Short course

Acting and Music Theatre

Be memorable to your audience through confident performance practices


Please note: This course is made up of four unique intakes priced at $1000 each. Learners are encouraged to register for all four intakes, for a total course cost of $4000. Discounts for alumni and staff are available. More information

Authentic acting performance enables creative expression and is increasingly important in our creative industries, communities and workplaces.

Whether you’re acting, dancing or singing, in traditional theatrical settings or for diverse screen formats, having confidence makes you memorable. In work settings, delivering presentations with confidence supports you to achieve broad engagement and reach, influence, advocacy, and to enact change.

This studio draws on the traditional canon of acting theory and practical approaches to acting and musical theatre to equip you to articulate your view, develop a compelling performance-based projects, and build your capacity to work with others. Reflecting current industry practices, you will act as director, actor and performer – acting, singing and dancing – learn about the roles and production processes unique to working in a small company, and collaborate across teams in the Creative Arts Studios on a creative performance for a range of creative industries, community and professional contexts, including for auditions.

You will be taught by performance experts from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and in face-to-face workshops alongside other like-minded individuals. This highly active and transformative learning environment will set you up with the confidence, skills and industry know-how to make a lasting impression in your desired setting, whether industry-based or professional, for your personal creative projects or community environment.

The Acting and Music Theatre Studio is part of Creative Arts Studios – a year-long series of immersive short courses delivered over four intakes.

Other Creative Arts Studios include:

Who is it for?

This studio is ideal for anyone interested in enhancing their existing performance skills or unlocking them for the first time, whether you want to use them for traditional acting and music performance settings, in your workplace, or in other community or personal contexts. You might want to be more memorable at an audition, create compelling performance-based works, or impart your perspective and influence others in community groups or workplaces. If you enjoy collaborating in creative teams and sharing ideas, this studio is for you. There are no eligibility requirements.

What you will learn

You will learn to activate your acting, dancing and singing skills, and how to use these skills to improve your confidence in performing to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences, in relation to others, and in a range of contexts.

Each intake focuses on a different area of content. Key content areas include:

  • Finding your character(s) – developing unique acting, dancing and singing skills and style, and defining their primary performance purpose
  • Performing the roles and responsibilities essential to contemporary performance practices
  • Analysing historical, technical and contemporary approaches to acting and music theatre performance
  • Collaborating in creative performance projects working with others.

During the studio you will undertake a series of workshop exercises where you will learn to manage multiple viewpoints while moderating your own views. You will learn to work in a range of roles for performance and audition, and understand the relationships and collaborative frameworks essential to bringing successful performance projects to fruition.

On completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and use acting, dancing and singing skills and techniques appropriate to story and performance
  2. Understand the complex roles and collaborative responsibilities of live and screen-based performances
  3. Select from a range of historical, technical and contemporary knowledges to inform a memorable performance
  4. Collaborate with others for compelling creative productions.


  • This studio runs over one year, delivered in four intakes.
  • Each intakes comprises eight, three-hour sessions. This amounts to 24 hours for each intake, or 96 hours over the entire year.
  • Learners may register for individual intakes, but are encouraged to register for all four intakes.


Early bird discount is available for this course. Check the individual intake pages for information.

Please contact Student Support for the following discounts:

  1. University of Melbourne staff discount
  2. University of Melbourne alumni discount.

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming intakes

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Wednesday 13 October 2021

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