Creative practice, communication and design short courses

Course Description
Beginning acting A course for beginners and drama students, which focuses on craft, imagination development, improvisation and the voice.
Digital storytelling Learn the foundations for creating and using the tool of digital storytelling.
Fashion illustration for beginners This course will provide you with the foundations for creating a portfolio of fashion illustration using industry-standard design software.
Public speaking: making meaningful messages In this course you will learn the strategies that established speakers use to plan and deliver talks and speeches.
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.
Virtual Reality Experiences: Creating 360 Video Capturing a 360 degree perspective, you will collaboratively produce short films to express what the world looks like from your own unique point of view.

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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.

Communication

  • CYB104 Managing Social Media

    This unit provides foundational knowledge for Bachelor of Communication students in the principles, tools and techniques of professional social media practice with regard to building social media presence and the development, implementation and analysis of digital communication strategies for an business or not-for-profit organisation.

Creative practice

  • KYB101 Understanding Creative Practice

    This introductory unit will provide you with the foundational principles and skills of creative and critical literacies in creative practice. It will introduce you to the descriptive and analytical vocabulary for your creative practice discipline, in addition to other fields of practice. It also introduces you to 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. It will prepare you for those instances across your course where you are required to synthesise practical and theoretical knowledge about creative practice.

  • KYB102 Pathways to a Creative Career

    This unit will introduce you to the foundational principles and skills required for professional creative practice, including tacit knowledge, education and career planning, and professional development for practitioners in the creative industries. It will provide the blueprint for developing and managing your professional identity throughout your course.

  • KYB201 Socially Engaged Arts Practice

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

Creative writing

  • KWB104 Writing the Short Story

    The writing of short stories has traditionally been a starting place for writers to begin developing their craft. This unit explores the elements of fiction such as character, voice, setting, plot, dialogue, point of view and modulation, and helps you acquire and practise skills in creative writing. This unit will help you improve your fiction writing skills and editing skills through a series of lectures and peer-critique workshops.

  • KWB113 Introduction to Creative Writing

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

  • KWB116 Creative Non-Fiction

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

  • KWB117 Australian Voices: Writing and Practice

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

  • KWB118 Swords and Spaceships: Writing Genre

    Writing Genre offers you a survey of 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.

  • KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique

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

  • KWB212 Poetry and Poetics

    The unit covers one of the major genres in creative writing, and is designed for those who are interested in language and the use of words in precise, innovative, concentrated and musical ways. It would also be useful to lyricists. The unit provides important creative and critical skills in writing verse and cultivating an understanding and appreciation of poetry and occurs at the mid-point of the creative writing major, building on KWB211 Creative Writing: Style and Technique and preparing students for the advanced work of third year.

  • KWB214 The Artful Life: From Memoir to Fiction

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

  • KWB215 Dangerous Ideas: Contemporary Debates in Writing

    This unit will introduce students to the key debates and ideas animating the field of contemporary creative writing, and allows students to consider their own writing practice in the context of these debates. The unit helps students to develop a nuanced understanding of the issues preoccupying contemporary writers, and allows them to articulate their own perspectives via conversation and debate. In this unit, students will encounter a spectrum of ideas about what it means to be a writer today, as well as the historical and cultural factors informing our ideas of authorship.

Dance

  • KDB107 Foundations in Improvisation and Choreographic Practice

    This unit offers you an introduction to the fundamentals of Improvisation and Choreographic Practice. Throughout this unit 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.

  • KDB113 Dance Studies

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

  • KDB123 Dance Legacies

    This unit will introduce you to the dance legacies that underscore dance practice. It will contextualise aesthetic dance codes from the Western, Indigenous Australian, and wider Asia pacific region. Through encountering relevant theory and reflecting on live and recorded dance performances, you will be supported to critically interrogate how these legacies continue to inform current practices.

  • KDB222 World Dance

    This unit aims to develop your sensitivity, curiosity, and knowledge of cultural diversity and protocols, through participating in dance styles from around the world and learning about their contexts. Through practical classes you will gain an experiential understanding of the dance styles, which will be contextualised through lectorials and reflective practice strategies.

