University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Creative Arts - Melbourne (Majors: Screen, Theatre, Writing)

Course code/s: ABCA Melbourne

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora Mildura
Course/Discipline Coordinator Rob Conkie
Course Code ABCAB ABCA ABCAM
Available to International Students Yes Yes Yes
CRICOS 043551B
Course Duration 3 Years Full-time or Part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange Opportunity YES
Leave of Absence Available YES
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Post 2017 Commencement

Course Description

The Bachelor of Creative Arts on the Melbourne campus comprises three (separate, but related) majors: Screen; Writing; and Theatre. Core degree subjects at each year level of study introduce students to the foundational theories and practices of the creative arts and its related industries. These subjects also offer opportunities to work across the discipline majors of the degree and to collaborate with creative arts students on other campuses (and in other creative disciplines, such as visual arts). Each of the separate majors offers a core program of disciplinary study focused on creative practice, both in terms of production and analysis and opportunities are offered throughout the degree for the public exhibition, publication and performance of student work.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in the Creative Arts discipline
  • Develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice
  • Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise works, artifacts and forms of creative expression.
  • Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences
  • Work independently and collaboratively in the Creative Arts Discipline in response to project demands.
  • Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in the Creative Arts Discipline.

Admission Requirements

Students should satisfy the normal University entrance requirements, including the completion of units 3 and 4 of VCE English with a minimum study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Course Requirements

The Bachelor of Creative Arts can be taken either as a pass degree or with honours. If taken full-time, the pass degree is designed to be completed within three years. To be awarded the Bachelor of Creative Arts, you must:

  • complete 360 credit points with at least 120 credit points at third-year level
  • complete at least one major in your course
  • complete 4 core subjects as follows:

Year 1: CRA1ART – What is Art? and CRA1STO – Art and Narrative
Year 2: CRA2EON- Exhibit 1
Year 3: CRA3FES - Arts Festival                

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance the students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
ABS0WOM is another not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

La Trobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course Structure

Screen Major

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

First year

Semester 1 CRA1ART MSS1SSA HUS1MOV OPTION
What is Art? Introduction to Screen and Sound Moving Text First Year Elective
Semester 2 CRA1STO OPTION OPTION OPTION
Art and Narrative Second Major First Year Subject or Elective Second Major First Year Subject or Elective First Year Elective

Second year

Semester 1 MSS2SSP OPTION OPTION OPTION
Screenplay/Soundplay Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective Open Elective
Semester 2 CRA2EON MSS2PER MSS2SCV OPTION
Exhibit One Screen and Sound Performance Shooting Shorts Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective

Third year

Semester 1 MSS3DOC OPTION OPTION OPTION
Documentary and Production Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective Third Year Open Elective
Semester 2 CRA3FES MSS3WEB MSS3ESP OPTION
Arts Festival Webseries Production Exploring Studio Spaces Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective

Electives

Students completing a single major will have to complete twelve (15 credit point) elective subjects.

Students completing a double major will have to complete four (15 credit point) elective subjects.

Electives can be additional subjects from your major area of study (as listed below).

First Year
CRA1ECA (S1) Exploring Creative Arts
CRA1PWR (S2) Professional Writing
Second Year
CRA2SMI (SUM 3) Shakespeare and the Moving Image (City Campus)
MSS2SFM (S1) Soundtracks: Film and Popular Music
MSS2CFI (S2) Contemporary World Cinema
Third Year
MSS3ADS (S2) Screenwriting Project
MSS3FCR (S2) Screen Criticism
MSS3SCI (S1) Screen Culture: Land, Sex and Collective Ideas
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM 3 = Summer Semester 3

Theatre Major

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

First year

Semester 1 CRA1ART HUS1MOV OPTION OPTION
What is Art? Moving Text Second Major First Year Subject or Elective First Year Elective
Semester 2 CRA1STO DRA1MKT OPTION OPTION
Art and Narrative Making Theatre Second Major First Year Subject or Elective First Year Elective

Second year

Semester 1 DRA2MOA DRA2MIT OPTION OPTION
Modern Drama Introduction to Music Theatre Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective Open Elective
Semester 2 CRA2EON DRA2SIP OPTION OPTION
Exhibit One Shakespeare in Performance Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective Open Elective

Third year

Semester 1 DRA3AUD DRA3WFP OPTION OPTION
Australian Drama Writing for Performance Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective Third Year Open Elective
Semester 2 CRA3FES DRA3CAM OPTION OPTION
Arts Festival Acting for the Camera Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective

Electives

Students completing a single major will have to complete twelve (15 credit point) elective subjects.

Students completing a double major will have to complete four (15 credit point) elective subjects.

