University of New England UNE

Master of Applied Theatre Studies

University of New England UNE

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00003G

This program is aimed at students who have prior experience of theatre practice as a performer, director, designer, playwright or teacher, and is a distance education course. This is a creative practice as research course integrating theoretical and practical study. Students take part in a performance or other theatre event as playwright, director, actor or designer, and produce a short dissertation which builds on the knowledge and understanding gained during the practical work on the production. Students will be able to extend their knowledge and skills in the areas of theatre production, dramaturgical research, and academic writing. There is also room within the course of study for students to further develop their academic skills in writing, contemporary theoretical approaches, research methodology and/or the study of theatre history.

Designed for

Students who have prior experience of theatre practice as a performer, director, designer, playwright or teacher


48 credit points (equivalent to 8 standard units) including core units and a choice of listed units, and participation in a practical theatre project.


  • English
  • Media and communications
  • Performance
  • Theatre studies
  • Writing

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor qualification with a major or equivalent in Theatre Studies and 2 years' experience as a performer, director, designer, playwright or teacher
  • Or a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor with Honours or Masters qualification in a relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: English, Media and Communications, Performance, Theatre Studies, Writing. All applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal, in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Study pathways

Students may be eligible for credit (advanced standing) for previously completed studies, or considerable professional experience.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
UNE Armidale (main campus) Yes

Fee comments

Campuses: UNE Armidale (main campus).

Note that this course is offered to international students by offshore external study only.

Further information

Candidates are required to arrange to participate creatively in a practical theatre project with an appropriate organisation, such as a professional, amateur or community theatre company, or a school or university. It is the responsibility of the student to secure the facilities and resources required for this practical component.

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