STUDY COMEDY

If you dream of a career as a Stand Up Comedian, Writer, Stage Director or Producer, working in Film and TV, Radio, Performing Arts, Podcasting, or on the internet, this course is for you.

The Comedy course is perfect for people wanting to work in the comedic side of the arts and entertainment industries. You will be taught and mentored by industry experts who are currently working within many sectors of the industry including theatre, film, television, radio and podcasting.

Focusing on comedy performance, comedy writing, production, and entrepreneurship, you will gain the knowledge and skills to develop and manage a career in the entertainment industry. Students have the opportunity to create a comedy portfolio showcase, as well as partake in sought-after internships and gain hands-on experience. You will also work closely with students from other courses to foster a well-rounded understanding of the arts and entertainment industries.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to partake in a variety of real-world experiences, gaining access to industry connections.

Students will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the entertainment and dramatic arts industry, both in Australia and overseas.

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Develop an in-depth understanding of comedy creation, production and publicity

Create, produce and promote shows and live performances

Attend and perform stand-up and live shows

Gain knowledge and experience in performance and comedic arts

Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers, and access career pathways through our industry partnerships and placements

Hear from and work with guest speakers and meet with agents throughout the course

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→  FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees)

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT COMEDY

Colin Lane Thinks Comedy Is More Than Just The Jokes

When we think about Australian humour, Lano & Woodley are at the forefront of the conversation. Colin Lane (the Lano in the duo and established comedian) spoke with Comedy students in an intimate Zoom chat about playing and writing one of the greatest characters in Aussie comedy.

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Jason Tamiru Wants Your Comedy To Smash The System

Yorta Yorta man Jason Tamiru is fighting for amplified Aboriginal voices in comedy and theatre everyday. Producer at the bold Malthouse Theatre, Jason dropped in on a Zoom class with our Comedy students to chat "real diversity" and how you need to break from convention to create positive change.

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Andrea Powell Is Uniting People With Laughter

If there's one thing Comedy course leader Andrea Powell loves more than making people laugh, it's empowering others to do the same. With almost 30 years of experience in the Australian comedy industry, her work has metamorphosed across performance, theatre, radio, television, and education.

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

  • Falls-Festival
  • Groovin-The-Moo-2020
  • Peel-Street-Festival
  • Ego Expo
  • UNIFY Gathering
  • A-Hitch-To-The-Sticks

"I haven’t found my voice 100% yet, but this course is helping me find one because it's given me the freedom and confidence to just say what I want to say and do what I want to do. It pushes and inspires me to actually get on a stage."

JETT BOND

Comedy student

Comedy-Jett-Bond

"Telling unique stories and making people laugh is extremely rewarding. The Comedy course offered at Collarts are unique and tailored to the industry. I wish I’d had it when I was starting out. It would have saved me a lot of time and heartache."

ANDREA POWELL

Head of Comedy

Comedy-Andrea-Powell
BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF DRAMATIC ARTS (COMEDY)

 

The Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) is ideal for students wanting to work in the comedic side of the arts and entertainment industries.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in six trimesters (2 years) of full-time study or part-time equivalent. 

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Develop an in-depth understanding of comedy creation, production and publicity

Create, produce and promote shows and live performances

Attend and perform stand-up and live shows

Gain knowledge and experience in performance and comedic arts

Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers, and access career pathways through our industry partnerships and placements

Hear from and work with guest speakers and meet with agents throughout the course

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 0100339 & 0100338.

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF DRAMATIC ARTS (COMEDY)

 

The Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) is ideal for students wanting to work in the comedic side of the arts and entertainment industries.

The diploma can be completed in two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study or part-time equivalent, where you will have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Develop an understanding of comedy creation, production and publicity

Complete stand-up and comedic projects to a foundational level, from concept to completion

Gain knowledge and experience in performance and comedic arts

Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers

Hear from and work with guest speakers and meet with agents throughout the course

Study on-campus with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

No ATAR requirement and no individual subject or score requirements

Complete your bachelor degree in two years instead of the standard three

→ FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), to learn more click here

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code: 0100339 & 0100338.

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will be required to audition with a short performance from original or pre-selected material and submit an original, comedic written piece such as a monologue, satire or humor piece, script, etc.

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCAL, VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent. If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

The Diploma can be used as a pathway into the Bachelor degree

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

BACHELOR APPLICANTS

Applicants are required to successfully complete VCE, IB, or state/international Year 12 equivalent

VCAL students are not eligible for the Bachelor until they have successfully completed the diploma

If students have not completed the year 12 requirements, they must be at least 20 years of age

There are no ATAR minimum or subject requirements

 

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE APPLICANTS

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Non-Year 12 applicants may apply directly on the website, and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

Year 12 applicants must apply through VTAC. VTAC opens in August each year. Place the appropriate Collarts course into one of your preferences and a Future Student Advisor will be in touch to arrange an interview

KEY INFORMATION

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Start Dates
February, May, or September
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Number of Units
8 in Diploma
24 in Bachelor
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Duration
Diploma 8 Months
Bachelor 2 Years
Or Part-Time Equivalent
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Study Mode
On-Campus
Support Services
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
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Industry Experience
Dedicated Time for Industry Experience
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FEE-HELP
Available
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Transparent Fees
$2,430 per unit
International Fees
International Fees
Available

Course structure

Delivery Mode - On-Campus
FIRST YEAR MATERIAL CREATION PERFORMANCE THEORY INDUSTRY PRODUCTION
Trimester 1 Devising for Performance Acting Foundations Theories of Humour Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Writing Comedy for Live Solo Performance Creating a Character Intercultural History of Comedy The Self-Producing Comedian
Trimester 3 Writing Comedy for Live Ensemble Performance Live Comedic Acting Comedy Genres Publicity & Promotions
SECOND YEAR MATERIAL CREATION MARKETING THEORY INDUSTRY PRODUCTION
Trimester 1 Writing Comedy for Audio Directing Comedy Radical Comedies Live Production
Trimester 2 Writing Comedy for Screen Comedic Acting for Screen Screen Comedy Screen Production
Trimester 3 Capstone Creative Project 1/3 Capstone Creative Project 2/3 Capstone Creative Project 3/3 Creative Arts Business

OUR CAMPUSEs

Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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George St Campus

2/156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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