Drama

  • KRB120 Scenography 1: Introducing Performance Design

    This unit introduces students to theoretical concepts and principles associated with scenography, historical trends in theatre design and the background associated with the broad vocabulary of techniques, technology and terminology.

  • KTB110 Plays that Changed the World

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

  • KTB111 The Authentic Performer

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

  • KTB120 Gaps and Silences in Theatre Practice

    This unit seeks to expand awareness of 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.

  • KTB121 The Responsive Performer

    Responding to fellow performers and the audience is the cornerstone of performing in the twenty-first century. Focusing on comedy, this unit engages theoretically and practically with interaction, reaction, participation and co-creation in the theatrical experience. Emphasis is placed on the critical and creative theories and techniques needed to cultivate self-awareness, other-awareness, play, improvisation and vocal and physical technique.

  • KTB217 Story and Performance

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

  • KTB225 Radical Theatre Forms

    Understanding the making and reception of theatre forms that do not adhere to structures associated with the dramatic is essential for theatre-makers. This capability enables theatre-makers to develop informed choices about where to locate, describe and promote their practice and product. This unit explores radical theatre forms that reinvent notions of audience, narrative, space and linear time.

  • KTB227 Leadership Dynamics in Performance

    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, tailored a personal point of interest. The unit also explores principles and practice of research and conceptual development and provides opportunities to develop and produce conceptual plans and pitches used in professional environments.

Entertainment & arts management

  • KXB101 Introduction to Entertainment

    The entertainment economy is projected to generate $2.15 trillion globally, $632 billion in the USA and $22.6 billion in Australia by the end of 2017 (PWC, 2013). The major sub-industries of the entertainment economy include motion pictures, television, music, theme and amusement parks, video games, sports, theatre, casinos, books and cruise shipping. In KXB101 Introduction to Entertainment you will learn about the nature of entertainment and how the entertainment economy operates. This unit will focus on understanding entertainment content, audiences, and producing.

  • KXB102 Global Entertainment

    Entertainment and entertainment industries are a global phenomenon. In this unit you will learn about the trends and issues that are shaping entertainment around the globe. In addition, it is important to understand the important genres of entertainment such as television, theme parks, sport as entertainment, cruise shipping, gaming and music, and how they are influenced by different cultures around the world.

  • KXB201 Entertainment Practice: Balancing Creativity and Business

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

Fashion

  • DFB102 Introduction to Fashion

    This unit provides an introduction to some of the complexities of the fashion system and is intended to provide a base for students who wish to pursue further studies in fashion.

  • DFB203 Sustainability: The Materiality of Fashion

    This unit provides an introduction to the environmental, ethical and social issues connected to the production and consumption of fashion, and is intended to provide a base for students who wish to pursue further studies in fashion.

  • DFB302 Fashion Visualisation

    This unit provides introductory skills and knowledge to effectively communicate visual fashion ideas (including technical drawings), using both hand techniques and graphic software.

  • DFB303 Unspeakable Beauty: A History of Fashion

    This unit introduces you to the history of Western fashion from the 14th century to the 21st century. The unit will guide you to understanding key aesthetic changes in the history of fashion, the role of fashion in defining social and cultural identity, and how fashion is a significant form of visual culture linked to historical, cultural and social contexts. This unit will introduce you to concepts that are essential to the study of history and theory of fashion.

  • DFB304 Fashion and Costume in Film

    In this unit we study the relationship between fashion and its dissemination through visual culture. Magazines, film, photography, television and new media have been fundamental to the dissemination of fashion information, the construction of stardom and femininity, and to the development of the fashion industry. This unit examines two creative media: film and the internet. It examines how historically the cross-pollination between the Hollywood Studios, the cosmetic and the clothing industries first, and, more recently, contemporary blogs and internet images have contributed to the formation of discourses of consumer fashion and feminine aesthetic. By examining internet blogs and images, the unit also studies how fashion media have expanded exponentially, with the advent of the stylist, the PR and the dissemination of fashion images as new global phenomena.

  • DFB402 Fashion Design: 1950 to Now

    This unit provides an understanding of key theories and approaches to fashion design in the 20th and 21st centuries. It builds on knowledge gained in DFB102 Introduction to Fashion, and DFB303 Unspeakable Beauty: A History of Fashion, and prepares you for further studies in Fashion including DFB602 Critical Fashion Studies.

