Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre)

    • CRICOS Code: 075490A
    • VTAC Code: 3800638951
    • International VTAC Code: 3800638953

    The experience


    Our music theatre students thrive in an intensive full-time studio-based training environment, consisting of individual and group vocal training, acting and dance classes.

    You’ll enjoy access to industry-standard facilities, including cinemas, digital vision and audio post-production facilities, visual art studios and technical workshop facilities, purpose-built dance studios, libraries, theatre and performance spaces, and animation and stop-motion studios. Your teachers are practising artists who are well-connected to industry, and there are course-integrated opportunities to collaborate with students from other creative disciplines.

    The Southbank campus is located in the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct. Significant projects currently under way – namely the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, the Buxton Contemporary, and the Stables – are revitalising the campus, providing extensive additional purpose-built spaces for the faculty and for our students.

    You’ll gain professional exposure and practice through public performances, exhibitions and crewing, while the embedded capstone experience provides the opportunity to showcase performances to industry in Sydney and Melbourne, in public film screenings, and in graduate exhibitions.

    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.

    You will have the chance to benefit from faculty partnerships with more than 20 leading arts institutions around the world, including the Universitas 21 (U21) and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks.

    Melbourne - 'Music Theatre Capital'

    The reputation of the program, and the location of the school in Melbourne, Australia’s “Music Theatre capital”, enables students to work closely with and learn from key industry figures – music directors, choreographers and specialist teachers. This industry proximity enables the VCA to provide students with professional music theatre training unparalleled in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

    Industry ready

    The ethos of the Music Theatre program is to develop industry-ready performers. To this end, the curriculum is continually being enriched with opportunities for our students to develop.

    Experienced staff

    Our sessional staff members are rich in current industry experience and often concurrently teach at the VCA whilst performing in major musicals in the evening.

    Collaborative experience with VCA students

    You'll undergo rigorous training in the areas of dance, singing and acting (as separate skill areas and in combination). And additionally, you'll collaborate with undergraduate and graduate VCA production students.

    Collaborations with elite musicians

    New music theatre works are created in collaboration with interactive composition students and third year performance projects are supported by a band comprising elite musicians from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as well as professional musicians.