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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Details

Bachelor of Contemporary Arts

Abbreviation: BCA

Course code: F3J

Course contact (faculty or school) (03) 6324 4400

Schedules of units

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Schedule A – Theatre Studies stream  |  Schedule B – Two-dimensional Studies stream  |  Schedule C – Three-dimensional Studies stream  |  Schedule D – Theory Studies stream  |  Schedule E – Contemporary Music (Jazz & Rock) stream

Bachelor of Contemporary Arts – Course Specifications

Introductory comments

This on-campus 3-year full-time course is offered by the School of Visual & Performing Arts in Launceston. Part-time study is also available.

Admission & prerequisites

Applicants are normally expected to have satisfied the University’s admission requirements.

Applicants intending to specialise in Two-dimensional (2D) Studies or Three-dimensional (3D) Studies will be required to submit a portfolio of recent artwork (which may include slides, photographs or video). Where there are circumstances which prevent an applicant attending for interview, a brief statement outlining interest in the course, including any relevant experience or qualifications, should be provided, including a portfolio of recent artwork. Completion of TCE Art, Craft and Design is desirable but not essential.

Applicants intending to specialise in Theatre Studies are required to attend an audition and interview. Overseas and interstate applicants may submit a video-tape of a recent performance. Completion of TCE Speech and Drama is desirable but not essential.

Applicants intending to specialise in Contemporary Music are required to attend an audition and theory and aural test. It is an advantage to have completed TCE Music.

Students intending to specialise in Theory Studies are required to attend an interview in which they will either present a portfolio of recent artwork or present for audition, as appropriate.

Course objectives

The educational objectives of the 3-year degree are:

1. To provide a foundation study in the methods, skills and processes involved in visual or performing arts practices;
2. To familiarise students with conceptual concerns and theoretical debates surrounding contemporary visual and performing arts practices;
3. To provide a program that creates an opportunity for students to go on to further study at Honours level or to undertake a degree program in a complementary area, eg cultural tourism, business, hospitality.
Career outcomes

Graduates from the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts will find employment in a variety of positions within the visual and performing arts professions. Students who complete a stream in either 2D Studies or 3D Studies or Theory Studies may work as curators, gallery administrators, researchers and teachers, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice. Students who complete the Theatre Studies stream may work in professional theatre as actors, stage managers or technicians, film and television, or public relations. Students who complete the Contemporary Music stream may work in the music industry as performers, teachers or administrators.

Course structure

To meet the requirements of the BCA, students must complete a total of 300%, of which normally 100% will be at level 100, 100% at level 200 and 100% at level 300. Students must also meet the requirements for a major stream in either Theatre Studies, 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Contemporary Music (Jazz and Rock) or Theory Studies.

Year 1

All students must complete the core theory units Introduction to Cultural Practices 1 and 2 (2 x 12.5%). Students choose Year 1 core units from the schedules for one of Theatre Studies, 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Contemporary Music (Jazz and Rock) or Theory Studies.

Year 2

All students complete 25% in Theory Studies units. Students who elect to do a major stream in either Theatre Studies, 2D Studies, 3D Studies or Contemporary Music (Jazz and Rock) must complete 50% of units at level 200 in the chosen stream. Students who choose the Theory Studies stream must do an additional 25% of units at level 200 in Theory Studies. The remaining weighting is made up of electives, comprising level 200/300 units from any of the other schedules, approved complementary TAFE modules or units from other courses in the University.

Year 3

Students in the Theatre Studies stream complete the units Theatre Project 1 and 2 (50%). Students in the streams for 2D Studies or 3D Studies complete the units Studio Project 1 and 2 (50%). Students in the Contemporary Music (Jazz and Rock) stream complete the units FPM301 Music Project A and FPM302 Music Project B. Students in the Theory Studies stream choose 50% of Theory units at level 300. The remaining weighting (50%) for all students is made up of electives, comprising level 200/300 units from any of the other schedules, approved complementary TAFE modules or units from other courses in the University.

Students who intend to apply for an honours course must complete a total of 75% of Theory Studies units, including the core Year 1 theory units Introduction to Cultural Practices 1 and 2.

Sample Course 1 – Major in Two-dimensional Studies
Year 1 Drawing 1(12.5%)        

Drawing 2 (12.5%)
Intro to 3D Studies (12.5%)        

Intro to Ceramics (12.5%)
Intro to 2D Studies (12.5%)        

Intro to Painting (12.5%)
Intro to Cultural Practices 1 (12.5%)        

Intro to Cultural Practices 2 (12.5%)
         


100%
Year 2 Stage Design (12.5%)        

Web Page Design (12.5%)
Painting Project (12.5%)        

Painting Project 2A (12.5%)
Computer Imaging (12.5%)        

Approved TAFE module (12.5%)
Theory Studies units (25%)        


100%
Year 3 Ceramics: Precious & Ephemeral (12.5%)        

Drawing the Body (12.5%)
Special Project 1 (25%) Special Project 2 (25%) Theory Studies units (2x12.5%)    


100%
    Major = 100% minimum at levels 200/300   Grand total: 300%
Sample Course 2 – Major in Theatre Studies
Year 1 Technical Theatre (12.5%)        

Production & Performance (12.5%)
Theatre Skills 1 (12.5%)        

Theatre Skills 2 (12.5%)
Principles & Practice of Theatre 1 (12.5%)        

Principles & Practice of Theatre 2 (12.5%)
Intro to Cultural Pracrtices 1 (12.5%)        

Intro to Cultural Practices 2 (12.5%)
         


