A day in the life of a Theatre Media student

Study theatre media: A day in the life

Do you dream about the day you get the call to star in the next big Netflix series? Does the thought of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows give you a serious buzz? Maybe you’ve got plans to make it big on Broadway? Whatever your end game, you’ll need the right training to reach those dazzling heights. And that’s where we come in. Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Communication – which gives you the opportunity to study theatre – is THE course to help kick start your theatre media career into gear.

With us, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the industry. You’ll learn how to dream up innovative and exciting ways of bringing stories to life, as well as how to put those projects into action. In this degree, you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience – you’ll create, produce, design, perform and manage original creative projects and events from start to finish. What’s more, you’ll complete placements with theatre companies and media production houses, or with film, radio, television or event production companies.

But perhaps you’re wondering what a day in the life of a theatre media student looks like? Insight hung out with Bathurst student Sonia Dodd to give you a peek behind the curtain.

A day in the life of a CSU Theatre Media student


I’m definitely not a morning person, but I make myself get up for some exercise. I go for a run around Kanga Track and get a good dose of the country air.


After eating breakfast in my dorm kitchen, I meet some friends at Pulse for a quick coffee before walking to class. Today, my theatre media cohort are in the planning process of our upcoming devised performance at the Ponton Theatre. As the set designer, I discuss the performance with the directors and brainstorm ideas with the rest of the design and production team. Before class ends, we have a group discussion about our e-portfolios due at the end of the year. Lucky I’m organised and have everything up to date (so far)!


Class has finished, so I head to the Food Bowl for lunch, where I bump into some of my dormies. It’s sunny outside, so we decide to enjoy our meals on the library lawn where there’s live music.


I have a short break after lunch, so I head to the library to look over a play that I’m giving a presentation on next week.


I have a meeting with my friend for a group assessment for my elective radio subject. We plan and draft some segment scripts for our radio show task – and even have time to jump into the recording booth to record some intros. Afterwards, I have a half hour break, so I head back to my dorm on campus and squeeze in a quick power nap!


I head to a rehearsal for a show I’m currently working on. The third-year theatre media students showcase original works at the annual Sprung Festival of Creativity, using other theatre media students as their cast and crew. I’m playing the lead role in an original musical, which is a lot of fun but it’s also a huge commitment. We have frequent rehearsals in the theatre media building, swapping between the drama/dance studio and the music room.


I’m sweaty, sore and energised after our three-hour rehearsal. I swing by the dining hall for dinner, then head over to my dorm to relax. A few of us have a free evening after a busy day, so we relax on the balcony as the sun sets, then play cards in the common room while watching TV.


I do a bit of reading and researching for an upcoming assessment at my desk. Before getting ready for bed, I share a tea with one of my dormies who is having a study break. I’m looking forward to a sleep-in and another productive, creative and exciting day!

Take a look behind the scenes

Discover more about our awesome theatre media facilities and a day in the life of a theatre media student, with a tour by second-year student Greygryn.

Ready to delve into a career where you can dazzle, disrupt and delight?

Discover more about the theatre media specialisation in our Bachelor of Communication – or talk to our friendly team to discuss your next step.