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  • Objectives
    The core aim of the course is to develop in students the creative, practical, critical and collaborative skills necessary to pursue a career in the relevant area (writing, digital media, drama and screen) in the arts and communications industries. These core skills will be complemented by the skills and knowledge acquired by students completing a major in the closely related 'theory' subjects. The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by: Creative Writing * equipping students with practical skills in writing, research and editing, so that graduates will be experienced in a variety of forms that are required in both literary and professional contexts; * producing students who are critical readers with competent editing skills; * developing in students an understanding of literary genres, styles and forms, which includes an understanding of their historical, social and cultural contexts; * developing in students an understanding of the culture of writing and publishing in Australia; * producing graduates who will be able to think flexibly, collaborate with others on group projects and solve problems creatively; * enabling students to acquire communication skills that will enhance performance of their own work as well as be useful in any profession where oral presentation of material is essential. Digital Media * equipping students with basic professional skills in digital media production, including the operation of software and hardware; * equipping students with a practical understanding of collaborative teamwork required in the creative industries; * enabling students to plan, develop and complete a digital media product, including production and post-production stages; * developing in students an understanding of screen and digital media through their historical developments, social and cultural applications, and the function of formal and aesthetic properties in various forms; * providing students with experience in the creative process within the activities described above; * producing graduates capable of the application of logical thought, analysis, and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required by digital media production; * producing graduates who will be able to think flexibly, collaborate with others on group projects and solve problems creatively. Drama * equipping students with basic professional skills in the areas of major employment in the entertainment industry: realistic acting techniques, acting for screen, directing for theatre and screen, and music theatre; * introducing students to areas of development and increasing importance in the Australian industry: post-modern performance techniques, intercultural performance, and the interface between live performance and multimedia; * encouraging all students to work as conceptual artists through courses specialising in techniques of group devising, auto-performance and scriptwriting; * developing in students, through a comprehensive history and theory stream, an awareness of the relevance of these discourses to professional practice. Screen * equipping students with practical skills in screen production, including the operation of software and hardware and the various skills employed by production teams; * emphasising to students the collaborative nature of teamwork required by the industry; * enabling students to plan, develop and complete a screen product, including production and post-production stages; * developing in students an understanding of screen media through an understanding of its historical developments, its social and cultural applications, and the function of the formal and aesthetic properties of its various forms (cinematic, televisual and computer-based technologies); * developing in students an understanding of the creative process within the activities described above; * producing graduates capable of the application of logical thought, analysis, and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required by screen production. Learning outcomes Upon completion of their degree, students will have gained specific practical and analytical skills in one of the following programs of study: creative writing, drama performance, creative work in digital media, and video production. In addition, students will have developed a range of transferable skills. Practical skills In specialising in their chosen program, students should: * demonstrate their ability to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program; * become effective members of creative production and planning teams; * understand the processes involved in the production of creative work; * be able to analyse and critically evaluate ideas and solve problems; * be familiar with theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study including an awareness practices related to their chosen program; and * be familiar with aspects of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program. Transferable skills Students will also develop: * communication and presentation skills (oral, written, electronic, graphic); * teamwork and interpersonal skills; * the ability to give and receive constructive feedback; and * management and planning skills.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic Students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications. International Students English language requirements: * IELTS: 6.0 (6.0 in writing & speaking) * TOEFL: 550 (TWE 4.5) / CBT 213 (essay 4.5) / iBT 80 (writing 20)
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) explores the connections between technology and the creative arts and the ways in which digital media is used in society and the workplace. It combines studies in IT, multi-media design and culture, with a strong emphasis on working in creative teams.

    You will gain basic professional skills in digital media production, including the operation of software and hardware, as well as the ability to plan, develop and complete a digital media product, including production and post-production stages.  

    You will also develop an understanding of screen and digital media through their historical developments, social and cultural applications, and the function of formal and aesthetic properties in various forms.

    The course is designed to provide all students with experience in the creative process and the ability to apply logical thought, analysis and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required by digital media production.

    Why study Digital Media at Flinders?