100%
Year 2 Drawing 1 (12.5%)        

Drawing 2 (12.5%)
Classical Performance (12.5%)        

Devised Performance (12.5%)
Classical Production (12.5%)        

Theatre Skills 3 (12.5%)
Theory Studies units (2x12.5%)        


100%
Year 3 Script Writing (12.5%)        

Voice and Media (12.5%)
Special Project 1 (25%) Special Project 2 (25%) Theory Studies units    

(2x12.5%)
         


100%
    Major = 100% minimum at levels 200/300   Grand total: 300%
Sample Course 3 – Major in Theory Studies
Year 1 Technical Theatre (12.5%)        

Production & Performance (12.5%)
Intro to 3D Studies (12.5%)        

Intro to Textiles (12.5%)
Intro to 2D Studies (12.5%)        

Intro to Printmedia (12.5%)
Intro to Cultural Practices 1 (12.5%)        

Intro to Cultural Practices 2 (12.5%)
         


100%
Year 2 Sculpture – Fine Art Metal Casting (12.5%)        

Computer Imaging (12.5%)

Web Page Design (12.5%)

Script Writing (12.5%)
    Theory Studies units (4x12.5%)    


100%
Year 3 Ceramics: Precious and Ephemeral (12.5%)        

Drawing into Print (12.5%)

Photography as Service (12.5%)

The Art of Costume 1 (12.5%)
    Theory Studies units(4x12.5%)    


100%
        Major = 100% minimum at levels 200/300  



Grand total: 300%
Articulation

Continuing University students will be able to articulate from the BFA at Launceston and from the BPA (Theatre/Contemporary Music).

On completion of the BCA with DN or above in the major studio and 6 semesters of theory (75%), graduates will be able to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Performing Arts with Honours (for Contemporary Music Students) or the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours (for Visual Art and Theatre students).

Articulation with TAFE

All students in the degree program can count up to an equivalent of 50% of approved complementary TAFE modules, of which no more than 25% may count towards the nominated major stream. For the purposes of credit transfer, each TAFE module has an equivalent weighting of 12.5%. The approved complementary TAFE modules in Visual Arts are as follows:

11-449 Jewellery Introduction

11-455 Jewellery – Fabrication Techniques

11-456 Jewellery Casting

11-457 Jewellery Production Casting

11-443 Printmaking Introduction

11-589 Etching Techniques

11-591 Intaglio Drypoint

11-594 Stone Lithography

11-610 Colour Etching

11-690 Two Shaft Weave

11-684 Introduction to Tapestry

11-693 Dyeing

11-695 Introduction to Colour

51-139 Intro to Computers for Graphic Arts

TAFE modules in Sound Recording and Video Production may also be counted towards the BCA. On completion of any combination of the following modules (a total contact time of no less than 40 hours and up to 60 hours), students will receive credit for one 12.5% elective:

Sound Recording

VBE 295 The Physics of Music

VBE 297 Sound Recording Equipment

AUS 18 Introduction to Mixing Consoles

VBE 299 Signal Processors

AUS 20 Microphones and Loudspeakers

AUS 29 Microphone Technique

VBE 311 Recording Techniques

VBB 759 How to Make a Demo Tape

Video Production

FVP 007 Design for the Film and Video Industry

FVP 008 Production Management for the Film and Video Industry

FVP 009 Advanced Camera Techniques for Film and Video

FVP 010 Post Production Sound

FVP 011 Location and Studio Sound Recording for Film and Video

FVP 012 Advanced Lighting for Film and Video

FVP 013 Advanced Editing for Film and Video

Credit

Applicants who are accepted for admission, and who have satisfactorily completed a related TAFE diploma, will be awarded status for up to one year or one-third of the degree requirement (100% total).

Students commencing study in the BCA will normally be granted a minimum of 25% credit towards the BCA if they have completed another previous degree. Credit for another incomplete degree will be given on a case by case basis.

Transfer provisions

A student successfully completing all level 100 units of the course in the visual arts or theatre streams at one campus will be eligible to transfer to units at level 200 at the other campus with full status for level 100 units. However, they would normally only be able to enrol in major units at level 200 if they have completed the prerequisite level 100 major unit (full year level 100 Studio for Hobart students transferring to Launceston; semester 1 Studio Survey, full year Drawing and semester 2 Studio for Launceston students transferring to Hobart). In exceptional circumstances the relevant discipline head or head of school may approve an appropriate set of subjects to serve as a prerequisite where a stated prerequisite is not met.

Units from other courses

Students are permitted to enrol in units from another degree course to count towards the BCA, provided that the weighting of these units totals no more than 25% at level 200 and 25% at level 300.

Note: Students who take (or plan to take) an equivalent 50% weighting in complementary TAFE modules may not then count additional units from elsewhere in the University towards the BCA, and vice versa.

Students enrolled in other courses

The School of Visual & Performing Arts offers students a sequence of 12.5% elective units. Students must obtain formal School approval from the lecturer-in-charge prior to enrolment.

Note: The following information is NOT included in the printed edition of the Course and Unit Handbook

Additional Information

The following information answers some frequently asked questions.
Note, however, details should be confirmed with the appropriate authority

Responsible faculty or school | Faculty of Arts

Campus(es) offered | Launceston

Mode of delivery | Full time | Part time

Course duration | 3 years minimum (6 semesters) | 8 years maximum (16 semesters)

Majors and Specialisations | Launceston majors: 2D Studies, 3D Studies, Theatre Studies, Theory Studies, Contemporary Music (Jazz and Rock)


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