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Bachelor of Theatre Major Acting

Bachelor of Theatre Major Acting (BTHT)
CRICOS: 103180A

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul

Overview

  • Embrace your passion for acting and become career ready with USQ. Our Acting major introduces you to the established processes of interpretative performance for live and digital productions.
  • The variety in our delivery options allows you to study online as well as come on-campus for lectures, workshops and collaborations.
  • USQ Acting graduates become flexible, collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial as these employability aspects are embedded in all practical components of performance, production, rehearsal, and reflection.
  • Project courses in your final year of study will prepare you for a range of career pathways and provide industry experiences with regional theatre and performing arts organisations.

Further study

Upon successful completion of this degree, you can go on to study the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

Career outcomes

  • Our graduates work as actors; comedy sketch artists; community arts workers; directors; Instagram and pod-cast artists; production assistants; TV presenters; tour operators; videographers; writers; theatre and event producers; youth arts workers and, with further qualifications, academics and teachers.

Entry requirements

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

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at Australian Year 12 high school level. Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • Attend an audition and/or interview (see below for details).

Note: 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 Theatre. Further information about the Blue Card or Exemption Card suitability process is available from the Blue Card Services.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.

Audition and interview information

You are required to present an audition as well as participate in a group workshop and interview process, and present a portfolio of previous achievements. Please also bring the following:

  • a passport-sized photo of yourself
  • a school exit statement or evidence of previous education standard achieved
  • a written statement (500 words) describing 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.

Information on audition pieces will available closer to the annual audition rounds. Interviews and auditions will be held at USQ Springfield, USQ Ipswich and USQ Toowoomba in the last months of each year. If you're not able to audition/interview in person, you can arrange to present a video-based audition and/or a telephone interview.

For registration and audition tips, please see our Auditions and interviews page. Please note that you will need to apply for your degree before registering to audition.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
12-unit Acting major 12
1 x second 8-unit major*
or 2 x 4-unit minors
or 1 x 4-unit minor plus 4 x elective courses
8
Total 24

*The second 8-unit major can be chosen from any approved 8-unit major in another discipline in the School of Creative Arts (e.g. Visual Art, Music, TV/Radio, Film Production etc. providing all entry requirements are met) or from a recommended major outside of the creative arts, such as Psychology, Creative and Critical Writing, Advertising, or English Literature; or another major in consultation and with approval from the degree director.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26880
External/Online

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26880

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 103180A

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021

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