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CG72 - Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation)

Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation) is designed to provide specialist training in music theatre, drama, technical theatre and theatre studies (distance option). If you are studying the music theatre, drama or technical theatre specialisations on campus, you will be involved in a comprehensive conservatoire style environment with expectations of high standards of performance and scholarship. A rigorous performance schedule in various University, community and professional settings is one of the strengths of this course.

If you are studying the theatre studies specialisation by distance, you will have the opportunity to build your understanding of theatre as part of the broader community through studies that include creative writing and the investigation of the practice of theatre in historical and contemporary contexts.

A range of adjunct units and electives allows students the opportunity to pursue additional studies in music, or add other allied skills and knowledge in areas of professional and personal interest such as other creative arts and arts administration, events management, education, business, multimedia design and professional communication to their study course.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation) is designed for students seeking a profession in the entertainment industry as an actor, musical theatre performer or as part of the theatre production team. The course includes opportunities to gain the professional skills necessary for a performing arts industry career as a performer, director, designer, theatre technician or theatre manager. The degree also provides excellent pathways for careers in education, creative industries and arts administration.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BTheatre
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2020

Mackay
Online

Term 1 - 2020

Mackay
Online

Term 2 - 2019

Mackay
Online

Term 1 - 2019

Mackay
Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2017

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2016

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2015

Distance
Mackay

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Mackay

Term 2 - 2014

Mackay

Term 1 - 2014

Mackay
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2020

Mackay

Term 1 - 2020

Mackay

Term 2 - 2019

Mackay

Term 1 - 2019

Mackay

Term 2 - 2018

Mackay

Term 1 - 2018

Mackay

Term 2 - 2017

Mackay

Term 1 - 2017

Mackay

Term 2 - 2016

Mackay

Term 1 - 2016

Mackay

Term 2 - 2015

Mackay

Term 1 - 2015

Mackay

Term 2 - 2014

Mackay

Term 1 - 2014

Mackay
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Audition and interview


Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge
No information available at this time
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL01 - Diploma of Theatre
Exit Awards CL01 - Diploma of Theatre
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 27
2018 39
2017 43
2016 32
2015 39
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in the creative and performing arts practice environment.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations in the creative and performing arts practice environment.
  • Demonstrating appropriate behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from others and situations in a professional or performance setting.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with university and workplace policy around the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • Complying with the relevant workplace policies and practices including relevant OHS legislative requirements pertaining to creative and performing arts practice in a music performance environment.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating your creative and performing arts knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Actively participating in discussions and course activities with appropriate use and command of language to the context.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries, a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • If required, competently using written music notation as required to convey detailed information and knowledge relating to music theatre performance and practice.
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs suitable to your course of study.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing professional skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Producing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying sufficient mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to design various theatrical elements including scenery, sets, props and costumes.
  • Demonstrating effective use of sufficient mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to design lighting and sound for theatrical environments.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Safely performing in a variety of theatrical contexts including on stage as a performer or off stage as part of the technical support team.
  • Working in a team-based performing arts environment where verbal and non-verbal communication is essential to realisation of a wide range of theatrical performances.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in sustained and intensive rehearsals and performances involving creative and performing arts skills that may occur in time-frames outside normal working hours, including evenings and weekends. These creative and performing arts skills may include dancing, drama, singing and technical theatre skills.
  • Actively participating in intensive rehearsals and performances involving creative and performing arts skills with sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Performing with the required physical and mental energy and endurance in the learning activities of the course, as well as during set time-frames during intensive rehearsal and performance periods.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Using a variety of gross motor skills in various creative and performing arts performance activities that include dancing, drama, singing and technical skills associated with theatrical performance and activity.
  • Demonstrating and performing a variety of gross motor skills in various creative and performing arts performances that include dancing, drama, singing and technical theatre skills, consistently in a safe manner to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others.
  • Using a variety of fine motor skills in various creative and performing arts performance activities that include dancing, drama, singing and technical skills associated with theatrical performance and activity.
  • Demonstrating and performing a variety of fine motor skills in various creative and performing arts performances that include dancing, drama, singing and technical theatre skills, consistently in a safe manner to reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others.
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Drama Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of theatrical styles
  • 2. Develop and evaluate theatrical, cultural and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with scholarship and research
  • 3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise theatrical works, performances and other forms of creative expression
  • 4. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments to do with theatre and the arts in modes suited to a range of audiences, informed by inquiry and scholarship
  • 5. Work independently and collaboratively in theatre in response to authentic project demands in a variety of roles, such as performer, dramaturge, producer, director, critic and manager
  • 6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in theatre
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Music Theatre Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of musical and theatrical styles
  • 2. Develop and evaluate theatrical, cultural and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with scholarship and research
  • 3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise theatrical works, performances and other forms of creative expression
  • 4. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments to do with theatre and the arts in modes suited to a range of audiences, informed by inquiry and scholarship
  • 5. Work independently and collaboratively in theatre in response to authentic project demands in a variety of roles, such as performer, choreographer, producer, director, critic and manager
  • 6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in theatre
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Technical Theatre Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of theatrical styles
  • 2. Develop and evaluate theatrical, cultural and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with scholarship and research
  • 3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise theatrical works, performances and other forms of creative expression
  • 4. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments to do with theatre and the arts in modes suited to a range of audiences, informed by inquiry and scholarship
  • 5. Work independently and collaboratively in theatre in response to authentic project demands in a variety of roles, such as producer, director, designer and manager
  • 6. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in theatre
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Theatre Studies Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques of a broad range of theatrical styles to various creative projects
  • 2. Develop and evaluate theatrical, cultural and artistic ideas, concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively, and through engaging with scholarship and research
  • 3. Interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments to do with theatre and the arts in modes suited to a range of audiences, informed by inquiry and scholarship
  • 4. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to practice in theatre
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
More Details

Credit Transfer

Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will be required to nominate the CQU units they wish to be considered for exemption from. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course, have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Students may only gain credit transfer for up to 67% of the overall course.

Please note that study undertaken more than 10 years ago is not normally considered unless the applicant can supply certified documents showing that they have been continually using the required skills in the work force. Generally only TAFE diploma level or above is recognised for credit at tertiary level.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses-and-programs/credit-transfer-and-rpl/credit-transfers for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Course Planners

For Course Planners please refer to the following website http://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles