Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production)

  • CRICOS code: 093586K
  • VTAC code: 3800638961
  • International VTAC code: 3800638963

The experience


Meet Samantha Hastings

Meet Samantha Hastings, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production) student specialising in costume design. Sam will take you through a day in her life creating costumes for stage and screen.

Exposure while you study

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.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

The course is taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the proud home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

You’ll enjoy access to incredible 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.

While studying at the Faculty, you will have the chance to benefit from a range of partnerships and engagement activities at major arts companies in Melbourne's Arts Precinct, local and national festivals and sister institutions around the world.

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Wilin Centre

Situated in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct, 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.

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Lisa Osborn

Meet the staff

Lisa Osborn, Head of Production

Lisa Osborn has worked as a stage manager throughout Australia and internationally and has been at the VCA since 2018. She has worked on productions for many leading companies, including Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Chunky Move, and Australian Dance Theatre, as well as presentations at major arts festivals including Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Festival, and MONA FOMA. Lisa took some time to tell us a little bit about what the BFA (Production) course involves.

The course gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the creation of live performance in all areas of performance design and technical production. From the very beginning, our students gain foundation skills across all the production departments before specialising in their chosen areas as they progress through the course. As a result, our students are multi-skilled and have the capacity to work collaboratively with great success because they understand the production process from all angles.

Across a typical week our students could be building sets in the workshop, rigging lights in the theatre, constructing costumes in the workroom, recording sound effects in the computer lab, model building in the design studio or stage managing in the rehearsal room.

Throughout the course, students are introduced to industry leaders and current practitioners who enrich the VCA experience by ensuring that what is being taught is current. These key connections link students directly to the industry and pave the way for their future careers.

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Learn from the best

Your teachers are practicing artists who are well-connected to industry, and there are course-integrated opportunities to collaborate with students from other creative disciplines.

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