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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Master of Applied Theatre Studies

The Master of Applied Theatre Studies provides students with a unique opportunity to study applied theatre and performance at a postgraduate level entirely via distance education. This is currently the only course of its nature in Australia.

Students will be able to extend their knowledge and skills in the areas of theatre production, dramaturgical research, and academic writing. The course is aimed at students who have prior experience of theatre practice as a performer, director, designer, playwright or teacher. This is a creative practice as a 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. There is room within the course of study for listed units which will allow students to further develop their academic skills in writing, contemporary theoretical approaches, research methodology and/or the study of theatre history.


  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information required
10 Days
Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisiona;/Unconditional offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

A Master of Applied Theatre Studies allows you to refine your professional and academic skills. Examples of careers that can be assisted through a Master of Applied Theatre Studies include professional theatre direction and production, arts management, the teaching of theatre and performance and entrepreneurial theatre making. A Master of Applied Theatre Studies is also a pathway into further postgraduate study.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

1. (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major or equivalent in Theatre Studies and have 2 years' experience as a performer or director or designer or playwright or teacher; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours or AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in a relevant discipline*; and

2. All applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal (approximately 500-800 words) which should:

  • (i) describe their proposed creative project for the Master of Applied Theatre Studies;
  • (ii) include a rationale for the choice of creative work in the context of the overall research project and explain why this is significant; and
  • (iii) include a short reference list.

Applicants are advised to discuss this proposal with the course coordinator before submission.

Relevant Disciplines include, but are not limited to:

English; Media and Communications; Performance; Theatre Studies; Writing.

  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 28216 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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