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Study Theatre Arts at Curtin

Theatre Arts

Undergraduate major

Are you a budding actor or director? This course prepares you for a bright future in theatre arts.

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  • Qualification
    Theatre Arts Major (BCA)
  • Credit
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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This major equips you with the creative practice and the theory you need to perform both on and off the stage. It is a comprehensive training ground for passionate theatre artists.

At Curtin you will benefit from studying the longest established theatre arts course in Western Australia. You’ll develop the full range of fundamental skills, theoretical understanding, and practical experience of theatre and performance practice. These include:

  • acting
  • directing
  • writing and devising
  • dramaturgy
  • critical analysis
  • stage management
  • theatre production.

You’ll learn from artists-in-residence who have professional production experience, and you could apply your skills in the Hayman Theatre Company’s on-campus public production program.

You’ll have the opportunity to work on five major productions and up to 25 student directed productions each year. Staged on campus and in venues around Perth, these productions range from classical drama to contemporary works.

Theatre Arts is offered as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts.

You can also study Theatre Arts as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree. 

Why study

  • You'll have many opportunities to develop your theatrical skills. You can audition for, or work on, up to 25 public productions a year with the on-campus Hayman Theatre Company.
  • You'll learn first-hand from staff and artists-in-residents that have extensive and ongoing industry experience.
  • You'll graduate with skills and working methods applicable to your own creative practice and career.
  • You'll gain a network of professional contacts and like-minded peers.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Actor
  • Stage / film / TV director
  • Performing arts technician
  • Playwright
  • Production crew
  • Stage manager.


  • Theatre and screen
  • Screen advertising.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the discipline of Theatre Arts to creative practice, production, practice-led research and interpretation. Conduct both theoretical and practice-led research methods to synthesis and evaluate diverse sources of information.
  • identify and initiate ways to develop performance skills and experience in order to develop learning; engage in critical and reflective practice in theory and practice to generate new knowledge and create original performance.
  • communicate and articulate ideas critically and practically applying appropriate contemporary Theatre Arts technologies, with an understanding of how voice, gesture, space and other staging techniques communicate meaning.
  • identify, engage and apply global perspectives within the fields of performance and performance making.
  • recognise the vital contribution of inter-cultural approaches to performance and performance making and demonstrate respect for Indigenous values, cultures and knowledges cultural.
  • initiate individual and collaborative projects based on a sound knowledge of the principles of the Theatre Arts field and best professional practice

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-THTRA
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022