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Diploma of Theatre Arts

VTAC Code: 22315VIC CRICOS: 095307F VTAC Number: Prahran 6900810124

Overview

Campus

Prahran

Campus

Prahran

Duration

11 months full time

Duration

11 months

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Step into the spotlight

The Diploma of Theatre Arts 22315VIC is currently awaiting accreditation to 22598VIC in 2023Work creatively and develop performance skills in voice, acting, movement and improvisation with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Theatre Arts 22315VIC. From script-writing to performing, this hands-on diploma will allow you to push the boundaries of your own creativity as a performance artist. The course will teach you a balance of performance, technical, marketing, theatre event and festival production skills. Home to over 50 theatres, the city of Melbourne and its inner suburbs are the perfect base for your theatrical exploration.

Unleash your creative potential

Learn how to stage your own plays and present them to a live audience. Our Diploma of Theatre Arts 22315VIC is taught at our Prahan campus, home to Melbourne Polytechnic’s lively artistic community. We encourage you to take advantage of our many rehearsal and performance spaces, including the David Williamson Theatre. This is our 120-seat theatre with an industry-standard lighting and sound equipment, flying systems, a set and prop construction area and stage storage spaces. Melbourne Polytechnic has enduring connections with theatre companies such as Arts Centre Melbourne, La Mama, The Carlton Courthouse, Red Stitch Theatre Company and Impro Melbourne. During the course, you may even be invited to work on shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival or the Fringe Festival.

The world is your stage

Once you’ve completed of the Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Theatre Arts 22315VIC, you will have learned the skills to be capable of working in areas such as performance, script writing, design and set and prop making, stage management, production management and theatre technology. Your skills may open up pathways into work as a performer, part of a production team within small companies or community theatre companies, or at theatre events and festivals.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

On successful completion of the Diploma of Theatre Arts 22315VIC 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.
  • Stage Manager
  • Set Maker
  • Theatre Performer
  • Production Manager
  • Prop Maker
  • Script Writer
  • Stage Hand

Course Details

Delivery methods

Blended delivery (combination of face to face learning on the Prahran campus, remote delivery, self-directed learning and project work including performances and productions)

  • Performances and Productions
  • Computer Lab
  • Project work
  • Blended delivery
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

A combination of observation, written assignments and project work, with small and large scale events based learning. The course is designed to engage students in hands-on practical learning wherever possible. This may be delivered on campus and online. Consequently, assessments will vary throughout the course, depending on the unit. 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 Dramatic Arts courses.

Units of Study

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

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

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $12400 $18450
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $12650 $18700
Per year $22100
Per semester $11050

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

All materials supplied. Timetable provided at course induction or class enrolment by teaching department

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Requirements

Applicants to 22598VIC Diploma of Theatre Arts are required to provide evidence of basic performance and/or technical skills. This may be evidenced via:
  • An interview,
  • An audition, and/or
  • Folio of works.
To assess applicants meet Entry Requirements - It is required that candidates undergo an interview before offer of a place can be made and submit:
  • Resume or CV of work and study experience, including all experience in performance, either as performer or technical crew.
  • A Written Statement with the reasons for wanting to undertake course.
  • Photograph of themselves – head and shoulders only.
Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study at secondary or tertiary level.
Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: An interview is required before an offer can be processed.

Applicants to 22598VIC Diploma of Theatre Arts are required to provide evidence of basic performance and/or technical skills. This may be evidenced via:
  • An interview,
  • An audition, and/or
  • Folio of works.
To assess applicants meet Entry Requirements - It is required that candidates undergo an interview before offer of a place can be made and submit:
  • Resume or CV of work and study experience, including all experience in performance, either as performer or technical crew.
  • A Written Statement with the reasons for wanting to undertake course.
  • Photograph of themselves – head and shoulders only.
Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study at secondary or tertiary level.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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