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Y97 Bachelor of Performing Arts

The Bachelor of Performing Arts provides an education program that 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 singular training in acting, dance or music.


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. It is underpinned by core performance and management skills that are necessary to gain professional employment as a contemporary arts practitioner and to create new employment opportunities.


This course combines theoretical and technical knowledge of performance and seeks to unlock limitations through practical enquiry. It examines the ever-evolving nature of contemporary practice and new approaches to presentation and production. Students will develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Self-directed projects will develop confidence in working independently and highly collaborative group work will develop the ability to work as part of a cohesive team. The third year offers the opportunity for students to focus on a particular discipline or area of practice. 


Standard University admission requirements apply. Applications are submitted via the Online Admission 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:
PMA1005 Voice Fundamentals 15
PMA2005 Movement Fundamentals 15
PAM2103 Theory of Directing 15
PMA3010 Devising Physical 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
PAM1008 Design Development for Performance 15
PAM1013 Theatre Workshop 1 15
PAM1017 Vocal Technique 1 15
PAM1029 Research and Computing Skills 15
PAM2103 Theory of Directing 15
PAM2102 Technical Theatre 2 15
PAM2111 Physical Theatre - Physical Performance 1 15
PAM2118 Dance Styles 2 15
PAM2121 Playwriting Workshop 1 15
PAM2130 Special Topics 1 15
PAM3110 Jazz Dance 15
PAM3219 Acting for Camera 15
PAM3230 Improvisation for Performance 15
PMA2010 Comic 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: 15/03/2014 VET: 14/05/2014