Certificate I in Work Education

Ignition Theatre


Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate I in Work Education (Ignition Theatre) will help you find your niche in the theatre and performing arts. Whether your goal is to do further study or to gain employment, we’ll design an individual education program to meet your learning needs

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Learn and Grow

Develop vocational, job-seeking and employability skills in a non-competitive environment, learning various aspects of the theatre industry and working towards a performance.

A life in the theatre

In the Ignition Theatre stream, undertake activities including:

  • movement
  • creating original works
  • working as a member of a team
  • developing confidence
  • expressing your creativity
  • exploring the creative arts industry
  • performing in front of peers and audiences
  • theatre and performance
  • set design and construction
  • staging and production

The benefits continue at the end of the program with exit planning – documenting your strengths and vocational pathways and preparing an action plan for you to follow once the course is complete. We’ll assist you through our alumni program and with active job searching.

You’ll profit from Melbourne Polytechnic’s decades of experience in the disability sector, our constant updating of our courses and our ongoing participation on the re-accreditation committee.

Class sizes are limited to 10 students. We actively promote equality of representation and our commitment is to achieve a balance in the student group profile, to remove barriers on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race and age.

The course also includes 3 workshops for parents as Career Partners.

Industry connections and resources

We’re affiliated with a large number of performing arts and other organisations including:

  • Darebin, Moreland and Hume City Councils
  • Arts Access Victoria/Australia
  • Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Platform Youth Theatre
  • Wild@heart
  • Other Film Festival
  • Art of Difference Festival
  • Rose Chong Costumes
  • Mangala Dance Studios
  • Next Wave Festival
  • Darebin Kite Festival
  • Westside Circus
  • Arts Centre Victoria

Employment outcomes

You may gain full-time, part-time or casual work through your work placement in the theatre and performing arts industries.

Work placement

You will complete 300 hours of practical placement. Plan and organise this with one of our teachers, then evaluate the experience afterwards. In conjunction with a teacher, you’ll identify your strengths, weaknesses and future learning requirements to support employment.


For additional information on our Certificate I in Work Education – Ignition Theatre stream, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 2 days

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom



The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

You may be assessed using an integrated approach. Learning outcomes may be grouped together and assessment of the module achieved through an activity that takes into account of all learning outcomes. Assessment methods will respect your individual learning style and may include discussion, demonstration, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, role play, recorded report and observation. Methods may be varied in response to specific learning needs. The integrity of the learning outcome and assessment criteria should be maintained


You need to supply:
  • paper and pen
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up MYKI card for excursions
  • safety boots for undertaking back-of-house activities
No books are required.

Entrance Requirements

You’ll be asked to complete an entry report and an interview. You’ll be 16 years or over, have special learning needs (intellectual/learning disability, autism spectrum, ABI or other) and the potential and motivation for employment. You’re interested in working in a Melbourne Polytechnic-based program. You have the support of your family/advocate.

Pathways to further study

The more education you complete, the more job opportunities you’ll have. You can use this course as a pathway into courses such as:
  • Certificate II in Live Production and Theatre
  • Certificate II in Visual Arts

Career Pathways

The Certificate I in Work Education is one way of getting your foot in the door for your dream career. You may gain employment at entry level in the Performing Arts industry in areas such as retail, events assistant and stage hand

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
TLIG1001A Work effectively with others 40
VU21308 Work with and interpret directions in simple, familiar situations 30
VU21664 Prepare for employment 50
VU21666 Participate in job seeking activities 50
VU21771 Develop individual vocational plan with support 100
VU21772 Develop personal management skills for work 80
VU21773 Participate in vocational activities 400
VU21774 Participate in practical placement with support 300
VU21775 Develop interpersonal communication skills for the workplace 30

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.