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.

Produce professional public performances

Become job ready with access to industry placements

Learn from passionate and leading performance experts

Key facts

ATAR

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Get amongst the next generation of dynamic theatre makers to create innovative contemporary performance in Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama). Become a versatile and agile contemporary theatre practitioner equipped with the tools to kick-start your independent theatre career. 

You’ll be challenged to develop physical, creative and intellectual capacities through practice-based learning. In a studio setting, develop core skills in acting, improvisation, collaborative theatre creation, dramaturgy, dramatic text analysis, rehearsal techniques, site-specific and applied performance. 

Explore history and theory and work with digital technologies and other creative arts disciplines. 

Real-time practical learning in state-of-the-art facilities is supported by online materials, lectures, guest speakers and access to leaders in the field. Opportunities extend from campus-based learning to include public performance, site-based practice and internship experiences. 

Want to launch your career in the performing arts and entertainment industries? 

Through a dynamic combination of acting theory and practice, you'll gain a thorough understanding of the arts and be inspired to create new forms of art.

Through this course, you’ll produce public performances at a professional standard, and explore important aspects of the theatre including:

  • acting theory and practice
  • different performance styles and processes
  • site-based and community theatre
  • text studies
  • theatre history.

You’ll have the chance to work on individual and group creative projects to develop your skills in ensemble creation and production management and participate in public performances. Plus, you can gain exposure to international theatre techniques by taking an overseas study tour or internship.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the foundations to work across the arts and entertainment industries in anything from live theatre, film and television to drama education, performance companies and community theatre.

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Course structure

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

  • 8 x common core units (totalling 12 credit points)
  • 4 Drama discipline units
  • 2 course electives from List A
  • 6 electives
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

12

Core

8

Elective

4

Drama Discipline

24

  Total

Core units

  • Introductory Creative Studio 1A ACA100
  • Introductory Creative Studio 1B ACA101
  • Creative Studio 2A ACA210 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 2B ACA211 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3A ACA310 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3B ACA311 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Careers and Contexts ACA309
  • Exhibition and Performance ACA397
  • Electives

    Complete six electives

    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 Creative Arts: (Dance, Visual Arts, Photography), Bachelor of Design: (Visual Communication, Digital Technologies, 3D Animation) or Bachelor of Arts programs.

    Course Electives

    Complete two 1 credit point units from the following course electives list A:

  • Dance and Screens ACD103
  • Exploring Dance Styles From Hip Hop to Bollywood ACD104
  • Improvisation in Movement and Dance ACD207
  • Dance Beyond the Studio ACD208
  • Analogue Photography ACI101
  • Digital Photography ACI102
  • Photographic Storytelling ACI204
  • Photographic Lighting ACI205
  • Painting in the Visual Arts ACV101
  • Digital Practices and the Visual Arts ACV212
  • Drawing and the Body in Visual Arts ACV115
  • Modelling and the Visual Arts ACV213
  • Drama discipline units

  • Acting Studio ACP103
  • Improvisation in Drama and Performance ACP109
  • Dramatic Plot, Story, Character and Theme for Performance ACP207
  • Theatre and Creative Technologies ACP208
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400516021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    A357
    CRICOS code?
    060434K
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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

    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.

    Assessment

    Assessment takes place at the unit level and has been designed to ensure successful attainment of all the Course Learning Outcomes and corresponding Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes over the duration of the course.

    Course duration - additional information

    Delays in completing the placement could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Work-integrated learning opportunities are embedded through the Bachelor of Creative Arts programs with real client briefs, opportunities for client and industry engagement and professional practice. These may be discipline specific or may introduce students to other opportunities in the diverse field of creative arts. This level of engagement occurs at first, second and third year and is core to the course. In particular we have a Creative Careers and Contexts and Exhibition and Performance units where students meet industry practitioners, visit creative industry workplaces, organise and promote a festival of exhibitions and performances and learn the appropriate practical, administrative, marketing and self-management skills required to launch and maintain their careers as creative artists in their chosen discipline. Student will develop a career development strategy that can be used to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge for a future job application, successful pitch for funding or, development of a self-run project.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    TAFE education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Classical Studies, Applied Fashion Design & Technology, Dance, Drama, any English, Media, Interactive Digital Media, Creative And Digital Media (VCE VET)I, any Music, Philosophy, Studio Arts or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions 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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated fee for this course is not currently available, please contact Student Central for further information.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated fee for this course is not currently available, please contact Student Central for further information.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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 Recognition of 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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students
    • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

      Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Combine travel and study to broaden your experience

    5-star rated university*

    Access our industry-standard theatre and rehearsal studios

    Use the latest equipment for video, sound and scenography design

    Career outcomes

    Drama graduates are equipped to launch careers as independent theatre makers and pursue roles throughout the arts and entertainment industries. Career opportunities include:

    • actor
    • theatre director
    • art centre manager
    • festival manager
    • drama educator
    • community theatre practitioner
    • production manager
    • presenter.

    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

    Interpret and apply conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in the analysis and presentation of a range of creative outcomes.

    Communication

    Critically employ a variety of mediums, methods and techniques to present ideas and practical work.

    Digital literacy

    Critically evaluate, manipulate and apply a range of information technologies, digital tools, devices and environments to support and develop creative processes.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and synthesize research materials across a diversity of sources and mediums to generate original and diverse creative work.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical and practical knowledge to generate and express solutions to creative arts problems

    Self-management

    Develop, manage and critically reflect upon the production and presentation of creative works in accordance with industry standards and personal learning goals.  

    Teamwork

    Contribute in a constructive and respectful way to the collaborative production of creative outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Engage critically, respectfully and with self-awareness when working within diverse social and cultural contexts in creative arts practice.

    Approved by Faculty Board March 2019

    *QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017
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