Theatre and Performance

Welcome to Theatre & Performance at UNE! We offer unique courses in both practical and theoretical aspects of theatre: the Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Performance) and the Master of Applied Theatre Studies. These courses are offered full-time and part-time and can be studied on-campus, off-campus and online.

Why Study Theatre and Performance at UNE?

The UNE Theatre and Performance program has been developed by innovative and knowledgeable teachers who combine scholarship with practical and professional experience. In 2007 the program was given a prestigious national award by the Carrick Institute (now the Australian Learning and Teaching Council) for its innovative teaching methods.

The Theatre and Performance program at UNE is relevant to almost everyone, from those students who want to gain some experience in public speaking, oral communication and presentation through to experienced theatre practitioners and teachers who want to enhance and enrich their knowledge and professional skills.

Our courses offer both practical and theoretical Theatre and Performance units online and off campus, as well as on campus. Off campus study is relevant to people who want to develop their skills or knowledge in order to be involved in the practice of theatre, either professionally or as part of an amateur group, as well as those who simply want to learn more about the history of theatre, its practice, and its role in our society. Some units of study have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus, usually for four days, during the relevant trimester, but many others are fully online. This gives you the flexibility to plan your study around other commitments.



Theatre and Performance at UNE has a fully-equipped theatre with a fly tower, two workshop studios, a wardrobe and props room, a carpentry workshop and a script library. UNE is also home to the Campbell Howard collection of Australian play scripts and the Stage on Screen collection of video materials on Australian theatre.

Script Library

Theatre and Performance has an extensive library, which includes out-of-print and and rare items. To view the catalogue of all titles held in the Script Library, please follow the link: UNE Theatre Studies Script Library Catalogue. Select 'Guest Account' to access the catalogue. Membership of the Script Library is required to be able to borrow any items.

Undergraduate courses

Theatre and Performance can be studied as a major in the following courses:

Bachelor degrees

You can also study Theatre and Performance as an elective in almost any Bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules to see how many electives you are permitted to include. Any student accepted into UNE is welcome to enrol in the introductory units (THEA110 and THEA111) and then progress to more advanced units after satisfactorily completing them.

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

in which you can study Theatre and Performance

Postgraduate courses

Theatre and Performance can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate research

Higher degree research may be undertaken either by traditional thesis or in creative practice.

Find out more about Higher Degree Research


*Please read About THEA302 first. A satisfactory proposal must be completed and approved before permission to enrol in the unit is complete.

Thinking about studying ARTS301 or ARTS302?

If you are interested in enrolling in the independent study units ARTS301 Research and Professional Practice or ARTS302 Research and Professional Practice II, please read about enrolling in ARTS301 or ARTS302 first. You will need to fill in a Project Proposal Form and have your project approved before enrolling.

If you are enrolled in a postgraduate award, you might like to consider enrolling in ARTS501 or ARTS502, which are also project- and/or research-oriented units.

  • ARTS301 Research and Professional Practice
  • ARTS302 Research and Professional Practice II
  • ARTS501 Arts Research and Professional Practice
  • ARTS502 Dissertation Unit

Many of our graduates have gone on to work as drama teachers in secondary schools. Some have progressed to specialised actor training institutions and work in the profession. Others are employed in a range of occupations where exceptional oral communication and public presentation skills are required.

Partnerships and networks

Further information

For more information please contact AskUNE