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Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-PERFS Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

In the Theatre Arts major, you will develop critical skills, theoretical understanding, practical training and experience in areas of theatre and performance practice. These areas include acting, directing, writing, devising, dramaturgy, critical analysis, stage management and theatre production.

You will be able to learn from artists-in residence with professional production experience, and have the chance to apply your skills and knowledge in the extensive public production program by the on-campus Hayman Theatre Company.

You will also have the opportunity to work on five major productions and up to 20 student-directed productions each year, ranging from classical drama to contemporary Australian and international works, on campus and in venues around Perth.

Theatre Arts is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Actor
  • Theatre Director
  • Set, Costume or Lighting Designer
  • Playwright
  • Dramaturg
  • Producer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Stage or Production Manager
  • Theatre Technician

Possible careers


If you wish to follow this career path, we recommend you pair your single major in Performance Studies with elective from:

Set or Costume Designer

If you wish to pursue a career as a set or costume designer, we recommend you pair your single major in Performance Studies with electives from:

Playwright/Feature Writer

If you plan to pursue this career path, we recommend you pair your single major with electives from:

Why Theatre Arts?

  • There are plenty of opportunities for you to develop your practical skills. You can audition for or work on up to twenty-five public productions a year with the on-campus Hayman Theatre Company.
  • Learn first-hand from staff and artists-in-residents with extensive and ongoing industry experience.
  • Graduate with skills and working methods applicable to your own creative practice and career.
  • Forge 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.