Creative practice, communication and design short courses

Course Description
Acting Fundamentals Develop your passion for performance into something more with the skills and confidence to challenge your creativity.
Digital storytelling Take advantage of the rise of digital technology and use it to tell your story in a more powerful way.
Fashion illustration for beginners This course will provide you with the foundations for creating a portfolio of fashion illustration using industry-standard design software.
Media training Learn to deliver your message with confidence and skill, and become a compelling storyteller.
Public speaking: making meaningful messages Whatever your speaking goal, this course aims to help you feel more confident in your ability to orally present a message.
Social media marketing tools for business Advanced sessions on how social media channels can be used as part of a complete marketing program for a business.
Stepping off a cliff: starting your first novel An introductory course for first-time novelists to learn the elements of writing.
The Music Workshops Learn the secrets of music and song production from the basics to the advanced in a world-class recording facility.

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Single-unit study

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

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

Units anyone can study

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

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

Units you need background knowledge to study

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

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

Communication

  • CYB301 Communication Project

    This is a capstone unit for the School of Communication, in which students contribute to a real-world project that works to advance their future employability. They will be working together to use the skills and capabilities developed throughout their degrees to contribute content to a website according to the stream that they choose. Students will have a choice between three streams: industry, research, or corporate. Students working in the research stream will be working on The Isthmus (www.theisthmus.com.au) where they will write or produce content that seeks to incorporate academic research. Students working in the Industry stream will be working on Straddl (www.straddl.com.au) where they will write or produce content that seeks to incorporate industry research. And students in the corporate stream will engage with non-profits to work towards providing professional content services.

Creative practice

  • KYB103 The Creative Body

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

Creative writing

  • KWB306 Creative Writing Project 1

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

  • KWB326 Creative Writing Project 2

    Building on the project commenced in KWB306 Creative Writing Project 1, the unit offers students the opportunity to continue work on an extended piece of creative writing with the assistance of critiques and peer feedback. It also guides students in developing a professional plan and positioning themselves in the writing and publishing industry. The aim of the unit is to provide students with an opportunity to do extended project work in their preferred and strongest genre and form.

Dance

  • KDB101 Dance Performance 1: Analysing Dances

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

  • KDB102 Dance Performance 2: Dance Histories

    This is the second in a suite of four units for Dance Performance students 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.

  • KDB103 Dance Technique 1

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

  • KDB104 Dance Technique 2

    In this unit you will develop the technical, artistic and reflective practice skills introduced in KDB103 Dance Technique 1. By exposing you to increasingly complex material, other forms of Complimentary practices and reflective practice methods, this will advance your development towards you becoming an elite dance professional. You will further enhance skills in, and develop your knowledge of, dance technique and artistry, through guided training and reflective practice. To support your technical development, you will continue to be exposed to, and physically participate in, complimentary practices associated with dance training.

  • KDB112 Dance Technique Fundamentals

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

  • KDB122 Popular Dance Styles

    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. This unit aims to develop and extend your technical foundation in a range of different dance genres. It assists you in developing an awareness of the potential within different dance genres and to explore how they might be applied within a range of different socio-cultural settings to continue to develop your perception of yourself as a dance practitioner.

  • KDB206 Dance in Contemporary Culture

    This unit builds upon embodied knowledge and dance practice developed in KDB122 Popular Dance Styles and asks you to consider the role of dance in contemporary culture. Through a series of seminars and practical workshops you will explore different trends in the role and place of dance in contemporary culture.

  • KDB210 Dance Composition

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

  • KDB211 Dance Performance 3: Current Trends

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

  • KDB212 Dance Performance 4: Intersections

    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, of current cultural, social and political trends and issues, both local and global, and how they are reflected within the current intersections between dance-making, technology, science, and interdisciplinary practice.  This unit provides the opportunity for you to work with a choreographer and/or replication from video and/or other processes, with guidance from a rehearsal director leading to a performance. 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.

  • KDB213 Dance Technique 3

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

  • KDB214 Dance Technique 4

    This 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 complimentary practices. You will develop 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, complimentary practices associated with dance training.

