• Develop a command of performance skills, including body, voice, and movement
  • Gain experience in adapting and developing stage and screen material for performance
  • Develop a new work and present it at a nationally recognised festival, and at an international touring studio
  • Consolidate a working methodology as an autonomous and ensemble performance maker

Course Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) program trains theatre artists to work across all areas of live performance, including physical theatre, writing, directing, and dramaturgy. This rigorous, conservatoire-style program equips students for a 21st-century  career in theatre in the Asia-Pacific.

With small class sizes to support intensive project-based learning in theatrical contexts, you will explore current cultural and methodological practices. You will be given the opportunity to engage in national and international engagement projects, building on existing expertise and approaches to industry readiness to become an autonomous, ensemble and company practitioner. Collaborative practice, as an important element of contemporary theatre, is integral to our training. As a Theatre student, you will collaborate throughout the course with VCA students from other disciplines, including Acting, Writing, Directing, Production, and Film and Television.

In your first year, you will undertake core subjects in Body and Voice, Acting and Performance, and Contextual Studies along with Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students. In second year, you will adapt stage and screen material and become familiar with the processes of development, rehearsal, performance, and evaluation, and will develop new work for presentation at a nationally recognised fringe festival.

In third year, you will travel overseas as part of the program to develop the work further before presenting in a VCA theatre festival alongside VCA graduate students in Writing and Directing for Performance. Along with BFA (Acting) students you will learn how to develop promotional and technical materials for your own work, and in the final semester pitch to a panel of professional producers at a locally-hosted Performing Arts Market.

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