4YD BFA 1 Curriculum The EDT courses offered in year 1

The aim of the BFA 1 year is to introduce all the components of live performance. The EDT Department core studies comprises of Intro to EDT I & II and Safety in Theatre. By the end of the programme the student will have the necessary skills to act as a technical stage crew. Below is the curriculum chart for the Foundation Year and course outlines and links to the syllabuses for the EDT specific courses.

BFA1 Entertainment Design and Technology Major Study (All Streams):
Course ID# COURSE
SEMESTER
UNITS
TOTAL
Major Studies
24
TEGC0101-02 Fundamentals of TEA I-II
I-II
4
TEGC0103 Creative Process
I
3
TEGC0105 Theatre Production Process
II
3
TEGC0135-36 Introduction to Production Practice
I or II
4
TEDT0101 Introduction to Entertainment Design & Technology
I
4
TEGC0107 Introduction to Computer Technology
I
2
TEDE0101 Introduction to Technical Drawing
I
2
TEDT0103 Safety In Theatre
I
2
Liberal Arts & Languages
8
LGENXXXX English I-II
I & II
2
LGPUXXXX Chinese Language I-II
I & II
2
LSID0101-02 Civilizations
I & II
4
School Electives
0
TEGC0115-17 Independent Study/Project I - II
I or II
(0-4)
TEGCXXXX Production Workshop I-II-III
I or II
(0-5)
TEGCXXXX Other Electives I or II
I or II
Academy Wide Electives
2
Academy Electives I or II
I or II
2
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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Entertainment Design & Technology

This course provides the student with an investigation of the basic techniques and procedures of contemporary technical theatre practice. It will provide the opportunity to learn current terminology, tools, working conventions, and techniques required to install and operate systems in lighting, sound, and the stage in a safe and efficient manner. The course will also provide opportunities for the student to gain practical experience within a controlled environment and to apply and reinforce this newly acquired knowledge within the context of a live performance. Students will have a fundamental understanding for the associated practices and application for lighting, sound and stage technology within the context of a live performance.

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Safety in Theatre

This course provides awareness of work place hazards and safety within the theatre as well as in all live entertainment contexts. Students in this course will also be taught accident prevention theory, fire prevention and safety, risk assessment and safety hazard identification, personal protection equipment, accident reporting, and material safety data sheet referencing.

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Fundamentals of TEA LX & SD Module

This course provides the student with an introduction to the basic techniques and procedures of contemporary theatre lighting and sound technology. Through the use of practical projects the module will provide the opportunity for the student to learn about current terminology, working conventions and techniques required in a lighting or sound production team. The module will also help students understand the inter-relationship of these areas within the department as well as how each contributes to a successfully realized theatre production. Students will have an understanding of the basic practical processes of the theatre lighting and sound departments.

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Introduction to EDT Production Practice

This course provides the student with opportunity to fulfil the role of Lighting, Sound or Stage Crew. Students undertake assisting duties, project work, production work and various assignments relating to Academy or other productions. It provides 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. The students will be allocated roles covering lighting, sound and stage technology and can elect one other TEA area.

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Electives

There are elective courses offered by the EDT Department, the TEA School or Academy Wide that are available for students to take to broarden their educational experience. Choices and selection of elective courses should be made in consultation with the student Mentor. EDT Electives include:

  • BFA 1: Intro to Video Lighting
  • BFA 1: Vectorworks
  • BFA 1: Website Design
Production Workshop

It is possible to take additional production work through the use of Production Workshop. There is a form that can be filled in that details the role that the student will take and how many credits are eligable. It is important to obtain the permission of the Production Supervisor before completing the Production Contract form.

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Production Workshop

An Independent Study is a project that is initiated by the student. It is important to obtain a Project Supervisor to guide you through the project before completing the Independent Study form.

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Intro to Video Lighting

Through lectures and practical exercises this course will introduce students to understand basic Video Lighting technology and systems. Students will broaden their awareness and comprehension of the methods and styles in video lighting and TV studio Production. By gaining a greater understanding of this field, the students will also be better equipped to apply and analyse the relationships between video lighting and theatre lighting techniques in the production process. The instructor will present key concepts, techniques, and practical issues related to the given theory and/or analysis topic. The presentation is accompanied by the demonstration of the application of the given theories and techniques in Video Lighting.

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Vectorworks

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction to the VectorWorks CAD and Lighting software. Students will learn 2- and 3-dimensional drawing techniques, 3-dimensional renderings and the generation of lighting paperwork and reports.

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Website Design

This course provides the student with the basic knowledge of the technology behind the web and with the skills to create modern, accessible, effective websites with a focus on promotion or documentation of performing arts projects and the creation of an online professional CV.

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