  • KDB216 Choreographic Practice 1

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

  • KDB217 Choreographic Practice 2

    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 explore your emergent choreographic practice and begin to situate yourself in the expansive terrain of dance.

  • KDB218 Performance in Context 1

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

  • KDB316 Choreographic Project 1

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

  • KDB317 Choreographic Project 2

    This unit 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 formulates your choreographic or performative specialisation. You will draw from your Choreographic Project 1 and develop into a creative work. This will enable you to confidently present and promote your original work as a nascent dance practitioner.

  • KDB318 Performance in Context 2

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

  • KDB320 Independent Dance Project

    This 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 test your skills within a real world context as a confident dance practitioner. This will be a self-contained and discrete project that will enable you to develop your professional identity and industry networks while working in a collaborative team context.

Design

  • DYB102 Impact Lab 2: People

    This applied unit responds directly to the complex and diverse challenges facing individuals, communities and social networks. The unit provides design-led approaches and methods valuable in addressing these ‘wicked problems’, as social and civic missions focused on change for the greater good. Situated within an authentic context and partnering with key community stakeholders, this Impact Lab explores how design tools and approaches can be employed to improve our lives, the community we live in, and society as a whole.

  • DYB121 Introducing Design Fabrication

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

  • DYB201 Impact Lab 3: Planet

    This unit 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 innovative and ethical 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 utilised in addressing complex global issues, such as those defined recently by the United Nations (UN.org, 2017).

Drama

  • KRB121 Scenography 2: Creating Worlds for Theatre

    This unit introduces students to the concepts and processes associated with the creation of scenography – the world of the theatrical performance. It combines studio-based practical investigations with in-depth lectures on the application of design, including the role of the contemporary production designers, the design process and techniques. This unit furthers the students exploration into scenography by applying theories from prior units into a practical setting

  • KRB220 Scenography 3: Into the 21st Century

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

  • KRB221 Scenography 4: Intermedial Theatre

    This unit introduces students to the concepts and principles associated with creating scenography for the intermedial theatre. The final in the Scenography minor, this unit is a studio-based unit comprised predominantly of ongoing practical work that students complete under the close guidance and instruction of QUT academic staff and external industry professionals.

  • KTB126 Drama Practice 1: Collaboration

    This introductory unit begins the preparation for collaborative practice and play building that is at the heart of the BFA Drama coursework. The unit will present 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. The unit is delivered through a series of workshops involving active performance experiments and demonstrations.

  • KTB216 Drama Practice 2: Interpretation

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

  • KTB226 Drama Practice 3: Transformation

    Led by creative practice, this intermediate unit will enable you to build and apply skills in collaboratively devising and performing a show. Under the guidance of a director you will interpret and transform key formal features of selected iconic practitioners or performances as the starting point for an original show you will perform at the end of semester.

  • KTB316 Drama Practice 4: Generation

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

  • KTB326 Drama Practice 5: Realisation

    Interpretation, transformation and generation all have a role to play in realizing a new creative work. Led by creative practice, this advanced unit activates the foundations you have completed in complementary Drama Practice units in a capstone experience which enables you to independently create and present a new work (or original adaptation) on page stage or in-between, directed towards real world opportunities you may pursue after you graduate.

Entertainment & arts management

  • CDB203 Project Management in the Entertainment Industries

    This unit introduces students to fundamental project management skills for the entertainment industries with an emphasis on effective leadership strategies, team building activities, and stakeholder relationships. It also provides an opportunity for students to apply key theoretical and practical knowledge to a team-based entertainment project partially developed by academic staff.

  • KXB202 Project Management for Entertainment

    The aim of this unit is to provide you with the skills to oversee the production of an entertainment project by providing you with a mid-course level understanding of, and ability to employ, project management skills for entertainment.

  • KXB301 Entertainment Industries Studio

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

Fashion

  • DFB110 Fashion Design Studio 1

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

  • DFB111 Fashion Design Studio 2

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

  • DFB202 Introduction to Fashion Studio Practice

    Introduction to Fashion Studio Practice DFB202 provides introductory technical skills and knowledge of fashion design studio practice (garment construction and pattern making) for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program.

