Master of Theatre (Screen Acting)

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Southbank)
  • Available to domestic and international students


The Master of Theatre (Screen Acting) is not taking applications at this time. The next intake for this course is 2024.

The Master of Theatre (Screen Acting) is the first specialist Australian graduate-level course in screen acting.

The course is your pathway to becoming a transformative actor for screen and will develop your potential for artistic leadership as a performance maker, collaborator and researcher.

Led by the VCA's Head of Acting, Budi Miller, the course is built upon intellectual rigour, commitment to craft, artistic inquiry, self-reflection, ethical practices, interdisciplinarity and art-form innovation.

During the course, you will refine your screen acting skills at a master’s level and define a professional pathway for you to have a meaningful impact on the film, television, commercial and streaming sector. You will establish yourself as a multifaceted autonomous artist-actor: actor as an interpreter, actor as a collaborator, and actor as a producer.

With a studio-based learning environment, the course offers a balance of theory, interdisciplinary practice, and departmental collaborations with students from Directing, Writing, Voice, Dramaturgy and Film & Television. Organised to allow for a progression from an intensively taught, skills-based first year to a more autonomous project-orientated second year.

With strong industry connections, you will have opportunities to work across comprehensive film projects, engage in multi format digital projects and build on existing expertise for autonomous, ensemble and production company on‐screen performances.

The course culminates with the production of your own digital portfolio reels that position your market aesthetic, industry branding and media outreach, showcasing your performances on screen: acting, voice acting, motion capture and combat for camera.

The skills, knowledge and opportunities provided in this course will position you as a world artist-citizen within the international professional film, television and streaming markets.