2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Theatre Major | 2018

UAC Code: 754609

This major is available for students studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts.

A major study in Theatre offers a flexible program covering a wide range of performance-related areas. Students will be able to undertake studies that include:

  • Stagecraft
  • Introduction to lighting and sound design
  • Stage management
  • Producing live performance
  • Dramaturgy, history and theory

The course is primarily practice-based and offers opportunities to work with professional artists on the creation of contemporary theatre works. The course also emphasises theory and history as essential to the development of informed and self-reliant practitioners.

In first year, students acquire competencies in stagecraft, stage management, lighting and sound with an emphasis on collaboration and ensemble practice. In second and third year, students can select a range of Theatre Studios that cover a diverse range of areas as well as study contemporary theatre history and theory. The third year culminates in a major project where students undertake a major creative work.

A Bachelor of Performance is also offered by the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Students who complete the first year of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre) to a high performance standard may be permitted to transfer into the Bachelor of Performance.

Subjects Required for Major Study

Students studying the BCA: Theatre Major will complete the core subjects for the BCA, and at least 72 credit points as outlined below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
CAPA111 Stage Management 6
CAPA112 Introduction to Lighting and Sound 6
CAPF111 Stagecraft 1 6
CAPF112 Stagecraft 2 6
CAPF203 Generative Performance Skills 1 6
CAPF221 Theatre Studio: Performance Workshop 6
CAPF222 Theatre Studio: Methodologies 6
CAPF231 Contemporary Theatre and Text 6
CAPF232 Contemporary Australian Theatre and its Context 6
CAPF303 Generative Performance Skills 2 6
CAPF390 Major Performance Production 12


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.


A 24 credit point minor in Theatre is available.

Note that students cannot complete both a Major and a Minor in Theatre.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

Bachelor of Creative Arts students may apply via their Course Coordinator to enrol into the Creative Arts Internship subject, CACS302. The Faculty offers a limited number of industry placements each year. These offer students hands-on experience in cultural organisations that have agreed to partner with the Faculty on this initiative. Typically students will spend a minimum of 60 hours in an organisation, working on an agreed project from their major study area, with exposure to a fully operational professional environment. These hours can be undertaken on a daily basis or as a single block as negotiated with the host organisation. Students are selected for this opportunity on the basis of both strong academic achievement and through application and interview.

In their third year students will undertake a major project in their chosen discipline continuing to build student experience, expertise and maturity, working with a range of methodologies and processes in a context that simulates professional working conditions.

Third year students may choose to take an additional history/theory subject, particularly if they are interested in Honours or teaching, however, they also have the option of enrolling in CACS301, the Professional Practice subject. In this subject, students will map professional and career pathways in the context of both individual artistic practice and the creative and cultural industries. It will develop an understanding of arts infrastructure, including government agencies, the commercial and the not-for-profit sector. Fundamental professional avenues of support such as legal advisory services and funding structures will be introduced as well as individual portfolios and curriculum vitae, project and funding submission development and making presentations. Students will undertake an individual research assignment into an aspect of the arts that fits with their career ambitions. The subject will be delivered in partnership with key arts and cultural organisations.


See Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Other Information

Further information is available via email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 28 August, 2018