Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

Study contemporary drama theory and practices, including performance styles, theatre history and performing arts. Enrol in a course today.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

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)

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total

  • 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 (http://www.deakin.edu.au/course/bachelor-arts). We do recommend students complete at least two more selectable core units listed above.

    Electives

    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:

    Animation

  • 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

    Drama

  • 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 artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

  • 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.

    Electives

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

    Animation

    Film Studies

    Photography

    Visual Arts

    Visual Communication Design

    Dance

    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)
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400516023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A357
    CRICOS code
    060434K
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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)

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific 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 www.vtac.edu.au

    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

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

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

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    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 Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - 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

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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

    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. 

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    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

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    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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    Disclaimers:
    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

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