Highlights

  • Prepares you to work as a production artist, across a variety of disciplines for theatre, dance, opera, arts festivals, and large public events.
  • Study lighting, sound, stage and production management.
  • Opportunities to work on a variety of theatre productions and dance performances as part of your course.
  • Gain experience through internships and industry placements at Australia’s leading arts and entertainment organisations.

Highlights

  • Prepares you to work as a production artist, across a variety of disciplines for theatre, dance, opera, arts festivals, and large public events.
  • Study lighting, sound, stage and production management.
  • Opportunities to work on a variety of theatre productions and dance performances as part of your course.
  • Gain experience through internships and industry placements at Australia’s leading arts and entertainment organisations.

Why choose this course?

Technology is transforming the world of entertainment. Production artists who can harness the potential of technology to create meaningful artistic experiences for today's audiences are going to have an exciting future in production. If you aspire to a career in the extended field of theatre, performance and entertainment, this course is just what you need. You will learn the professional skills you need to keep pace with future technical, management and design developments in the field.

The degree encompasses stage management, lighting, sound, multimedia production, costume, props, stage mechanics, scenery installation and theatre design. You’ll also get the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of live production.

Real-world learning

During this intensive three-year program, you’ll learn from industry-experienced teaching staff and have the opportunity to work across a range of performances including theatre and dance productions, featuring students from other creative industries courses.

The course offers opportunities for workplace internships and placements at a range of companies, productions and events including national, state and local theatre companies, major performing arts venues, opera and dance companies, and touring theatrical stage productions.

Learn from the best

Your teachers are working at the highest levels in the professional industry and are all practicing production artists. These strong ties to industry pave the way for a smooth transition into professional practice upon graduation.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake placements within Australia’s peak performing arts organisations, as well as presenting your work to leading industry figures at the annual graduate showcase event.

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What to expect

The degree encompasses stage management, lighting, sound, multimedia production, costume, props, stage mechanics, scenery installation and theatre design. You’ll also get the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of live production. From your first year you will explore stage management for different genres including dance, music, orchestras, circus, opera, musical theatre, and apply your knowledge on real QUT productions.

You’ll progress to learning about live productions and performance industries—production and tour management, festival site and logistics management, and technical direction—applying your skills in the technical, management and design area. In your final year you’ll work alongside industry professionals and learn to lead a team that will lay the foundations for transition into the profession.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates work for companies and shows all over the world as stage managers, production managers, lighting, sound and scenic designers, technical programmers and operators, tour managers, technical directors and in the areas of props, costumes and stage mechanics, theatrical flying and automation. They work across all types of live production and performance for theatre, ballet, contemporary dance, opera, circus, international and corporate events, and arts festivals.

Possible careers

  • Company Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Production Manager
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager

Details and units

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Technical Production major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives).
Year 1
  • develop an understanding of the disciplines involved in live production
  • study technical lighting, sound and multimedia production, and practicalities of set, props and costume
  • explore stage management for different genres–dance, music, orchestras, circus, opera, musical theatre
  • apply your knowledge on real QUT productions
  • progress from introductory to more senior roles
  • scenography—history, techniques and applications of theatre design
Year 2
  • explore advanced production concepts and technologies
  • investigate and apply design skills for lighting, sound, multimedia and all aspects of production
  • advance your knowledge in management
  • learn about live productions and performance industries—production and tour management, festival site and logistics management, and technical direction
  • develop further experience across four QUT productions
  • apply your skills in the technical, management and design areas
Year 3
  • work on several QUT productions
  • gain senior experience as production stage manager, designer or head of department in sound, set, vision or lighting
  • lead first and second-year students as your production crew
  • option to focus on one particular area
  • work alongside industry professionals
  • industry placements are available
  • apply previous learning in professional contexts
  • lay the foundations for transition into the profession

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. Find out more about studying on exchange.

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Technical Production major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 
Year 1
  • develop an understanding of the disciplines involved in live production
  • study technical lighting, sound and multimedia production, and practicalities of set, props and costume
  • explore stage management for different genres–dance, music, orchestras, circus, opera, musical theatre
  • apply your knowledge on real QUT productions
  • progress from introductory to more senior roles
  • scenography—history, techniques and applications of theatre design
Year 2
  • explore advanced production concepts and technologies
  • investigate and apply design skills for lighting, sound, multimedia and all aspects of production
  • advance your knowledge in management
  • learn about live productions and performance industries—production and tour management, festival site and logistics management, and technical direction
  • develop further experience across four QUT productions
  • apply your skills in the technical, management and design areas
Year 3
  • work on several QUT productions
  • gain senior experience as production stage manager, designer or head of department in sound, set, vision or lighting
  • lead first and second-year students as your production crew
  • option to focus on one particular area
  • work alongside industry professionals
  • industry placements are available
  • apply previous learning in professional contexts
  • lay the foundations for transition into the profession

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. Find out more about studying on exchange.

Requirements

OP
10
Selection rank
79.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421932
CRICOS code
056185A
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 1
Selection rank 99
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 7
Selection rank 87
OP 7
Selection rank 87
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 9
Selection rank 9
OP 9
Selection rank 82

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
10
Rank
79
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $6,900 per year full-time (96 credit points)

 

 

 

2021 fees

2021: $32,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

 

 

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