200 point program
2 years full-time / part-time unavailable
30 September for commencement in Semester 1 the following year.
The Selection Committee will evaluate your ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria.
- An honours degree with at least H2A (75%) average, including a major relevant to the stream to which entry is sought, or equivalent; or
- A relevant undergraduate degree with at least H2A (75%) average and at least two years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
- An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least five years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
- At least five years of documented relevant work experience related to the stream to which entry is sought and demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, together with evidence of ability in academic writing and research or scholarship appropriate for postgraduate study;
- Performance in one or more of an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
You must also meet the University's English language requirements.
All MFA applications for the VCA must be accompanied by a research proposal. The MFA research proposal (1000 words) of the proposed research project must include:
- Statement of the project's central concern(s) or 'Research Question',
- Your aims and objectives;
- An outline of the approaches you intend to take and what you intend to do;
- An argument for the relevance and importance of the study;
- Description of the nature of the final submission – the form that the body of creative work will take and how it will be presented; the nature of the dissertation and its relationship to the body of creative work;
- Bibliography - identify some of the key literature, artworks and/or practices that inform your proposed project.
Folio of creative works
Please submit a folio including that provides demonstration of your previous relevant creative work in portfolio and/or digital form. This may include a selection of DVD or CD-ROMs relevant printed materials including samples of writing and performance catalogues and reviews. Please identify each segment clearly as to your role and relationship to the work.
Note: Weblinks to online content or image files are not suitable and cannot be viewed by the Selection Committee.
Submit your Application
Please ensure you include academic transcripts, research proposal (where required), instrument (where required), proof of identity, evidence of English proficiency, previous publications and referees' reports with your application. Uploads must be 6MB or smaller, pdf files are preferred.
Additional application material, such as folios, audition DVDs and the like can be submitted as follows:
- upload to the admissions system (Max 6MB, will only accept Word, Acrobat, Jpeg, Excel and Tif files).
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- upload to a cloud service and email email@example.com with the link
- send the folio direct to the faculty at:
VCA and MCM Graduate Research Admissions
Faculty of VCA and MCM Research Office
University of Melbourne
- Hand your folio directly to the Research Office in the Old Police Hospital building on the corner of StKilda Rd and Southbank Bde, enter the building and use the phone to ring the research office.
Please ensure you clearly write your name and the course you are applying for on the front of any submission.
Interviews and auditions
Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee will conduct interviews for short-listed applicants. Interviews will be scheduled by the Research Office. Short-listed applicants will be contacted after the closing date with an interview appointment time. Interviews are normally held in October. The interview will be 30 minutes duration, and will be conducted by a Selection Committee panel of 2 to 3 people. If you are unable to attend an interview in person, your application and supporting material as outlined above, will provide the basis for an online/telephone interview. If invited to an interview, the applicant should be prepared to discuss their research proposal and portfolio. The purpose of the interview is to discuss your application, and more generally to assess your suitability for selection into the course and your likelihood to be successful in it.
Specific points the panel may consider are
- The relevance of your research proposal
- Your creative track record and academic achievements