Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)

University of Adelaide

Degree overview
The Major in Performing Arts enables you to pursue two areas of interest at the same time with a focus on both drama and music.
Create live and recorded theatre and music using digital technologies and production facilities.
Study within an industry environment with involvement with the State Theatre Company of SA, Adelaide Cabaret and Cabaret Fringe and OzAsia Festivals.
Apply for the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) pathway to become a high teacher with Drama or Music as one of your teaching areas
Benefit from on-campus learning facilities, including a sound studio and The Hartley Playhouse.
Study overseas as part of your degree in the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience program or on an international student exchange.
As a performing arts student you will study drama and music through performance practice and applied theory. This degree is flexible and opens up a diverse range of career possibilities.

Your studies will focus on:

Body and voice
Music and song
Naturalism and physical theatre
New media design and production
Production of soundscapes and music, cabaret and musical theatre
You will:

Discover an experiential and theoretical understanding of stage and music performance.
Develop your pathway as performer, musician, director, writer, designer or stage manager.
Contribute to the creative industries, through the creation of original material for a variety of art forms including contemporary drama, musical theatre and digital performance.
What you’ll learn
What you Learn
Under the guidance of highly experienced academics, industry practitioners and guest artists, you will study drama and music through performance practice and applied theory.

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

Applied Linguistics

Cultural Studies

Creative Writing and Literature

English Language*

History and Global Politics

Languages (French/Italian/Japanese)

Law, Policy and Politics

Screen Studies

Social Media


* Please note that this major is only available to students whose second language is English.

You will also be required to take part in live performances and produce media using the latest digital technologies and production facilities. Your performances will be reviewed by highly regarded artists and professionals.

You will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and two electives.

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 081804D
Institution Name University of Adelaide
Campus Location Magill
Institution Type University
Course Duration 3 year(s) full-time
Course University University of Adelaide

About University of Adelaide

By every measure, the University of Adelaide—a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities—stands tall among the world’s leading institutions of learning and innovation.The clearest indication of this is our consistently high rating by the most respected international assessment bodies: QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). All consider us one of the top 1% of universities worldwide, and the top university in our state.


We’re equally proud of the fact that the vast majority of our research is rated ‘above or well above world standard’ by the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia program.We count among our distinguished alumni: five Nobel Laureates; over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous recipient; and Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge. Many of our staff and teachers are internationally recognised leaders in their fields. And we attract a diverse student body of over 27,000 from more than 90 countries.


  • History
    143 years ago the University of Adelaide was founded with a noble goal: to prepare, for South Australia, young leaders shaped by education rather than birth or wealth in a settlement free of old world social and religious inequalities.The University’s first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short, had a vision for a university open to investigate new fields such as the sciences, modern literature, art and moral philosophy; This vision was realised in 1882 when the University became the first in Australia to grant degrees in science.The spirit of enquiry was further embraced and the freedom to explore non classical subjects continued. Before reaching the 1900s the University offered degrees in arts, science, law, medicine and music. Additionally mathematics, philosophy, languages and mining engineering were taught. These flagship degrees and disciplines continue at the University today, with the curriculum evolving over time through input from industry, and the pioneering research and discovery for which Adelaide’s academics are known.
  • Governance
    Governance refers to the framework of rules, relationships, systems and processes by which an enterprise is directed, controlled and held to account and whereby authority within an organisation is exercised and maintained. It encompasses authority, accountability, stewardship and leadership, and direction and control exercised in any organisation.The University is governed by its Council which is established by The University of Adelaide Act 1971. The Council has 16 members, is chaired by the Chancellor, and advised by its Standing Committees. The Council consists of external members, staff, students and graduates.
  • Partnerships
    Partnerships that bring together government and businesses, communities, research partners and international boundaries, help to magnify the work of our university.Our broad range of relationships allow us to participate in opportunities impacting communities closest to us and abroad.At the University of Adelaide we look to identify how we can create new partnerships, and develop current ones.We recognise the impact that partnerships have on our development as a leading research institution and in turn, the impact our support can have on communities and organisations.
  • Campuses
    The University has four campuses in South Australia at North Terrace, Waite, Roseworthy and Thebarton.We also offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

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