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What will I learn?

Develop your skills and aesthetic as an individual or collaborative writer for diverse forms of contemporary live performance.

The Master of Theatre (Writing) is unique in Australian theatre culture, focusing on the diversity of voices and cultures present in contemporary writing in Australia and overseas. It is closely interwoven with both the existing Master of Theatre (Directing) and Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy).

Through a combination of writing workshops, critical seminars and discussions you will develop skills in writing for the diverse contexts of live and digital performance alongside gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between the writer and the cultural contexts in which they write. You will be equipped with the skills to develop your own writing voice in multiple forms, as well as the academic writing skills to articulate your own practice in the context of contemporary cultural and performance theory.

The program focuses on the development of a full length play - at the end of the year, each writer presents a rehearsed presentation of a full-length play to industry and public. You will also produce four other smaller performance writing projects including: writing from improvisation with acting and directing students; writing for digital mediums; adaptation of existing texts; and writing for live art projects.

A core principle of the program is collaboration, in developing this skill you will collaborate with other VCA postgraduate disciplines and engage with writers, directors, designers, choreographers, performance-makers and actors on a range of projects in an intensive training environment. As such this course also provides a unique opportunity to develop creative partnerships that can lead to future collaborations in the profession.

Who is this course for?

The Master of Theatre (Writing) is designed for writers, actors, directors, animateurs, theatre makers, designers and dramaturges, looking to broaden their knowledge and skills for diverse forms of live performance writing.

CRICOS

075502B

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$33,696.00 (18,03,854) per year
Start date

March 2022

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

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed: a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree, or equivalent, with at least an H2A (75%) weighted average. English language requirements: TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test; IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

Applicants for the Master of Theatre - Writing must meet the following criteria:

Completion of an honours degree in a relevant discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) across the honours year, and an average of at least H1 (80%) in practical projects in the relevant discipline, or equivalent;
or
At least five years of documented relevant professional experience, with evidence or artistic ability and achievement or practice to that expected of honours degree holders in relevant disciplines.

English language requirements:

TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.

IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

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