Bachelor of Performance (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

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 auction dates and audition information, including the registration form are available here:

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

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. Entry is via audition. Audition/interview requirements can be found on the School's website.

If you're a high-achieving and motivated student, the Dean's Scholar option provides you with an enriched educational experience. Each Dean's Scholar has an academic mentor to advise you on matters concerned with the degree. You will receive an annual book allowance, benefit from your own designated study space, and produce a major self-directed research project as a capstone to your degree.

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.

Course information

Study area

Creative Arts



Course Code




IB Score



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


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications.

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

English Requirements

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.


2018 Information
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $71,568

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.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English
Recommended Knowledge: English Advanced and Drama 

Additional Criteria (for all applicants)

Applicants are selected on the combination of ATAR and audition. Outstanding results in relevant subjects may be taken into account.

You will be required to attend an audition and must submit a Bachelor of Performance Registration Form (available from 1 July - 30 October).

For the latest information regarding the application/audition process and important dates, visit the School of the Arts, English and Media website, or contact Future Students on 1300 367 869.

UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who have completed and achieved an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12, equivalent to Year 12 in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent.
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC).
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:  

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment. From 2010 the UAI will be replaced by the ATAR.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.

Admission criteria

Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer



75th percentile rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



25th percentile rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


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 2016.


2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study



Vocational education & training study



Recent secondary education

Basis of admission




ATAR plus additional criteria



Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



Work & life experience



International 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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


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

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 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 before session commences.

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

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Performance (Dean's Scholar) will be able to:

  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

Students are required to complete 144 credit points as follows:

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
CACS101Contemporary Creative Practice6Autumn
CAPF101Performance Skills 1: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice6Autumn
CAPF111Stagecraft 16Autumn
CACS102Critical Frameworks in Creative Practice6Spring
CAPF102Performance Skills 2: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice6Spring
CAPF112Stagecraft 26Spring
LHA 102Dean's Scholars Seminar6Autumn
Plus 6 credit points of electives 
CAPF201Performance Skills 3: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice6Autumn
CAPF211Performance Production 16Autumn
CAPF215Scene-work 1: Engaging with Text6Autumn
CAPF231Contemporary Theatre and Text6Autumn
CAPF202Performance Skills 4: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice6Spring
CAPF212Performance Production 26Spring
CAPF216Scene-work 2: Form and Genre6Spring
CAPF232Contemporary Australian Theatre and its Context6Spring
CAPF301Performance Skills 5: Acting, Movement, Singing, Voice6Autumn
CAPF311Performance Production 36Autumn
CAPF315Scene-work 36Autumn
CAPF316Scene-work 46Spring
CAPF390Major Performance Production12Spring
CACS332Dean's Scholars Contemporary Theory and Research Practice6Autumn
Plus either:
CAPF331Theory and Practice of Theatre in the 20th and 21st Century6Autumn
CAPF333Political Dramaturgy6Spring

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

Dean’s Scholar students have an additional criterion and must maintain an average of 75% in each year of study to remain in the program.

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.

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