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Start Date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

SATAC Code
444401 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 60.70 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time with a double major.
  • Create live productions and produce digital media using the latest digital technologies and production facilities.
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) packaged option– it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.
  • Benefit from on-campus learning facilities, including a sound studio and The Hartley Playhouse.
  • Study part of your degree as an international student with the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience.

Snapshot

Snapshot

As a student studying performing arts you will study drama and music through performance practice and applied theory. This degree is flexible and opens up a diverse range of career possibilities.

Your studies will focus on:

  • scriptwriting
  • new media
  • composition
  • curation
  • the production of soundscapes and music, cabaret and musical theatre

You will:

  • Develop a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of stage and music performance in combination with an exploration of composition techniques across genres.
  • Utilise a blend of theory and performance making components within the context of digital production techniques and technologies to produce creative and analytical works.
  • Contribute to the creative industries, through the creations of original material for a variety of art forms including contemporary drama, musical theatre and digital performance.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to select another major from the following areas:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • International Relations
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology

Whichever combination of majors you choose it will give you unique skills and understanding that combines the two academic areas.

You will graduate with a portfolio that includes a media kit and creative work of professional standard. You will also be given the opportunity to study a double major which increases your employment prospects.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach music or drama in Australia and overseas. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts /Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444521.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation as Performing Arts.

Why Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest. 

You will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 and benefit from our on-campus learning facilities, which include a sound studio and The Hartley Playhouse. There is also the opportunity for you to gain real-world experience as part of our Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

The Performing Arts major provides you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through courses such as Live Performance Production, where you will see the whole live production process from rehearsal and performance through to reflection.

The major has strong connection into a range of sectors, including the State Theatre Company, Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Cabaret. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Graduates of this degree are well-placed to secure highly sought-after positions in performance, management or production and the creative industries. Careers to consider:

  • performer: entertain audiences through drama, music or both
  • arts administrator/coordinator: involved with marketing, fundraising, publicity and market research
  • performing arts technician: coordinate and perform the technical work required to maintain theatres, concert halls, or TV and film stage and production
  • film and video editors: work with producers and directors to organise images and footage

You could also pursue a teaching career in drama or music when you continue your studies with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Industry facts

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Employment as an actor, dancer or other entertainer in Australia is projected to increase by 15.2 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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18.38 million tickets were issued to live performance events in Australia in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.41 billion1.

1LPA, Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey 2015

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The cultural sector contributes $50 billion towards Australia’s GDP, including over $4.2 billion from the Arts1.

1Arts Nation; An Overview of Australian Arts, Australia Council for the Arts 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Under the guidance of highly experienced academics, industry practitioners and guest artists, you will study drama and music through performance practice and applied theory.

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • English as an Additional Language
  • History and Cultural Studies
  • International Relations
  • Languages
  • Sociology

You will also be required to take part in live performances and produce media using the latest digital technologies and production facilities. Your performances will be reviewed by highly regarded artists and professionals.

You will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and two electives.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include essays, assignments and examinations. There may also be:

  • reports
  • critical analysis
  • presentations
  • performances
  • research proposals
  • group projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Stage Performance PERF 1011 4.5
Second Major course 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Music Performance PERF 1010 4.5
Second Major course 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 6
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Writing Drama for Theatre and Film PERF 2015 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
Cabaret: Context and Practice PERF 2013 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 2
OR
State Theatre Masterclass 4.5 Note(s): 5,10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Digital Performance PERF 2014 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Music Genres PERF 2016 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Major course 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 2
OR
State Theatre Masterclass 4.5 Note(s): 5,10
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Live Performance Production PERF 3008 9
Second Major course 5 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Major course 6 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
World Music Theatre PERF 3007 4.5
Industry and Practice PERF 3006 4.5
Second Major course 7 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Major course 8 4.5 Note(s): 4

I am a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As an arts student, you will have access to:

  • on-campus sound studio
  • The Hartley Playhouse – a 200-seat auditorium ideal for live performances
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation.

Alternative Pathways

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