Writing Major

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

First year

Semester 1 CRA1ART OPTION OPTION OPTION
What is Art? Second Major First Year Subject or Elective Second Major First Year Subject or Elective First Year Elective
Semester 2 CRA1STO CRA1PWR ENG1SHS OPTION
Art and Narrative Professional Writing The Short Story First Year Elective

Second year

Semester 1 MSS2SSP ENG2WFI OPTION OPTION
Screenplay/Soundplay Writing Fiction Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective Open Elective
Semester 2 CRA2EON CRA2WRP OPTION OPTION
Exhibit One Writing and Reading Poetry Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective Second Major Second Year Subject or Elective

Third year

Semester 1 DRA3WFP CPW3EAP OPTION OPTION
Writing for Performance Editing and Publishing Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective Third Year Open Elective
Semester 2 CRA3FES CRA3CRC OPTION OPTION
Arts Festival Critical/Creative Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective Second Major Third Year Subject or Elective

Electives

Students completing a single major will have to complete twelve (15 credit point) elective subjects.

Students completing a double major will have to complete four (15 credit point) elective subjects.

First Year
ENG1DPL (S1) Death, Pleasure and Literary Imagination
HUS1MOV (S1) Moving Text
Second Year
CRA2SMI (SUM 3) Shakespeare and the Moving Image (City Campus)
ENG2ALT (S1) American Literature
ENG2NAA (S2) Narrative Analysis
ENG2CNF (S1) Creative Non Fiction 
CPW2RFW (S2) Reading For Writers
Third Year
ENG3NOV (S2) Novels of Love and War
ENG3SAC (S1) Shakespeare and Contemporaries (Online)
ENG3BAR (S1) Romanticism
ENG3WAB (S1) Writing Autobiography
MSS3ADS (S2) Screenwriting Project
MSS3FCR (S2) Screen Criticism
STC3WIA Writers in Action (Not available 2017)
CPW3ADF Advanced Fiction (30 cps)
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM 3 = Summer Semester 3

Electives

The Major Core and Elective subjects are available for students who are not enrolled in the major. Please note: Some subjects may be restricted or have pre-requisite requirements.

Electives can also be subjects from within Humanities and Social Sciences or from across the University. To view subjects within Humanities and Social Sciences please see: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/handbook//2017/undergraduate/assc/arts/disciplines/index.htm.

To view subjects from across the University please see: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/subjects

Pre 2017 Commencement

Course Description

The Bachelor of Creative Arts is an exciting cross-disciplinary degree which offers two majors - a "Screen, Sound and Performance" major and a "Creative and Professional Writing” major. Subjects include introductory writing, screen studies, media arts, performance subjects and subjects in film and television practice. Some of our graduates' work along with our award-winning youth series Real can be found at : www.thereallab.com.

Students can also broaden their knowledge through elective subjects such as English, Politics, Languages, Archaeology, Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality and Diversity studies. In second year, there is a variety of writing, performance and production subjects which can be taken across both majors as well as a choice of electives. In third year, depending on which major you take, you might be involved in production and performance subjects including Shopfront, where you’ll work with a group to research, conceptualize and carry out a creative project; or a suite of writing subjects which could include writing autobiography, fiction, and screenwriting, for example.

The course recognizes that it is important to build the necessary skills to work across genres, and across media platforms as they progress and change. You may also have the opportunity to work with Community Television (Channel 31), The La Trobe Art Institute and its network of galleries, or with professional writers’ festivals. Our aim is to produce graduates with the skills they need to be innovative and entrepreneurial screenwriters, media writers, media makers, creative practitioners, curators and performers.

Course Requirements

All subjects are worth 15 credit points unless otherwise stated.

The requirements for the successful completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts are:

  • three degree core subjects at first year: CRA1ECA, CRA1PWR and MSS1MNC
  • one degree core subject at second year: CRA2VER
  • all listed core/compulsory subjects from one of the following majors: screen, sound and performance, or creative and professional writing
  • any remaining electives to total 120 credit points at each year level.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
  • ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

La Trobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

 

Course Structure

Screen, Sound and Performance Major

First year

Semester 1 CRA1ECA MSS1MNC MSS1SSA OPTION
Exploring Creative Arts (Core) Making Networked Culture (Not Offered in 2017) Introduction to Screen + Sound First Year Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 CRA1PWR OPTION OPTION OPTION
Professional Writing (Core) First Year Elective (15 cps)1 First Year Elective (15 cps)1 First Year Elective (15 cps)1
 
Key 1 = You may choose a first year subject from any department, we recommend the subjects listed at the bottom of the page.

Second year

Semester 1  CRA2VER OPTION OPTION OPTION
Versions: Thinking Through Creative Arts (Core) Subject from List A (15 cps)2 Second Year Elective (15 cps)1 Second Year Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 MSS2SCV OPTION OPTION OPTION
Shooting Shorts: Introduction to Screen Production Subject from List A (15 cps)2 Second Year Elective (15 cps)1

Second Year Elective (15 cps)1

Key 1 = You may choose a second year subject from any department, we recommend the subjects listed at the bottom of the page. Subjects may be taken in Semester 1 or 2. Students must not exceed 60 credit points per Semester.

