Approaches to Enhancing Student Learning: A Quality-Assured, Creative and Performing-Arts Model

  • Prem Ramburuth
  • Melissa Laird
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)


Arts-based approaches to learning and teaching in higher education have a distinct capacity to provide students with authentic learning opportunities. This chapter, centred in the performing arts, demonstrates how an institutional approach to learning influences and embeds collaborative and interdisciplinary learning in the area of live theatrical production. It also demonstrates how students’ reveal curiosity and empathy by engaging with the work of others through a unique community of creative-arts practice, at the same time attaining disciplinary expertise and the aggregated knowledge that leads to a collective dramatic performance. The authors present a framework in which learning in the creative and performing arts is strengthened by the inclusion of higher education and discipline standards to ensure quality in student learning and comparative standing. Application of the framework is demonstrated through a case study highlighting creative teaching methods used in live dramatic performances at one of Australia’s leading performing arts institutes.


Collaborative learning Practice-informed research Interdisciplinary practice Quality assured arts-based learning NIDA 



Director/CEO Kate Cherry, Deputy Director/CEO Michael Scott-Mitchell, Head of MFA (Writing for Performance) and author of ‘The Olympians’ Stephen Sewell, and John Bashford, Director Undergraduate Studies for their support of NIDA as a source for this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.National Institute of Dramatic ArtKensingtonAustralia

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