4YD BFA 2 Curriculum The EDT courses offered in year 2

The goal of the BFA 2 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.

BFA2 Entertainment Design and Technology Major Study (All Streams):
Course ID# COURSE
SEMESTER
UNITS
TOTAL
Major Studies
28
TEDT1101-02 Fundamentals of Lighting I-II
I & II
4
TEDT1103-04 Fundamentals of Sound I-II
I & II
4
TEDT1105-06 Fundamentals of Stage Technology I-II
I & II
4
TEDT1107-08 EDT Case Studies I-II
I & II
4
TEDT1131-32 EDT Production Practice I-II
I & II
4
TEDT1109 Basic Electronics
I
1
TEDT Introduction to Sound Recording
I
1
TEDTXXXX EDT Seminar (LX, SD, ST)
II
2
TEGC1201 AutoCAD Drafting
I
2
TEDE1117 Analysing the Script and Developing the Production Concept
I
2
EDT Student Assembly
I & II
Liberal Arts & Languages
6
LS1101-02 Cultural Studies I-II
I & II
4
LGPUXXXX Eng/Chinese/Other languages
I or II
2
School Electives (Take 2 units from below)
2
TEGC1115-25 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
36

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Lighting I

This course provides the student with fundamental technical knowledge and skills in the area of theatrical lighting. It covers fundamental lighting control and dimmer technologies, modern console programming, fault finding and troubleshooting and the role and responsibilities of the production electrician.

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Fundamentals of Lighting II

This course provides the student with fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of theatrical lighting design. It introduces the role of lighting design within a live performance context and the fundamental skills to create lighting compositions for live performances. It also introduces collaborative practices and approaches required of the lighting designer as a member of a theatrical creative team.

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Fundamentals of Sound I

This course provides the student with fundamental technical knowledge and skills in the area of live sound. It introduces analogue and digital audio equipment and systems used within a live performance context and the necessary skills to operate the equipment and sound cues for live performances. It also introduces the role of the Production Engineer and the skills required to manage a sound crew for a production fit-up and strike.

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Fundamentals of Sound II

This course provides the student with fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of theatrical sound design. It introduces the role of sound design within a live performance context and the fundamental skills to create and prepare sound cues for live performances. It also introduces collaborative practices and approaches required of the sound designer as a member of a theatrical creative team.

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Fundamentals of Stage Tehnology I

This course is made up of a series of lectures, illustrated with practical exercises conducted in the laboratory and theatre, which are designed to give the student a thorough grounding in the safe application of selected stage equipment, supporting methodology as well as basic essential networking technique. It introduces theory, applications, construction, networking systems, and operational awareness for stage technology systems used within a live performance context and provides the student opportunities to apply newly acquired knowledge in a controlled environment. Reference is made to various techniques related to departmental organization, specific stage machinery and scenic components, technical drawing and communication, rigging, and special effects. Current productions are case studied when appropriate.

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Fundamentals of Stage Tehnology II

This course builds upon the content covered in Fundamentals of Stage Technology I. It is made up of a series of lectures, illustrated with practical exercises conducted in the laboratory and theatre, which are designed to give the student a thorough grounding in the safe application of additional stage equipment and supporting methodology. It introduces theory, applications, construction, and operational awareness for stage technology systems used within a live performance context and provides the student opportunities to apply newly acquired knowledge in a controlled environment. Reference is made to various techniques related to portable trussing, chain motors, theatrical drapes and fabrics, rigging, and basic electronic applications. Current productions are case studied when appropriate.

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EDT Case Studies I

This course is composed of a series of lab projects 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.

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EDT Case Studies II

This course builds upon the content of Entertainment Design and Technology Case Studies I and is comprised of a series of investigative lab projects and visits to local or regional entertainment industry production sites. The course provides the student with opportunities to observe, investigate and experiment with the practical applications of Entertainment Design and Technology. Project work is designed to challenge the student’s understanding, critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills with regard to the application and implementation of current entertainment industry systems and methodology. Emphasis is placed upon both departmentalized operations as well as the collaborative teamwork required to mount a small-scale production. Site visits are designed to elaborate upon current industry trends and technology.

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EDT Production Practice I & II

This course provides the student with 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 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 opportunity to manage a technical crew for a production fit-up and strike.

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Basic Electronics

This course provides the student with an introduction to basic analogue electronics. It introduces the application of the analogue electronics principles in audio equipment and various live performance systems. The instructor presents 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 basic electronics. Class discussions will be conducted in a forum style. This is mainly intended to fortify and provide the opportunity for reflection on the key issues and concepts discussed and explored in class. Students are encouraged to critique and comment on peers’ discussions. A practical assignment allows the student to evaluate and strengthen the knowledge being studied and the opportunity to gain some practical hands on experience. The assignments are constructed to reinforce newly acquired knowledge to produce a greater understanding in basic electronics.

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Introduction to Sound Recording

This course provides the student with fundamental technical knowledge and skills in the area of sound recording. It provides the student with basic microphone techniques for recording; introduces the student to the skills, processes and procedures for recording of sound effects; and explores the differences between indoor and outdoor recording locations.

