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Guide to entry thresholds

OP 11

Rank 76

Course information set

  • The most comprehensive undergraduate drama program in Queensland
  • Develop skills in applied theatre, directing and collaborative production
  • Learn how to plan, fund and produce live events
  • Undertake a major production each year, guided by experienced directors and industry professionals
QTAC course code421952
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Actor
  • Drama Teacher
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Lighting
  • Theatre Professionals

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You love drama. You love everything about it. You love performing it and you love making it—writing, directing, organising and collaborating. You know drama has the capacity to change people’s lives because it has changed yours. Now you want to have the skills, knowledge and connections to create, present, promote and teach—to have the chance of a professional life with people who are as passionate as you to share the excitement of live performance.

Why choose this course?

If you are interested in exploring practical careers in directing, designing, teaching, devising, creative producing and administration, or performing in a range of experimental theatre forms, then this course is for you. The course offers flexibility and breadth, combining creative experiences in performance making with highly relevant theoretical studies that will connect you with contemporary performance both nationally and globally.

You will be taught by a range of industry professionals whose expertise and passion will inspire and guide you, and who in future years may become your mentors and colleagues. You will collaborate with talented students, and the creative relationships you develop will establish the professional networks you will be drawing on throughoutyour career.

Previous graduates have had a dynamic impact on the development of the Australian creative industries sector, and our most recent graduates are at the heart of the exciting growth in the independent theatre sector in Australia. 

Career outcomes

As a multiskilled graduate you will seek to complement your artistic career with paid employment in related areas. Graduates work as event coordinators, festival organisers and administrators. Some establish companies with other graduates to create work for the independent theatre sector. Graduates have established successful careers as playwrights, artistic directors, directors and designers or performers working across a variety of genres including physical theatre or music. This course can be followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course which enables you to become a qualified teacher*. Pathways exist to prepare you for further study including honours.

* Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires that you have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. This forms the basis of your second teaching area. Check the entry requirements for specific teaching courses at


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama)

Your course

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

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Drama 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). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).

Year 1

  • strong practical focus with classes, workshops and an end-of-year production
  • investigate theatre history
  • develop performance skills
  • learn how to lead drama workshops in theatre, educational and corporate contexts

Year 2

  • extend practical skills and understanding of devised performance in the Australian and community theatre context, its history and plays
  • option to undertake events and festival management units
  • tailor your course to your vocational interests
  • choose electives in a second major and/or minors from creative industries or across QUT

Year 3

  • develop as a collaborative and entrepreneurial theatre artist
  • acquire leadership skills in directing
  • analyse your own creative practice
  • undertake internships and project-based work
  • complete your second major, minors or electives
  • learn from specialist staff and industry professionals
  • prepare, create and present your final production

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. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 11

Rank 76

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421952) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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