Critical performance studies in Australia

Critical Performance Studies focuses on developing knowledge, skills, and practices that help you understand and creatively engage the world around you.

You will learn skills and practices valued in a wide range of industries inside and outside the performing arts including teamwork and creative problem solving, effective communication and self-reliance and resilience.

If you are someone who loves to get up on stage and perform or wants to improve your confidence when pitching ideas to an audience, our Critical Performance Studies specialisation is designed for you.

The rich educational opportunities provided by this specialisation are enriched and extended through our collaboration with the Melbourne Fringe, MLIVE, and an array of internationally recognised artists in residence and arts internship opportunities.

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Partnership with the Melbourne Fringe Festival

Monash University has partnered with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, giving our university students the opportunity to collaborate with professional theatre makers and performance professionals.

This partnership includes internships with Melbourne Fringe and its artists, along with a presentation of student work that will be featured in the festival itself as part of our season of collaborations between students and professional theatre performers.  These opportunities allow every student to be mentored in all aspects of programming and producing and will allow you to make a direct impact on the Fringe Festival’s independent program.

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Melbourne: The Theatre Capital

Melbourne is home to Australia's largest performing arts venue, the Arts Centre Melbourne and has a rich theatrical tradition that can only be compared to London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Some of the most popular international shows have made their world premiere in Melbourne. In one month alone, there can be up to 62 theatre shows and musicals to see. While studying at Monash University in Melbourne you will have the opportunity to see theatre and musicals of the highest calibre.

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