Honours in Performance Studies

Honours can be the crowning achievement of your undergraduate degree and/or a year that prepares you for the challenges of postgraduate study.
Honours in Theatre & Performance Studies brings theory and practice together. It involves specialised seminars, a research thesis on an individual topic and a detailed case-study based on first-hand fieldwork. Honours students become a valued part of the Department’s research culture.

In recent years, students have observed, documented and analysed performance across a broad range of genres, fields and geographical locations: experimental dance in the Central Australian desert; contemporary Indigenous theatre in Melbourne; productions by Opera Australia; wayang topeng in Indonesia; Phillip Genty; sketch comedy on commercial Sydney radio; NIDA production exercises; mountain bike racing and a women’s AFL team.

This is a complex, challenging and highly rewarding course. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Honours Coordinator as soon as possible. If you intend on applying to do Honours with an Undergraduate degree from another University, please also contact the Honours Coordinator as soon as possible.

Qualifying for Honours

From 2018-2020, in addition to the requirements in the degree resolutions, admission to Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies requires:

  • A major in Theatre and Performance Studies with a WAM of 70 or above, including PRFM3961 Rehearsal Studies

Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies requires 48 credit points from:
(i) 18 credit points of 4000-level Honours seminar units
(ii) 30 credit points of 4000-level Honours thesis and casebook units

From 2021, in addition to the requirements in the degree resolutions, admission to Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies requires:

  • A major in Theatre and Performance Studies with a WAM of 70 or above
  • A second major

Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies requires 48 credit points from:
Track 1 (Casebook)
(i) 24 credit points of 4000-level core Honours casebook unit
(ii) 18 credit points of 4000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 4000-level selective unit

Or 48 credit points from:
Track 2 (Thesis)
(i) 24 credit points of 4000-level Honours Thesis Units
(ii) 18 credit points 4000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 4000-level selective unit

Note: This information assumes a full-time enrolment, but, where there are compelling reasons, it possible to study Honours part-time. Please contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss these options.

For more information, follow the Related Information links on the right, and download the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies Student Guide.