Research by means of creative practice is central to the graduate programs of the School of Performing Arts, where we seek to nurture creative excellence hand in hand with intellectual rigour and excitement. The Theatre specialisation of the MFA invites students to engage in research projects focused, in a broad range of different ways, on theatrical practice or issues related to theatre, or that illuminate or expand on the medium in some way.
The majority of projects will involve research by means of the candidate’s own theatrical practice – the term ‘theatre’ in this context may be quite broadly interpreted – alongside a written dissertation, but some projects will focus on the practice of others and consist of a dissertation only. While the School insists that MFA practice-based projects fulfil the rigorous requirements of all academic research, the nature of the practice may vary considerably from project to project (e.g. the re-direction of a pre-existing script, the creation of a devised performance, a new approach to training, and so on). The onus on the candidate is to ensure that their practice constitutes research, and that the research focus can be
consciously articulated in written form.
RTP only. Australian fee-paying places not available.
This course is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree. More details on RTP and other fees you may need to pay.
If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more.