CRARTS 2002 - Creativity and the Adelaide Festival of Arts

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

How is a work of art made? How much can we learn from and be inspired by the creative processes of other artists? In this course we will investigate the process behind the creation of artworks in a range of forms: musical, theatrical, literary and visual. Our investigations will focus on three interrelated areas: creativity, collaboration, and curation. This course is run in partnership with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, which will provide students with discounted tickets to selected productions, including Indigenous, theatrical and musical performances and visual art exhibitions, and students will also attend sessions at Adelaide Writers' Week. Depending on availability, they may also attend special events such as dress rehearsals and Festival Forums. Students will research the origins of a selected work, touching on its relation to conventions of genre, its performance history, the creative decisions that underpin its current iteration, collaborative inputs, and so forth. Students will also be asked to respond to the artwork in their chosen creative form. With input from Festival staff, we will go on to consider the role of the Festival itself, developing an understanding of the curatorial and commissioning roles of festivals in the broader arts ecology, and the current funding landscape of the arts in Australia. Since the Festival begins before the start of Semester 1, students will need to attend a compulsory out-of-semester session during the week beginning Monday 25 February at which the structure, attendance requirements and assessment tasks for the course will be outlined. The course will incur a $125 incidental fee, which will cover the cost of discounted tickets.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRARTS 2002
    Course Creativity and the Adelaide Festival of Arts
    Coordinating Unit English, Creative Writing, and Film
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 10 x 2 hour seminars + 15-18 hours attendance at Festival events over 2 weeks in early March
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Restrictions Priority will be given to BCtveArts students, but course is available to all students
    Assessment Reflective journal and event review 30%, Event-based research project 35%, Event-based creative project 35%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Discuss the experience of engaging with a work of art.
    2. Discuss art works in relation to conventions of form, technique, and traditions of performance.
    3. Discuss models of creativity, collaboration and curation.
    4. Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate.
    5. Demonstrate a creative response to a Festival event in their chosen form (creative writing, music, media or other)
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is an additional fee of $125 per student to cover the cost of Festival tickets for the course. Learning materials for this course will be provided online via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All course information will be available on MyUni including lecture recordings and powerpoints, assessment details, and announcements. Please check your student email frequently.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The weekly seminar will include a range of teaching and learning activities including lecture presentations, small and large group work, and individual research and writing tasks.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 X 3 hour seminar per week 36 hours per semester
    24 hours attendance at Festival events 24 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    3 hours creative practice per week 36 hours per semester
    TOTAL HOURS 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at Festival events is a mandatory part of the course. Attendance at seminars is also a requirement of the course: students who attend less thatn 75% of classes will be awarded a Fail, unless they can supply documentation covering their absence or there are exceptional circumstances. All students must be aged 18 or over, due to the possibility that Festival events may contain confronting or R-rated material.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Reflective journal and event review Formative and summative 30% 1,2,3
    Event-based research project Formative and summative 35% 1,2,3,4
    Event-based creative project Summative 35% 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at Festival events is compulsory, as is attendance at weekly seminars during the semester. All assessment tasks must be attempted, but students may pass the coutrse without passing all assessment tasks.
    Assessment Detail
    Reflective journal and event review Students will write a 1,000 word journal reflecting on their immediate experience of attending Festival events, and a 500 word review of a Festival event of their choice (1,500 words total) 30%
    Event based research project Students will research the creative process behind ONE Festival event, in which they will explore the origin of the work, its relation to conventions of genre, its performance history, the creative decisions that underpin its current iteration, and the notable collaborations that have gone into its making (1,500 words). 35%
    Event based creative project Student will choose a work from the Festival, and respond to it creatively in their chosen form, which could be literary, musical, digital or other (1,500 word equivalent). 35%
    The reflective journal and the research project will be submitted online via MyUni: submission of the the creative project to be negotiated.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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