Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts

University of Melbourne, Southbank Campus
VIC 3006

13 MELB (6352)


Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts- Master of Dance
Dancer: Ren


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance): 3 years full time. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) builds on the
Victorian College of the Arts' outstanding reputation for performance-focused dance education.

The course develops kinetically strong, culturally and conceptually aware dance artists through specialist education in an inclusive range of contemporary dance practices, dance science and somatics, critical dance studies, choreography and performance. In a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere, you will train to meet the technical demands, kinaesthetic awareness and creative challenges of a career in dance. New works by professional Australian and international choreographers and repertory studies provide invaluable performance experience and interaction with the dance profession. You will have access to state-of-the art facilities, including five purposebuilt dance studios and a range of on-campus theatre and performance spaces.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre): 3 years full time. 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. 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.

-POSTGRADUATE COURSES: Master of Dance, Master of Fine Arts (Dance), PhD (Dance).
The University of Melbourne's Bachelor of Fine Arts program is Australia's leading specialist arts
degree offering intensive, studio-based training in specialisations across visual art, performing
arts, and screen.
The Dance and Music Theatre specialisations offered through the VCA are structured around a program of high-level skills training with practical classes, critical studies subjects, and cross disciplinary elective opportunities from the wider University community. Public performances are an integral component to our training, giving students the best opportunity to hone their skills as performing artists.
Melbourne is the home of dance and music theatre in Australia. At the VCA, based in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct, you can develop professional relationships that last throughout your career. Students are offered a strong connection to the city's thriving professional scene through studio-based training with expert teaching staff, who are some of Australia's leading dance and musical theatre practitioners, and through collaboration with internationally renowned guest directors, choreographers, teachers and artists in masterclasses and public performances.

Main subjects:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance): Studio Practices, Integrated Practices, Repertory Studies, Choreographic Production, Performance Skills, Professional Practice.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre): Dance Skills, Acting Skills, Voice Skills, Music Theatre Combination Class, New Work, Performance Projects.

Practical dance classes per week:

35-40 hours a week.

Contact hours per day:

8 hours.

Pre-requisites/ entry requirements:

Selection is by audition. Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts also requires the successful completion of the VCE (or an equivalent qualification) with a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 English/English Language/Literature, or a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 ESL.
Minimum ATAR is not applicable. International students who wish to apply for an undergraduate place at the University of Melbourne must have successfully completed a qualifying exam equivalent to Australian Year 12/VCE, for example A Levels or the International Baccalaureate.

Main teachers:

Dance: Professor Carol Brown, Dr Megan Beckwith, Ms Brianna Kell, Ms Anna Smith, Dr Linda
Sastradipradja, Mr Daniel Riley, Dr Sandra Parker, Dr Siobhan Murphy
Music Theatre: Mr Tyran Parke, Ms Lyndall Dawson, Ms Donna Dunmire, Ms Margot Fenley, Ms
Jayde Kirchert, Mr Rainer Pollard

Audition date:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all applicants are required to submit a video recorded audition this year. Video auditions must be submitted by Wednesday 30 September for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) or by Thursday 15 October for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance).

Audition requirements:

Please refer to the detailed instructions for each course at study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply/ auditions-and-interviews/


Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for domestic students.

Scholarships or subsidies:

A range of competitive scholarship opportunities are available at both faculty and university level. More information online at: https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/

Possible career options:

Dancer, choreographer, music theatre performer, singer, actor, artistic director, ballet teacher,
creator of new music theatre, community dance artist/teacher, contemporary dance teacher,
dance researcher, dance scientists, dance writer/critic, dance academic, performer, freelancer.

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