Theatre & Performance Studies - THSTC13948

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of the Arts and Media


Program: 3948 - Adv Science (Honours) / Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Major)

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Stream Outline


The Theatre and Performance Studies major stream will enable you to engage with a wide range of performance modes – theatrical and cultural, European and Australasian, contemporary and historical, text and non-text based, low and high culture – and to experience a combination of both practice-based and concept-driven learning. As a Theatre and Performance Studies student you will be equipped with the skills to analyse, interpret or work with a variety of performance forms as well as have the opportunity to follow a chosen area of specialisation within the major. The stream’s contemporary focus explores experimental live arts, multimedia and dance practices as well as their political and social attributes within a global context. Its historical orientation will ground you with essential skills in playtext and genre analysis as well as with perspectives on national theatre traditions and canon formation. The major’s offerings in creative practice will develop the skills you need to become a theatre practitioner and include courses in interdisciplinary collaboration, professional production, script-writing and solo performance. The stream’s professionalising pathway offers internships and arts reviewing courses which emphasise links to Sydney-based production companies, venues and publishing networks. Our major stream is designed to critically and creatively engage you in the social, ethical and practical state of the contemporary performing arts from a range of historical and cultural perspectives.

Stream Learning Outcomes

You should achieve the following learning outcomes upon the successful completion of the stream:
  • Analyse and interpret performances and the social meanings they produce from a range of theoretical and critical perspectives
  • Embody and enact historical and contemporary performance-making processes
  • Explain the cultural and historical specificity of theatre and performance, and the global nature of performance knowledges and practices

Stream Structure

A student who wishes to gain a major stream in Theatre and Performance Studies must complete 60 units of credit including 12 UOC of core courses at Level 1, at least 18 UOC at Level 2 including the core course, and at least 18 UOC at Level 3 including the capstone course.

BA/BEd Students: In order to meet the criteria set by BOSTES, BA/BEd students undertaking the Theatre and Performance Studies major must follow the stream rules specific to their program.

Level 1

You must complete the following Level 1 core courses:

Level 2

You must complete the following Level 2 core course:
And at least 12 UOC from the following:

Level 3

You must complete the following Level 3 core course:
And at least 12 UOC from the following:
Theatre and Performance Studies

Study Levels

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