The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
73.13 (Median SR)
73.13 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
  • First intake in 2021

AUD32,175 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40107
CRICOS code: 095155F


Study a teaching area in drama for secondary education

Drama Teachers teach students the theory and practical skills associated with theatre acting and show production. When you study drama as one of your teaching areas you will learn about subject areas such as:

  • theatre history
  • costumes
  • directing
  • set design
  • singing

Drama Teachers may also be involved with running school theatre and musical productions.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in drama teaching?

As a graduate of this teaching area, you will be valued in the workplace for your artistic and creative ability, communication skills, critical thinking, project management skills, technical knowledge, and understanding of group dynamics.

Study drama as one of your core teaching areas to focus your degree around how to teach the HSC drama course, and junior elective classes. You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

You may wish to study a related teaching area to further your qualifications in secondary teaching, such as English and Modern History.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in studying acting, theatre history, and performance.
  • Goals to help young students overcome issues of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discovery through the study of drama and performance.
  • A commitment to using drama and performance as a mechanism to engage students in practical learning.

What do you learn in a drama teaching area?

If you choose to study a teaching area in drama as one of your core teaching areas you will learn how to teach acting and theatre performance to high school classes. We offer courses in:

  • Acting: The core of your study will be a series of courses in the art of acting. Students will read drama texts and translate selected excerpts into performances. You’ll also learn how to use persona, identity, body language and embodied presence to communicate with an audience in a variety of acting roles.
  • Theatre and Performance: Students will focus upon learning how to evaluate performance practice. You’ll study the history of performance, learning about a variety of cultural traditions and practices. Your assessment will include individual and collaborative performance experiences.
  • Drama Specialties: From the second year of your major (first teaching area) you will study the curriculum, assessment and pedagogies for the senior and junior drama courses. You’ll also learn about dramatic processes including improvisation, play building and scripted drama. Students will also have the option to study a course in scriptwriting for the theatre.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in teaching drama.