced skills and concepts in computer animation production including but not limited to areas such as character development, cinematic narrative, storytelling and directing, character rigging, compositing, technical production, and 3D asset creation. 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 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.
This unit addresses the knowledge and skills required for non-fiction multi-platform content production while engaging with high-end production and post-production technologies. Its content is drawn from the fields of script writing, pre-production, production management, direction, camera, sound and editing. As much of our information is delivered via the electronic media, it is vital that you be trained in the skills and techniques involved in non-fiction screen production (informational programming, magazine-style segments, news stories, documentaries, etc.). In this unit, you 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, cinematography, editing and sound informs this practice.
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.
This unit aids you to appreciate contemporary screen genres and to develop genre-related analytical skills. It also investigates the connections between genre theory and contemporary practice-based genre approaches. Genre is central to understanding the cultural and industrial contexts and visual forms of narrative screen productions. Its productions appeal to local and international audiences. Since every screen production is a risk, both financial and creative, contemporary production organisations and creators attempt to minimise such risk in their future ventures through screen genres. It is indeed crucial for you (as well as practitioners) to appreciate genre conventions, inventions and innovations, and those genre elements that may contribute to the commercial, critical, or creative success of narrative screen productions.
This unit aids you to better understand screenwriting processes and structural concepts by offering a framework and strategies for the development of a short drama script. 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.
This unit introduces film, television and screen business theory and practice, providing foundations for small and larger scale production management. It considers the role of the production manager with a particular focus on the phases of pre-production and production. People with an interest in producing film, television and multimedia productions need to develop knowledges and skills that form the basis of an effective industry-related repertoire in relation to working in a range of media businesses. This unit examines 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 addresses the importance of working within the resources available in order to achieve the necessary production values on screen in a highly competitive market place.
This unit examines various forms of experimentation in relation to creative works, challenging you to think beyond mainstream cinema. Filmmakers must push the aesthetic and narrative boundaries of cinema in order to find their own distinctive voice and style. In this unit, you will have the chance to do so, testing your imaginative limits and creative abilities through vision and sound. Evolution in all fields of screen production results from creativity. Successful practitioners of screen content require the opportunity to develop their creative potential through experimentation. Building on prior knowledge acquired in earlier units, you will be encouraged to become wilfully nonconformist in approach, drawing on a wide range of traditions from within the genre of Experimental or Avant-Garde filmmaking.
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.
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.
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. National movies and television programs are shaped by unique contexts and non-Hollywood cinemas are responding to the challenges in the contemporary screenscape in complex ways. This course addresses critical writing, research and analytical skills required to evaluate and problematise the history, aesthetics, production and cultural contexts of key global cinemas and how transnational forces shape ‘local’ screen content. ‘Global cinema’ has been responsible for film language and form innovations in contrast to the conventions of classical Hollywood cinema that have shaped global film making practice. However, as systems of production, distribution and consumption become globalised, traditional understandings of national production are being reconstituted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This capstone unit situates you in the newsroom for the production of long and short form news items with an international outlook and sources. This experience in an international multimedia newsroom demands that social and cultural issues be addressed, such as language and time barriers, in addition to practical, legal, ethical, and creative demands. You will take on new roles as part of a production team, publishing to a real audience via digital news outlets. Journalists need to be able to respond to the new demands of globalised world and an increasingly integrated international media landscape. You must also engage with the changing culture and values of countries you report from and about. By exploring political, economic, historic and other social influences on the roles, rights and expectations of journalists in different countries, you learn to adapt to other circumstances.
This capstone unit models day-to-day operations of a fully-converged, multimedia newsroom (online/radio/television). It aids you in reporting, storytelling and professional training as part of a team publishing material for real audiences. Today’s journalism requires skills to operate in a converged media environment and to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and fragmented audience. Graduates need to deal with both the instantaneous demands of the 24-hour news and social media landscape, as well as being able to produce far more considered pieces that analyse, educate, inform and entertain. Choosing the right medium for the task, repurposing for different audiences and platforms, and working to deadlines, is essential. This authentic learning experience in an industry-standard newsroom demands practical, legal, ethical, creative and social issues to be addressed in real time.
This unit explores the background, skills and principles of online journalism enabling you to write and publish reports online. You will receive practical hands-on training allowing you to incorporate text, audio, video and still images into timely online news and feature reports. You will be required to consider the application other online communication tools (Blogs, wikis, YouTube etc.) in a modern journalistic environment. You will also work independently to develop individual news or feature stories highlighting the innovative possibilities of the online journalism medium. As more news and other factual material including commentary are being processed through online media, practitioners and also intending citizen journalists will benefit directly from studying the social and economic underpinnings of the format and building skills for using it.
