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Research

Master of Fine Arts (Production)

    • CRICOS Code: 093579J

    Course overview

    • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
    • Southbank campus located in Melbourne city's arts precinct
    • Available to domestic and international students.

    Overview

    Research by means of creative practice is central to the graduate programs of VCA Performing Arts, where we seek to nurture creative excellence hand in hand with intellectual rigour and excitement. The Production specialisation of the MFA invites students to engage in research projects focused, in a broad range of different ways, on the production aspects of theatrical practice or issues related to theatre and performance, or that illuminates or expands on the medium in some way.

    Within the Production area, projects will tend to be based in a number of different design specialisations (set, costume, lighting, sound), but might also involve other areas of production practice. The majority of projects will involve research by means of the candidate’s own practice in design for theatre and performance – the terms ‘theatre’ and ‘performance’ in this context may be quite broadly interpreted – alongside a written dissertation, but some projects will focus on the practice of others and consist of a dissertation only.

    While the VCA insists that MFA practice-based projects fulfil the rigorous requirements of all academic research, the nature of the practice may vary considerably from project to project. The onus on the candidate is to ensure that their practice constitutes research, and that the research focus can be consciously articulated in written form.