Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts)

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Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts)


Program summary

Build a sustainable career through innovation, creativity, mastery

Led by the award-winning Lynne Bradley, founder of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, this innovative practice-based program provides emerging artists with a unique opportunity to acquire the skills and contacts required to make the transition into the professional performing arts industry. If you’re an established artist, this is an excellent opportunity to take your professional experience and qualifications to the next level.

You’ll meet and learn from some of Australia’s leading Arts leaders and become industry-ready through a series of intensive training units in acting, physical theatre, directing, devising, producing, auditioning, networking, marketing, grant writing, administration, finance and sports psychology. This program is taught at USC’s Noosa performance space, and can be studied full time in just two days per week.

Bridging the gap between academic study and artistic pursuit, this program will see you develop your own niche area and future-proof your career in the performing arts industry. You'll focus on:

  • Building your creative entrepreneurial skills – Aimed at making the connection between artist creativity and business savvy, you’ll upskill in the areas of business and peak performance psychology, increase your financial literacy, and meet and network with a number of key leaders and creative entrepreneurs currently working in Australia.

  • Strengthening your career plans – Through exposure to a number of different artistic fields, including directing, producing, teaching, administration, finance, and one-on-one career coaching, you’ll identify your strengths and weaknesses and plan your future career pathway within the arts industry.

  • Honing your leadership skills – Through sessions on sports psychology, a focus on health and wellbeing, a rigorous and truthful learning environment, and regular assessment meetings, you’ll build your mental, emotional and physical tenacity.

  • Advanced actor-training, specialising in physical theatre – Be immersed in weekly physical theatre and acting lessons, and a unit on auditioning. The year will culminate with a graduating performance.

Career opportunities

Career options include performing, directing, producing, arts management, marketing, teaching/actor training in the performing arts industry, other aligned creative industries, community organisations and government departments.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, candidates are required to:

  1. Possess an AQF Level 7 undergraduate degree in the Performing Arts or related Creative Industries field; and
  2. Complete a short personal statement addressing the criteria (refer to application form)

Second round applications for Domestic students are due Friday 12 January. Short-listed applicants will be required to complete an audition and interview. If you are unable to attend an audition, there may be capacity for you to submit a video audition.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Program structure
Required courses (5) (144 units)

DRA700 The Dynamic Actor
DRA701 The Creative Entrepreneur
DRA702 Devising
DRA703 Directing and Producing
DRA704 Final Performance Project

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 144

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program structure

Program notes

  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per trimester over 3 trimesters.
  • This program can be undertaken on a part-time basis in Trimester 1 and 2. Trimester 3 must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • Refer to the University's English language proficiency requirements
  • When enrolling refer to the Recommended Study Sequence

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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