Bachelor of
Dramatic Art

Supplement your passion with the skills, experiences and
expertise necessary for a career in film, television or theatre.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Dramatic Art is a specialist degree with a holistic approach to theatre training. We seek to integrate higher education with professional development and spiritual formation in a supportive and caring environment. It provides an extensive introduction to all the major aspects of theatre.

The course is offered with three strands of specialisation, allowing you to take classes unique to your chosen career path:

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!

Admission Requirements

Educational Prerequisites  

  • NSW high School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent, or 
  • Attainment of tertiary qualification, or satisfactory completion of at least one year’s full-time load in a tertiary course. 

Artistic and Academic Skill Assessment 

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. 

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the educational, artistic and academic prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

Examination Minimun Score 

6 with no band less than 5.5 

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)

60* with no score less than 46

PTE Academic 58 with no score less than 43

For other other ways of demonstrating English Language Proficiency visit the English Language Proficiency Requirements page. 

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.

Visit the International Student page

Mature Age Applicants 

For mature age (21 years and over) entry requirements please visit the Mature Age Students information page



Find out more about our Early Offer Program to apply before general November rounds open.

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

Limited spaces for Bachelor of Dramatic Art.

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.


WDR12 Bachelor of Dramatic Art
3 Years full-time
6 Years part-time
No ATAR required
Faculty of Performing Arts


The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it... It's a great outlet. I'm not really sure who I am - it seems I change every day.

Leornardo DiCaprio


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


Fill out an enquiry form or call us on 02 9819 8810.


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Confirm your enrolment and get ready to study!