Bachelor of Performance (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Performance at UOW is a specialist course that will develop you as a self-reliant, highly skilled performing artist through a practice-based program. You will learn to apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge to contemporary performance as well as learn the techniques, strategies and processes of modern theatre-making in a range of contexts, whether in regional or metropolitan settings, or for children, young people and adults.

If you are a high-achieving and motivated student, the Dean's Scholar program will give you an enriched educational experience. The program includes a member of academic staff to advise you on matters concerned with your degree, as well as an annual book allowance, and designated study space. You will produce a major self-directed research project as a capstone to your degree in the final year of study.

The performing arts offers a wide variety of roles and occupations from acting, singing, directing and performance-making to producing and presenting, technical production, lighting and sound design, stage management and audiovisual design. The performing arts form part of the creative industries sector; a $32 billion dollar industry that is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

What you will study

Subjects will cover traditional interpretive actor training, developing your skills in acting, voice, singing and movement, and also focus on devised works for theatre and contemporary performance. You will study theatre-making with an emphasis on collaboration and ensemble practice. Subjects also cover the history and theory of theatre and professional practice which will provide you with essential communication and interpretative skills equipping you for the future.

Bachelor of Performance auditions

Entry into the Bachelor of Performance is based on a combination of both academic results and audition scores. All applicants are required to audition to demonstrate their talents and potential to benefit from the course. Main round audition dates and audition information, including the registration form are available here:

Course information

Study area

Creative Arts



Course Code



3 years (6 sessions) full-time or part-time delivery


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.


Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. It is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications, in order to succeed in this course.

Entry into the Bachelor of Performance (Dean's Scholar) is based on a combination of both academic results and an audition, where each applicant has the opportunity to demonstrate their talent.

For the latest information regarding the application process and key dates, please visit the School of the Arts, English and Media website.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.






On Campus

$12,408 (2018)

$74,448 (2018)

* Session fee(s) are for one session in 2018. The indicative total course tuition fee shown is an estimate based on normal course length and progression, and the 2018 tuition fee.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct):29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate skills and professional practices required of an actor or performer
2 Integrate and apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge to contemporary performance
3 Appraise and reflect critically on contemporary performance and its social, historical and political context
4 Develop and apply techniques, strategies and processes of contemporary theatre-making
5 Communicate practical and conceptual ideas effectively and appropriately to a range of audiences and communities
6 Formulate, propose and produce new work
7 Independently plan and execute a research or professional based project that demonstrates a scholarly approach to creative practice
8 Evaluate social and ethical principles relevant to creative arts practice and its role in the wider community

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of this degree, students must complete 144 credit points as follows:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
First Year
CACS101 Contemporary Creative Practice 6
CAPF101 Performance Skills 1: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice 6
CAPF111 Stagecraft 1 6
CACS102 Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice 6
CAPF102 Performance Skills 2: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice 6
CAPF112 Stagecraft 2 6
LHA 102 Dean's Scholars Seminar 6
Plus 6 credit points of electives 
Second Year
CAPF201 Performance Skills 3: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice 6
CAPF211 Performance Production 1 6
CAPF215 Scene-work 1: Engaging with Text 6
CAPF231 Contemporary Theatre and Text 6
CAPF202 Performance Skills 4: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice 6
CAPF212 Performance Production 2 6
CAPF216 Scene-work 2: Form and Genre 6
CAPF232 Contemporary Australian Theatre and its Context 6
Third Year
CAPF301 Performance Skills 5: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice 6
CAPF311 Performance Production 3 6
CAPF315 Scene-work 3 6
CAPF316 Scene-work 4 6
CAPF390 Major Performance Production 12
CACS332 Dean's Scholars Contemporary Theory and Research Practice 6
Plus either:
CAPF331 Theory and Practice of Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century 6
CAPF333 Political Dramaturgy 6

The course requirements for the Bachelor of Performance (Dean’s Scholar) degree are the same as the Bachelor of Performance:

  • No more than 60 credit points at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Performance degree.
  • Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Performance


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

Bachelor of Performance students may apply via their Course Coordinator to enrol into the Creative Arts Internship subject, CACS302. The Faculty offers a limited number of industry placements each year. These offer students hands-on experience in cultural organisations that have agreed to partner with the Faculty on this initiative. Typically students will spend a minimum of 60 hours in an organisation, working on an agreed project from their major study area, with exposure to a fully operational professional environment. These hours can be undertaken on a daily basis or as a single block as negotiated with the host organisation. Students are selected for this opportunity on the basis of both strong academic achievement and through application and interview.

In their third year students will undertake a major project in their chosen discipline continuing to build student experience, expertise and maturity, working with a range of methodologies and processes in a context that simulates professional working conditions.

Third year students may choose to take an additional history/theory subject, particularly if they are interested in Honours or teaching, however, they also have the option of enrolling in CACS301, the Professional Practice subject. In this subject, students will map professional and career pathways in the context of both individual artistic practice and the creative and cultural industries. It will develop an understanding of arts infrastructure, including government agencies, the commercial and the not-for-profit sector. Fundamental professional avenues of support such as legal advisory services and funding structures will be introduced as well as individual portfolios and curriculum vitae, project and funding submission development and making presentations. Students will undertake an individual research assignment into an aspect of the arts that fits with their career ambitions. The subject will be delivered in partnership with key arts and cultural organisations.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying performance at UOW gives you access to modern studios and performance spaces that provide an inspiring environment. Our productions showcase the work of students and we also host Australian and international exhibitions and performances. Our Artist in Residence program exposes students to the work of artists from Australia and around the world.

Teachers are supportive, practising professionals whose work is widely recognised. They value, promote and develop individual difference and encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural work, offering opportunities for you to be involved in collaborative performances, exhibitions and projects.

Awards and rankings

The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2017 ranked UOW 2nd in NSW and the ACT for Creative Arts.

UOW is also rated in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for Art and Design.

Career opportunities
  • Copywriter
  • Novelist
  • Feature Writer
  • Screen Writer
  • Editor
  • Creative Director
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Theatre Performer
  • Theatre Director
  • Dancer
  • Curator
  • Museum Manager
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Digital Game Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Film And Television Producer