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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.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

The Theatre Arts major expands your skills, theoretical understanding and experience in theatre and performance practice. Classes encompass skills and processes in acting, directing, devising, writing, dramaturgy, critical analysis, stage management and theatre production and are applied in the on-campus Hayman Theatre.

You will also have the opportunity to apply your skills as actors and production crew in the Hayman Theatre Company’s extensive production program. Every year Theatre Arts at Curtin produces five Major Productions directed by staff and artists-in-residence with extensive industry experience and twenty student-directed productions. These productions range from classical drama, contemporary Australian or international plays and new devised works. Each year ends with “Curtin: STAGE ONE” the premiere of a new play by a Western Australian playwright produced at a professional venue in 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

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

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

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


STAT entry 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.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

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

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘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

English language proficiency

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

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

TAFE requirements

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


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.