The Theatre Practice specialisation in the Bachelor of Fine Arts is an intensive actor training program that will develop you into an autonomous actor who is able to interpret established texts as well as generate and perform new material.

In the first year you integrate imagination, voice and body skills and apply these in a range of performance contexts. You explore creating performance from the self and develop strategies for the interpretation of text. The second year continues to develop your kinaesthetic and perceptual awareness in performance. You learn to work within a production process from conception through to rehearsal and performance.

By the third year you will have consolidated a working methodology as an autonomous actor. You will complete performance projects culminating in a festival of new work.

The program is taught in the VCA’s specially designed Performing Arts building in Southbank, next door to the Melbourne Theatre Company. It has seven studio spaces, a studio theatre and graduate study rooms.

Selection into this specialisation is talent-based and includes an audition, interview and workshop. See details.

CRICOS code: 093588G


  • Actor
  • Performance creator
  • Theatre maker

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2017
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2017. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2018
NA Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Fine Arts is talent-based. The selection process for each specialisation may include: Animation (test, interview and folio); Dance (audition and interview); Film and Television (test and interview); Music Theatre (audition); Production (statement, interview and workshop); Screenwriting (test and interview); Theatre Practice (audition, interview and workshop); Visual Art (interview and folio).

More information about the audition and selection process here.