Theatre and Drama

All the world's a stage

Immerse yourself in the dramatic world of performance and fuel your creative career.

Why study theatre and drama?

Whether you're on the stage or behind the scenes, your passion for theatre and drama will flourish through exposure to the creative community at La Trobe. You will have the opportunity to perform, direct and write plays and you'll be taught by experts in theatre theory, performance, theatre history, dramatic literature, genre studies and play criticism.

Our teaching is practice-led. We study the history, theories and practices of theatre from Ancient Greece to the present day.

In small groups, you'll prepare selected scenes from plays and other group-devised performances. Those not wishing to perform will work behind the scenes. The skills developed through these collaborative experiences will be carried with you into every aspect of your professional and personal life.

Through study of theory, genre studies and criticism you will develop analytical skills that will be transferrable for any career.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2018 Handbook.

Where can theatre and drama take me?

The world needs collaborative creatives who can share stories of the human experience with diverse audiences. You may find yourself working for theatre companies or acting or producing in film and television. Working as an actor or director; community worker, arts administrator, community arts worker, photojournalist; practicing exhibiting artist, or policy and research officers. Our graduates are sought after for roles in creative arts organisations, government, education and cultural event management.

Some of our graduates use their experience to run creative programs for youth and social welfare organisations and share the therapeutic and personal growth opportunities of drama.

Why La Trobe?

  • Our focus on experiential learning means you will attend performance excursions to broaden your experience of theatre.
  • We focus on learning through practice so you will have the opportunity to experience performance-making and non-performing aspects of theatre production.
  • Our Theatre and Drama Department comprises award-winning writers and film-makers, cutting-edge theatre directors, visual artists specialising in photography, painting, sculpture and drawing, and experts in the scholarship of literature, language and culture, theatre and drama, media arts and the visual.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, Honours awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on the Department of Creative Arts and English.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in Semester 1, and July for entry in Semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December.

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