  • DFB204 Fashion Product Development

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

  • DFB205 Fashion Media

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

  • DFB206 Global Fashion Cultures

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

  • DFB207 Fashion and Style Journalism

    This advanced unit n the Fashion Communication major builds on knowledge, skills and application developed previous Fashion Communication units. The unit maps the scope and practice of fashion and style journalism in Australia, and internationally. Fashion and style journalism offers career options for journalists, photographers, designers, writers and fashion specialists. In this unit, you will be able to deploy 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.

  • DFB210 Fashion Design Studio 3

    This unit builds on from previous fashion studio knowledge to navigate the structure and requirements of industry/professional fashion contexts, including the further development of effective skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment, including sustainable practices.

  • DFB211 Fashion Design Studio 4

    This unit aims to provide you with knowledge of fashion design working in collaborative contexts, including the development of more advanced skills to communicate and realise design ideas in an integrated studio environment. It also will allow you to explore the spirit of collaboration intrinsic to the fashion industry. You will build on your design and communication skills as well as your awareness of ethical and sustainable practices that you have already developed through the previous design studio units. In this unit you will synthesise your understanding of product development and retail readiness.

  • DFB301 Fashion Design Studio 3

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

  • DFB305 Critical Fashion Studies

    This advanced level unit deepens your critical fashion engagement and consolidates your skills in fashion communication. Building on knowledge developed in DFB103 Global Fashion History and DFB208 Global Fashion Cultures, this unit prepares students to play a leadership role in shaping the dialogues that are transforming fashion practices.

  • DFB401 Fashion Design Studio 4

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

  • DFB403 Advanced Fashion Studio Practice

    This unit provides advanced/specialist technical skills and knowledge of fashion design studio practice (garment construction and pattern making) for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program.

  • DFH501 Fashion Design Studio 5

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

  • DFH601 Fashion Design Studio 6

    This unit is the sixth in a series of eight Fashion Design Studio units in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion program and provides specialist knowledge and skills for the theory and practice of fashion design in order to begin to develop a formative individual design identity.

  • DFH701 Fashion Design Studio 7

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

  • DFH801 Fashion Design Studio 8

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

Film, screen & animation

  • KNB137 Digital Worlds

    This unit focuses on the development and application of 3D assets, with the overall aim being to provide you with a strong foundation in the practices and concepts associated with real-time graphics production. This unit builds upon the fundamental 3D skills of modelling, texturing and animating obtained during KNB127 CGI Foundations while laying the critical groundwork needed for more specific 3D pipelines undertaken in KNB217 Digital Creatures.

  • KNB215 Animation Performance

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

  • KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation

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

  • KNB217 Digital Creatures

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

  • KNB225 Advanced Animation Performance

    This unit builds upon the fundamental animation techniques from Animation Theory and Practice 1, 2 and 3, refining and further expanding on action, acting skills and narrative based characterisation. The animators will study body language, expression and timing for effective communication in sequenced shots, as actors and directors at the same time. Students will be the Animation Directors of their sequences, designing complex performances that include a range of emotions and creatures. This unit will bring depth and breadth to your understanding of animation performances and techniques and will allow you to work on capstone projects for third year films in a studio like production environment.

  • KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Animation Pre-Production

    This unit 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 main focus of the course is 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. This unit will bring depth and breadth to your drawing and painting practice as well as provide you with advanced direction skills required of an emergent animation professional.

  • KNB227 CGI Technologies

    This unit enables you to develop an advanced understanding of modern real-time production processes within a team based project. The unit also offers you an opportunity to explore your selected area of CGI production and advance your knowledge of practice within this field in preparation for undertaking the final year capstone projects.

  • KNB310 Advanced Animation Production 1

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

  • KNB320 Advanced Animation Production 2

    As a capstone unit, Advanced Animation Production 2 gives you the opportunity to present yourself and your work in a portfolio and show-reel. Through the unit you will continue to develop production skills, concentrating on final output and postproduction for exhibition.

  • KPB117 Screen Crafts: Non-Fiction

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

  • KPB122 Screen Crafts: Narratives

    This unit builds on and advances basic understandings, skills and principles delivered in KPB101 or KPB117. An introduction to the skills of sound and lighting complements the earlier core skills of camera, editing, directing and production management. Assessment consists of the production of a short narrative video.

