3YD BFA 1 Curriculum

 

This course provides the student with an introduction to basic sound theory, analogue sound technology and operation.  It introduces analogue audio equipment and systems used within a live performance context and the necessary skills to operate the equipment and sound cues for live performances.

This course is made up of a series of lectures, illustrated with practical experiments conducted in the laboratory and in the theatre, which are designed to give the student a thorough grounding in the safe application of stage equipment.

The goal of the BFA 1 Year is to provide technical skills in Lighting, Sound and Stage Technology for live performance.  There are support studies in Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Networking and the EDT Seminar courses.  An introduction to the theatrical production process is also covered through collaborative courses with other TEA students

Below is the curriculum chart for the BFA 1 Year and course outlines and links to the syllabuses for the EDT specific courses.

This course provides the student with an introduction to the mechanics of theatre lighting equipment, rigging methods and focusing techniques pertaining to theatre lighting.  It introduces basic lighting consoles and various types of lantern accessories and their applications within a live performance context and covers the necessary skills to operate the equipment and lighting cues for live performances.  This course will also cover basic lighting techniques and composition theories.

This course provides the student with the opportunity to fulfil the role of Lighting, Sound or Stage Technician.  Students undertake management and assisting duties, project work, production work and various assignments relating to Academy or other productions.  It provides the student the opportunity to apply skills in technical theatrical equipment and systems used within a live performance context and the necessary skills to install and operate the equipment for live performances.  It also provides the student with the opportunity to manage a technical crew for a production fit-up and strike.

This course provides the student with an introduction to basic analogue and digital electronics.  It introduces the application of the analogue and digital electronics principles in audio equipment and systems.

This course is composed of a series of case studies that provide the opportunity for students to experiment with, and investigate into, the practical applications of Entertainment Design and Technology.  The projects are designed to challenge the student’s understanding, critical thinking and problem solving skills, with regards to the application and implementation of Entertainment Design and Technology systems.  Projects will be both one-day practical exercises and a project based on an observation and research exercise.

This course provides the student with an introduction to the theories of electricity and basic electrical practice in theatre.  It introduces basic electrical circuits and various types of accessories and their applications and covers the necessary skills to complete basic electrical practice in theatre.  This course will also cover safety precautions.

This course examines the process of how to perform a close reading of a play-script or opera libretto in preparation for developing a production concept. Students will be guided through the process of reading and making notes on three works, understanding text formatting and layout, meaning and choice of vocabulary and phraseology, determining the main and secondary characters, story, location, historical context, setting, style and genre as well as identifying primary and secondary themes.

Building on the learning outcomes of Understanding the Script, this course explores how the director of a performance text uses those outcomes to develop the concept for staging its production.

The course will explore the definitions, concepts, protocols, and hardware utilised by modern sound, lighting or stage system designer to access resources, bring new resources into the design process and have the ability to be flexible to the director’s requests.

This course provides the student with an introduction to the process of writing, testing, debugging/troubleshooting the source code of computer programs with a goal of providing the student with a confidence in understanding the processes and science of computers.  It builds on this knowledge and provides the opportunity to apply this knowledge media combining digital images, digital audio, and digital video within a multimedia and live performance context.