The Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University offers one of the most comprehensive Theatre programs in the country. By studying Theatre at Monash, you can take advantage of world-class facilities, opportunities and hands-on learning. Our Theatre units provide you with the tools to think critically about the field, preparing you for a future where theatre and performance increasingly cross genres, cultures, geographic boundaries, and modes of artistic expression.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Whether you’re headed for a career in theatre, the entertainment industry, public relations, marketing or teaching, Theatre Studies at Monash can provide you with that extra edge needed in a competitive marketplace.

As a graduate, you will be well informed, reflective, adventurous and creative. You’ll be equipped with the fundamental skills that all employers today need – namely strong oral and written communication skills – as well as the ability to work collaboratively and to think on your feet.

The Theatre program focuses on the study of the past, present and future of performance. It combines theoretical frameworks with reflective, participatory explorations of key themes, questions and aesthetic practices.

How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

What We Offer

Theatre Studies at Monash combines theory and practice to provide you with a strong academic understanding of theatre and performance within a broad context. It combines fundamental theory with practical theatre experience.

In the Theatre major, you are offered units such as Performance in Context, Voice and Movement, Playtext Studies, Script Development, Performance Studies and Theories of Theatre. Foundation and core units in the major focus on the shifting historical, social, aesthetic and cultural frameworks that influence theatre and performance making.

You can choose from a range of electives focusing on play texts, scriptwriting, music theatre, directing contemporary performance practice and non-Western theatre to round out your major. Many units provide you with opportunities for balancing performance and theatre-creation through a strong and challenging academic program.

Work Experience with Industry Professionals

Enjoy a diverse range of internship opportunities. As you take part in the Theatre program, you gain experience from placements with professional theatre companies, theatre festivals, industry professionals and regional theatre programs.

The Centre for Theatre and Performance has an enviable reputation for industry placements and offers flagship opportunities through its Monash/Malthouse Theatre partnership.

Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.


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