    The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) at Flinders:

        * is designed for students who want to fill key creative writing roles in the digital media industries
        * provides you with the skills to begin your career in the Creative Industries
        * offers innovative yet practical education with a strong vocational focus
        * is recognised as the leading course of its type in South Australia.

    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Creative Arts degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of 1 extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.
    The Bachelor of Creative Arts requires three years of full-time study only. The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology.

    Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [February, 2009]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below. The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Students enrol in one of the following programs:

        * Creative Writing
        * Digital Media
        * Drama
        * Screen

    CREATIVE WRITING
        
    First Year


    CREA1001
    Introduction to the Creative Arts
    4.5

    CREA1021
    Introduction to Creative Writing: BCA students
    4.5

    ENGL1003
    Imagined Worlds: Approaches to Literature
    4.5

    ENGL1004
    Writing Australia
    4.5

    ENGL1007
    Short Stories and their Writers
    4.5
        

    Three first level non-English elective topics
    13.5
        

    Second Year

    CREA2001
    Introduction to Screen Writing
    6

    CREA2002
    Communication Skills for Creative Artists
    6

    CREA2021
    Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: BCA students
    6

    ENGL2300
    Writing for Children, or
    6

    ENGL2301
    The Craft of Poetry
    6

    ENGL2500
    Creative Nonfiction, or
    6

    ENGL2600
    Publishing and Editing
    6
        

    One upper level English Literature topic
    6
        

    Third Year

    CREA3001
    Adaptation and Transformation: Page to Screen
    6

    CREA3002
    Legal Issues for Creative Artists, or
    6

        
    One upper level English Literature topic
    6

    CREA3021
    Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: BCA students
    6

    ENGL2301
    The Craft of Poetry, or
    6

    ENGL2300
    Writing for Children
    6

    ENGL2500
    Creative Nonfiction, or
    6

    ENGL2600
    Publishing and Editing
    6
        

    One upper level English Literature topic
    6

    DIGITAL MEDIA

    First Year

    CREA1091
    Introduction to Creative Digital Media
    4.5

    COMP1101
    Information Communication Technology 1A
    4.5

    MDIA1001
    Essential Multimedia
    4.5

    MDIA1002
    Inter-Media
    4.5

    SCRN1000
    Film Form and Analysis
    4.5

    SCRN1002
    Media Histories
    4.5

    9 units chosen from:
        

    SCRN1070
    Production Techniques and Script Analysis - Part 1
    4.5

    CREA1001
    Introduction to Creative Arts
    4.5

    VISA1301
    Art 1: Drawing and Design Fundamentals*
    4.5

    COMP1102
    Computing Programming 1
    4.5

    VISA1302
    Art 2: Figurative Painting*
    4.5

    SCRN1071
    Production Techniques and Script Analysis - Part 2*
    4.5

    COMP1111
    Information Technology Applications 1
    4.5

    COMP1120
    Information and Communications Technology 1B
    4.5

    Second Year

    CREA3002
    Legal Issues for Creative Artists
    6

    SCRN2007
    Multimedia Design
    6

    MDIA2002
    User-Centred Design
    4.5
        

    12 units from the following:

    MDIA2101
    3D Computer-Aided Design
    6

    MDIA2102
    3D Effects
    6

    COMP2200
    Application Development
    6

    COMP3200
    Enterprise Management for Information Technologists
    6

    SCRN2070
    Screen Production Techniques 2A
    6

    CREA2001
    Introduction to Screen Writing
    6

     One 6-unit Visual Arts (VISA) topic*
        

    6 units from the following:
        

    MDIA2104
    Creating Digital Texts
    6

    COMP2212
    Web-based Systems Development
    6

    SCRN2071
    Screen Production Techniques 3A: Fake Narrative and Short Drama Production
    6

        

    One 6-unit Visual Arts (VISA) topic*
        

    Third Year

    CREA3000
    Practicum/Project in Creative Arts
    6

    SCRN3005
    Interactive Medias: Futures in Screen Practice, OR
    6

    SCRN3007
    Kids' Media Culture
    6

        

    12 units from the following:
        

    MDIA2101
    3D Computer-Aided Design
    6

    MDIA2102
    3D Effects
    6

    COMP3200
    Enterprise Management for Information Technologists
    6

    COMP3251
    Interactive Computer Systems
    6

        

    One 6-unit Visual Arts (VISA) topic*
    6

        

    One 6-unit upper level Screen major topic
    6

        

    12 units from the following:
        

    COMP3100
    Information Technology Practice
    6

        

    One 6-unit Visual Arts (VISA) topic*
    6

        
    Up to two 6-unit upper level Screen major topics
    6/12

    * Students must obtain approval of Topic Coordinator prior to enrolling.

