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Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran

Diploma of Theatre Arts

The one-year diploma course is designed to train actors and theatre workers who can work as performers and production team members in theatre companies, and in the production of theatre events and festivals. During training students work creatively with scripted works developing performance skills in voice, acting, movement and improvisation. The course offers a balance of performance, technical, marketing, performing arts in context, and theatre event & festival production skills.

Hone your skills in theatre craft

This is a very ‘hands on’ practical course. Push your creative boundaries and extend your current skills in improvisation, movement, voice and acting.

A highlight of the course is the script- writing component where you will learn how to stage your own plays and present them to a live audience.

Industry connections and resources

You will have access to the David Williamson Theatre. It’s a great facility to make the most of, and has a 120 seat facility with industry standard lighting rig, lighting and sound equipment, flying systems and set and prop construction area and stage storage spaces.

There is also a smaller theatre training venue and a large movement room – these make excellent rehearsal spaces. You will also be timetabled into our Mac and PC labs for marketing, theatre history and production classes.

We offer you many opportunities to get involved. You may be invited to work on shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival or the Fringe Festival. We have enduring connections with small and large-scale theatre companies such as Arts Centre Melbourne, La Mama, The Carlton Courthouse, Red Stitch Theatre Company and Impro Melbourne.

Our teachers are passionate about you and your learning. They’ll pass on their industry tips and knowledge because they want to see you succeed.

Employment outcomes

You will train as a theatre worker with skills in acting, theatre lighting, sound, stage management, set/prop making, marketing and performing arts in context. This will enable you to work in both small and large scale organisations and theatres.


You will be assessed through a combination of face-to-face, project work and industry-based learning. Your employability skills will form part of the assessment, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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First Instalment AUD4,675.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)

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First Instalment AUD4,675.00
Total duration 12 MONTH(S)
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Total number of students: 2190

Number of students - College: 5 - 25

Melbourne Polytechnic boasts some of the best training facilities in Australia. Many are designed to simulate real workplaces and provide services direct to the public or industry, from all of our campuses and training centres in Melbourne.

Formerly known as Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) we have a proud history that spans over 100 years delivering professional education programs in Melbourne, making us one of the most experienced providers of vocationally-oriented education courses in Australia. 

In 2014, we changed our name to Melbourne Polytechnic to encompass our two strengths in the educational sector:

  • providing higher education and vocational education, and
  • training to industry-focused students and professionals in Australia and from around the world.


  • Our international students come from over 70 different countries and study across six campuses and almost eighty courses.
  • We offer practical industry relevant training designed in consultation with leading practitioners.
  • We have outstanding student support, with free academic, financial, career and personal counselling, and free airport pick up.
  • Our onsite facilities offer leading edge technology and real life working conditions, like restaurants, salons and recording studios.
  • Every one of our qualifications is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
  • We are goverment funded and owned.
  • Winner of the Australian Governments Premiers Award for Excellence in International Education (in 2014, runner up in 2015).
  • We employ motivated, passionate teachers who have extensive experience in their field and links to industry.
  • To study in Melbourne, the worlds most liveable city.


  • David Williamson Theatre
  • Creative Spaces
  • The Apprentice Restaurant
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Free wifi

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Melbourne, High Street 144
Prahran VIC 3181

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