Master of Design for Performance

    • CRICOS Code: 085429A

    The experience


    Meet Bethany J Fellows

    Although Bethany Fellows knew she wanted to study at the Victorian College of the Arts,, she never knew she’d end up studying stage design in the Master of Design for Performance – but from making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to making tiny furniture, stage design was definitely the right choice.

    Bethany J Fellows in a costume design studio

    "I discovered the Master of Design for Performance at a crossroads in life and thought stage design was a good nexus of my skills; I’m creative, yet practical, and was really wanting to collaborate with people. Out of the postgraduate options in Australia, I knew I was suited to the course at VCA. I always knew I’d end up here but I thought it would be in the visual art department. I knew from my very first collaboration in semester one that I had made the right decision to go into theatre design – even though it felt like three hands in a box trying to independently make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was a reassuring signpost in life."

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    Southbank Campus Collaboration

    Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    The course is taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the proud home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

    Much of the teaching, research and performance takes place in, or near, the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus. Our facilities on the University's Parkville campus, including Melba Hall, are also used for teaching, research and performances.

    While studying at the Faculty, you will have the chance to benefit from a range of partnerships and engagement activities at major arts companies in Melbourne's Arts Precinct, local and national festivals and sister institutions around the world.

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    Wilin Centre

    Situated in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development provides exposure to contemporary Indigenous arts practices and supports the recruitment of Indigenous artists, academics and students.

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    academic Profile

    Richard Roberts