Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

Undergraduate degree

Through Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama), develop your technical skills, learn theatre history and take overseas study tours and internships.

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Key facts


Clearly-in ATAR 2018


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Deakin’s drama program is highly regarded within the industry and is designed to develop your skills in a range of contemporary drama practices. Enrol in a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama).

It’s time to launch your career in the arts and entertainment industries with Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama). Led by a team of passionate drama practitioners with years of invaluable industry experience, you’ll develop skills in acting, improvisation, performance and voice technique.

This course is a dynamic combination of acting theory and practice, and you will immerse yourself in different performance styles and processes, theatre history, text studies, community theatre, and technical skill development. 

The course will provide you with the academic foundation necessary for understanding the arts, and the inspiration for creating new forms of art. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on individual and group creative projects to develop your skills in ensemble creation and production management.

To deepen your learning experience you’ll have the opportunity to take part in public performances, overseas study tours and internships.  

Career opportunities for our self-motivated graduates exist in live theatre, film and television, drama education, contemporary performance companies, and in performing arts centres and community theatre.

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Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points comprising of:

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of electives
  • no more than 12 credit points at level 1
  • at least 4 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)


Core units


Elective units



  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Level 1

  • Art and Performance: Roles of the Artist ACA101
  • Art and Performance: New Directions for Creative Practice ACA100
  • Improvisation: Principles in Action ACP109
  • Performance Laboratory ACP110
  • Foundations of Acting and Performance ACP103
  • Level 2

  • Practical Approaches to Dramatic Text ACP207
  • Major Performance Project: Page to Stage ACP280
  • Performance Laboratory (B): Performance Composition ACP210
  • Level 3

  • Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (A) ACP324
  • Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (B) ACP326
  • Out of the Ether: Devised Theatre ACP378  (2 credit points)
  • Complete two 1 credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity ALW101
  • Writing with the Camera ACF103
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Body ACV101
  • Digital Photography ACI102
  • Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness ACD110
  • Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World AGS101
  • Complete four 1 credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Adaptation and Solo Performance ACP206
  • Performance, Image, Site ACP205
  • Scriptwriting: Character, Event, Consequence ALW227
  • Acting and Directing for Screen ACA202
  • Production Design and Management ACA201
  • The Art and Design of Sound ACA203
  • Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts ACP323
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least three must be 2nd or 3rd level

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Arts ( We do recommend students complete at least two more selectable core units listed above.


    Elective units

    Students are encouraged to consider the following recommended elective units:

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship B ACC318
  • Shakespeare: Six Plays, Six Worlds ALL375
  • Scriptwriting: Character, Event, Consequence ALW227
  • Minor Sequences

    Select 4 credit points over 2 levels from the minor sequences listed below:


  • ACN108
  • ACM132
  • ACM138
  • ACN203
  • ACM240
  • ACM308
  • Creative and Media Arts Theory

    Students intending to study at honours level should complete the units listed below:

  • ACT102 **
  • ACT203
  • ALC208
  • Creative Entrepreneurship

  • ACC301 **
  • ALX321 *
  • * ALX321 also offered in trimester 3


    Cultures and Contexts

  • AAM219 *
  • AAM220
  • ACN108
  • ACT102 **
  • ACT303
  • * AAM219 also offered trimester 3

    Dance (Via Audition)

  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A ACD101
  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B ACD102
  • ACD105
  • Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness ACD110 *
  • Contemporary Dance Practice and History A ACD203
  • Contemporary Dance Practice and History B ACD204
  • * ACD110 does not require an Audition


  • ACP101
  • ACP177
  • ACP279
  • Major Performance Project: Page to Stage ACP280
  • Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts ACP323
  • Out of the Ether: Devised Theatre ACP378
  • Film

  • AAM219 *
  • ACM112
  • ACM116
  • ACM120
  • ACM236
  • ACM237
  • * AAM219 also offered trimester 3

    Visual Communication Design (formerly Graphic Design)

    Note: Students who commenced studies prior to 2011 may need to contact Student Support office for course advice. Melbourne Burwood Campus  Tel 03 924 43843 or 03 924 43910

  • ACG101
  • ACG102
  • Design Skills ACG103
  • Design and Society ACG204
  • Professional Practice in Design ACG207
  • Branding Design ACG208
  • Interdisciplinary Practice

  • ACC308
  • ACV211 **
  • Motion Capture

  • Motion Capture Fundamentals AMC101
  • Animating Motion AMC202
  • AMC303
  • ACN310 **
  • Photography

  • ACM101
  • ACM102
  • ACM203
  • ACM204
  • ACC308
  • ACM328
  • Professional and Creative Writing

  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity ALW101
  • Writing Spaces: Paradigms and Provocations ALW102
  • Scriptwriting: Character, Event, Consequence ALW227
  • Designing Fictions ALW225
  • Visual Arts

  • Contemporary Art Practice: Body ACV101
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Space ACV102
  • ACT104
  • ACV203
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Pluralism ACV205
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Abstraction ACV206
  • ** ACT102, ACV211, ACC301 and ACN310 are not offered 2013, re-offered 2014 subject to approval.


    In choosing electives, students are encouraged to consider taking a major sequence or individual units from the following Creative Arts major sequences listed in:


    Film Studies


    Visual Arts

    Visual Communication Design


    The following unit is also available as an elective option:

    Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

  • ALX321
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400516021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Transition to University study
    The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units as electives in their first year.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 831.4KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,509 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) you will be equipped with skills appropriate to the expanding arts and entertainment industries, whether it be live theatre, drama education, contemporary performance companies, education, film and television production, performing arts centres or community theatre in Australia.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop practical and theoretical skills in contemporary theatre and drama through kinaesthetic knowledge of performance techniques with reference to body, voice and text; knowledge of theatre history and performance theory; performance experience in a variety of theatrical and extra theatrical contexts; performance-making principles and practices; historical, cultural and theoretical knowledge as it relates to the field of contemporary theatre and drama. 


    Using interpersonal, physical, oral and written means to communicate, foster and present dramatic skills development, theatrical creation, theoretical engagement and performance suited to a range of audiences. 

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of skills in digital literacies to source, analyse, and disseminate information. 

    Critical thinking

    Research, practice and interrogate performance skills and concepts, analyse theatrical and dramatic problems leading to the creation of performance works in a variety of genres, critically and reflectively engage with written discourse in the field of theatre and drama. 

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate information to determine the appropriate strategy and method to communicate ideas and concepts in contemporary theatre and drama practice.

    Produce original creative work in a variety of performance genres and diverse social and cultural contexts.


    Demonstrate initiative and autonomy in planning, decision-making and problem solving in relation to workshop, rehearsal and performance expectations.  


    Work collaboratively with others in dance, from different disciplines and different backgrounds to complete theatre and drama projects.  

    Global citizenship

    Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues as they apply to theatre, drama and performance, and apply local and international perspectives to its practice. 

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2015


    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC
    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
    Apply Through VTAC
    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

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