Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,375 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
CRICOS course code060434K
VTAC Codes1400516021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A357

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

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.

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.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course Learning Outcomes

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


Course rules

Students must complete 24 credit points comprising of:

  • 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

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

Plus 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

Plus 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)

Plus 3 Electives

Electives and Course Map

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


Course map

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.

Entry requirements - general

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.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.