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  • Objectives
    The course aims to: * provide a high quality postgraduate program in which actors, directors, producers and writers can enhance their creative and practical skills within a framework of academic study; and * fulfil the need for professional studies in creative writing, drama performance, and screen production at postgraduate level. Learning outcomesUpon graduating successfully, students will have: * refined the creative skills required by professional practitioners in the creative industries and have shown evidence of creativity by producing original work; * demonstrated that they can produce original work to a high professional standard by completing practical and/or creative and/or research projects in their chosen art form; * developed the conceptual and interpretive skills necessary for producing and promoting original work; * understood the processes involved in producing creative work; * developed skills to analyse and critically evaluate ideas and solve problems; * demonstrated that they can participate effectively in a creative team environment; * understood employment structures and identified some of the employment opportunities available in the creative industries.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution with major studies in creative writing, drama performance or screen production. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.In addition, the following requirements apply:Creative Writing: Applicants for the Master of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) must submit a portfolio of writing of approximately 20 pages. Work (published or unpublished) can be in more than one genre. It can be work previously assessed in university or TAFE writing topics. Candidates must also submit a statement of no more than 300 words explaining what they hope to achieve in the degree as well as a CV of no more than three pages detailing publications, work and educational background, plus any relevant professional or community experience.Drama Performance: Applicants for the Master of Creative Arts (Drama), who reside in Australia, must attend an audition/interview and present a portfolio of work. Applicants who reside outside of Australia must submit a video or DVD of their work to the Drama Centre and be available for a telephone interview.Screen Production: Applicants for the Master of Creative Arts (Screen Production) must submit a portfolio of work and be available for an interview (which can be conducted over the telephone if necessary). The portfolio can include: a VHS or DVD show-reel; examples of written work that applies to screen production; a statement of no more than two pages outlining what they hope to achieve in the degree; and a CV of no more than three pages detailing industry experience, publications, educational background, plus any relevant professional or community experience.CREDITApplicants who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts or who hold an approved honours degree or equivalent may be granted up to 36 units of credit. Applicants may be granted up to 36 units of credit for approved, relevant work experience and/or approved, relevant creative products. The maximum credit that will be granted for any combination of the Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts or an approved honours degree or equivalent, and approved relevant work experience, and approved relevant creative products will be 36 units.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Creative Arts
  • Course description
     The Master of Creative Arts is a 72-unit program comprising coursework, project and thesis components in creative writing, drama or screen production. The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology on a fee-paying basis.

    Credit of up to 36 units may be granted on the basis of an approved honours degree in the areas of creative writing, drama performance or screen production.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Creative Arts a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, comprising 36 units of coursework in:

