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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

Monash University


Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

Centre for Theatre and Performance


Dr Felix Nobis


Faculty of Arts

Centre for Theatre and Performance



The Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University offers one of the most comprehensive Theatre programs in the country. By studying Theatre at Monash, students can take advantage of world-class facilities, opportunities and hands-on learning. Our Theatre units provide students with the tools to think critically about the field, preparing them for a future where theatre and performance increasingly cross genres, cultures, geographic boundaries, and modes of artistic expression.

The Theatre major addresses the making and analysis of theatre and performance. It is both practical and theoretical and reflects the premise that an understanding of performance processes and an active engagement with them is essential to the reading of dramatic texts or theatre history. The study of the past, present and future of the performance is grounded in both theoretical frameworks and reflective, participatory explorations of key themes and questions. Units cut across a wide range of approaches to theatre and performance and strive to achieve a balance between performance opportunities and a challenging academic program.

The Centre for Theatre and Performance has an enviable reputation for industry placements and offers flagship opportunities through its Monash/Malthouse Theatre partnership. Students can enjoy a diverse range of internship opportunities gaining experience from placements with professional theatre companies, theatre festivals, industry professionals and regional theatre programs.

As a graduate, you will be well informed, reflective, adventurous and creative. You will be equipped with the fundamental skills that all employers today need - namely strong oral and written communication skills - as well as the ability to work collaboratively and to think on your feet. Studying Theatre will provide you with an extra edge to succeed in a wide range of careers including the entertainment industry, public relations, marketing or teaching.


Theatre is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts and 0202 Bachelor of Letters at Clayton as a major or minor, and A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Clayton as a major.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge in the field of theatre and be able to apply such knowledge to specific case studies
  • apply their learning to professional work or to advanced studies and be able to demonstrate insight into the breadth and diversity of theatre and its place within the broader scope of the arts and social sciences
  • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key areas of theatre history, theory and practice within both educational and professional contexts
  • draw upon skills in research through performance and be able to apply such skills in a transdisciplinary manner


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor ( and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

(b.) Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units ( (12 points):

  • ATS2912 Performance studies 1 - Concepts
  • ATS2916 Theories of theatre 1

(c.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit ( (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3912 Performance studies 2 - Cultures
  • ATS3987 Theories of theatre 2

(d.) Three units (18 points) from the remaining cornerstone and capstone units or the elective list below, with at least two units at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

(b.) Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major. It is a highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in level 3 unit.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Students completing a major are strongly encouraged to take the elective units below. Although these cannot be credited towards the Theatre major they can be credited as additional electives to a course.

  • ATS1189 Acting 1: Theory and practice
  • ATS1190 Acting 2: Theory and practice

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.