Film, screen & animation

  • KNB125 Animation History and Context

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

  • KNB126 Motion Design

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

  • KNB127 CGI Foundations

    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. By introducing you to principles, processes, methods and theories of modelling; the architecture of 3D graphics; and node based applications, you will gain a foundational understanding of 3D graphics production.

  • KNB135 Animation Aesthetics

    This unit further develops your knowledge and skills of 3D animation, introducing you to the methods and processes involved in animating CG characters to achieve convincing and appealing actions.

  • KNB136 Visual Storytelling: Production Design

    This unit will introduce you to the foundational drawing skills and processes employed in the visual development phase for animated, live action films and games. Covering sets, props and character model sheets for production ready designs, the emphasis will be on the conceptualising process as well as the drawing techniques that will enable you to effectively visualise and communicate your ideas more effectively. As such, the content in this unit is your link to pre-production and production units, such as KNB216 Visual Storytelling: Cinematic Pre-Visualisation and KNB226 Visual Storytelling: Pre-Production, as well as your final year capstone project.

  • KPB101 Introduction to Screen Production

    This unit introduces the principles and technologies of video production for both cinema and television. This includes the roles and responsibilities of production teams, production management, design and practice. Lectures by experts in the major production areas of producing, directing, and cinematography, editing and sound will inform your practice. As a major part of your assessment you will work in groups to produce videos.

  • KPB113 Screen Text Analysis

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

  • KPB116 Introduction to Screenwriting

    This unit will introduce you to the 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.

  • KPB120 Contemporary Screen Histories

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

  • KPB121 Screen Business

    The movie, TV and new media businesses are key parts of the entertainment industry, which is one of the biggest in the world. For anyone interested in working in these media an understanding of how they function as businesses is vital. This unit provides an introduction to producing, writing and theoretical aspects of the movie, TV and new media businesses.

  • KPB220 Factual Screens

    The documentary filmmaking tradition has involved many crucial aesthetic, technical and ethical concerns throughout history. This unit introduces this significant tradition of documentary production. For KK34 (Film, Screen and Animation) students, the unit is a preparation for the documentary practical production unit, through learning to assimilate the principles outlined in the unit into their own documentary scripts and productions. For non-KK34 (Film, Screen and Animation) students, the unit provides an opportunity to address the theoretical underpinnings of the documentary form, and the processes of documentary production.

Interactive & visual design

  • DXB503 Design Thinking

    Do you want to change the world, to make a difference? Do you have what it takes to imagine a different future - to dream up new and innovative approaches to solving complex problems? Do you want to work with a team of like-minded students from across the university? If so this class is for you. We are calling for students who are passionate about their studies and want to become change agents, social entrepreneurs, strategists, and innovative thinkers.  This "unit" is about disruptive trans-disciplinary practices, practices that will challenge your imagination and expectations about what university and learning is about.  It is an intensive design challenge that begins with you, and by the end of semester - an enterprise ready for "Kickstarting"!

Journalism

  • KJB101 Computational Journalism

    This unit acquaints you with the uses journalists make of computers in their work: for word-processing, personal information management, time management, and gathering information for stories and journalism assignments by searching online and CD-ROM databases, by analysing public records with spreadsheets and by using email to interview sources found on Internet bulletin boards and in newsgroups, user groups, and listservers.

  • KJB102 Introduction to Journalism, Media and Communication

    This unit introduces you to core concepts and key knowledge essential for subsequent study in Journalism, and Media & Communication. It combines teaching about media organisations with communication theory and practitioner perspectives drawn from a range of relevant industry sectors. The unit creates a foundation on which you will build in subsequent semesters.

  • KJB103 Media Design and Layout

    Visual communication techniques are essential in capturing the attention of an increasingly visual 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.

  • KJB120 Newswriting

    In this unit you learn to think like journalists, to evaluate events for their potential news value, to record interviews and perform other reporting tasks and to write news stories. It includes the evolution and theories of reporting.

