200 point program
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
For all practice led research proposals a folio is required at Audition. Please see the Interview and Auditions details below. Applicants unable to attend an interview/audition must submit their folio by the closing date.
Applicant’s folios will not be returned. Do not send original recordings/scores/show reels.
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:
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Graduate Research Admissions
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music 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
Your application will be reviewed by our Selection Committee. If you are shortlisted, the Research Office will contact you after the application closing date with an interview/audition time (interviews are normally held in November). If you are unable to attend the interview/audition in person, your application and supporting material (as outlined above) will provide the basis for an online or telephone interview.
Your interview/audition will take 30 minutes and be conducted by a panel of 3 to 5 people. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain the scope of your intended research project, and your ability to successfully realise the intended project within a practice-led research environment.
The format of the interview/audition will be shaped by the candidate’s research interests and background. For example, performers may wish to perform audition material whilst others may speak to their portfolio.
You will also need to:
- Demonstrate a very high standard of artistic ability within Music Theatre performance, writing or composition or expertise in the field by means of audition or presentation of a portfolio of previous works.
- Frame your work within a Music Theatre research context.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All applicants must provide their own accompanists where required.
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 reviews along with an extended Creative CV. Please identify each segment clearly as to your role and relationship to the work.
Note: Weblinks to online content are not suitable and cannot be viewed by the Selection Committee.