Associate Degree of
Dramatic Art

Award nested within our Bachelor of Dramatic Art

Course Information

he Bachelor of Dramatic Art has an optional exit point after two years of full-time study (or equivalent). Students wishing to exit after the first two years of the degree will be awarded the Associate Degree of Dramatic Art.
Performance: This course prepares actors to compete in the highly rigorous theatre industry. Acting, voice and movement skills are developed, with students exploring both theoretical and practical perspectives.
Production: This course provides an intellectual and artistic foundation for professional careers in the areas of theatre production and direction.
Theatre Practice: This course offers a mixture of performance and production units in one program, enabling the development of well-rounded theatrical skills useful for work in small theatre companies. Paired with our Graduate Diploma of Education, it also satisfies the requirements for secondary Drama teaching.
At a glance:
  • Face to face (on-campus) delivery
  • Workshop style training, small group and individual tuition
Regular productions supply excellent opportunities for practical training and our outstanding faculty offer specialist support and a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Grow in the confidence necessary to generate your own work and to participate successfully in a theatre company. Take the opportunity to supplement your passion with the skills, experiences and expertise for a career in theatre, film and television!
WDR02 Associate Degree of Dramatic Art
2 Years full time or up to 4 years part time.
No ATAR required
Faculty of Performing Arts

Admission requirements

Artistic Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have some drama performance experience in school, church, community theatre or extras work. Acceptance is by interview and audition. The interview gives applicants opportunity to discuss past performance and/or production experience. The audition determines current and potential acting ability. Assessment criteria for auditions are as follows:

  • Evidence of prior training and/or experience in one or more forms of dramatic expression.
  • Demonstrated ability or recognisable potential to communicate by voice, movement and empathic identification with another.
  • Evidence of self-motivation, artistic creativity, self-discipline and an enquiring mind.
  • Demonstration of willingness to be trained and disciplined as a theatre artist.

Essential requirements for admission:

  • Successful completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR
  • Successful completion of another accredited tertiary course or at least one full-time year of study in such a course; OR
  • Adult entrant: An applicant of 21 years or over who has satisfied the artistic entry requirements may be admitted with provisional status if the Academic Board determines that such applicant has attained a standard of education and experience adequate for entry to the course and has the aptitude required for undertaking the course. Selection will be based on Recognition of Prior Learning together with audition, folio appraisal and interview. Provisional status will normally be converted to full candidature on successful completion of one semester of full-time studies.

International Students: Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies.  Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age. Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS Academic test.



Round 1: November 28th, 2017
Round 2: December 2nd, 2017
Round 3: January 20th, 2018

Applications must be received prior to the audition date. Go to application guide for more details.

Limited spaces for Bachelor of Dramatic Art, apply today.

International Students

Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS Academic test.

Applicant background

Semester One  2017

Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study L/N L/N
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        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)

 14 100%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
International students L/N L/N
All students 14 100.0%

L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A - Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.


Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude,
and you can be anyone.

Alicia Witt


Potential Students

The course is particularly suited to:

  • Those looking for a acting career and the degree to take you there
  • Students who want an exposure to a variety of pathways e.g. Acting, Production & Theatre Practice

Career Outcomes

Graduates can expect to pursue careers as an:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Writer
  • Drama Teacher
  • Drama Minister
  • Festival Director
  • Drama Therapist
  • Voice-over Artist
  • TV Production Assistant

Delivery Mode

On camps


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