The Master of Design for Performance is a unique two-year program for designers and visual artists who wish to develop the skills necessary for a professional career in designing scenery, props and/or costumes for live performance.
The intensive program combines theoretical and hands-on training with the core emphasis on gaining the knowledge, skills and creative capacity required to practice your own craft professionally. As collaboration is at the heart of design for performance, your creative ideas will develop through artistic collaborations with directors, choreographers, designers and other performance makers at the VCA, providing a unique opportunity to develop creative partnerships that can lead to future collaborations in the profession.
Through formal classes, workshops and studio-based learning you will develop a deep understanding of the role of design in performance and develop your own unique approach to this process. You are provided with the tuition and facilities to develop advanced skills in a range of 2D and 3D visualisation techniques both by hand and using new technologies. These skills are employed to document and communicate ideas, and produce graphic props and projected image on stage.
You will also be supported to find industry placements in the area of your choice, where you can observe and assist professional designers in the performing arts industry. These placements can be with companies or individual designers locally, nationally or internationally. Through these industry placements and designing productions staged within VCA you will hone your skills and develop a portfolio of work in a variety of performance styles that can include theatre, dance, music theatre, opera and other cross discipline productions.
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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.