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Theatre and Performance

Engage with the culture, history, and theory of performance. Learn how to do everything from studying acting and theatre design, through to managing creative projects.

Studied as a Major within the Bachelor of Arts, you'll have the opportunity to rehearse and learn, onstage and backstage through units that combine the best of contemporary theatre practice.

Develop your performance skills, while exploring the interpretation and staging of texts, the practises of design and scenography, and the influence of new theatre technologies.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to pursue a sustainable practice, with highly transferable skills that are valued across the creative industries and beyond.

Introducing the Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum is a space for students to build their disciplinary expertise through innovation and collaboration. Students studying the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Media and Communications will now complete 2 Creative Curriculum units as part of their degree.

These units will provide the opportunity to create and share work with the public, build industry connections, undertake fieldtrips, complete an industry placement, and build experience in work-integrated learning. See the Study Experiences section below for more information.

Course Options

Bachelor of Arts

Minimum 3 years, up to a maximum of 7 years*
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 001694A

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Diploma of Arts

Minimum 1 year, up to a maximum of 5 years*
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 0100746

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*Subject to international student visa conditions if applicable.

Collaborate with industry partners, including Mona Foma, The Unconformity, Dark Mofo and Ten Days on the Island, to build a professional portfolio.

Build on your major with additional theatre electives, or choose units from across the University to develop complementary skills or inspire your practice.

Study in inspiring studios and spaces at the Hedberg in Hobart or Inveresk campus in Launceston, which place you in the heart of each city’s cultural precinct.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Performance Skills
1 and 2

Leading theatre performers make the craft seem effortless. These two units build on one another, offering a practical exploration of foundational performance skills, including movement, voice and space, in diverse performance contexts.

These units are part of the Theatre and Performance major

The Theatre Machine

The theatre machine is a device to make sense of the world, generating meaningful experiences for audiences. It's a complex system, balancing diverse artistic forms, media and technologies. Explore this machine from the perspective of the design and technology that goes into a production.

This unit is part of the Theatre and Performance major

Playing Texts

This unit explores the ways that dramatic texts ‘speak’ as documents for performance. By engaging with a number of texts, both classical and contemporary, you will encounter the range of interpretive practices that move the text from page to stage, while developing your own interpretive performances.

This unit is part of the Theatre and Performance major

Experimental Production 1 and 2

These units are dedicated to the development, rehearsal and performance of a complete theatre production. Classes are conducted as rehearsals of a performance text, selected and directed by your lecturer, who will lead the ensemble in the creation of an innovative performance.

These units are part of the Theatre and Performance major

Global Media and Cybertheatres

What does it mean to act in a global media landscape? Examine the evolving relationship between theatre and technology, exploring how performance can offer new ways to understand, critique, and engage with global media networks, as well as create new models of performance.

This unit is part of the Theatre and Performance major

Scenography and Design

How do theatre design and scenography create performance environments that both convey meaning and generate performance? From costume, lighting and sound design, to the integration of visual and aural elements, explore how technical elements are painted on the performance space and performer.

This unit is part of the Theatre and Performance major

Dramatic Interactions

The focus of this unit is exploring the skills of effective storytelling, by studying the elements of drama and dramatic composition, and practicing them through workshops and practical exercises, working to build engaging and meaningful and theatrical moments.

This unit is available as an elective

Movement for performers

This unit introduces you to foundational methods and traditions of movement for the performer. You will explore improvisation, the activation of imagination and play, and the creation of original solo and ensemble non-verbal performance pieces.

This unit is available as an elective

Writing for Performance

Through practical workshops, discussions, readings and individual dramaturgical sessions, you will explore the range of styles, genres, conventions, purposes and methodologies within writing for performance, and approaches to character development and script structure.

This unit is available as an elective

Course breakdown

The Theatre and Performance major, offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts, contains the eight units listed above.

Alternatively, you can experience an intensive one-year immersion in Theatre and Performance by choosing from these, and several additional Theatre and Performance elective units, to complete the Diploma of Arts.

The Theatre and Performance electives include: Writing for Performance, Dramatic Interactions, and Movement for Performers. You can extend your Theatre and Performance major in the Bachelor of Arts with these units, and through exclusive access to the Creative Curriculum units.

1

Diploma of Arts

100 credit points

The Diploma of Arts requires the completion of 100 credit points comprising:

  • 100 credit point Theatre and Performance major; or
  • 100 credit points of Discipline Elective units

You may complete any unit from any of the majors in the schedule as a Discipline Elective so long as you meet any pre-requisites.

2

Bachelor of Arts

300 credit points

The Bachelor of Arts requires the completion of 300 credit points comprising:

  • 100 credit point Theatre and Performance major
  • 100 credit points of Discipline Electives units; and
  • 100 credit points of Elective units or a second 100 credit point major from the schedule.

You may complete any unit from any of the majors listed in the schedule as a Discipline Elective so long as you meet any pre-requisites.

You may complete any unit from across the University as an Elective.

Career outcomes

King Ubu: Mona Foma 2020

Three Theatre and Performance graduates share their experience participating in King Ubu at Mona Foma 2020. King Ubu was presented by Mona Foma and Terrapin.

Employment across Creative and Performing Arts activities in Australia is projected to grow 40% above the national industry average over the next five years. Some of the fastest growing jobs include:

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024

Actors, dancers and other entertainers

9.0%

projected industry growth to 2024

Arts Professionals

8.9%

projected industry growth to 2024

Script Editors

7.5%

projected industry growth to 2024

Study Experiences

DOMAIN

Explore an online exhibition by Art, Music and Theatre students that takes place within a virtual tour of Domain House — an historic house in Hobart and the original home of the University of Tasmania.

DOMAIN features multimedia installations and works-in-progress, which respond to ‘domain’ as a concept, from video and sound works to theatrical sets and scripts.

Find out more about DOMAIN

Experience the Creative Curriculum

Students studying the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Media and Communications will now complete 2 Creative Curriculum units as part of their degree (FSX207 Creative Lab in second year, one unit of their choice from a selection of four in third year. See the individual course pages for more information on unit options).

The options in the Creative Curriculum provides the opportunity to create and share work with the public, build industry connections, undertake fieldtrips, complete an industry placement, and build experience in work-integrated learning.

Unique to the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM) and the University of Tasmania, the Creative Curriculum brings each of CAM’s disciplines together in an experimental, interdisciplinary environment that prepares you for a future in emerging creative arts, music, performance and media practice.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.