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Diploma of Theatre Arts

  • Diploma

Work creatively and develop performance skills in voice, acting, movement and improvisation with Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Theatre Arts. From script-writing to performing, this hands-on diploma will allow you to push the boundaries of your own creativity as a performance artist.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
11 months full-time
Course Code
22315VIC, 095307F
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar

About this course

Step into the spotlight

Work creatively and develop performance skills in voice, acting, movement and improvisation with Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Theatre Arts. From script-writing to performing, this hands-on diploma will allow you to push the boundaries of your own creativity as a performance artist. The course will teach you a balance of performance, technical, marketing, theatre event and festival production skills. Home to over 50 theatres, the city of Melbourne and its inner suburbs are the perfect base for your theatrical exploration.

Unleash your creative potential

Learn how to stage your own plays and present them to a live audience. Our Diploma of Theatre Arts is taught at our Prahan campus, home to Melbourne Polytechnic's lively artistic community. We encourage you to take advantage of our many rehearsal and performance spaces, including the David Williamson Theatre. This is our 120-seat theatre with an industry-standard lighting and sound equipment, flying systems, a set and prop construction area and stage storage spaces. Melbourne Polytechnic has enduring connections with theatre companies such as Arts Centre Melbourne, La Mama, The Carlton Courthouse, Red Stitch Theatre Company and Impro Melbourne. During the course, you may even be invited to work on shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival or the Fringe Festival.

The world is your stage

Once you've completed of the Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Theatre Arts, you will have learned the skills to be capable of working in areas such as performance, script writing, design and set and prop making, stage management, production management and theatre technology. Your skills may open up pathways into work as a performer, part of a production team within small companies or community theatre companies, or at theatre events and festivals.

Entry requirements

Study locations

Prahran

Career pathways

On successful completion of the Diploma of Theatre Arts you will be suitably qualified to enter job roles such as theatre makers in small companies and community theatre. You will be a multi-skilled theatre worker capable of working in areas such as performance, script writing, design and set and prop making, stage management, production management and theatre technology - lighting and sound.

  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Performer
  • Script Writer
  • Set Maker
  • Stage Hand
  • Prop Maker
  • Production Manager

Credit for prior study or work

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Creative Arts courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.
56%
Employed full-time