  • KPB208 Screen Genres

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

  • KPB215 Advanced Screenwriting

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

  • KPB216 Screen Content Production Management

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

  • KPB217 Screen Crafts: Experiments

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

  • KPB221 Screen Project Development

    Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. This tried and tested adage applies to every crew member and department employed to realise all manner of 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.

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

    Students seeking employment in the screen industries require knowledge and experience in a wide variety of production styles. This unit introduces multi-camera production techniques, and contrasts it in approach and production methodologies to single-camera production.

  • KPB315 Global Screen Studies

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

  • KPB325 Screen Issues

    Screen Issues recognises the diversity of screen practices in digital culture contexts. It examines screen production and consumption across a range of contemporary contexts and links these developments to professional, industry practitioner development. Screen Issues considers the effect of screen forms on the experience of visual culture and investigates the relationship between evolving digital technologies and existing media.

Interactive & visual design

  • DVB102 Image Design and Production

    This unit will provide you with key skills and knowledge for image creation and production across a range of professional contexts, styles and media. You will develop a repertoire of visual approaches and technical skills that will contribute to your professional breadth as a visual communicator. The unit offers opportunities for you to start developing your own personal style, and to build, practice and improve your abilities to create imagery for a variety of contemporary contexts. This unit also deals with issues of originality, creativity and suitability of images used in professional visual design.

  • DVB202 Visual Narrative Design

    While much contemporary visual communication requires short, sharp and immediate impact and engagement for targeted audiences, others require different methods of communication to deliver complex, extended messages and information. As well, today visual communication can include working in the area of word-building and developing visual scenarios. This unit introduces you to a variety of diverse design contexts where visual designers construct communication based on the principles and approaches of narrative and sequential design. In this subject you will explore working as a visual communicator in both non-fiction and fiction-based narrative-driven areas and explore the principles and techniques of visual storytelling across multiple forms of media. Areas examined in this unit range from graphic novels to exhibition design to editorial design to interface design to games design.

  • DVB301 Motion Design

    Visual communication has become a dynamic and ever-evolving space due to the increasing use of diverse technologies, including in digital animation. In this unit you will learn the fundamental principles and technical approaches for motion design practice, an essential skill set for visual designers today. Within the subject you will learn the unique design processes for time-based visual communication, relevant industry software and explore designing for different screen based moving and interactive media contexts.

  • DXB212 Tangible Media

    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 subject builds upon previous interaction design studies and extends these studies into the field of tangible media.

Journalism

  • CJB203 Newsroom

    This unit builds on foundation skills to deliver learning in the context of best-practice in a 21st century 'newsroom' with an emphasis on real-time delivery of material.  In keeping with a commercial newsroom,  the QUT newsroom experience will bring together student reporters from various 'rounds' (for example, feature writing and sport etc) to create a dynamic and diverse news product. The collaborative newsroom approach combines the skills and learning of students from different year levels in a team environment with input from peers, staff and industry practitioners.

  • CJB204 Journalism Ethics and Issues

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

  • KJB235 Radio and Television Journalism 1

    The unit aims to provide means to learn about broadcast media from a production-based perspective, and to begin advanced, practical preparation for working professionally in news media. The practical and theoretical aspects of radio and television media are studied and applied through the production of broadcast news programs.  Students will gather, script and produce a number of news items for radio and television bulletins for broadcasting through community sector outlets. This process is facilitated through the learning and usage of broadcast style and through the evaluation of television and radio products. Strong emphasis is placed on current affairs knowledge.

  • KJB323 Online Journalism 2

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

  • KJB336 Radio and Television Journalism 2

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

Media & communication

  • CCB201 Australian Media

    This unit provides you with the skills to critically engage with media as a user and industry participant. By developing your current awareness of contemporary debates and developments in Australian media you will learn about how national and local media are shaped by a range of factors including globalising media markets, questions of national culture and identity, and digital disruption.

  • CCB202 Social Media, Self and Society

    This unit critically assesses the relationship between social media and society and the evolution from mass to integrated media systems, placing particular emphasis on contextualising our everyday interactions with contemporary social media platforms within broader technical and historical shifts.

