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What will I learn?

Our Theatre Studies program offers a comprehensive overview of theatrical theory and history alongside a practical training in theatre arts. Studio practice underpins the discipline’s training and emphasises the reciprocal relationship of embodied knowledge with scholarly study. Over half of the courses are presented as hands-on, practical workshops. Students select from a broad range of courses that support a particular area of interest, such as acting, directing, theatre for social change, Shakespearean studies, writing for performance and production design.

Why study this degree?

Lovers of the stage will benefit from our comprehensive major in Theatre Studies. Completed over three years of full-time study, this hands-on program will give you an overview of drama theory, a through grounding in the history of modern theatre and plenty of skills-based workshops. Depending on your passion, you will be able to select from a broad range of subjects and create a program that is fully tailored to you. Course options include Acting, Directing, Writing for Performance, Theatre Crafts and Theatre for Social Change.

A program of public performances provides you with the opportunity to present your work to a live audience. Students develop a wide range of communication skills which are not only applicable to theatre-making, but also offer skills for life. Theatre studies graduates demonstrate high levels of competence in collaborative teamwork, creative problem solving, public speaking and sound decision-making. Theatre Studies encourages students to pursue careers in acting, theatre production and education.

A Major in Theatre Studies includes up to 80 hours of practical experience at a theatre company or other suitable performing arts body, as well as a series of public performances that will give you the chance to shine on stage. The program is tailored to those who want to pursue a career in acting or theatrical production, but you can easily combine Theatrical Studies with an Education Major if you want to teach drama in schools.

Career opportunities

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Acting
  • Theatre work
  • Education

Fremantle Campus

The Theatre Studies Major provides you with an overview of the theatre, its literature and history, and a solid grounding in production work. Through a combination of practical and theory courses, taught by leading academics as well as external professional practitioners, you will develop skills in acting, directing, playwriting, theatre production, and stage management.

Why study this major?

You will study seminal playwrights and directors to learn about the traditions and movements that have formed today’s theatre so you can build your own career in acting, theatre production and related industries. Furthermore, a year-round program of public performances will give you opportunities to apply the practices learned in class and to hone your skills.

The Theatre Studies Major provides you with transferable skills that are eagerly sought after in many workplaces: collaboration, flexibility, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, leadership and the ability to present ideas effectively to a range of audiences and stakeholders.

Career opportunities

The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers.

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Arts administrator
  • TV or film producer
  • Community arts worker
  • Broadcasting presenter
  • Stage and theatre manager

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,77,802) per year
Start date

25 July 2022


The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle Campus,

19 Mouat Street,


Western Australia,

6959, PERTH, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,77,802) per year
Start date

25 July 2022


Sydney Campus

140 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with recent Secondary Education must have a minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

For international students

Applicants must meet High school qualifications (or equivalent) to apply for undergraduate program. Academic minimum entry requirements for international applicants vary from country to country.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; CAE/CPE - 176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169; PTE Academic - 58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50; TOEFL (iBT) - 84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.