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Graduate Diploma in Theatre

Course code: 3776 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipTheat ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This coursework program is designed to give students an opportunity to increase their knowledge of theory and practice in contemporary theatre, whether for the purposes of teaching, community work or advanced industry practice.

Students gain a creative and critical understanding of current theatre practice, including its history, production, and reception, as well as the cultural and aesthetic issues that inform its ongoing evolution. Within the professional, community and educational contexts in which it operates, the program embraces a distinctively diverse, intercultural, and international ethic that encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the theory and practice of theatre performance. Teaching will be based in the theatre and rehearsal spaces of the Monash Performing Arts Building.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Core unit

  • DTH4000 Dramatic theory, criticism, and research methods


Electives to the value of 36 points from the following:

  • DTH4001 Design for theatre
  • DTH4002 Creating the new: theatre and its experiments
  • DTH4003 Performance investigation
  • DTH4004 Rethinking theatre history

Other units within the school or faculty, such as CRT4760 (Gender, body and performance), may be accredited as electives with approval from the course coordinator.

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


Students may apply to transfer to the Master of Theatre program after successful completion of at least 24 points if they achieve a minimum credit grade in the core unit and a credit average overall.

For further study options please contact the School of English, Communication and Performance Studies or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Will Peterson