  • KJB239 Journalism Ethics and Issues

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

Media & communication

  • KCB101 Media and Communication Texts

    This unit introduces you to foundational ideas in the study of communication. It covers key questions of textual analysis, practice, and context. Drawing extensively on examples of popular communication practice from contemporary society, the unit aims to impart an understanding of communication ecologies, processes, systems, and modes within the wider frame of radical changes occurring to the way texts are produced, read and circulated within our culture.

  • KCB102 Media Mythbusting

    This unit explores a variety of key myths, controversies and debates surrounding the relationship between media and society. It investigates the historical foundations, cultural context and factual accuracy of a series of ‘common sense’ arguments regarding how different kinds of media have or have not affected the way our society functions.

  • KCB103 Strategic Speech Communication

    This unit emphasises both 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 skills you need to become articulate presenters in a range of contexts including personal presentations.

  • KCB104 Media and Communication: Industries

    A contemporary understanding of the cultural and economic significance of media and communication industries is a vital foundation for scholarship and professional practice in the media and communications industries. This unit surveys the political economies of print and electronic media industries, as well as advertising and public relations. It considers the impact of regulation on these industries and explores convergence and globalisation as frameworks for understanding change. You will be supported to develop your own strategy for maintaining current awareness of media and communication industries in the process of evaluating current public and policy debates.

  • KCB105 Inquiry in Media and Communication

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

  • KCB203 Consumption Matters: Consumer Cultures and Identity

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

  • KCB205 Professional Communication

    Professional Communication aims to enhance your career prospects by developing a significant understanding of communication dynamics between individuals and groups in organisational settings. The unit will sharpen your practical and critical skills in situation analysis, project proposal development and reporting, formal document production, professional presentations, and workplace communication practices. Although there is some focus on the creative and cultural industries, the content and skills covered are applicable to a range of professions and career options. You will be encouraged to pursue a project topic in your chosen professional field.

  • KCB206 Social Media, Self and Society

    From social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to blogs and YouTube, the number of individuals and organisations in contemporary societies who use social media technologies to shape, (re)form and sustain their identities is on the rise. This unit introduces students to key issues, tools and considerations for contemporary media and communication professionals through facilitating critical engagement with social media in three areas: Platforms and Users, Professional Identity and Communication, Strategy and Analytics.

  • KCB302 Political Communication

    This unit provides an overview of the theory and professional practices of political and governmental communication, especially through the media and communications industries. The unit examines contemporary and historical political issues and communications in Australia and internationally from the perspectives of democratic theory, media influence, strategic image and issue management, and popular culture.

Music

  • KMB118 Musicianship 1

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

  • KMB119 Music Production 1

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

  • KMB129 Music Production 2

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

  • KMB200 Music Scenes and Subcultures

    This unit will explore many of the major musical subcultural movements of the last sixty years through an interdisciplinary approach. To understand how music operates as a form of social, cultural and political communication this unit explores the various contexts in which music circulates and is made meaningful.

  • KMB215 The Music Industry

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

  • KMB216 Audio / Visual Interaction

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

  • KMB252 Multi-Platform Sound Design

    This unit builds on previous audio recording knowledge and uses a range of tools to design and develop sound content for multi platform delivery such as television, mobile phones, web, games, virtual worlds and social networks. You will gain an understanding of a variety of working methods and delivery formats for audio in multiplatform contexts, and develop practical skills essential to successful collaboration and creation.

Visual arts

  • KVB102 Modernism in Art

    In this unit, you will examine the concepts and movements that comprise early twentieth-century modernism in art and culture.

  • KVB104 Photo Media and Art Practice

    Photo media plays an important role in contemporary creative practices because of its pervasiveness and its application across a broad range of cultural and conceptual contexts. This unit will develop your appreciation of the conceptual, cultural and historical contexts of photo media, as well as your visual literacy, your critical artistic enquiry, and your awareness of the protocols related to ethical photo media practice.

  • KVB110 2D Art: Material and Process

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

  • KVB113 Australian Art and Identity

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

  • KVB216 Post 1945 Art

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

  • KVB222 Spatial Art: Object and Site

    This intermediate visual art unit provides you with practical experiences and theoretical frameworks for exploring the areas of space and site in order to assist in the development of 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.

  • KVB223 Post 1989 Art

    This unit provides you with an overview of key developments in global art and culture since 1989.

