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What will I learn?

The Theatre specialisation is an intensive studio-based training program for actors and theatre makers that prepares artists to become both accomplished performers and skilled devisers of their own work.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) course is an innovative and unique training program for actor-creators. Throughout the course, you will develop your own voice and vision as a theatre artist and build your expertise across various facets of contemporary theatre practice - acting, theatre making, devising and performing in a variety of contexts, writing, dramaturgy and self producing, while also selecting breadth subjects from a huge range across the University to pursue your individual interests.

As a Theatre student, you will collaborate throughout the course with VCA students from other disciplines, including Acting, Writing, Directing, Production and Film & Television. You will have opportunities to engage in national and international engagement projects, building on existing expertise and approaches to industry readiness for the autonomous, ensemble and company performer and practitioner.

Breadth subjects at each year level enable you to explore cross disciplinary studies from the wider University community, accessing multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills that will build on existing knowledge or present opportunities for you to investigate and develop new interests.

You will: Develop a command of performance and theatre skills, including body, voice, movement, acting, devising and collaboration; Gain experience in creating new work from a range of sources and stimuli in a variety of devising and generative contexts; Participate in an immersive international study tour; Develop a new work and present it at a nationally recognised festival; Consolidate a working methodology as a performer and as an ensemble company member and theatre maker.

Future pathways

Upon completion of the course, you may choose to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in acting.

Careers

Our graduates work at all levels of the theatre, film and television industries, and are renowned for their capacity to work creatively and collaboratively, in both traditional and ground-breaking performance contexts within the multifaceted theatre industry in the Asia-Pacific and beyond as:

  • Actors and performers
  • Devisers and theatre-makers
  • Community Cultural Development Artists

CRICOS

094860M

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,328.00 (16,94,321) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $98,784
Start date

Expected February 2023

Venue

Victorian College of Arts

The University of Melbourne (Southbank Campus),

234 St Kilda Road,

SOUTHBANK,

Victoria,

3006, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To apply for a Melbourne undergraduate degree, you'll need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria: Complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or an equivalent qualification; Meet any additional academic requirements necessary for application to your preferred undergraduate degree. These include prerequisite subjects, prerequisite tests, portfolio submission, interviews or auditions. English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based): total score of at least 577 with a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English; TOEFL (internet-based): total score at of least 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading and 13 for listening; IELTS: total score of at least 6.5 in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English: overall score of at least 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Cambridge English Score of at least 176 with no skill below 169; C2 Proficiency (previously called Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) examination): Cambridge English Score of at least 180 with no skill below 180.

For international students

Completed secondary education recently (within the past two years)
Completed some or all of a higher education qualification
Completed some or all of a VET qualification

English language requirements

TOEFL (paper-based): total score of at least 577 with a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English.

TOEFL (internet-based): total score at of least 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading and 13 for listening.

IELTS: total score of at least 6.5 in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English: overall score of at least 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Cambridge English Score of at least 176 with no skill below 169.

C2 Proficiency (previously called Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) examination): Cambridge English Score of at least 180 with no skill below 180.

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