Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

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2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

Course overview

The drama program will develop your skills in contemporary drama practices and perspectives. It is a dynamic combination of acting theory and practice, performance styles and processes, theatre history, text studies, community theatre and technical skill development. Final year students are able to participate in performing arts (drama) internships.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) offers you systematic exposure to collaborative possibilities between various art forms, the experience of bringing art forms together in major projects and training in creative arts enterprise and management. You will also receive grounding in the academic knowledge necessary to understand the arts and to create new forms of art. The program draws upon the expertise of its staff – who are active practitioners in their fields, and industry – and on visiting, special guest and casual academic staff.

Deakin Drama graduates have a well-deserved reputation for high levels of skill, flexibility and initiative. The course equips you with the skills to establish independent drama projects and production companies.

Career opportunities

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.

Graduates of other Deakin programs utilise skills gained in the drama sequence to improve their public presentation skills, personal confidence and team-working abilities. Combining a major in drama with education studies can qualify you to teach drama and performance in schools and other educational settings.

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 16 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 8 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

Course structure

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas  

ACP101Performance Laboratory (A): Time, Space, Frame

ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action

ACP110Performance Laboratory (B): Body, Image, Performance

ACP177Genre and Performance

2 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACP205Performance, Image, Site

ACP280Major Performance Project: Page to Stage  (2 credit points)

Select one of the two following units:

ACD211Performance and Technology

ACP206Performance, Authenticity, Adaption

3 Electives

Level 3

ACP323Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts

ACP324Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (A)

ACP326Ensemble Performance: Dramaturgy and Devising (B)

ACP378Out of the Ether: Devised Theatre  (2 credit points)

3 Electives

Elective units

Students are encouraged to consider the following recommended elective units:

ACC317Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

ACC318Communication and Creative Arts Internship B

ALL375Shakespeare: Six Plays, Six Worlds

ALW227Script Writing: Focus On Fiction

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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 in their first year.

Other Course Information


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.