Bachelor of Creative Industries (Theatre and Performance)

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Bachelor of Creative Industries (Theatre and Performance)


Program summary

Create your career in theatre and performance.

Designed and taught by theatre- and performance-makers, this program will build your skills through studies in acting, directing, devising, theatre history, leadership, script-writing, voice, and design. Upon graduation you will have the skills to work in theatre and performance or transfer your skills to a range of related professions.

In this program you will:

  • Engage in studies of acting, directing, devising, theatre history, leadership, script-writing, voice and design.
  • Build performance making skills.
  • Work alongside a professional theatre director in the creation of a theatrical production.
  • Undertake industry placements, and develop practical skills and valuable industry networks.
  • Hone your communication, problem solving, critical analysis, team work, time management, and leadership skills.
Career opportunities:
  • Stage manager
  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Educator

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (6) 72 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN103 Introduction to the Creative Industries
COR109 Communication and Thought
DES101 The Language of Design
DRA100 Acting 1: The actor's craft
DRA102 Exploring Twentieth Century Theatre

Developing and Graduate courses (10) 120 units

CMN200 Introduction to Screenwriting: The Art of Visual Storytelling
CMN312 Industry Internship 1: Communication, Creativity and Design
CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project
DRA202 Directing Performance: Contemporary Perspectives
DRA203 Physical Theatre
DRA204 Theatre Production
DRA206 Acting 2: Contemporary Shakespeare
DRA301 Devising Performance
EGL205 Imagined Homelands: An Exploration of Australian Literature
MUS200 Foundations of Performance

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law) or (Science, Health, Education and Engineering). Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete an additional major or minor.

Please note the total number of introductory courses that can be undertaken in this program is 120 units (10 courses).

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level courses, including core courses
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 units per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on Student visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling in askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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