Industry Experience

ARTS3013 Performing Arts Industry Experience

This course provides you with an opportunity to gain industry experience by undertaking work-integrated learning on placement with a performing arts organisation. Students must attend a CV workshop in Week 1 before completing a work experience placement with an industry organisation of 90-100 hours (to be scheduled according to host and student availability). After their placement, students must submit a summative report and a portfolio of work produced.

Enrolment advice

Interested students must complete an Expression of Interest form, prepare a CV which will be developed during the workshop, and conduct a meeting in person or by phone with the course convenor (by appointment only) to discuss their eligibility and the placements on offer. Students must have completed a minimum of 24 units of credit in either the Dance Studies stream, Theatre and Performance Studies Stream or Music major/minor or Music single or dual degree, with a current minimum WAM of 70. Please check that you meet these pre-requisites before making your application to the course convenor.

As enrolment is subject to course convenor and School approval, students interested in gaining academic credit for industry experience under ARTS3013, should follow these steps:

  1. The course convenor will contact you to discuss industry placements on offer and your eligibility. The course convenor willl then organise an interview for you with an organisation best suited to your experience and career aims. This may occur anytime from November to June.
  2. Check your eligibility (TPS or Music Major and WAM above 70)
  3. Prepare your Expression of Interest Form and a CV with your contact details and apply for the current year by April 1 so placement is confirmed by Term 2 - Census Date (13 May). Submission will not be considered after this time, however you can submit anytime from late October the year before.
  4. Contact with your CV and EOI form who will then generate a request to the convenor to accept the enrolment
  5. Faculty staff will manually enroll you once we have confirmation that the requirements have been met.
  6. The convenor will then be in touch about timeframes and opportunities

Students enrolled in ARTS3013 Performing Arts Industry Experience will be able to complete their contact hours at any time from the beginning of T3 the year before to the end of T2 in the year of enrolment, and complete their assessments during session in T2. Insurances will be organised for the student once we have their date range and they will have assessment guidance so they can gather the right information as they go.

Download the EOI form here: 

Need help applying for Industry Experience?

Visit the UNSW Careers and Employment Website for information on applications, interviews, and to book in to see a student advisor.

Useful information about Internships, Work Experience and Student Placements

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (PDF): Fact Sheet on Internships, Vocational Payments & Unpaid Work

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman: Student placements, work experience & internships

Fair Work Act 2009

International Students


Risk Management Unit - Professional Indemnity Insurance


Further information is available from:

FASS WIL Unit on 9385 8125 or

Industry Hosts 

Stalker Theatre

Stalker Theatre is one of Australia’s pre-eminent physical theatre companies. Founded in 1989, it celebrates over two decades of outstanding achievement in the production of innovative, inter-disciplinary, physical and visual theatre. Stalker has toured its hallmark outdoor and indoor productions to remote and urban locations across Australia and to Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Stalker makes high quality contemporary physical theatre in Australia across a range of cultural, social and political contexts, regions and nations, and delivers its work to extraordinarily diverse audiences. Its striking physical and visual productions communicate powerfully and imaginatively far beyond the constraints of traditional theatrical contexts. Its challenging new approach to physical performance draws on contemporary dance, new circus, martial arts, innovative approaches to dramaturgy, and inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural practices and processes.

Stalker produces a portfolio of distinct works, ranging from small, mobile street theatre productions to large site specific outdoor work, and includes both intimate and large scale indoor works, as well as a series of ongoing masterclasses.

Stalker produces the works of its directors David Clarkson and Rachael Swain as well as the projects of the intercultural company Marrugeku, which creates intercultural performance in Indigenous contexts in Broome, Western Australia. For more information about Murrugeku, click here.



Carriageworks presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Arts NSW.



atyp has been bridging the divide between young people and professional theatre practice since 1963. Australia’s oldest and largest youth theatre company, we are driven to create work that impacts the way young people engage with theatre nationally.

Australian Theatre for Young People specialises in integrating professional theatre practice with supportive youth theatre process. We love working with all levels of the arts industry, from the most celebrated national companies to the smallest youth theatres. Our work supports young people from their first theatre experience to their first professional production.

