Performing arts (Bachelor of Arts)



Immerse yourself in the exciting physical, social and conceptual possibilities of Performing Arts. In the Performing Arts major you will learn how performance and embodied creativity intersects with innovative thinking, community enrichment and technology. Study the diverse ways in which Performing Arts can engage and make a difference.

You will be challenged to develop physical, creative and intellectual capacities through practice-based learning, while also exploring history and theory, and working with digital technologies and other creative arts disciplines. In a studio setting, you will develop core skills in acting, dancing, improvisation, collaborative performance creation, dramaturgy, choreography, dramatic text analysis, rehearsal techniques, and site-specific and applied performance.

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.

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Key information

Unit set code

MJ-A310019 (major)

MN-A310019 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne)

Career outcomes

The course prepares you to launch a career as a practitioner in the professional performing arts sector. Performing Arts graduates are equipped to create and perform theatre works and to work in a variety of professional theatre contexts, including initiating their own work as independent performance makers and pursuing various roles throughout the arts and entertainment industries. When you graduate you will be equipped to work across disciplines in a variety of contexts, initiate independent arts projects, or use your skills and knowledge as a performing arts teacher.

Our graduates work in careers across the industry in fields such as:

  • community art practice
  • education
  • event, festival and production management
  • arts administration and curation
  • dance and drama therapies
  • stage management
  • youth dance and theatre

Explore units


  • To complete a Major sequence in Performing Arts select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Performing Arts select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 8 units from:

  • Exploring Dance Styles
  • Improvisation for Theatre
  • Dance Making: Principles and Processes
  • Dance and Screens
  • Director's Workshop
  • Directed Production
  • Student-Devised Public Performance *
  • Process Towards Performance
  • * Students choose Dance or Theatre version of this unit