Undergraduate Program

In Theatre and Performance Studies we look at a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances: across theatre, dance or ‘live art’ and the stage, to the performative dimensions of politics, sport, cinema and popular culture. As a Theatre and Performance Studies major you will explore a range of different approaches to performance making, devise short works, and engage with professional artists-in-residence. While this program does not provide vocational training, it functions as a window onto professional practice.

As well as developing practical skills in workshops, you will attend a wide variety of performances, learn how to document them, how to describe the way spaces and architecture are used, how bodies are moving, and how to build these observations into a detailed critical analysis. Performance, as a conceptual lens, also provides a powerful way of interpreting many non-theatrical events, using both theoretical and critical approaches from a diversity of disciplines, including theatre and movement studies, anthropology, history, philosophy and sociology. A Theatre and Performance Studies major provides a strong theoretical basis for students who seek to later train as performers, directors, teachers, arts administrators, or those who wish to work in related areas of the arts and cultural practice.

Structuring Your Study

Under the new degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2018 (and to students who enrolled in 2017, if they wish to switch to the new curriculum) a Major in Theatre and Performance Studies comprises two 1000-level Theatre and Performance Studies units, two 2000-level Theatre and Performance Studies units, and four 3000-level Theatre and Performance Studies units. One of the 3000-level units must be an Interdisciplinary Project unit. A Minor in Theatre and Performance Studies comprises two 1000-level Theatre and Performance Studies units, two 2000-level Theatre and Performance Studies units, and two 3000-level Theatre and Performance Studies units. (An Interdisciplinary Project unit is not required for a Minor.)

Under the previous degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2017 or earlier (except for students who enrolled in 2017 and who wish to switch to the new curriculum), a Major in Theatre and Performance Studies requires at least six senior (i.e. 2000-level or 3000-level) Theatre and Performance Studies units. At least one of these units must be at 3000-level.

Please see below for more detailed information relevant to you, depending on which of the three categories you fall under:

 I am continuing in my current degree I would like to move to the new curriculum
 

Honours

An honours degree is available to students who undertake an extra year of research based study. Eligibility and application details are available on the Faculty page and further information about the course can be found at the Departmental page.