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Students develop their creative practice for the HSC Individual Project

The HSC IP Study Day is one of the biggest in the NIDA Open Schools Program and places are filling fast.

We are once again busily organising the HSC IP Study Day on Tuesday October 30; one of the biggest and most celebrated days of the year in the NIDA Open Schools Program. This day is a fantastic way for students to experience and explore creative process for their specific discipline.

Participants work with an industry professional and gain a range of practical techniques and skills as well as an in depth understanding of what is involved in their project area of their choice.

The day commences with a keynote speech from a leading industry artist before breaking into groups for focused sessions with specialist tutors. These professionals have an understanding of the HSC learning outcomes and draw from their extensive experience to equip students with tools in the areas of; design, scriptwriting, video drama, critical analysis and performance. Throughout the day students are guided through discipline specific processes and techniques to begin their HSC IP.

We asked Bronwyn Batchelor, NIDA Open Teaching Artist, to explain some of the key benefits for students.

What are some of the benefits for students who participate in the IP study day?

Students learn practical strategies to explore and develop ideas and concepts. IP Study Day equips students with active skills to marry ideas with theatrical form and elevate thoughts into a creative statement.

Could you talk about the point of difference between the process of performing a monologue and that of developing a creative statement?

There is much more to IP Performance than reciting a monologue. Students need to develop the dramaturgical skills to build a fully realised piece that contextualises their world and facilitates their voice as an conduit for ideas and concepts. A monologue is one element of this creative statement. When students can see the scope of the project and its potential to be much more than an acting exercise, they are empowered as theatre makers and artists.

What do you see the scope of the IP performance project as being and how does this project have relevance to the students’ relationship to outside world? Are the skills transferable outside of a drama context?

The IP project gives students skills far beyond a drama context that are transferable to areas of communication, creative problem solving, leadership and autonomy. These are highly sort after skills both within and outside of a drama context.

HSC IP Study Day: Tuesday 30 October 2018, 9.30am–3.00pm

There are still a few places left! If you would like to book please contact

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