Become a qualified drama teacher

Apply now for study in 2021.

We are excited to announce a unique pathway for graduates of specialist drama, theatre and production courses into our acclaimed Master of Teaching (Secondary). Our Double Drama learning area provides a new opportunity for trained theatre and drama practitioners to become qualified educators.  This study route includes an extra learning area focusing on drama and theatre production across curricular and co-curricular contexts.

Double Drama is designed for those who have undergraduate study in performing arts, and who are now looking to take their knowledge into the classroom and youth theatres to inspire the next generation of creatives.

Register here for our upcoming virtual event: 'The arts in COVID normal: creating thriving arts education in our schools and communities'.

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The new Drama B (Production) will sit alongside our current learning area Drama A (Classroom) and will provide a pathway into teaching drama in secondary schools.

We welcome graduates from any performing arts background, including our Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) and (Design & Production) at The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

If you hold an undergraduate degree in specialist drama, theatre, drama, directing, theatre design, stage management, production, or similar, our Master of Teaching will help apply your knowledge to become a successful secondary school teacher of drama.


  • 96% graduate employability*


  • No.1 University in Australia for Education^


  • Practical classroom experience


  • Ongoing teacher support

Double Drama FAQs

  • What's the duration of the course?
    • 2 years full-time or 1.5 years accelerated or 3 years extended (200 points)
    • International students must complete 2 years full-time duration.
  • When are the course entry dates?

    Semester 1 (Feb)

  • What are the course entry requirements?
    • An undergraduate degree  from an approved institution
    • Successfully complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying
    • Previous study must also satisfy the requirements for two learning areas
    • All applicants must also meet English language requirements.
  • What are the drama learning area requirements?

    Drama A

    • Major or minor in drama, performance studies (drama) or theatre studies (including practical drama).

    Drama B

    • Major or minor in drama, performance studies (drama) or theatre studies (including practical drama). This learning area is only available to students enrolled in the learning area: Drama A.
  • What's the teaching mode of the course?
    • On campus
    • Students will  undertake 63 days of professional placement days in a secondary school setting.
  • What are the indicative annual course fees?
    • Domestic students: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for all eligible domestic students
    • International students: $37,728 AUD
  • How do I apply for the course?

    You can find out more and apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) here.

Seeing how highly regarded the course was at my placement schools and that so many teachers at these schools completed the same course was great. It was a relief that a lot of people had undertaken the course, found jobs and worked straightaway. Athena Kavaleris - Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Meet our Master of Teaching (Secondary) students

Get to know some of our teacher candidates and why those chose a career in teaching.

Jane Bird
Dr Jane Bird

Meet our Double Drama lecturer

Dr Jane Bird is currently a lecturer in drama education in Artistic and Creative Education and Head of Drama Education, at The University of Melbourne. She lectures in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies of Drama Education. Jane is the co-author of the VCE student textbook series Acting Smart for both Drama and Theatre Studies that are in their eighth edition.

She has had ongoing relationships with the VCAA in various roles for Drama and Theatre Studies. Jane taught in a range of secondary schools, both government and independent, for over fifteen years.

Jane’s research focuses on creative and innovative approaches to education and research methodology including artistic and embodied pedagogies as well as research-based theatre.

Find out more about Dr Jane Bird's work.

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Australian University Rankings by subject, Times Higher Education 2020^