    CREATIVE WRITING

    ENGL7171
        

    Theory and Practice of Writing A
        

    6

    ENGL7172
        

    Theory and Practice of Writing B
        

    6

    ENGL7221
        

    Special Topic: Two Extra English Honours Segments
        

    6

    CREA8001
        

    Approved Special Project in Creative Arts
        

    6

    CREA8002
        

    Special Topic in Creative Arts: One English or English Approved 2/3 topic #
        

    6

    # Note: Depending upon the year of study, students can select from these topics:

    DRAM2510
        

    Comedy and Satire
        

    6

    ENGL2101
        

    Private Parts: Sex, Love and Marriage in 19th Century British Literature
        

    6

    ENGL2104
        

    Shakespeare
        

    6

    ENGL2109
        

    Dethroning the Gods: Literary Modernism and its Enemies, 1925-1956
        

    6

    ENGL2111
        

    Adaptations: Reading Texts and Film
        

    6

    ENGL2112
        

    Past Reading: Contemporary Historical Fictions
        

    6

    ENGL2210
        

    Chaucer and Middle English Literature
        

    6

    ENGL2220
        

    Scottish and Irish Literature
        

    6

    ENGL2240
        

    Traditional Literatures
        

    6

    ENGL2260
        

    Twenty-First Century Literature: Texts and Contexts
        

    6

    ENGL2261
        

    Post-colonial Literature and Cultures
        

    6

    ENGL2300
        

    Writing for Children
        

    6

    ENGL2301
        

    The Craft of Poetry
        

    6

    ENGL2302
        

    Fiction for Young Readers
        

    6

    ENGL2410
        

    Life Writing: Reading and Writing the Self
        

    6

    ENGL2420
        

    The Anglo-Saxon World
        

    6

    ENGL2500
        

    Creative Nonfiction
        

    6

    ENGL2503
        

    Introduction to Creative Writing
        

    6

    ENGL2505
        

    A Festival of International Writing
        

    6

    ENGL2506
        

    Ripping Yarns: Telling Stories of Empire
        

    6

    ENGL2507
        

    'Wish you were here': Workshopping Travel Writing
        

    6

    ENGL2508
        

    Crime Fiction and Film: From Poe to the Postmodern
        

    6

    ENGL2600
        

    Publishing and Editing
        

    6

    MDIA2104
        

    Creating Digital Texts
        

    6

    SCRN3008
        

    Narrative and Storytelling
        

    6

    Plus 6 units from the topics list below. Students cannot choose topics already completed as part of ENGL7221 Special Topic: Two Extra English Honours Segments.

    CREA7075
        

    Creative Writing: Industry Placement
        

    6

    ENGL7208
        

    Postmodern Literature in English
        

    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

    ENGL7222
        

    Special Topic: One English or English Approved 2/3 topic #
        

    6

    ENGL7223A
        

    Special Topic: An Approved Short Project
        

    6

    HUMN7000
        

    Research Skills and Professional Practice
        

    6

    LEGL8004
        

    Business Fundamentals
        

    3

    LEGL8105
        

    Business Applications
        

    3

    PROF8001
        

    Grants and Sponsorship Proposals
        

    3

    PROF8004
        

    Project Management: Developing a Business Plan
        

    3

    PROF8005
        

    Project Management Essentials
        

    3

    PROF8007
        

    Project Management - Budgets
        

    3

    PROF8008
        

    Preparing Professional Presentations
        

    3

    PROF8009
        

    Project Marketing Principles
        

    3

    OR

    DRAMA PERFORMANCE

    36 units to be selected from:


    DRAM7000
        

    Special Topic in Drama
        

    12

    DRAM7500
        

    Special Half Topic in Drama (1)
        

    6

    DRAM7501
        

    Special Half Topic in Drama (2)
        

    6

    DRAM7502
        

    Special Half Topic in Drama (3)
        

    6

    DRAM7512
        

    Modern Theatre: The Rise of the Director
        

    6

    DRAM7513
        

    Modern Theatre: Directors and Directions
        

    6

    DRAM7516
        

    Contemporary Australian Drama
        

    6

    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

    DRAP7500
        

    Special Half Topic in Drama Centre (Professional Audition Package)
        

    6

    HUMN7000
        

    Research Skills and Professional Practice
        

    6

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

    Note: Students should consult the honours handbook, available from the English, Drama and Screen Studies offices, for further information on these topics.

    OR

    SCREEN PRODUCTION

    36 units to be selected from:


    SCRN7001
        

    Critical and Theoretical Screen Studies
        

    6/24

    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

    SCRN7050
        

    Project in Screen Production
        

    12

    SCRN7050B
        

    Project in Screen Production (Part 1)*, and
        

    6

    SCRN7050C
        

    Project in Screen Production (Part 2)*
        

    6

    SCRN7051
        

    Production.com
        

    6

    SCRN7060
        

    Honours Project in Screenwriting
        

    6

    SCRN7075
        

    Practicum in Screen Studies and Screen Industries (Honours)
        

    6

    HUMN7000
        

    Research Skills and Professional Practice
        

    6

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

    Up to 6 units may be chosen from:

    LEGL8004
        

    Business Fundamentals
        

    3

    LEGL8105
        

    Business Applications
        

    3

    PROF8001
        

    Grants and Sponsorship Proposals
        

    3

    PROF8004
        

    Project Management: Developing a Business Plan
        

    3

    PROF8005
        

    Project Management Essentials
        

    3

    PROF8007
        

    Project Management - Budgets
        

    3

    PROF8008
        

    Preparing Professional Presentations
        

    3

    PROF8009
        

    Project Marketing Principles
        

    3

    Credit for an approved honours degree or equivalent or for approved, relevant work experience or for approved, relevant creative products will be granted within this component.

    A further 36 units comprising:

    A project in creative writing, drama or screen production:

    CREA9301
        

    Creative Arts Project
        

    12/24
        

    and
        

    A coursework thesis on an aspect of creative writing, drama or screen production:

    CREA9302
        

    Creative Arts Thesis
        

    12/24
        

    An optional component of up to 6 units of masters production coursework:

    CREA9303
        

    Creative Arts Workshops
        

    3/6

    This would be undertaken as individual participation in technical and specialist short-course workshops.

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