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Diploma of Theatre Arts

Code: 22315VIC Cricos: 095307F
Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Prahran

Campus

Prahran

Duration

11 months full time

Duration

11 months full time

Requirements

Attend an interview.

Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Audition.

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Step into the spotlight

Work creatively and develop performance skills in voice, acting, movement and improvisation with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Theatre Arts. 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 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, 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 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
  • Theatre Performer
  • Set Maker
  • Prop Maker
  • Production Manager
  • Script Writer
  • Stage Hand

Pathways

You may wish to take your theatre arts studies further and pursue a career in Creative Arts. For further study options, discuss with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff.
As an actor, writer and producer, I myself have employed students from this course as they are well rounded in their skills, knowledgeable of the industry and have been taught by some of the best theatre industry staff that Victoria has to offer.
Claire Pearson
Employer

Course Details

Delivery methods

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

Assessment Methods

A combination of face to face, project work and small and large scale events 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.

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 IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES 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 THEARE TECHNIQUES FOR PERFORMANCE Core 150
VU21907 REHEARSE THE SHOW Core 150
VU21908 MANAGE THE PERFORMANCE OF SHOWS Core 150

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $ 11400 $17000
Maximum annual amenities $ 250 $250
Total payable $ 11650 $17250
Per year $19652
Per semester $9826

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 2019. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview
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Requirements

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.

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

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 of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

To enrol in this course you are asked to attend an interview and folio presentation with one of our Creative Arts staff to ensure that this is the right course for you.

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 +61 3 9269 8400

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