Bachelor of Arts (Major: Theatre Studies)
School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus
Why study this degree?
Lovers of the stage will benefit from our comprehensive major in Theatre Studies. Completed over three years of full-time study, this hands-on program will give you an overview of drama theory, a through grounding in the history of modern theatre and plenty of skills-based workshops. Depending on your passion, you will be able to select from a broad range of subjects and create a program that is fully tailored to you. Course options include Acting, Directing, Writing for Performance, Theatre Crafts and Theatre for Social Change.
- CORE1001 Logos I
- CORE1002 Logos II
- CORE1003 Logos III
- ENGL1020 The Western Literary Tradition
- THTR1000 Theory and Practice of Acting I
- THTR2010 Theatre Crafts
- ENGL1050 Theory and Practice of Modern Theatre
Year Two and Three
Students will choose 5 courses from the following:
- THTR2000 Theory & Practice of Acting 2
- THTR3110 Text-Based Production Workshop
- THTR3120 Devised Production Workshop
- THTR3008 Theatre Studies Internship
- THTR3050 Theatre for Social Change
- THTR3060 Australian Theatre
- THTR3090 Fundamentals of Directing
- THTR3410 Drama in the Age of Shakespeare
Plus 12 electives which may form another Major or Minor (undertaken during Years One, Two and/or Three).
Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.
Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.
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.
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.
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
- HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
- Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
- Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 successfully completed subjects; or
- 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:
- Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
- STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
- Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
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.
The following careers are open to graduates of this program:
- Theatre work