  • KVB307 Theories of Spatial Culture

    This unit provides the necessary critical evaluation of issues and practices that relate to considerations of space in modern and contemporary art, new media and culture in general. It provides a historical overview of key art practices that have focused their critical attention to the issue of space and the built environment. In order to function as an informed practitioner in the environment of public space you must acquire such knowledge because it will form the critical-analytical background to current debates and theories in the field of spatial culture and public art.

  • KVB308 Video Art and Culture

    Existing Visual Arts units examine a broad range of subjects addressing artistic media such as painting, sculpture and installation. The 'Video Art and Culture' unit supplements these by instituting a specialised study of artistic and cultural practice that focuses on new mass media technology. The unit therefore enhances, extends and updates knowledge of recent art strategies in contemporary society.

Units you need background knowledge to study

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

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

Creative practice

  • KYB103 The Creative Body

    Technique is reliant on an understanding of the body and its capabilities to unleash imagination in the individual, the group and an audience. This practice unit aims to bring together students from across the BFA to explore the relationship between the body and creative impulse, and to witness and engage with other ways of thinking and doing in a shared creative space. It will introduce a variety of philosophies exploring the act of the body in a space.

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.

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.

  • KDP202 Dance Curriculum Studies 2

    This is the second of a series of three curriculum units, this unit builds on practical engagement with the theory, syllabi and practices of dance learning and teaching in schools. You will be encouraged to utilise your knowledge, skills and understanding of the processes of making, performing and appreciating dance in developing teaching and learning experiences with particular emphasis on Years 10-12.

  • KDP203 Dance Curriculum Studies 3

    Developing from the work undertaken in Dance Curriculum Studies 1 and 2, this unit provides you with the opportunity to continue investigating and exploring dance curriculum planning and work program design. This unit also relates current theoretical issues in assessment to the unique challenges that dance assessment provides. You will explore a range of assessment procedures, methods and strategies to support quality and equity in dance assessment at all levels.

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 undertake a detailed interrogation of the evolution of scenography through the 20th Century into the 21st Century within the changing fields of theatre and performance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • KTP201 Drama Curriculum Studies 1

    This unit provides an introduction to key syllabus documents and to key skills and strategies of drama teaching.

Entertainment & arts management

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DFB404 Fashion and Style Journalism

    This unit maps the scope and practice of fashion and style journalism in Australia and internationally. It will allow you to develop the skills necessary to conceptualise and produce fashion and style editorial content in a variety of styles and contexts.

  • DFB406 Product Design and Development in the Fashion Industry

    While many would see the role of the designer as an integral part of any fashion brand, many of the largest fashion businesses in the industry are built on a process of product development instead of traditional ideas of design. Rather than working from a blank canvas, the product developer creatively evolves unique and commercial garments from existing ideas and samples to create ranges that are both profitable and easy to outsource for manufacture. Product development requires diverse skills and knowledge in trend analysis, range building, textile selection and sourcing, garment finishing, specification sheets, global operations, marketing and business to ensure successful project outcomes. By developing a foundation of knowledge in product development this unit aims to prepare students for work in commercial fashion or to assist them with the skills for creating their own product developed fashion brand.

  • DFB502 Ragtrade: The Business of Fashion

    This unit addresses the logistics of the fashion supply chain, the timing of the fashion cycle and the new ways of producing and selling fashion in a global marketplace. The fashion industry will be studied as a system that is determined by economic, political, social, cultural and consumer trends and will analyse the contribution it makes to the global business environment. Opportunities will also be identified for career and entrepreneurial endeavours.

  • DFB602 Critical Fashion Studies

    This unit provides you with an understanding of current critical approaches in the analysis of fashion. It also introduces you to emerging areas of research and fashion scholarship. It builds on knowledge developed in DFB303 Unspeakable Beauty: A History of Fashion, and DFB402 Fashion Design: 1950 to Now. This critical understanding of the fashion system prepares you for work in the industry, postgraduate research or deepening your fashion practice.