Key 2 = Students must not exceed 60 credit points per Semester.

List A

Subjects
MSS2SSP (S1) Screenplay, Soundplay
DRA2MIT (S1) Introduction to Music Theatre
MSS2PER (S2) Screen + Sound Performance
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Third year

Semester 1 CRA3SHF OPTION OPTION OPTION
Creative Arts Shopfront 1 Subject from List B (15 cps)2 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Subject from List B (15 cps)2 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1

Key 1 = You may choose a third year subject from any department, we recommend the subjects listed at the bottom of the page. Subjects may be taken in Semester 1 or 2. Students must not exceed 60 credit points per Semester.

Key 2 = Students must not exceed 60 credit points per Semester.

List B

Subjects
MSS3DOC (S1) Documentary and Production
MSS3ADS (S2) Screenwriting Project
DRA3IPF (S2) Intercultural Performance
S1= Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Creative and Professional Writing Major

First year

Semester 1 CRA1ECA OPTION OPTION OPTION
Exploring Creative Arts (Degree Core) First Year Elective (15 cps)1 First Year Elective (15 cps)1 First Year Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 CRA1PWR MSS1MNC OPTION OPTION

Professional Writing (Degree Core)

Making Networked Culture (Degree Core)

First Year Elective (15 cps)1

First Year Elective (15 cps)1

Key 1 = You may choose a first year subject from any department, we recommend the subjects listed at the bottom of the page.

 

Second year

Semester 1 CRA2VER OPTION OPTION OPTION
Versions: Thinking Through Creative Arts Subject from List C Second Year Elective (15 cps)1 Second Year Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 ENG2NAA OPTION OPTION OPTION
Narrative Analysis Subject from List C Second Year Elective (15 cps)1 Second Year Elective (15 cps)1

Key 1 = You may choose a second year subject from any department, we recommend the subjects listed at the bottom of the page.

List C

Subjects
MSS2SSP (S1) Screenplay, Soundplay
ENG2WFI (S1) Writing Fiction
CRA2WRP (S2) Writing and Reading Poetry
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Third year

Semester 1 ENG3WAB OPTION OPTION OPTION
Creative Non Fiction Subject from List D (15 cps) Third Year Elective (15 cps)1 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1
Semester 2 OPTION OPTION OPTION OPTION
Third Year Elective (15 cps)1 Subject from List D (15 cps) Third Year Elective (15 cps)1 Third Year Elective (15 cps)1

Key 1 = You may choose a third year subject from any department, we recommend the subjects listed at the bottom of the page.

List D

Subjects
MSS3ADS (S2) Screenwriting Project
STC3WIA Writers in Action
MSS3FCR (S2) Screen Criticism
S2 = Semester 2

Subjects recommended as complementary to the Creative Arts Degree

First Year Subjects
MSS1SSA (S1) Introduction to Screen + Sound
HUS1MOV (S1) Moving Text; Page, Screen and Stage
DRA1MKT (S2) Making Theatre
Second Year Subjects
CRA2SMI (SUM 3) Shakespeare and the Moving Image (City Campus)
DRA2MOA (S1) Modern Drama and Acting Identity
MSS2SSB (S1) Media Screen + Sound 2
ENG2WFI (S1) Writing Fiction
MSS2SFM (S1) Soundtracks: Film & Popular Music
ENG2NAA (S2) Narrative Analysis
DRA2SIP (S2) Shakespeare in Performance
MSS2CFI (S2) Contemporary World Cinema
CRA2ECA (S1) Exhibiting Culture A (Not Offered in 2017)
Third Year Subjects
ENG3WAB (S1) Writing Creative Non-Fiction
DRA3AUD (S1) Australian Drama from 1955 to the Present Day
MSS3INT (ALL YR) Professional Internship (Creative Practice)
DRA3PRO (S2) Drama Project
MSS3ADS (S2) Screenwriting Project
ENG3NOV (S2) Novels of Love and War
CRA3ECB (S1) Exhibiting Culture B (Not Offered in 2017)
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, ALL YR = All Year, SUm 3 = Summer Semester 2

Honours

The Honours program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop skills, which will prepare them for further academic study or for work in specific fields and industries involving creative writing, writing for screen and sound and theatre production.

Students are selected into Honours at the end of their third year. Prospective students should make their interest known to the Creative Arts Honours Coordinator by November for commencement in Semester 1 or in early June for commencement in Semester 2.

The normal requirement for selection is consistent high performance (at least a B average) in the creative arts subjects.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours year allows students to:

  • incorporate more than one discipline i.e. creative arts
  • concentrate on one discipline i.e. Media, English or Theatre and Drama.

The course consists of:

  • one fourth-year subjects from Screen Arts or Theatre and Drama or English to the value of 30 credit points
  • one other fourth year subject: ENG4POE (Poetics) 30 credit points
  • a thesis that consists of a negotiated practical project in script writing, creative writing, performance or production that explores a research question
  • a 5000 word exegesis to support the thesis.

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).

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