Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) course offers intensive studio-based actor training that produces industry-ready, professional performers with a strong sense of individual expression.
VCA Music Theatre has a strong connection to Melbourne’s thriving music theatre profession. Students participate in daily studio-based training with working artists, and in industry master classes with international guest teachers. We take a highly personalised approach to our training, supporting your unique qualities while developing your artistic and technical capacity.
The program offers extensive practical training in music theatre’s three principal disciplines – singing, acting and dancing – with specialist staff in each area. A fourth core subject explores the practice of these skills in combination for music theatre performance.
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.
- Develop advanced, practical filmmaking skills including direction of actors, cinematography, sound recording and editing, production management, assistant directing and other fundamental principles of filmmaking
- Learn to research, develop, write and design a narrative short film
- Strengthen your individual creative voice, and crewing on your fellow students’ productions – which develops valuable peer networks and skills.
- Acquire ability to critically and constructively critique your own and peers’ screen production work in the context of the broader history of screen culture
- Collaborate with Interactive Composition, Theatre, Film and Television, and Production students throughout the course.
At Southbank campus, within the city’s lively creative arts precinct, you’ll find the University’s acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Southbank campus is purpose built for the creative arts, and features sound and dance stages, animation studios, cinemas and visual arts studios.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
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Graduates will develop a rich and variable set of approaches and practices that can be applied across a diverse range of contexts including professional music theatre, theatre, television, film and cabaret, covering acting, singing, and dancing skills and knowledge to contribute to musical theatre productions that create pathways to prospective employment.
A specialisation in musical theatre could lead to a number of roles - both on and off stage, including:
- Music theatre performer
- Creator of new music theatre work
- 2 years PSW
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
To meet minimum eligibility for entry into a Melbourne undergraduate degree, you need to:
- complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or an equivalent qualification*
- complete and achieve the required grades in each of the prerequisite subjects for the course and any prerequisite tests, interviews or auditions required by the undergraduate course you're applying for
- meet English language requirements**
- India: All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) or State Board Matriculation Examination (Minimum 65% in Year 12)
- Sri Lanka: A-Levels
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. To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974.
- 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.
You’ll need to satisfy the subject prerequisite requirements for the course you've applied for. This ensures you have the right skills, knowledge, and experience required for the course. If you haven’t, you can satisfy prerequisite requirements in a number of ways, including:
- Submitting past VCE Unit 3/4 or equivalent studies you've done in the last 10 years.
- Doing an adult VCE program, such as Adult Community Education (ACE), Technical and Further Education (TAFE), and Centre for Adult Education (CAE). See the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) for a full list.
- Studying single subjects through the University of Melbourne. Subjects they offer through the program include Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths Methods, Physics, and Specialist Maths. See Single-subject studies
- Course Code: 075490A
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
- Duration: 03 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
Application Fee: 100 AUD
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