Taught course

Applied Theatre Studies

University of New England

Entry requirements

  • Hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major or equivalent in Theatre Studies and have 2 years experience as a performer or director or designer or playwright or teacher; or hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours or AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in a relevant discipline*; and
  • All applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal (approximately 500-800 words) which should describe their proposed creative project for the Master of Applied theatre Studies course, include a rationale for the choice of creative work in the context of the overall research project and explain why this is significant; and include a short reference list.

Applicants are advised to discuss this proposal with the course coordinator before submission.

*Relevant disciplines include: English; Media and Communications; Performance; Theatre Studies; Writing.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Applied Theatre Studies provides students with a unique opportunity to study applied theatre and performance at a postgraduate level entirely via distance education. This is currently the only course of its nature in Australia.

Students will be able to extend their knowledge and skills in the areas of theatre production, dramaturgical research, and academic writing. The course is aimed at students who have prior experience of theatre practice as a performer, director, designer, playwright or teacher. This is a creative practice as research course integrating theoretical and practical study. Students take part in a performance or other theatre event as playwright, director, actor or designer, and produce a short dissertation which builds on the knowledge and understanding gained during the practical work on the production. There is room within the course of study for listed units which will allow students to further develop their academic skills in writing, contemporary theoretical approaches, research methodology and/or the study of theatre history.

Candidates enrolling in the course are required to arrange to participate creatively in a practical theatre project with an appropriate organisation, such as a professional, amateur or community theatre company, or a school or university.

Career Opportunities

Professional theatre direction and production, arts management, the teaching of theatre and performance and entrepreneurial theatre making. A Master of Applied Theatre Studies is also a pathway into further postgraduate study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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