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Recommended? Yes
Available as Breadth? Yes

Fantastic subject. It is AMAZING to learn about the program, Max/MSP. Really great fun, you get to use incredible computers at VCA and basically get to do whatever you want as a project.

It may seem a little vague in the handbook, but basically you’re creating ‘art’ which people interact with- using a computer keyboard, webcam, voice, etc. Based on these things you can do a whole lot- one project was to flap like a bird and soar through the sky, and have really calm music, another was to have a make a music device out of the webcam. Lots of fun!

The assessment is pretty easy too; you get out what you put in!
Roger Alsop is a great person too!

Recommended? Yes
Available as Breadth? Yes

If what you’re looking for is a Jazz class or learning about improvisation techniques, this subject is not for you. This subject focuses on “sounding” rather than playing your instrument/voice, and your relationship with sound, space and other musicians in both a sound, and physical sense.

The teacher, Ren, is a great guy who doesn’t have a plan for the semester- he sees where the semester takes the class.

This is an extremely chill class, really cool and eye opening, and you do feel a lot more relaxed after a class. Oh you also freak a lot of people out in the class performance at the end of semester, which is fun.

Assessment-wise, it’s terrible. You are given no guidelines on how to write the “Improvisation Review” but I’m sure if you asked it would be fine!

Recommended? Yes
Available as Breadth? Yes

This subject is great! No matter which faculty you come from, this subject gives you basic knowledge on how government and law in Australia works, which is important knowledge for everyone. The case studies are interesting, and often instigate engaging debates in class. Best of all, all the assessments are multiple-choice based. Definitely one of the best subjects I have had so far

Recommended? Yes
Available as Breadth? Yes

This subject is immensely helpful in developing the ability to critically engage. Although it naturally focuses on law, the ability to identify and question your own presumptions is invaluable to an Undergraduate student. It was at times confronting with some of the subject matter. But that was handled well by the teaching staff with support and warnings. Refreshingly, the lecturers and tutors are engaging. Definitely not saying that it is easy, but if you put in the effort, you will be rewarded.