Indulge your passion for theatre performance, production and design. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Theatre Arts will set the stage for you while you gain comprehensive knowledge and skills for the industry.
Hone your skills in theatre craft
In this very practical course you will work with professional theatre companies and on professional theatre productions.
You will develop skills in improvisation, movement, voice and acting. A highlight of the course is the script- writing component where you will learn how to stage your own plays and present them to a live audience.
Industry connections and resources
You will have access to the David Williamson Theatre, a 120 seat facility with industry standard lighting rig, lighting and sound equipment, flying systems and set and prop construction area and stage storage spaces. There is also a smaller theatre training venue and a large movement room. You will be timetabled into Mac and PC labs for marketing, theatre history and production classes.
As a student of the Diploma of Theatre Arts you may be invited to work on shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival or the Fringe Festival. We have strong connections with small and large-scale theatre companies such as Arts Centre Melbourne, La Mama, The Carlton Courthouse, Red Stitch Theatre Company and Impro Melbourne.
You will be taught by staff who all have related industry currency.
You will train as a theatre worker with skills in acting, theatre lighting, sound, stage management, set/prop making, marketing and performing arts in context. This will prepare you for work in small- and large-scale theatres and in community theatre settings.
You will be assessed through a combination of face-to-face, project work and industry-based learning. Your employability skills will form part of the assessment, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology.
There are no new enrolment intakes for the Diploma of Theatre Arts until February 2017.
VTAC CodePrahran 6900810124
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryProject work, Industry based, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
- Apply through VTAC or directly to Melbourne Polytechnic
- Applicants with experience in live theatre or related industries can book through the link above
- For Interview and/or Audition - book here
- Attend an Information Session. Note: this is not a compulsory entry requirement
Assessment MethodsA combination of face to face, project work and industry based learning and assessment will be offered to candidates. The course is designed to engage students in hands-on project work. This may be delivered on campus, in the related industry or a combination of both. Consequently, assessments will vary throughout the course. As required by the training package, employability skills will form part of the assessment of the qualification, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology. It is anticipated that learning activities and assessments will involve working with students and staff from other program areas in vocational training and higher education.
MaterialsYou will need to pay a materials fee for this course. Contact the Performing Arts Department for more information.
Career PathwaysOn successful completion of the Diploma of Theatre Arts you will be suitably qualified to enter job roles such as theatre makers in small companies and community theatre. You will be a multi-skilled theatre worker capable of working in areas such as performance, script writing, design and set and prop making, stage management, production management and theatre technology - lighting and sound.
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBMKG501B||IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES||70|
|CUEIND02B||RESEARCH AND EVALUATE THEATRICAL REFERENCES TO INFORM INDUSTRY PRACTICE||60|
|CUESET07C||USE RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENT TO CREATE SETS||150|
|CUETEM03C||ESTABLISH AND MANAGE PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES||45|
|CUFDRT501A||DIRECT REHEARSALS OF PERFORMERS||50|
|CUFIND401A||PROVIDE SERVICES ON A FREELANCE BASIS||30|
|CUFLGT501A||CONCEIVE AND DEVELOP LIGHTING DESIGNS||30|
|CUSSOU501A||DEVELOP SOUND DESIGNS||50|
|CUVADM13B||RESEARCH AND CRITIQUE CULTURAL WORK(S)||50|
|VU20549||DEVELOP ADVANCED PERFORMANCE SKILLS||150|
|VU20550||REFINE PERFORMANCE SKILLS||150|
|VU20552||PERFORM THE SHOW||150|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.