The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) requires three years of full-time study. The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
Additionally, applicants will have to demonstrate their creative abilities via an audition and submission of a written statement and referee details.
The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by:
- equipping students with basic professional skills in the areas of major employment in the entertainment industry: acting for stage or screen, directing for stage and screen;
- introducing students to areas of development and increasing importance in the Australian industry: new writing, devised work, dance theatre, circus performance, adaptations of classics;
- encouraging all students to work as conceptual artists through courses specialising in devising and dramaturgy;
- developing in students, through a comprehensive history and play analysis stream, an understanding of context.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama), students will be able to demonstrate:
- conceptual, practical and technical skills to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program
- teamwork and interpersonal skills to become effective members of creative production and planning teams
- high-level knowledge of the processes involved in the production of creative work
- sound knowledge of theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study
- knowledge of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program
- initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse creative contexts
- skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and communicate a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
- critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
- application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others
- the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama), a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.
Core - Year 1 topics
27 units comprising
DRAM1001 First Stages (4.5 units)
DRAM1002 Contemporary Drama (4.5 units)
DRAP1010 Performance Techniques 1A (4.5 units)
DRAP1011 Performance Techniques 1B (4.5 units)
DRAP1020 Production 1A (4.5 units)
DRAP1021 Production 1B (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 1 topics
plus 9 units of year 1 topics. Elective topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided topic prerequisites are met.
Option - Year 2 topics
Select 36 units from the following:
CREA2104 Writing for Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM2100 Modern Theatre: The Rise of the Director (4.5 units)
DRAM2103 Reading Theatre: Plays in Production (4.5 units)
DRAM2104 Theatre and Performance in the Indo Pacific (4.5 units)
DRAM2105 Song and Dance (4.5 units)
DRAP2110 Performance Techniques 2A (4.5 units)
DRAP2111 Performance Techniques 2B (4.5 units)
DRAP2120 Production 2 Part 1 (4.5 units)
DRAP2121 Production 2 Part 2 (4.5 units)
DRAP2122 Production 2 Part 3 (4.5 units)
Option - Year 3 topics
Select 36 units from the following:
CREA3456 Cultural Policy and the Arts (4.5 units)
DRAM3100 Time, Space and the Body in Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM3102 Live Arts and Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM3106 Dramaturgy and New Writing (4.5 units)
DRAM3107 Festivals: Performance and Curation (4.5 units)
DRAP3110 Performance Techniques 3A (4.5 units)
DRAP3111 Performance Techniques 3B (4.5 units)
DRAP3120 Production 3 Part 1 (4.5 units)
DRAP3121 Production 3 Part 2 (4.5 units)
DRAP3122 Production 3 Part 3 (4.5 units)
Refer to Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)