Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts)

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Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts)


Program summary

Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts)

Shape your career in the performing arts.

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.

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)

Applications close on Monday 16 October and 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.

Image: Zen Zen Zo’s IN THE COMPANY OF SHADOWS. Photographer: Simon Woods.

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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

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program structure

Program notes

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

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

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

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

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

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important 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.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

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

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