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 industrial context and visual form of movies, television, and productions on other screens. Genre screen productions appeal to local and international audiences. As screen genres adapt and change, it is crucial to appreciate genre conventions, as well as genre 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 genre 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 unit examines a range of national cinemas from a global perspective. Key theoretical approaches to national/transnational cinemas are covered, along with significant historical, textual, representational and ideological issues. The critical challenges posed by productions from these different cultures to Hollywood mainstream productions are also explored.

  • 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

  • DXB202 Image 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.

Journalism

  • KJB104 Photojournalism

    Changing digital technologies have resulted in increased demands and expectations for journalism, media and communications professionals to have appropriate digital visual skills. They are increasingly expected to understand and apply digital visual principles and possess the ability to employ and include visual elements in their work such as photo-essays, and photojournalism projects. In this unit students will advance their fundamental digital photography proficiency and analyse styles of visual communication and the photographic medium.

  • KJB121 Journalistic Inquiry

    This unit develops the basic skills learnt in Newswriting: generating story ideas; researching; conducting interviews; finding news values and news angles and applying them in a practical context. You also learn about how practical newswriting skills fit into an online environment. You are introduced to the rigours of deadlines and have opportunities to write stories related to different news rounds throughout the semester.

  • KJB222 Online Journalism 1

    As increasing volumes of news and other factual material are processed through online media, practitioners and also intending citizen journalists stand to get a secure understanding from studying the social and economic underpinnings of the format, and also from acquiring skills for using it. This unit explores the background to practice in online journalism, such as the place of the medium in contemporary mass communication; it promotes the principles of best practice in journalism, and enables students to publish reports on line, giving them instruction in a wide range of production skills.

  • KJB224 Feature Writing

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

  • KJB280 International Journalism

    This unit identifies, compares and analyses the diversity of journalistic practice in different countries and regions. You will look at historical conditions that have led to variations in journalism across the world, how different politico-economic systems affect journalistic activity, and how and why different news media take distinct approaches to covering world issues. You will develop the cross-cultural awareness and background knowledge required to identify story ideas, relate to sources and produce news reports in different countries and cultural environments. An opportunity exists for a select number of students to undertake an international field trip in the 6TP6 teaching period (October - December). Please see the full unit outline for more information.

  • 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.

  • KJB337 Investigative Reporting

    This is an advanced reporting unit stressing the watchdog role of the news media using investigative reporting approaches. In order to inform prescient news features, the class will examine, in depth two news issues that are central to the current news agenda. The unit is informed through a particular collection of research materials, which are provided as introductory information only, and through lectures particular to both the mission of investigative reporting and the salient features of the topics selected. The lecture-tutorial sequence contains a series of intensive lectures and tutorials early in the semester. These are followed in the later weeks of semester with feedback loop general sessions for discussion on feature development. An opportunity exists for a select number of students to undertake an international field trip in the 6TP6 teaching period (October - December). Please see the full unit outline for more information.

Media & communication

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • KMP101 Music (Primary / Instrumental) Curriculum Studies 1

    A foundation study in Primary or instrumental music specialization focusing upon the fundamentals of teaching, lesson planning and developing a philosophy appropriate to music education practice.

  • KMP201 Music (Secondary) Curriculum Studies 1

    A foundation study in secondary music and sound curriculum focusing upon the fundamentals of teaching, lesson planning and developing a philosophy appropriate to music and sound education practice.

  • KMP202 Music (Secondary) Curriculum Studies 2

    Further study in classroom music and sound curriculum focusing upon more advanced teaching methods, unit planning and the development of an approach to philosophy in action appropriate to music and sound education practice in the senior secondary context.

  • KMP203 Music (Secondary) Curriculum Studies 3

    This unit provides advanced study in classroom music and sound curriculum, focusing upon innovative teaching methods and planning, whole school community cultural management and the development of an approach to inclusive philosophy which enables a holistic and integrated approach to music and sound education that responds synergistically to individual secondary school communities and facilitates meaningful and engaging music and sound environments.

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.

  • KVB320 Studio Project 1

    In consultation with studio staff students at this level are expected to undertake individual projects that lead to the development of a professional organised and articulated body of work. Substantial research is expected in support of these projects.

  • KVB321 Studio Project 2

    In consultation with studio staff, at this level you are expected to undertake individual projects that lead to the development of a professionally organised and articulated body of work. Substantial research is expected in support of these projects.