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Comedy

Course Overview


Bachelor of dramatic Arts (comedy)

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

The Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) is perfect for students who are 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.

You will undertake fundamental units in 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 will develop a showcase of their work to achieve a position as a comedic artist, with performance, creation, and production knowledge, which the industry seeks.

Students will graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the comedy and dramatic arts industries in Australia and overseas.

Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Comedy)

The Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) balances creative, technical and industry-related skills, with a focus on comedy in the dramatic arts. The degree will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of comedy, developing the practical skills required to gain employment in the dramatic arts industries.

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

Throughout the degree, you will:

  • Create, produce and promote projects based on an understanding of theories in humour, comic performance, and comic writing for live performance, film, TV, radio, and podcast;
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of comedy creation, production, and publicity with the required knowledge of the industry;
  • Gain knowledge and experience in performance and comedic arts by completing projects to a professional level, from concept to completion;
  • Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers;
  • Build a creative practice within the industry, including an understanding of the industry’s requirements to pursue employment;
  • Develop your own varied showcase of industry-ready work.

FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), learn more at www.collarts.edu.au/faq

Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Comedy)

The Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) will teach students the knowledge and understanding of comedy in dramatic arts, while developing the practical skills required to gain employment in the dramatic arts industries.

The Diploma can be completed in two trimesters of full-time study.

Throughout the Diploma, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of comedy creation, production, and publicity with the required knowledge of the industry;
  • Complete stand-up and comedic projects to a foundational level, from concept to completion;
  • Get valuable insight into the entertainment industry from experienced teachers;
  • Build an introductory understanding of the industry, including the industry’s requirements to pursue employment;
  • Create a stand-up show of industry-ready work.

FEE-HELP available to eligible students (no upfront fees), learn more at www.collarts.edu.au/faq

Admission and Intake

The Bachelor and Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Comedy) are delivered at the Wellington Street, George Street and Cromwell Street Campuses and is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited until 28 March 2026 (CRICOS Code 0100339). For admission criteria, click here.

For intake datesduration and links to learn more, head to www.collarts.edu.au/faq

FEE-HELP and FEES

For more information on FEE-HELP, FEES and Tuition Assurance, head to www.collarts.edu.au/faq#fees

For more information on International Student Fees, head to https://www.collarts.edu.au/international-students-2#fees

Admissions Requirements

ALL APPLICANTS: Applicants must undertake a 30 minute interview and audition. During the interview we will ask you questions about your knowledge and experience within your field of interest as well as discuss your course choice with you. 

Applicants are required to audition a short comedic performance (a stand-up routine, song, or monologue, etc.) and submit a short written piece such as a script or screenplay, humour blog, satire piece, original jokes and more. 

Diploma – 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 is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.

Bachelor – 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 is no ATAR minimum or subject requirements.

Course Intake Dates: We run 3 intakes throughout the year, February, May, and September. Please see our Course Dates page for more information.

How To Apply

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

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