The Master of Directing for Performance is designed to develop your in-depth knowledge and skills of directing, and provide a framework to identify and reflect on your own practice as a director, performance-maker, collaborator and researcher. The program opens up a broad range of individual career pathways into contemporary performance practice through directing and performance making, practice-led research, and applied performance in intercultural and community engagement contexts.
The VCA offers a unique environment for you to develop an individual approach to directing live performances and creative leadership in an environment of interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. You will experience a wide range of collaborative opportunities and leadership roles with designers, actors, production teams, writers, dramaturgs and choreographers at the VCA, as well as a range of creative encounters with local, national and international artists, organisations and communities.
The program is delivered through lab-based workshops, seminars, lectures, self-directed exercises, tutorials, practical master classes, and national and international internships. It balances theory and practice across four semesters, to allow for progression from the intensively-taught, skills-based first year, to a more autonomous, project-orientated second year which culminates in an independent, practice-led research performance project or written dissertation. The program actively encourages intercultural and international training and research experiences through fieldwork in the second year of the course.
Commonwealth Supported Places available
This course offers both Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) and Australian Fee (AF) Places to domestic students.
Indicative Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course fee:
Find out more about CSP student contribution amounts
Indicative total Australian (AF) course fee:
Typical Australian (AF) course fee for 2018:
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs)
A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. Find out more about CSP student contribution amounts.
Australian Fee Places (AF)
If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place, you will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee place if you are eligible for a place in the course. Students enrolled in an AF place are required to pay the full cost of their tuition fees to the University. Australian Fee places are not subsidised by the Australian Government, however you may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist with payment of tuition fees. If this course is relevant to your current employment, you may be able to deduct course costs from taxable income: see the ATO website for further information.
How course fees are calculated
Your course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one year full-time study (1 EFTSL). Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.
The duration indicated is maximum course duration and does not take into account any advanced standing for prior studies. The course may be shorter depending on your academic background and/or relevant work experience where applicable.
If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more.