This unit aids you to produce radio and television news and current affairs programs of broadcast standard while strengthening the reporting skills developed in KJB235. It builds understanding of, and reflection on, the social role of the broadcast journalist and the medium's impact on the message. It is intended to give you a better understanding of the nature of radio and television news and current affairs in their various forms and related issues and to further develop your understanding of newsgathering and reporting principles. It includes the philosophy and formulation of radio and television news, anchor techniques, and radio and television news production using computers. Culturally safe practice is an essential element when working as a holistic and accountable professional with Indigenous Australians and their communities. This requires deconstruction of your own cultures, values, beliefs and attitudes and the impacts on becoming culturally safe in your discipline.
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.
Social Media has had a tremendous impact on our lives as individuals and members of larger societies. The debates surrounding these new and powerful technologies are often multi-faceted in their complexity. In this unit you will learn to critically examine and contribute to debates about social media’s impact on identity, privacy and the ethics of everyday life, drawing on scholarly research to evaluate opposing perspectives and become critically informed communication professionals.
This unit provides critical knowledge for the evaluation of complex media issues by introducing you to research and research methods in academic and professional settings. It involves qualitative and quantitative research methods including surveys, content analysis, interviews, focus groups, and ethnography which are addressed in both traditional and contemporary digital formats. The research process (define problem, collect relevant information, analyse information, formulate conclusions/outcomes) underlies many decisions that confront media and communication professionals. Throughout the unit you will design and carry out research, analyse the results and present conclusions and recommendations. You will develop critical skills in investigating media issues through qualitative and quantitative research, thus becoming knowledgeable consumers of media information.
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. 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 unit aims to provide you with critical understanding and practical skills in how to select and implement contemporary digital approaches to the collection, analysis and interpretation of various forms of emerging communication data, such as social media content (both textual and visual) and geodata.
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.
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.
This advanced musicianship unit provides you with critical listening, analysis, representational and demonstrational skills across a broad range of music and sound. It fosters a deeper understanding of music and sound to help inform and situate your creative practice. The unit builds on the foundation aural and analytical skills introduced in Musicianship 1 and 2 which music professionals use to analyse, compose, produce and perform music. These skills will be applied to communicate your understanding of complex musical ideas in a range of musical styles, settings and practices.
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 (including Australian First Peoples music and culture), providing 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.
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. As methods of media content delivery change, creative practitioners are required to enact a range of media production techniques in the communication of ideas. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and engages you with practical and theoretical approaches, exploring the techniques and contexts of music and visual media in contemporary society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit introduces current creative visual arts practices - their processes, reception and contribution to society. It looks at individual visual art practice through applying creative processes, 'art thinking' and the development of a conceptual/contextual framework to support studio activities. The open-ended conditions of current creative practices are diverse, complex and multi-layered. With its emphasis on transmedia experimentation, the studio facilitates the understanding of these conditions to develop creative skills. This unit supports independent, self-directed art practice. By exploring a range of transmedia strategies for art practice and identifying your individual perspectives and interests, you will develop ways of engaging with the possibilities and challenges arising from the practice of contemporary art. This unit also fosters communication skills, self-motivation, sense of inquiry and openness to new ideas, media and ways of working.
This unit advances 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.
This unit integrates creative practice methods and codes, self-directed socio-cultural research, and personal reflection, in order to consolidate a studio-based art practice. It develops a pervasive 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 aims to habituate these essential qualities of artistic practice. 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. This unit foregrounds art thinking, speculative inquiry and combinatory play with the material, conceptual and contextual dimensions of creative practice in order to nurture creative literacy and intelligence.
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.
This unit provides conceptual frameworks and practical experience in the Open Studio in order to refine critical, creative and analytical thinking in an integrated, transmedia creative practice. It addresses effective communication in a variety of professional contexts and modes. The conditions of contemporary art practices, their production, reception and contribution to society are diverse, complex and multi-layered. To successfully navigate this environment, professional practitioners require strong self-advocacy skills and the ability to communicate an informed, independent position in various contexts. 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.
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.
While contemporary visual communication often applies concise and immediate messaging for targeted audiences, it can also require extended, multi-layered narrative-led messaging. This unit provides theoretical, conceptual, technical and research skills to produce narrative-based visual communication works. The unit addresses principles and techniques of visual storytelling across multiple media forms such as print, screen and space, and allows you to develop key portfolio pieces which are complex and creative. Visual Narrative Design builds upon the Visual Communication foundations, expanding the scope of projects you are equipped for.
Moving image and typographic design 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-based 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 kinetic 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 of Image Design and Typography in the Visual Communication specialisation and prepares students to work at a further, advanced level within the industry.