    DRAMA
        

    First Year

    DRAP1010
    Performance Techniques 1A
    4.5

    DRAP1011
    Performance Techniques 1B
    4.5

    DRAP1020
    Production 1A
    4.5

    DRAP1021
    Production 1B
    4.5

    DRAM1001
    Drama 1A: First Stages
    4.5

    DRAM1002
    Drama 1B: Bodies of Work
    4.5
        

    Two non-Drama topics
    9
        

    Second Year

    DRAP2010
    Performance Techniques 2A
    6

    DRAP2011
    Performance Techniques 2B
    6

    DRAP2020B
    Production 2 (Part 1)*, and
    3

    DRAP2020C
    Production 2 (Part 2)*
    3
        

    Two Drama Theory topics
    12
        

    One elective topic
    6
        

    Third Year

    DRAP3010
    Performance Techniques 3A
    6

    DRAP3011
    Performance Techniques 3B
    6

    DRAP3020
    Production 3, or
    6

    DRAP3020A
    Production 3 (Part 1)*, and
    3

    DRAP3020B
    Production 3 (Part 2)*
    3
        

    Two Drama Theory topics
    12
        

    One elective topic
    6

    * Students must enrol in Part 1 and Part 2 to complete the requirements of this topic.

    SCREEN
        

    First Year

    CREA1001
    Introduction to the Creative Arts
    4.5

    SCRN1000
    Film Form and Analysis
    4.5

    SCRN1002
    Media Histories
    4.5

    MDIA1001
    Essential Multimedia
    4.5

    SCRN1070
    Production Techniques and Script Analysis - Part 1
    4.5

    SCRN1071
    Production Techniques and Script Analysis - Part 2
    4.5

    SCRN1072
    Production Techniques and Script Analysis - Part 3
    4.5
        

    One non-Screen first level elective topic
    4.5
        

    Second Year

    CREA2001
    Introduction to Screen Writing
    6

    CREA3002
    Legal Issues for Creative Artists
    6

    SCRN2070
    Screen Production Techniques 2A
    6

    SCRN2071
    Screen Production Techniques 3A: Experimental Narrative and Short Drama Production
    6

    SCRN2007
    Multimedia Design
    6
        

    One upper level Screen major topic, or
    6

    MDIA2002
    User-Centred Design
    6
        

    Third Year

    CREA3001
    Adaptation and Transformation: Page to Screen
    6

    SCRN3070
    Screen Production Techniques 4: Community Production
    6

    SCRN3071
    Screen Production Techniques 5
    6
        

    Two upper level Screen major topics
    12

    and 6 units from the following:

    CREA2002
    Communication Skills for Creative Artists
    6

    MDIA2101
    3D Computer-Aided Design
    6

    SCRN3075
    Practicum in Screen Studies and Screen Industries
    6
        

    One upper level Screen major topic
    6

    HONOURS DEGREE
    A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree. To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study as specified. The program requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time.

    CREATIVE WRITING

    To proceed to honours students normally are expected to have achieved grades of DN or better in at least 12 units of upper-level topics in the Creative Writing major sequence.

