Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television)
Important! Please make sure you have read the How to Apply information for this course prior to reading the interview requirements below.
2023 Start Year Intake
Interviews will take place Monday 14 to Friday 18 November 2022.
Shortlisted applicants must be prepared to:
- Screen up to 7 minutes of your filmmaking work.
- Discuss in detail two original film or television ideas that may be developed during your time at VCA.
The interview will run for approximately 30 minutes and will be conducted online via Zoom Web Conferencing. Due to time restrictions, the panel will not read scripts or writing samples during or after the interview.
How will I be assessed?
In order to be invited for an interview, all applicants must submit a selection test response.
The selection test comprises of two components:
- VISUAL TEST:
Applicants are given three short prompts to choose from and must create a sequence of nine single images that connect to tell a story.
The nine images should have no text or words - relying solely on visual storytelling technique.
The nine images may be drawings, photographs, or any other image media created by the applicant specifically for the test.
Detailed guidelines will be available in the supplementary application form.
The Visual Test will be assessed against the following criteria:
- evidence of visual storytelling ability;
- evidence of a coherent story being told;
- evidence of a surprising point of view; and
creative use of the chosen prompt.
- WRITTEN TEST:
Applicants are given three short prompts to choose from and must respond with a story of no longer than 800 words. The story must be the original creation of the applicant.
The story should be written in prose rather than screenplay formatting.
The Written Test will be assessed against the following criteria:
- evidence of written storytelling ability;
- evidence of an engaging story being told;
- evidence of a coherent point of view;
- creative use of the chosen prompt;
- evidence of a visual storytelling ability in the written form (e.g. excessive use of dialogue is discouraged).
In the interview, shortlisted students are expected to:
- SCREEN A SHORT FILM / VIDEO
Screen a short film or video (no longer than seven minutes) which the applicant has, ideally, written, directed, or produced - or had substantial creative input in the production.
For films longer than seven minutes, applicants should choose the seven-minute section which best represents them as a filmmaker. You may screen more than one film/video - but the total may not exceed seven minutes.
After screening the film/video, applicants are expected to offer self-critique regarding their reflections on the creative merits of the works.
- PITCH TWO IDEAS FOR SHORT FILMS
Applicants will be asked to verbally pitch two ideas which they believe will make engaging short films. The pitches should tell a story with a beginning, middle, and an engaging resolution. The panel will critically engage in these ideas in discussion with the applicant during immediate feedback.
- DISCUSS WITH THE INTERVIEWING PANEL
The final part of the interview is a less formalised discussion around: why the applicant would like to attend the VCA; and their creative influences in the filmmaking and storytelling world.
The Interviewees will be assessed against the following criteria by the selection panel:
- Is the applicant able to critically engage during feedback?
- Does the applicant have a genuine interest in producing screen-based storytelling?
- Are the applicant's stories original, specific and engaging?
- Is the applicant’s communication clear and confident?
- Does the applicant exhibit a collaborative spirit?
Conditions of Enrolment
Successful applicants must meet the following conditions before commencing the course:
First Aid Certification
Obtain a First Aid (HLTAID003) certificate that will remain valid for the duration of your course.
Pay a one-off $1,000 bond prior to enrolment, refundable upon completion or withdrawal of the course. The bond encourages you to treat our equipment with care.
Terms and Conditions
As part of your supplementary application submission, you will be required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions on which the offer of a place is made.