• Develop performance and devising skills including movement, voice, acting, interpretation, collaboration, writing, dramaturgy and staging

  • Gain experience of performing and devising in a variety of contexts – in independent self devised projects as well as with invited directors and companies

  • Develop a new work and present it at a nationally recognised arts festival, and travel overseas to broaden your understanding of contemporary theatre and arts practices  

  • Consolidate a working methodology as an autonomous and ensemble performer and theatre maker

Course Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) is an innovative program training theatre artists as performers and devisors. With an emphasis on the performance and  creation of new work, students experience and train in all facets of theatre making including acting, devising, writing,  dramaturgy and staging. This rigorous, conservatoire-style program equips students for a 21st-century career as a performer and theatre-maker in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.  The BFA (Theatre) is dedicated to collaborative and ensemble processes whilst supporting the development of the individual actor and artist.  

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, Film and Television and Interactive Composition.

In your first year, you will undertake core subjects in Body and Voice, Acting and Performance and Contextual Studies alongside  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students.

In your second year, you will continue your performance and devising training by exploring theatrical territories and genres and a range of contemporary collaborative methodologies. You will become familiar with processes of development, rehearsal, performance, and evaluation. You will collaborate with an invited industry director to devise a new work to be presented at a nationally recognised fringe festival.

In third year, you will travel overseas as part of the program to extend your knowledge of international theatre practice. You will collaborate with professional companies and organisations in residencies and create and perform short commissioned works for local producers. In your final semester, you will present your own independently devised ensemble works within the 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 be given the opportunity to pitch your work to a panel of professional producers at a locally hosted Performing Arts Market.

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