Diploma of Theatre Arts


A new career – enter stage left. Transform your passion and love for theatre performance into a creative career. Melbourne is a great city for theatre with so many new opportunities and growth. What our course offers you is comprehensive training and professional skills from industry experienced teachers.

Hone your skills in theatre craft

In this practical course you will work with professional theatre companies and on professional theatre productions. Push your creative boundaries and extend your current 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. It’s a great facility to make the most of, and has 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 – these make excellent rehearsal spaces. You will also be timetabled into our Mac and PC labs for marketing, theatre history and production classes.

We offer you many opportunities to get involved. You may be invited to work on shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival or the Fringe Festival. We have enduring 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.

Our teachers are passionate about you and your learning. They’ll pass on their industry tips and knowledge because they want to see you succeed.

Employment outcomes

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 enable you to work in both small and large scale organisations and theatres.


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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


For any additional information please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Please note

There are no new enrolment intakes for the Diploma of Theatre Arts until February 2017.

Local Students




Prahran 6900810124




Performing Arts
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12 months

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 Delivery

Project work, Industry based, 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

A 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.


All materials are provided by Melbourne Polytechnic as part of the tuition fees.

Entrance Requirements

  • 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

Career Pathways

On 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.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

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.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process 40
BSBMKG501 Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities 70
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace 60
CUAIND601 Work professionally in the creative arts industry 70
CUAINN501 Adopt an innovative approach to creating production elements 175
CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects 50
CUAPRF501 Refine performance techniques 95
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice 70
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory 70
CUASOU503 Develop sound designs 50
CUAWRT601 Write scripts 50
VU21906 Develop theatre techniques for performance 150
VU21907 Rehearse the show 150
VU21908 Manage the performance of shows 150

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.