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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Will Peterson


This unit will provide students with a sustained opportunity to develop their own skills in writing for performance in a collaborative workshop environment, culminating in performance work based on the completed script. The program will also involve working collaboratively on a project with a practising writer. The course will offer experience in writing and adaptation for both stage and screen, while providing students with the chance to specialise in one medium.


Students taking DTS3400 will develop:

  1. Enhanced skills in the practice of their own writing in more than one performance genre.

  1. An understanding of aspects of creative processes in the field, and of the procedures appropriate to the collaborative development of new work.

  1. An increased familiarity with the distinctive methodological issues involved in the study of the form, and of the languages appropriate to their articulation and analysis.

  1. A greater knowledge of the implications of structural choices in the evolution of a performance text.

  1. Skills in editing and adaptation.

  1. The capacity to articulate critical analyses in systematic written argument, and in clear and confident oral presentations.


Short completed script (3000 words): 60%
Exercise (1500 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Will Peterson

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour workshop) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Drama and theatre studies


A minor sequence in Drama and Theatre Studies