Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)

  • CRICOS code: 094861K
  • VTAC code: 3800610071
  • International VTAC code: 3800610073

What will I study?


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) is a three-year full-time degree that provides you with an intensive studio-based learning environment at the Victorian College of the Arts where you will develop holistically as an actor.

The program focuses on the rigorous preparation of actors working across all areas of the profession for stage, screen and digital media, exposing you to current cultural and methodological practices in the profession. It offers you the opportunity to engage in national and international engagement projects, building on existing expertise and approaches to industry readiness for the autonomous, ensemble and company actor.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) will enable you to enter the profession with effective clarity, preparedness and skills. The structure of the course allows intensive skills training and practice to take place alongside rehearsal processes and a wide variety of performance situations.

Collaborative practice is regarded as an important element of contemporary theatre and is therefore integral to our training. Our graduates work at all levels of the theatre, film and television industries, and are renowned for their capacity to work creatively and collaboratively in both traditional and ground-breaking performance contexts. Graduates establish careers in professional theatre, community arts and education, film, television, radio, new media and education.

Your breadth studies

As part of your course at each year level, you can select breadth subjects either from our VCA elective subjects, or explore cross disciplinary studies from the wider University community, accessing multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills that will build on existing knowledge or present opportunities for you to investigate and develop new interests.

The breadth subjects available to commencing BFA students include those in fine arts (acting, animation, dance, production, film and television, music theatre, screenwriting, theatre and visual art), as well as music education, Indigenous knowledges, law, languages, psychology, social sciences, humanities, science, marketing and many more.

Find out more about the University’s breadth subjects


Acting requires full-time commitment: essentially 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, with extended hours during performance seasons.

Sample course plan

View some sample course plans to help you select subjects that will meet the requirements for this bachelor.

300-point program