Our Vision is to forever raise the national expectation of what theatre with young people can achieve.

We do this through four inter-linked aspirations:

1. Be a fearless theatre company with a national impact that all levels of the industry love to work with.

2. Build an active playwriting community that champions and supports young artists and their work.

3. Be the first place teachers turn to for inspiration and support in drama education.

4. Maintain a vibrant creative hub and company culture that young people around the country want to be a part of.


Force Majeure

Led by Artistic Director Kate Champion, Force Majeure produces critically acclaimed dance theatre works. Established in 2002, the Company is based around a collective of artists from varying disciplines who are committed to creating stimulating movement-based theatre. Artists include dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, composers and filmmakers.

Since its inception Force Majeure has created five major works, two collaborative works, a short film series, and has received five major national awards. Force Majeure produces stimulating, accessible, highly produced dance theatre that questions, reflects and engages with contemporary culture using intelligence, humour, pathos and insight.The Company has toured to the prestigious Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Place des Arts Montreal, Dublin Theatre festival and the Seoul Performing Arts Festival.


Critical Path

Established in 2004, Critical Path is a dynamic, responsive organization. Our principal goal is to support innovative research by NSW choreographers. We deliver a program of research opportunities which promote innovation by creating opportunities for choreographers to explore new ways of working, develop new networks and engage in debate and critical appreciation of dance. Best practice in artistic research is incorporated into a diverse program which features a two strand model of Facilitated and Responsive projects.


Tess de Quincey Co.

We aspire to provide a unique exchange – a rare and thought-provoking dance experience – that invites our audiences to connect, experience and explore.

De Quincey Co is a performance company at the intersection of dance, visual arts, theatre, music and performance. Led by Artistic Director Tess de Quincey, the company creates works of shifting scales for specific spaces – from a black box studio to a desert riverbed. Works currently in repertoire are listed on this site.

Created through a rich collaborative process of interdisciplinary and often cross-cultural exchange, ideas are researched and developed by De Quincey Co’s ensemble of dancers and a creative team that can include architects, philosophers, scientists, filmmakers, writers or visual artists.

The company’s new developmental program and auspicing agency The Weather Exchange presents the works of independent artists based in BodyWeather and related disciplines.



PACT centre for emerging artists Inc supports, produces and presents the work of emerging artists.

Our program has diverse entry points and opportunities for artists.

The artistic program offers support for creative development of new works through Around the Kitchen Table, The Space Program and Vacant Room; the showcasing of works in development through PACT Platform and the presentation of tour ready and/or commissioned works through PACT Presents. PACT supports emerging curators through The Erskineville Performance Arts Festival (currently aka Tiny Stadiums Festival) and supports a month long emerging and experimental performance season in partnership with The Sydney Fringe. PACT supports training in voice, movement and devised performance through the PACT Ensemble and ad hoc masterclasses.

We form creative partnerships with local and national organisations such as Next Wave Festival, Metro Arts and National Association of Visual Arts to support artists create work for national projects.

We also initiate projects outside the programs above responding to the needs of the sector and our associated artists.


UNSW Creative Practice Lab (CPL)

Creative Practice Lab (CPL) is a specialised arts unit within SAM that supports teaching and practice-led research across a diverse range of disciplines. We manage the School's performance venues, rehearsal studios and technical resources. CPL staff members are industry professionals, technical magicians, filmmakers, producers, sound makers and production designers. We work closely with students, researchers and artists to develop new work and we program a range of inspiring events throughout the year.


Belvoir Theatre Co.

When the Nimrod Theatre building in Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, was threatened with redevelopment in 1984, more than 600 people – ardent theatre lovers together with arts, entertainment and media professionals – formed a syndicate to buy the building and save this unique performance space in innercity Sydney.

Almost 30 years later, under the artistic leadership of Ralph Myers and General Manager Brenna Hobson, Belvoir engages Australia’s most prominent and promising playwrights, directors, actors and designers to realise an annual season of work that is dynamic, challenging and visionary. As well as performing at home, Belvoir regularly takes to the road, touring both nationally and internationally.


Campbelltown Arts Centre

Campbelltown Arts Centre is the South West Sydney region’s major cultural venue and cultural services provider. The Centre services an audience market and community that spans Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Local Government Areas.

