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What will I study?

Overview

Animation

The animation specialisation will focus on developing your independent research in animation. During the course, you will write, direct and edit a substantive and innovative animated short film. You will also produce a minor research thesis.

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Dance

The Dance specialisation extends your technical facility, artistic sensibility and creative capacity to deepen your knowledge of dance through artistic mentorship and academic supervision. You will undertake a major creative project and related research paper.

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Film and Television

The Film and Television specialisation offers you the opportunity to write, direct and edit a substantive and innovative short motion picture program, or specialise in a film craft such as cinematography, producing, production management, actor direction, sound, screenwriting or editing. You can select from any one of these paths and also produce a self-directed minor research thesis.

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Music Theatre

The Music Theatre specialisation offers you artistic mentorship on an independent project of your own devising and support through seminars – which may be practical in nature – as well as research training and academic supervision.

The cohort may comprise of creators and performers of new work, and performers who are dedicated to deepening their skills to develop mastery in an element of music theatre performance. VCA Music Theatre embraces diversity in understanding of the music theatre genre and welcomes projects that seek to develop and challenge this understanding while investigating what musical theatre performance at the highest level should entail.

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Production

Through the Production specialisation, you will undertake independent research and the production of a major project. You will develop your aptitude for continued self-directed learning and capacity to be a professional practitioner within the discipline of design and/or technical management.

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Screenwriting

Under the guidance of a supervisor in the Screenwriting specialisation, you will engage in independent screenwriting research. During the course, you will also complete a substantive piece of creative writing. For example, this could be a feature screenplay to first draft stage, or a television pilot and series outline. You will also produce a minor research thesis.

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Social Practice and Community Engagement

The Social Practice and Community Engagement specialisation allows you to undertake advanced work in social practice, develop fluency in the conceptual and practical issues involved in engaging communities, and further develop your capacity as a better informed, skilled and more articulate artist.

The course has previously centred around intensive site visits in Melbourne, Central Australia and Indonesia with leading social practice artists, providing inspiration and insight as you develop your final work. You will develop an independent major project (or series of projects) and related research essay under the guidance of your supervisor.

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Theatre Practice

The Theatre specialisation provides you with the opportunity to devise, define and manage a major creative project, or series of projects, and related research paper. The project could involve a live performance or installation event, and/or folio of new creative work including scripts, performance scores or short films.

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Visual Art

The Visual Arts specialisation allows you to undertake advanced work in the visual arts, develop a high level of studio practice and further develop your capacity as a better informed, skilled and more articulate visual artist.

The course culminates in a public exhibition of your work as part of the graduate show. The course provides an opportunity for you, under the guidance of your supervisor, to engage in independent research in your chosen field of artistic practice. During the year you will produce a major creative work, or series of works, and a related research paper.

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