    36 units comprising 30 units of core topics and a 6-unit elective:

    Core topics

    CREA7075
    Creative Writing: Industry Placement
    6

    ENGL7000
    English Honours Thesis, or
    12

    ENGL7000P
    English Honours Thesis **, and   
    3

    ENGL7000Q
    English Honours Thesis **
    9

    ENGL7171
    Theory and Practice of Writing A
    6

    HUMN7000
    Research Skills and Professional Practice
    6

    Elective topics

    ENGL7221
    Special Topic: Two Extra English Honours Segments, OR
    6

    ENGL7221A
    Special Topic: One Extra English Honours Segment
    3

    ENGL7221B
    Special Topic: One Extra English Honours Segment
    3

    ENGL7223A
    Special Topic: An Approved Short Project, OR
    6

    ENGL7223
    Special Topic: An Approved Short Project
    3

    and one of the following:
        

    ENGL7208
    Postmodern Literature in English
    3

    ENGL7212
    Autobiographical Writings
    3

    ENGL7213
    Epic Transformations
    3

    ENGL7214
    'Look at Moyie!': The Story of Australian English
    3

    ENGL7215
    Post-war American Literature
    3

    ENGL7216
    The Dragon: Myth, Conflict and Intertextual Influences in English Literature
    3

    ENGL7217
    Poetic Techniques: Romantic to Modern Poetry
    3

    ENGL7218
    Happy Snaps: Cultural Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia
    3

    ENGL7219
    A Passionate Feast: Food, Love and Sex in Recent Poetry
    3

    ENGL7220
    Editing Project
    3

    ** Students must enrol in Part 1 and Part 2 to complete the requirements of this topic.

    DRAMA PERFORMANCE

    To proceed to honours students are normally expected to have achieved 12 units of DN or better and 6 units of CR or better in Third Year drama performance topics.

    Core topics

    36 units comprising 30 units of core topics and a 6-unit elective:

    DRAP7000
    Honours Performance Project, or
    12

    DRAP7000A
    Honours Performance Project (Part 1)**, and
    6

    DRAP7000B
    Honours Performance Project (Part 2)**
    6

    DRAP7010
    Performance Techniques 4, or
    9

    DRAP7010A
    Performance Techniques 4 (Part 1)**, and
    4.5

    DRAP7010B
    Performance Techniques 4 (Part 2)**
    4.5

    DRAP7020
    Production 4, or
    9

    DRAP7020B
    Production 4 (Part 1)**, and
    4.5

    DRAP7020C
    Production 4 (Part 2)**
    4.5

    Elective topics

    DRAM7516
    Contemporary Australian Drama
    6

    DRAM7502
    Special Half Topic in Drama
    6

    DRAM7502A
    Special Half Topic in Drama
     6

    ** Students must enrol in Part 1 and Part 2 to complete the requirements of this topic.

    SCREEN STUDIES

    To proceed to honours students are normally expected to have achieved grades of DN or better in the last 12 units of the Screen Studies major and grades of DN or better in 12 units of Second or Third level screen production topics.
        

    36 units comprising:
        

    SCRN7050B
    Project in Screen Production (Part 1)**, and
    6

    SCRN7050C
    Project in Screen Production (Part 2)**
    6

    SCRN7051
    Production.com
    6
        

    plus 18 units from the following:
        

    SCRN7000
    Thesis Topic in Screen Studies, or
    6/12

    SCRN7000D
    Thesis Topic in Screen Studies (Part 1)**, and
    3

    SCRN7000E
    Thesis Topic in Screen Studies (Part 2)**, or
    3

    SCRN7000F
    Thesis Topic in Screen Studies (Part 1)**, and
    6

    SCRN7000G
    Thesis Topic in Screen Studies (Part 2)**
    6

    SCRN7001
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies, or
    6/12/18

    SCRN7001C
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies (Part 1)**, and
    3

    SCRN7001D
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies (Part 2)*, or*
    3

    SCRN7001E
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies (Part 1)**, and
    6

    SCRN7001F
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies (Part 2)**, or
    6

    SCRN7001H
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies (Part 1)**, and
    9

    SCRN7001I
    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies (Part 2)**
    9

    SCRN7060
    Honours Project in Screenwriting
    6

    SCRN7075
    Practicum in Screen Studies and Screen Industries, or
    6

    SCRN7075A
    Practicum in Screen Studies and Screen Industries (Part 1)**, and
    3

    SCRN7075B
    Practicum in Screen Studies and Screen Industries (Part 2)**
    3

    ** Students must enrol in Part 1 and Part 2 to complete the requirements of this topic.

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