USC to take dramatic step in 2013

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Published on 11 October 2012

11 October 2012

Budding performance makers, drama teachers and arts workers will join the spotlight at the University of the Sunshine Coast next year as a new Arts major is introduced on campus.

USC’s Faculty of Arts and Business has received Academic Board approval to offer USC’s first Drama major, starting Semester 1, 2013.

The Faculty’s Executive Dean Professor Joanne Scott said the eight-subject major aimed to produce multi-skilled graduates ready to participate in the performing arts, media or event industries.

“Rather than focusing on producing actors or performance artists, the USC major is designed to produce entrepreneurial performance makers, arts event managers, drama educators and community arts workers,” Professor Scott said.

“Students seeking to teach drama after they graduate will be urged to select a second specialty within their degree to qualify them to teach in two areas, to further boost their career potential.”

Professor Scott said six new subjects would be introduced, which could be studied as part of several degrees including Arts.

“The Sunshine Coast has a strong performing arts culture but pathways are currently limited for locals in the 18-24 age group who want to continue their development and formal studies in the arts and drama locally,” she said.

“Our region has been losing students to Brisbane and other regions as they pursue drama as part of tertiary degrees. We’ve had repeat inquiries about drama at USC information evenings over the past two years.”

The Drama major is expected to be popular with students of all ages. It was designed by USC Education Lecturer Sharon Hogan, a former Drama teacher and lecturer, who consulted with Sunshine Coast drama educators, industry, council and community groups such as the Buderim Youth Theatre.

The assessment includes fieldwork to engage with the community, such as students working on innovative artistic performance projects for community groups.

Professor Scott said the USC Drama major would focus on skill development in performance-making and performance, theatre direction, event management and drama workshop facilitation exploring social issues.

“Students in the Drama major can craft a unique Arts degree by combining courses ranging from Business to Multimedia Design to Psychology,” she said.

For inquiries about Drama at USC, call 5430 1259 or email FABinfo@usc.edu.au.

Julie Schomberg

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