Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies at Notre Dame is an engaging, creative and academically rigorous program which provides students with opportunities for study in acting, directing, theatre crafts, communications and literature.

The Theatre Studies program offers the best possible combination of practical and theoretical learning and will be of real use to students in their professional lives. It is especially good in combination with such other discipline areas as English Literature and Communications and Media, and will equip students for graduate work in education, acting and directing. The Theatre Studies program also provides an excellent pathway to further study, including postgraduate opportunities in Arts management, directing and broadcasting.

The following units can be counted towards a Theatre Studies Major or Minor.


For a major in Theatre Studies first year students must take TS100 and TS105. Upper level Theatre Studies units are run on a two-year rotation cycle and provide opportunities for practical and theoretical learning as well as for participation in a major theatre production each year.

Eight approved units are required for a major in Theatre Studies; six approved units are required for a minor.

Theatre Studies offers a range of required and elective units in its program. For the full requirements of your major or minor in Theatre Studies, please consult the Majors and Minors lists available on the School of Arts and Sciences homepage.

Theory and Practice of Acting 1
Theatre Crafts
Theory and Practice of Modern Theatre
Theory and Practice of Acting 2
Text-based Production Workshop
Devised Production Workshop
Theatre Studies Internship
Australian Theatre
Music Appreciation
Fundamentals of Directing
TS310 Music in Theatre
Drama in the Age of Shakespeare


The following resources are published on the School’s homepage and provide information regarding unit availability, unit content and program requirements:


Students of a range of Arts majors, including Theatre Studies, may be eligible to conduct an Internship as part of their degree. Offered in Semester Two each year, the Theatre Studies Internship takes the place of one unit and places the student with a performing arts group, theatre, school or other industry location. Students can hope to acquire helpful professional skills as part of the Internship, apply the learning they have so far gained in their discipline area at University, and develop personal and professional networks which may assist them in future employment.

Contact the Internships coordinator or the School of Arts and Sciences for further information.


The Study Abroad program allows Notre Dame’s Theatre Studies students to spend one semester of their degree at an overseas university in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe or Asia while gaining full credit in their degree at home. Some students may be eligible for a Student Exchange Scholarship to help reduce the cost of airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

For more information please contact Notre Dame's Study Abroad office.


A variety of opportunities for extended scholarly and service learning exist for those students conducting a degree in Notre Dame’s School of Arts and Sciences. Participation in these programs will provide students with additional professional and life skills that will not only enrich their learning experience at University, but will make their degree more marketable and attractive on completion.

Caritas Australia development program
We believe that university education should be about more than training for a profession. Rather, we want Notre Dame students to be ready to change the world.

Students of Arts and Sciences at Notre Dame are eligible to participate in an overseas program we conduct each year in partnership with the aid organisation, Caritas Australia. Teams of Notre Dame staff and students visit an overseas location such as Cambodia, Uganda or India. In an immersion experience of up to four weeks, the team explores the development work conducted by Caritas and studies, among other things, the intersection of poverty, development, politics and globalisation.

The Caritas program may be available as an elective within a degree program and may, on approval of the Dean, be counted towards a major or minor.


Honours in Theatre Studies provides a professional finish to your undergraduate degree and should make your educational qualifications more competitive in the industry in which you hope to building your career. Honours in Theatre Studies may lead students to higher degree research such as a Master of Arts (MA) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Because of the unique nature of Notre Dame’s School of Arts and Sciences, students completing an Honours degree in Theatre Studies have the opportunity to develop an inter-disciplinary research project which may combine their work in Theatre Studies with other disciplines.

Students completing an Honours program in Theatre Studies will undertake a major research project under supervision, complete coursework in Theatre Studies or related units, participate in a regular interdisciplinary seminar series and contribute to a conference program regarding their research activities.

For further information on Honours please speak with any academic member of staff or contact the Honours coordinator.


Theatre Studies combines well with the study of other degrees at Notre Dame, including a Bachelor of Communications and Media or Education. A Bachelor of Arts, Arts (Politics and Journalism), Behavioural Science or Communications and Media is often studied in combination with such professional degrees as Law, Education or Business.

Adding a Theatre Studies Major, or other Arts and Sciences discipline areas, to your professional degree will add to your graduate employment opportunities, increase your learning experience at university and provide you with enhanced writing and research skills.


A Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are available as postgraduate research degrees by thesis and are completed under supervision by an academic member of staff.