Bachelor of Arts (Major: Theatre Studies)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Theatre Studies Major provides you with an overview of the theatre, its literature and history, and a solid grounding in production work. Through a combination of practical and theory courses, taught by leading academics as well as external professional practitioners, you will develop skills in acting, directing, playwriting, theatre production, and stage management.

  • Why study this major?

    You will study seminal playwrights and directors to learn about the traditions and movements that have formed today’s theatre so you can build your own career in acting, theatre production and related industries. Furthermore, a year-round program of public performances will give you opportunities to apply the practices learned in class and to hone your skills.

    The Theatre Studies Major provides you with transferable skills that are eagerly sought after in many workplaces: collaboration, flexibility, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, leadership and the ability to present ideas effectively to a range of audiences and stakeholders.

    Theatre Studies is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science
    Bachelor of Communications and Media (second Major and Minor)
    Bachelor of Science (Minor only)

  • Structure of Theatre Studies Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    The Theatre Studies Major includes these requirements:

    This Major contains 200 units of credit. It is comprised of these specific courses. All courses are 25 units of credit, except where indicated.

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Students must complete the following THREE (3) courses:

    • THTR1000 Theory and Practice of Acting I
    • THTR1050 Theory and Practice of Modern
    • Theatre THTR2000 Theory and Practice of Acting II*

    Plus any of the following courses to make a total of 200 units of credit:

    • THTR2010 Theatre Crafts
    • THTR3050 Theatre for Social Change
    • THTR3060 Australian Theatre
    • THTR3090 Fundamentals of Directing
    • THTR3110 Text-based Production Workshop (50 units of credit)**
    • THTR3120 Devised Production Workshop (50 units of credit)**
    • THTR3410 Drama in the Age of Shakespeare
    • THTR3008 Theatre Studies Internship
    • WRIT3000 Writing for Performance

    Other eligible courses, as available and on approval of the Dean, to a maximum of 50 units of credit:

    • ARTS3010 Experience the World I
    • ARTS3020 Experience the World II
    • ARTS3030 Experience the World Study Tour (50 units of credit)

    *Fremantle students contact the Theatre Studies coordinator about this course.

    **Fremantle students contact the Theatre Studies coordinator for details about Theatre Production courses.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the Major, Second Major and Minor requirements.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers.

    • Actor
    • Director
    • Screenwriter
    • Arts administrator
    • TV or film producer
    • Community arts worker
    • Broadcasting presenter
    • Stage and theatre manager
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Theatre Studies), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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