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CG72 - Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation)


At a glance

The Bachelor of Theatre at CQUniversity has a carefully designed and performance-integrated structure that will enrich your learning experience. On completion, you will be a highly skilled and motivated creative performer that is ready for the workplace. To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition.

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Study modes On-Campus, Online

Drama, Music Theatre, Theatre Studies, Technical Theatre

Availability Mackay Ooralea; Online Study
Duration 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Recommended study Drama
Intake dates March, July
QTAC Code MKY: 860971, Online: 860975
CRICOS 069479B

The Theatre Studies major is only available to study by online study.

Career opportunities

Completion of the Bachelor of Theatre will prepare you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as an:

  • actor
  • musical theatre performer
  • performer
  • director
  • designer
  • theatre technician
  • theatre manager.

This course also provides excellent pathways for careers in education, creative industries and arts administration.



The Bachelor of Theatre at CQUniversity has a carefully designed and performance-integrated structure that will enrich your learning experience. Choose to major in Drama, Music Theatre, Theatre Studies or Technical Theatre to suit your area of interest and career goals.

Within a creative and supportive environment of performance-based training, you will have the opportunity to work in a number of full-scale productions in technical and creative roles.

On completion, you will be a highly skilled and motivated creative performer that is ready for the workplace.

You will develop a wide range of skills, all of which will be contextualised by studies in dramatic literature, theatre history and drama theory.

During your education and training, you will develop advanced skills in problem solving and creative, self-regulated and critical thinking, as well as enhance your singing and voice, acting, dance and movement skills. In addition, you will explore imagination and performance techniques and styles and cover production-related areas, such as lighting, sound and stage management.

Benefit from the newly added major, Theatre Studies, which is available by online study, allowing you to balance work and study commitments.

Why Study at CQUniversity

Our Creative, Performing and Visual Arts programs and courses foster the creativity and passion needed for our students to build meaningful and successful careers in the arts locally, nationally and internationally.

Putting you in the spotlight
At CQUniversity, you will never be just a number or a face in the crowd. Our courses will put you on centre stage where your creativity, talent, ambition and enthusiasm will be encouraged and nurtured. Our modern facilities encourage you to be innovative and visionary, and provide the right environment for you to hone your craft and learn about the art form you are specialising in.

Extensive performance opportunities
Much of the success of our music and theatre courses is due to the extensive performance opportunities you will have to work alongside guest artists and leading industry professionals in fully-staged productions and ensembles. When you graduate, you will have the advantage of having already developed networks with professionals in your chosen field.

Connected with industry
Our courses are regularly monitored and updated to ensure they remain in line with current industry practices. CQUniversity's creative, performing and visual arts academic staff are often still contributing to, and working within, the industry.

Practical experiences
CQUniversity's creative, performing and visual arts courses will provide you with the right mix of theory and practical experience so that you graduate work-ready. Study digital media and design and you'll work within multimedia computer laboratories and production studios and learn from award-winning lecturers, who are supportive of your learning needs and offer relevant, real-word experience. Our visual arts courses and units aim to develop your level of creative skill by bringing together technical proficiency and critical awareness in a broad range of areas. Along with professional training in a range of arts practices, these courses allow you to experience two and three dimensional art forms such as painting, digital imaging, glasswork, jewellery and more.



Completing a Drama major will provide you with extensive studies and training in the craft of acting and allow you to acquire skills in voice and movement.

Music Theatre

The Music Theatre major has a strong practical focus and offers you intensive technical training in singing, dancing and acting, which will equip you as a professionally acknowledged 'triple threat' performer.

Theatre Studies

If you are studying the Bachelor of Theatre (theatre studies) by online study, you will have the opportunity to build your understanding of theatre as part of the broader community through studies that include creative writing and the investigation of the practice of theatre in historical and contemporary contexts. You will also be able to develop creative and performing arts projects in areas of interest under the supervision of the highly qualified staff at CQUniversity Australia.

A range of adjunct courses and electives allows you to pursue additional studies in music, or add other allied skills and knowledge in areas of professional and personal interest such as other creative arts and arts administration, events management, education, business, multimedia design and professional communication.

Technical Theatre

A major in Technical Theatre may be suitable if you are keen to work in the creative and performing arts within a production capacity. You will develop skills in stagecraft, stage and production management, lighting, sound and technical direction.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 24 units. These include seven core units, a chosen specialisation and electives.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation) course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note units are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information regarding your specific application.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Entry requirements

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this program you will be required to audition*, partake in an interview and apply to QTAC.

*No audition is required for the Technical Theatre major.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake.Click here for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply

Auditions information

To gain entry into this course you will be required to audition*, partake in an interview and apply to QTAC. Click here for more information on auditions.

*No audition is required for the Technical Theatre major.


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation), please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

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23 MAY
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