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Y97 Bachelor of Performing Arts

The Bachelor of Performing Arts provides an education program catering for emerging needs of the performance and related industries. It explores original, self-devised and collaborative approaches to researching, creating, producing and presenting contemporary arts practice. It focuses on all aspects of performance in a broader context rather than specialised training in the performance of theatre, dance or music. It seeks to unlock limitations and look at the ever-evolving nature of contemporary practice and in particular new forms of presentation and production. Within the current landscape there is a need for training which builds skills to work across the diversity of art forms, encouraging students to think as an actor, writer, designer, director, manager and producer simultaneously. The course provides students with coherent knowledge of the performing arts underpinned by core performance and management skills necessary to gain professional employment as a contemporary arts practitioner. It combines theory and technical knowledge with the opportunity for students to focus on a particular discipline or area of practice in the third year. Students will learn to develop independent thinking, with practical elements providing opportunities for self-directed learning and work individually and as part of a cohesive team.


Standard University admission requirements apply. Applications are submitted via the Education & Arts Online Application System. Applicants for the Performance Making major must also apply through TISC.


Admission is based on an audition and interview. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to meet the technical requirements of the course and their suitability for the industry.

This course is available on Mt Lawley Campus.
This course is available by Full-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The Bachelor of Performing Arts is a 360 credit point, three year full-time award with the following main components:

  • A core program of four Foundation units (60 credit points) and four Special Skills units (60 credit points);
  • A major program consisting of 120 credit points (select either the Performance Making major or the Practice Transition major listed below);
  • With the approval of the Course Coordinator, a supplementary program of 120 credit points, from one of the following options:
    • A minor from within or outside the School, plus electives, to total 120 credit points, or
    • An elective program of 120 credit points,
    • A second major from within or outside the School, totalling 120 credit points.
Complete 60 credit points (4 units) as follows:
Foundation Units
ENG1205 Academic Research and Writing 15
MAN2545 Arts Practice and The Internet 15
PAD3103 Theory and Practice of Contemporary Performance 15
PAM2016 Arts Management 15
Special Skills Units for Performance Making Major
Complete 60 credit points (4 units) as follows:
PAM1017 Vocal Technique 1 15
PAM2111 Physical Theatre - Physical Performance 1 15
PAM2103 Theory of Directing 15
PAM3230 Improvisation for Performance 15
Special Skills Units for Practice Transition Major
Complete 60 credit points (4 units) from any of the following:
PAM1002 Technical Theatre 1 15
PAM1013 Theatre Workshop 1 15
PAM1017 Vocal Technique 1 15
PAM1029 Research and Computing Skills 15
PAM2103 Theory of Directing 15
PAM2110 Jazz Dance 15
PAM2102 Technical Theatre 2 15
PAM2118 Dance Styles 2 15
PAM2121 Playwriting Workshop 1 15
PAM2130 Special Topics 1 15
PAM3219 Acting for Camera 15
PAM3230 Improvisation for Performance 15
MABUUIPerformance Making Major
MABUUJPractice Transition Major
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013