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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Theatre and Performance Studies looks at a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances: across theatre, dance or `live art' and the stage, to the performative dimensions of politics, sport, cinema and popular culture. As a student you will explore a range of different approaches to performance making, devise short works, and engage with professional artists-in-residence.

As well as developing practical skills in workshops, you will attend a wide variety of performances, learn how to document them, how to describe the way spaces and architecture are used, how bodies are moving, and how to build these observations into a detailed critical analysis. Performance, as a conceptual lens, also provides a powerful way of interpreting many non-theatrical events, using both theoretical and critical approaches from a diversity of disciplines, including theatre and movement studies, anthropology, history, philosophy and sociology.

This major provides a strong theoretical basis for you to later train as a performer, director, teacher, arts administrator, or work in related areas of the arts and cultural practice.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Arts management 
  • Communications specialist 
  • Critic 
  • Director 
  • Drama teacher 
  • Journalist 
  • Performer 
  • Producer 
  • Publisher 
  • Stage management 
  • Writer
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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