2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Performance and Theatre | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Performance and Theatre



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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

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Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 754800


In the Bachelor of Performance and Theatre, students gain the skills to become practicing artists; to produce work – through image, movement and text – that will make a difference in the world The degree gives students foundational skills in acting and performance, as well as practical and theoretical understanding of how theatre functions as an art form in contemporary environments. It prepares students for performance work in many contexts: on stage, behind the scenes and in the broader creative industries As well as the core subjects, students study ONE of two majors.

Acting Intensive Major

This major trains students in the specific acting and performance techniques necessary to create contemporary theatre work. Through skills classes and productions, students gain expertise in voice and movement and extend their knowledge of character/persona development. They learn dramaturgical interpretations of text and image in order to enact ideas on stage for public presentations.

Theatre Making Major

This major offers students a variety of approaches to create theatre and performance works. Through a comprehensive suite of diverse subjects, students learn the process of making theatre, from individual to ensemble practices. They learn dramaturgical interpretations of text and image and contextualise contemporary performance through practical subjects that include movement and improvisation, technical staging and multimedia, and the development of new theatrical forms 

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Appraise and reflect critically on contemporary theatre and performance and its social, historical and political context;
2 Communicate practical and conceptual ideas effectively and appropriately to a range of audiences and communities;
3 Apply theatre-making and acting skills, techniques, and processes to contemporary theatre and performance practice;
4 Foster and implement ethical and professional principles, in accordance with industry standards, to creative practice;
5 Formulate and produce ensemble and solo creative work in the field of contemporary theatre and performance

Course Structure

To qualify for award of this degree, the Bachelor of Performance and Theatre, a candidate must satisfactorily complete a total of at least 144 credit points, comprised of the following:

1. Core subjects for the Bachelor of Performance and Theatre, as outlined in the table below (54 credit points) 

2. At least one of the following two majors:

  • Acting Intensive (66 credit points)
  • Theatre Making (48 credit points)

3. Elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 144. Electives may be chosen from:

  • subjects in the major not taken and/or,
  • the recommended electives for this degree, and/or,
  • the general schedule of subjects.

Students may wish to use these electives to study a minor. Students studying the Theatre Making major may choose to complete a second major from within Law, Humanities and the Arts. Information regarding minors is available on the General Schedule of Minors page.


  • No more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects.

Bachelor of Performance and Theatre Core

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1 Core
CACS103Cultural Knowledges6
CAPF103Acting and Performance 1: Improvisation and Physical Theatre6
CAPF104Acting and Performance 2: Psychological Realism6
CAPF105Contemporary Theatre and Text6
Year 2 Core
CACS200Creative Communities6
CAPF232Contemporary Australian Theatre and its Context6
Year 3 Core
CACS300Critical Thinking6
CACS304Creative Research6
CAPF308Theatre, Politics and Spectatorship6

Acting Intensive Major

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
CAPF107Voice & Body 1: Performance Presence6
CAPF109Voice & Body 2: Performance Awareness6
Year 2
CAPF211Performance Production 16
CAPF212Performance Production 26
CAPF217Performance Skills: Approaches to Text6
CAPF219Performance Skills: Special Techniques6
Year 3
CAPF302Performance Skills: The Actor in the World6
CAPF306Performance Skills: Acting for Screen6
CAPF307Performance Production 412
CAPF311Performance Production 36

Theatre Making Major

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
CAPF111Stagecraft 1: Creative Technologies6
CAPF112Stagecraft 2: Creative Technologies in Practice6
Year 2
CAPF206Theatre Studio: Solo to Ensemble6
CAPF207Theatre Studio: Mediatised performance6
CAPF209Theatre Studio: Physical Practices in Contemporary Theatre6
Year 3
CAPF309Theatre Studio: Installation Performance6
CAPF310Major Performance Project12

Recommended Electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
CAPF110Singing 16
CAPF208Singing 26
CAPF215Scene-work 1: Engaging with Text6
CAPF315Scene-work 36

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.   

Work Integrated Learning

Some Majors will have a specific internship subject available for students. Otherwise, students can consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.

INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities is an elective subject available to all students. INDS208 fosters work skills, cultural competency and develops student awareness of Indigenous knowledges and community practices.

Other Information

The School may apply quotas to subjects to ensure optimal class sizes.
Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au 

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020