CRARTS 2002 - Creativity and the Adelaide Festival

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

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, focusing on three interrelated areas: creativity, collaboration, and curation. The course is run in partnership with the Adelaide Festival, which provides students with discounted tickets to selected productions, including Indigenous, theatrical and musical performances and visual art exhibitions, and students also attend sessions at Writers' Week. Students 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 also have the option of responding to the artwork in their chosen creative form. With input from Festival staff, we will consider the role of the Festival itself, developing an understanding of the curatorial and commissioning roles of festivals in the broader arts ecology. NOTE: This course is taught as an intensive, beginning in Orientation week when the Festival begins. At the Orientation week seminar the structure and assessment tasks for the course will be explained and tickets will be distributed. Students need to be aware that the first three weeks of the course (Orientation Week and Weeks 1 & 2) are very intensive, since they are expected to attend six Festival productions plus a session at Writers Week in addition to the course seminars. Only students 18 years or older are permitted to enrol in the course, because Festival productions may contain material of a sexually explicit or confronting nature.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRARTS 2002
    Course Creativity and the Adelaide Festival
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week plus attendance at Festival events. NOTE: course commences in Orientation Week.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Restrictions Priority will be given to BCtveArts students, however, course is available to all students
    Assessment Reflective journal and event review, Event-based research project, Event-based creative project
    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. Articulate the experience of engaging with a work of art, both verbally and in writing.
    2. Discuss specific art works in relation to conventions of form, technique, and traditions of performance.
    3. Discuss models of creativity, collaboration and curation.
    4. Discuss the role of the arts and the art festival in contemporary society.
    5. Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    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 lecture will provide an introduction and overview of key topics relating to the Adelaide Festival and theatre and performance studies, which will change each year depending on the Festival content.  Seminars will include a range of teaching and learning activities including guest presentations, small and large group work, and individual presentations.

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

    1 x 1 hour lecture per week 12 hours
    1 X 2 hour seminar per week for 12 weeks 24 hours per semester
    24 hours attendance at Festival events  24 hours per semester
    2 hours reading per week 24 hours per semester
     3 hours assignment preparation per week 36 hours per semester
    3 hours creative practice per week 36 hours per semester
    TOTAL HOURS 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Adelaide Festival productions and Writers' Week form the set texts for this course.

    Lectures will contextualize the Adelaide Festival and Writers' Week within the history of arts festivals, and will provide an overview to key concepts and relevant areas from performance and theatre studies, which will change each year depending on Festival content. Lectures will also introduce students to the principles of theatre reviewing, to contemporary debates on cultural value and the use of metrics in cultural contexts.

    In seminars, students will explore this material in greater depth, engage with guest speakers from the Festival and within the university, and do small and large groupwork. Time will also be allocated for students to present on aspects of Festival productions to the class.
    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 45% 1,2,3
    Participation, including worksheets and class presentation Formative and summative 10% 1,2,3,4
    Event-based creative project OR Essay Summative 45% 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
    Review portfolio Students will write the 1,500 word equivalent of reviews of Festival productions. This can either be three x500 word short form reviews, or one long form (1,000 word) review and one short form (500 word) review. 30%
    Event based group research presentation and seminar paper In small groups, 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 (class presentation plus 1,500 word seminar paper). 35%
    Event based creative project or written assignment.= 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 (2000 word equivalent); OR, they will write 2000 word assignment relating to the Festival as negotiated with Course convenor. This may be an academic essay or take another form as  35%
    All written work 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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