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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre)




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.

This course provides you with ongoing training and skills development in acting, devising, movement, voice, collaborative practice and dramaturgy to support the performance and creation of new work. You will experience a range of theatre-making provocations - solo and ensemble practice, site-specific work, applied theatre and contemporary performance. You will develop your own practice as a theatre artist informed by an understanding of historical paradigms and an application of current methodologies. There are opportunities to engage in national and international projects, including a placement with a regional company, performance in a national fringe festival season and undertaking an international study tour.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,896.00 (US$ 22,094) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $103,744

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 February 2024


Southbank Campus

234 Street Kilda Road,



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 to Australian Year 12. International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma scores 25, 31, 36, 37. English language requirements: TOEFL - Paper based test - a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English. Internet based test - a score of 79 and scores of: Writing: 21, Speaking: 18, Reading: 13, Listening 13. IELTS (Academic) - an overall band score 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 (Academic) - overall score of at least 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50. Cambridge English: Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - A Cambridge English Score of 176 with no skill below 169.

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 – you need a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test, or a score of 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.
IELTS – you need a score 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 of 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 of 176 with no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s leading university, enabling students to develop sustainable learning and in-demand employability skills.

  • Ranked 25th (U.S. News 2022) 33rd worldwide (QS 2023)
  • Top 10 in the world for global employability (QS 2021)
  • Home to Australia’s largest number of Nobel laureates
  • Industry-led teaching, connected to 100+ research centres

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