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Bachelor of Theatre and Performance

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Love a bit of drama in your life? If you're keen to explore the wonderful world of theatre and performance, this University of New England (UNE) Bachelor of Theatre and Performance course, offered online or on campus, is for you.

Delving into theatre and performance from a range of different perspectives, this course enables you to explore what goes into making theatre, and the role you might like to play in its development (literally). You'll discuss theatre's role in history and society, learn about the roles of actors, writers, directors and critics when it comes to creating and interpreting theatre and explore areas of specific interest to you.

With a view to offering you a range of core skills and career options, this course enables you to discover and understand effective communication, presentation, teamwork and creative thinking. With a particular focus on Australian theatre, including Aboriginal theatre, this course is relevant and challenging for any arts enthusiast seeking to broaden their outlook and deepen their knowledge.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this theatre course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Introduction to live performance
  • The playwright and the play
  • Creative arts and performance analysis I and II
  • Speaking in public
  • The role of the director
  • Directing and production
  • Performance studies in context

Elective units:

  • Research and professional practice I and II
  • Drama skills for secondary teachers
  • Research and writing across disciplines
  • Critical and creative writing through literature
  • The classic play and performance now
  • The actor's craft
  • Australia on stage
  • Minorities and majorities in Australian theatre
  • Scriptwriting for theatre
  • Hollywood cinema
  • Screen adaptations: rewriting the text
  • Storytelling and genre writing
  • Renaissance matters
  • Introduction to Japanese pop culture
  • Encounters in music
  • Aboriginal resilience and the arts
  • Work integrated learning - professional skills development
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Theatre and Performance from the University of New England.

Employment options after graduation could include working in acting and performing, directing or pursuing further studies in the arts and humanities field. The skills gained from studying performance are widely transferable, and effective presentation, teamwork and creative thinking skills will enable graduates to seek employment in a range of industries - particularly those in the public gaze, such as journalism, teaching, law and business.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem-solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in entertainment could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Writer
  • Entertainer
  • Actor
  • Film Director
  • Stage Director
  • Television Director

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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