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Summary
Bachelor of Creative Arts Specialisation Theatre (BCAR)

OP/Rank
16/66

Study Mode
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)*

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • *Theatre is only available part-time in Semester 2.

Campus
  • Toowoomba

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Program Information Set

One of Australia’s oldest actor-training institutions

Turn your dream into a reality. Our Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre) will teach you to master your choice of theatre performance, theory, or stage management at one of Australia’s longest-running professional training organisations. This degree provides an equal mix of studio practice and theoretical reflection and learning, which allows you to explore areas such as children and young people’s theatre, community theatre, creative development of new works and video production. You will master textual analysis, scene rehearsal, vocal/body instrument training, improvisation, dramatic history/literature, and public performance.

Take the opportunity to specialise in one studio for the entire degree or combine disciplines within creative arts or other areas of study. You will need to submit an application and audition to study USQ's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre).

Practical experience

USQ offers unique practical experience through USQ’s very own production company Artsworx. Throughout the year Artsworx stages many public theatre and music productions and exhibitions and works extensively to provide practical opportunities for students studying Creative Arts as well as bring experience of the arts into our local communities.

There are also many opportunities to demonstrate your skills in TV scenes, show-reels, and productions.

This degree will give you practical training in the techniques and skills you will need to work as an autonomous actor across digital mediums and live performance genres. Graduates of this degree can enjoy a rewarding career as an actor, collaborative artist, dramaturge, play and screenwriter, arts administrator, community arts officer, youth arts officer, researcher, marketing officer, secondary school teacher.

Other majors for the Bachelor of Creative Arts: Film, Television and RadioMusic and Visual Arts

Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts have the opportunity to choose one of a series of extended majors offered as part of their selected specialisation. An extended major is a specified group of courses with values of 16, 20, or 24 units.

  • Theatre Studies (16-unit major)
  • Theatre – Acting (24-unit major)

The following 8-unit Creative Arts majors can be combined with a 16-unit extended major as a second major:

  • Film, Television, and Radio (8-unit major)
  • Music Practice (8-unit major)
  • Theatre Practice (8-unit major)
  • Theatre Theory (8-unit major)
  • Visual Arts Practice (8-unit major)
  • Visual Arts Theory (8-unit major)

With approval, students are able to take one major or minor/elective study from other undergraduate programs offered by USQ.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Second Major 8
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Minor sequence 4
Minor sequence  4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 8
Minor sequence 4
Electives  4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 12
Minor sequence 4
Total 24
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 1
Discipline Foundation 7
Discipline Extension 12
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6684
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21600

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

16/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2019 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 20/59. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.

Entry Requirements

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

If you apply to study the Theatre major, you must attend an audition and/or interview and bring: 

  • a passport-sized photo of themselves
  • a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieved
  • Applicants to Acting must present an audition as well as participate in a group workshop and interview process and present and portfolio of previous achievements.
  • Applicants to Theatre Studies may opt to forgo presentation of an audition performance but must participate in a group workshop and interview process and present a portfolio of previous achievements. Be prepared to discuss those achievements and experiences with the interview panel.
  • All applicants are to present a written statement (500 words) addressing the following: describe the most influential theatre or community arts related performance or event you have witnessed or participated in. Why was this event so important to you? How has it shaped your view and understanding of arts practice. What things did you learn from the experience? How does this event connect to your personal values and beliefs. 

It is a requirement that Queensland-based students hold a current positive notice indicating that they are deemed suitable for working with children and young people whilst studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts – Film Television & Radio, Theatre, Music and Visual Arts. Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.

*Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.


How to apply

  • Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
    1. have never studied with USQ before, or
    2. are a Year 12 student, or
    3. want to transfer to USQ from another university.

Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.

  • Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
    1. are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
    2. have recently graduated from TAFE.

Audition/interview

To study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre) you will need to attend an audition and/or interview in addition to your QTAC or direct entry application. Further information on the audition/interview process is available within the entry requirements.

To register for an audition or interview at USQ please complete the USQ Online Audition Form.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
Toowoomba 909141

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 29 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Semester 3 intake is for online study mode only.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.