  • CCB302 Digital Media Analytics

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

  • KCB303 Brisbane Media Map 1

    This units affords final year Media and Communication students the opportunity to work on Straddl - an online resource for media and communication students and professionals based in Brisbane. Students involved in this project will work in teams to collectively update and contribute to the site, and learn basic project management strategies.

  • KCB305 Brisbane Media Map 2

    Networks of industry and professional associations are extremely important in media and communication industries. In this unit you will extend, apply and deepen your understanding of these networks through further developing and contributing to Straddl - an online resource that profiles media and communication industries in Brisbane. You will also refine your project planning and management skills, information analysis skills, and team leadership and membership skills.

  • KCB307 Making Media Connections 1

    Issues surrounding 'The Media' are a common source of interest for the media itself, and to the general public. Media and communication students should be well-positioned to make an informed contribution to these debates, but often lack the ability to communicate with a general audience. This unit will therefore assist students in this regard, helping them to become a visible part of the public discourse.

  • KCB308 Making Media Connections 2

    Issues surrounding 'The Media' are a common source of interest for the media itself, and to the general public. Media and communication students should be well-positioned to make an informed contribution to these debates, but often lack the ability to communicate with a general audience. This unit will therefore assist students in this regard, helping them to become a visible part of the public discourse.

  • KCB310 Contemporary Investigation in Journalism, Media and Communication

    Research skills are an important element of graduate capabilities, applicable to scholarly work at Honours and higher degree level, and also to professional practice. This unit makes available at the Bachelor level the internationally recognised expertise of world-leading research active staff within the creative industries faculty. It will enable you to explore the possibilities of academic research, design a project, and acquire data gathering, analysis and presentation skills of value to subsequent study and employment.

Music

  • KMB109 Creative Practice in Music

    This unit establishes a community of practice with an emphasis on collaborative music-making that you can draw on to inform your own work. It introduces you to a range of music contexts, concepts and techniques to help you better understand your practice and that of your peers, and to be better positioned and equipped to respond as appropriate.

  • KMB128 Musicianship 2

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

  • KMB218 Musicianship 3

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

  • KMB222 Music and Culture

    This unit explores the way that music operates as a form of social, cultural and political communication. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches, you will investigate and discuss the various contexts in which music circulates and is made meaningful.

  • KMB223 Music and Media

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

  • KMB227 Music Creation 2

    Building on Music Creation 1, this unit will help you further develop skills and understanding to create new music across a range of musical practices in performance, production and composition. Further exposure to varying musical contexts and concepts will continue to inform your practice and that of your peers within a complex professional environment, and enable you to be better positioned and equipped to respond as appropriate.

  • KMB228 Musicianship 4

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

  • KMB317 Music Creation 3

    This unit builds on the skills you have developed in Music Creation 1 and 2, enabling 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.

  • KMB327 Music Creation 4

    This unit builds on your experience in Music Creation 1, 2 and 3, enabling you to establish your identity within your area of specialisation as a music professional. You will develop and refine works and performances in authentic and professional contexts. You will also develop greater entrepreneurial awareness through activation of professional networks and consideration of a sustainable career.

Visual arts

  • KVB117 Visual Arts Open Studio 1

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

  • KVB127 Visual Arts Open Studio 2

    Building on learning completed in Visual Arts Open Studio 1, in this studio-based unit, you will expand your individual visual art practice through the exploration of creative processes, the application of ‘art thinking’ and the development of a conceptual/contextual framework to support your studio activities.

  • KVB200 Exhibition and Display in the Visual Arts

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

  • KVB217 Visual Arts Open Studio 3

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

  • KVB227 Visual Arts Open Studio 4

    This unit focuses on the elaboration and sustained development of an individualised artistic practice within a creative community of visual arts 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.

  • KVB317 Visual Arts Open Studio 5

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

  • KVB327 Visual Arts Open Studio 6

    The conditions of contemporary art practices, their production, reception and contribution to society are extremely diverse, increasingly complex and multi-layered. As a final semester unit, Visual Arts Open Studio 6 constitutes an intensive study in the studio area(s) of choice to a professional level.