Bachelor of Music Theatre

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334781
CRICOS 097917G

Steal the stage

Theatre artists are keen, creative and collaborative professionals who perform across a range of disciplines including acting, singing and dancing. They work hard to bring stories to life and entertain audiences around the world. 

What will you do?                       

Our Bachelor of Music Theatre welcomes you into a vibrant community as enthusiastic about music theatre as you are. You will:

  • study at the prestigious Elder Conservatorium in the centre of Adelaide’s cultural hub
  • receive intensive, individualised training in singing and song coaching, as well as classes in dance, acting and music
  • develop broad cultural and inter-disciplinary awareness
  • build skills in communication, collaboration, self-confidence, physical presence and analytical insight
  • benefit from the expertise of our highly accomplished and industry-active staff.

You’ll also gain valuable experience through University partnerships with Adelaide Festival, South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe.

Where could it take you?
Our artists are industry ready and equipped to realise a career as a performer. This can also take you into the broader world of theatrical arts and theatre making.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334781
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer *
    Median ATAR to receive an offer *
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer *
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer *
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer *
    Minimum eligibility score N/A
    Additional criteria considered Audition required
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All Bachelor of Music Theatre students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition. The audition will be divided into three parts and will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies. After auditioning you may be asked to return later in the day or the next day to join a group audition in dance and further singing and action work. Offers will be made on the basis of the audition, the Musicianship test and academic achievement. The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts. To apply for an audition and for details regarding audition rounds, Musicianship test and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your best GPA is used in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Further ranking according to the level of TAFE award is undertaken in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your STAT rank is used in the case of a tie-breaker. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334781

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • 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)
    30 90.9%
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 33 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 097917G
    Intake February 
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    International Qualifications Applicants must have South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent and Audition/Interview & Musicianship test. Please click here for a list of qualifications that are recognised for undergraduate entry.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    International students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to submit a high-quality video recording on either a DVD in a playable format or via an online file-sharing service such as DropBox or YouTube. It is important that sound and video quality of the DVD is high so the panel can assess your presentation. The room needs to be well lit and we should be able to see you clearly. Avoid wearing baggy clothing as it is important for us to be able to see the form of your body. Offers will be made on the basis of the audition, the Musicianship test and academic achievement. The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant?s general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts. To apply for an audition and for details regarding audition rounds, Musicianship test and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,690

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Musical theatre is an increasingly significant performing art form - economically and culturally – in both national and international contexts. It is an important employer of performers with singing, dancing and acting skills; creative artists in composition, choreography and theatre direction and technicians in staging, lighting and sound production.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    Acting Director, Actor, Artistic Director, Arts Management, Backstage Assistant, Backup Singer, Choreographer, Performer, Dancer, Professional Writer, Director, Public Speaking, Theatre Director, Theatre Technician, Voice Coach, Singer, Company Manager, Stage Manager, Sound Production, Music Festival Director, Musical Theatre Performer, Repetiteur, ...

  • Degree Structure

    Example Study Plan

    Study plans available on Faculty of Arts website.
  • Further Information

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Last updated: Monday, 4 May 2020