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EDT Seminar (LX, SD, ST)

This seminar course provides the student with the opportunity to investigate relevant topics specific to each of the three EDT Study Streams. It also provides the opportunity for the student to learn personal development methods and strategies, which will assist them in career planning and their upcoming mid-residence review. The course is designed to work in tandem and as a companion to EDT Major Studies courses. Students will be required to participate in open discussion and debate for both topics and issues relevant to ongoing course, project, or production work as well as undergo a series of personal exercises such as resume building, curriculum vitae writing, and portfolio development. The course will also provide the student with a flexible opportunity to explore related topics for the area of study in greater depth and detail not readily available within the context of previous course work.

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AutoCAD Drafting

The course introduces the student to Computer-Aided Drafting, learning the basic concepts and techniques to allow the student access to the basic principles of computer-aided design and drafting. AutoCAD is the primary software used. The course will be based on concrete theory and interactive practice.

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Analysing the Script and Developing the Production Concept

This course examines the methodology and process of script research and analysis as a necessary and informing precursor to conceptualizing a production concept and performance mode.

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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
  • BFA 2: Digital Audio Workstations I
  • BFA 2: Intro to Music Recording
  • BFA 2: Electronics Testing and Faultfinding
  • BFA 2: Digital Electronics
  • BFA 2: Practical Electronics
  • BFA 2: Liberal Arts: Studies in Asian Theatre
  • BFA 2: Liberal Arts: Studies in Modern Western Theatre
  • BFA 2: Liberal Arts: The Art of Storytelling: A Director’s Perspective I
  • BFA 2: Design: Western Visual Styles
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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Independent Study

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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Digital Audio Workstations I

This course is equivalent to the Pro Tools 101 training course which covers basic Pro Tools principles. It also introduces the technique to complete a Pro Tools project, from initial set up to final mix down. The content of the course, will also cover the basic skills of recording of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio editing or region looping. Students are required to do weekly hands on assignments in order to have a better understanding of the application principles and to master the operation skills. Students are required to take the Digidesign Pro Tools 101 official online exam as part of the assessment and as a means to acquire the official certificate from Digidesign.

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Intro to Music Recording

This course provides the student with fundamental technical knowledge and skills in the area of studio music recording. It builds upon the basic microphone techniques from Introduction to Sound Recording and introduces the student to the skills, processes and procedures for recording of musical instruments and voice in the studio, and the post-production process.

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Electronics Testing and Faultfinding

This course introduces the student to some basic electronic fault finding techniques and the use of appropriate tools for electronic equipment testing, measuring and troubleshooting. The student will have the opportunity to test, measure and troubleshoot electronic equipment.

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Digital Electronics

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

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Practical Electronics

This course provides the opportunity for the student to apply basic electronic theories through the practical experience of building electronic projects. It introduces selected electronic circuits and their applications that are commonly used in theatrical applications. Electronics theories and analysis of the selected and/or student initiated electronic circuits will also be discussed leading to practical projects that will be investigated and constructed within the class. The students are required to complete the project in their own time along with testing and fault-finding, demonstrating their understanding of the appropriate electronics theories.

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Liberal Arts: Studies in Asian Theatre

Introduction to the major performance forms in East and Southeast Asia. Students will study the origin and styles of traditional performance in East and South Asia including India, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia (Bali and Java,), Burma and Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, China and Japan. Students will explore similarities and differences between the performance forms in the different cultures.

Liberal Arts: Studies in Modern Western Theatre

The course will examine the range of forms and subjects that have characterized Western theatre since the early nineteenth century. Through lectures, workshops, individual presentation and seminar, the course will not only focus on texts but also consider the institutional and exploratory shifts that accompany modern playwriting and theatre-making in European and American Theatre. In terms of different theatrical elements, such as playwriting, directing, acting, scenery, lighting, properties, costume, makeup, acting space, machinery, management, audiences and criticism, the student will not only gain an overview but also develop critical viewpoints of the chronological narrative and dramaturgy of Western Theatre.

Liberal Arts: The Art of Storytelling: A Director’s Perspective I

Through lectures and practical exercises this course will expose Theatre and Entertainment Arts students to the intricate world of the Director and the art of storytelling on stage. Students will broaden their awareness and comprehension of the insight, methods, conventions and procedures employed by this “master collaborator” of the creative team. By gaining a greater understanding of this field, the students will also be better equipped to contribute to the entire production and creative process.

Design: Western Visual Styles

A course intended to give students a broad overview of Western visual culture – specifically architecture, applied arts, and clothing. Equally important is to encourage students to be analytical and curious about how the visual inheritance of the past is connected to its original sociological context. To help achieve this, the course is structured in reverse chronological order – beginning in the contemporary world and moving backwards through time to the ancient world. Students are encouraged, through observation and research, to analyse current visual cultures and to use their findings as a framework through which to compare and discover the visual cultures of the past. In each class, an object, artwork, building or piece of clothing from a pivotal period will be used as a starting point for a broad exploration of the visual style of that period.

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