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Production and Design Major


This major provides graduates with a focused learning pathway through the skills and experience required to engage in professional theatre practice.

It offers students intensive creative and technical training through professional production practices. This is achieved by undertaking leadership roles within their stream major on the annual repertoire of WAAPA productions across all mainstream genres inclusive of Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Contemporary & Classical, Opera, Jazz and Contemporary Music. WAAPA's professionally staffed and equipped facilities provide the student with the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge and experience the hands on approach required by the national and international industry.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students must successfully complete the following six (6) specified units (120 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
BPD3205Production Studies 3A 15
BPD3203Production Practice 3A30
BPD3206Production Studies 3B 15
BPD3204Production Practice 3B30
BPD3200Industry Studies15
BPD3260Industry Secondment15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Important notes

  • All students will work on two or more WAAPA productions. All WAAPA productions are presented to public audiences. The major culminates in an Industry Secondment unit where students will undertake an industry placement.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Construction Industry OHS White Card and First Aid certificate is required.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in depth of production techniques and creative practice necessary for the performance industry.
  2. Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge to creatively or technically generate ideas in producing and realising performances.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and sustainably solve problems in the planning, production and realisation of works for the performance industry.
  4. Successfully communicate knowledge, problems, arguments and ideas in modes suited to a wide range of personnel with a social and cultural awareness.
  5. Generate ideas through creativity, innovation, skills and knowledge in diverse contexts to produce and realise works for the performance industry.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and independently on projects and apply responsibility and accountability for own work and learning.
  7. Demonstrate initiative, judgement, a global outlook and international perspective in planning, problem solving and decision making in the realisation of works for the performance industry.

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Set and Costume Designers, Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Scenic Artist, Workshop Manager, Head Cutter, Machinist, Show Dresser, Wardrobe Technician, Milliner, Deputy Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, General Backstage Worker, Sound Designer, Sound Mixer, Board Operator, Sound Technician, Boom Operator, Film & TV Sound Recordist, Workshop Supervisor, Head Mechanist, Head Fly Person, Scenic Artist, Props Maker, Head Carpenter, General Mechanist, Automation Operator, Visual Merchandiser, Head Electrician, Lighting Technician, Board Operator, Film & TV Lighting Technician, General Backstage Lighting Technician, Wardrobe Supervisor,

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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