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The Activation Lab G (11157.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit will introduce key theories, methods and case studies relevant to cultural activation, including methods for contextual research, community consultation, co-design and co-production. Students will form multi-disciplinary teams to analyse a complex cultural problem and to design and implement a creative response or solution for the cultural activation of, for instance, a place, building or space, an archive or collection, or community asset or event (eg performance, festival, market, etc). Creative producers (eg digital media, writers, film producers, artists, makers and designers) will collaborate with cultural specialists from diverse backgrounds (eg heritage, museums, conservation, Indigenous and global studies). The unit will provide students with access to a real world cultural place, issue or scenario. It may include national and international field trips and partnerships, and will embed mentorship from industry and cultural leaders.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Work effectively and collaboratively in a team to develop and implement a creative response to an issue or scenario;

2. Apply and understand a range of methods and approaches to contextual research, community consultation, co-design and co-production; and

3. Demonstrate a high degree of cultural competency and sensitivity in working collaboratively and designing culturally appropriate, creative responses.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of a flexible seminar/workshop per week.





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