Campbelltown Arts Centre (CAC) was opened in June 2005 following a $15M capital development program undertaken by CCC in partnership with the NSW State Government to redevelop the City Bicentennial Art Gallery (established in 1988) into a contemporary multidisciplinary arts centre.

Campbelltown Arts Centre consists of exhibition spaces, workshop and studio spaces, a 180-seat performance studio, residency apartment, Sculpture Garden, Japanese Garden, amphitheatre and café.

The core focus of Campbelltown Arts Centre is to develop and deliver innovative high quality contemporary arts programs that maximise opportunities and avenues for communities to engage with contemporary, multi-arts practice. The Centre’s program encompasses all forms of the visual, performing, literary and new media arts.

CAC aims to engage, inspire and respond to the issues of the region's communities through the production of contemporary cultural programs.


Sue Healey

Her creative manifesto speaks to the production of a highly-detailed movement language. Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces; theatres, specific sites and the camera.

Her live works and films embody technical excellence and high production values, and employ the finest of dancers.

Associate artists Shona Erskine, Lisa Griffiths and Nalina Wait have been integral to Healey's work since 2002.

Works have been described as masterful in their handling of organic human stories, space and time through dance. Her films transcend the performance space, allowing a new focus and magic to enter; time lingers, even reverses, details are enlarged for intricate scrutiny, elements are introduced in an alchemic fashion, all using the genius of cinematography and an acute awareness of movement.

Sue Healey has established a reputation as a key figure in the development of choreography and has worked to build strong ties into the artistic and academic communities in Australia and the Asia Pacific. As her artistic statement reads:

I create dance that acknowledges the potency of the human body to take us into the realm of the extraordinary. I believe dance to be vital human research and as a means to communicate across cultural boundaries. I am committed to creating a theatrical language that illuminates and transforms, revealing subtle layers of movement and perception.


Sydney Opera House

In giving the world one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world; onsite, offsite and online. As the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House is the place where imagination takes you.


Legs on the Wall

We create physically virtuosic, visually remarkable theatre. Our productions tell stories that fearlessly explore form and play with ideas. We take our audiences into new territories to offer different theatrical experiences.

By collaborating with exceptional artists and performers and producing partners intent on taking our work to diverse audiences, we aim to create the most thrilling physical theatre in the world.


Sydney Dance Company

Sydney Dance Company’s headquarters are located at The Wharf, Pier 4, in Sydney’s busy arts precinct at Walsh Bay where other arts companies, such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, Carnivale, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and ATYP, are also located. Sydney Dance Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australia Council, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body, through the Major Performing Arts Board; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; and the invaluable support received from its sponsors, company supporters and partners.


Urban Theatre Projects

We are driven to tell stories that may otherwise not be told – stories that are full of humanity and that find the universal in the personal. We are passionate about finding different voices to tell these stories – voices of people who might not otherwise be heard. We are inspired to find new ways to shape these stories into theatre that challenges and provokes audiences to consider life from a different perspective.



As Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts organisation, Bangarra Dance Theatre fulfils a dual role of creative producer and cultural agent. Bangarra’s key objectives are to contribute to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians and to tell their stories through innovative world-class dance theatre. Bangarra tours extensively to national, regional and remote centres across Australia and internationally each year.


Milk Crate Theatre

Milk Crate Theatre works with an Ensemble of artists who have experienced homelessness or social marginalisation to create theatre that creates change.


Performance Space

Performance Space is where exciting futures for Australian contemporary arts and artists are forged. Our mission is for artistic excellence and innovation to inspire, captivate and create audiences. Founded in 1983, we are Australia’s leading agency for interdisciplinary arts, producing and presenting new artistic experiences across a multiplicity of sites, locations and venues.


Performing Lines

Performing Lines develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally. Performing Lines makes things happen. We nurture and recognize creativity, provide artists with access to broader audiences, and contribute to the enhancement of a distinctly Australian culture both in Australia and overseas.


Shopfront Theatre for Young People

Shopfront is a contemporary arts centre – a cultural network and production co-operative where all young people under 25, regardless of background or ability can create themselves.