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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBPA
CRICOS code031508D
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.


The Bachelor of Performing Arts is an in-depth program of study of how to make and interpret performance. The course is both practical and theoretical and there are numerous opportunities for students to participate in directed and devised productions and projects.


The program of study features a balance of practical, theoretical, critical and contextual studies, and provides students with a range of knowledge and skills relevant to careers as informed and independent theatre practitioners.


This course consists of a compulsory theatre major and performance major with additional studies chosen from a variety of arts disciplines or from disciplines offered by another faculty.


Students must complete the following:

(a.) a theatre major (48 points)

(b.) a performance major (48 points)

(c.) additional units to complete 144 points

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

In exceptional circumstances, students may obtain approval from the course coordinator to replace their theatre major with a major in music* or visual culture.

* A music performance major can only be undertaken within course 3774 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Performing Arts.

Areas of Study

Arts studies

Other arts areas of study

For information other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Bachelor of Performing Arts