Bachelor of Fine Arts

3 years full time
Honours available
Southbank campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Semester 1 entry
VTAC code: See VTAC Guide
International VTAC code: See VTAC Guide
Course CRICOS code: Refer to specialisation

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is Australia’s leading specialist arts program, offering intensive, studio-based arts training to students in music, visual and performing arts.

The program is taught by the Victorian College of the Arts at the Southbank campus and offers immersive and experiential practice-based studio studies. The Bachelor of Fine Arts is designed to train highly skilled arts practitioners who can work independently or in ensemble in a range of careers and performance or production opportunities.

The course is characterised by regular exhibitions, performances and production work in first and second year. Third year provides a focus for profiling your work to the arts profession of your choice.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is an internationally recognised qualification that allows you to successfully work in your chosen profession or continue on to further study or research.

Key features

  • Each specialisation within the degree is characterised by regular exhibitions, performances or production work in first and second year with a capstone experience in the final year that takes the form of a public exhibition or performance, providing a focus and resolution to three years of study.
  • The VCA has an extensive range of fee remission and bursary scholarships, prizes and awards available to both our current students and recent graduates. Some scholarships are awarded directly by the VCA to high-achieving students, and others are offered by application and evaluated on merit or financial need.

  • Our Southbank campus is centrally located within Melbourne’s cultural and arts precinct, alongside the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Australian Ballet, Chunky Move Dance Company, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • The VCA’s strong relationships with local and national industry create unique opportunities for collaborative work and performance. We regularly welcome national and international visiting artists.

  • Our graduates are recognised nationally and internationally as leaders in their chosen artistic disciplines.

Refer to individual specialisations within the Bachelor of Fine Arts for CRICOS code.

Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts offers immersive and experiential, practice-based studio studies in the following nine areas of specialisation:

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship offers very high-achieving students at Melbourne a guaranteed place in the graduate program of their choice, along with a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Learn more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2018
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. 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.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more

Pathway options

Once you've graduated from this degree, you can pursue your interest in the fine arts through a range of graduate study options at the VCA. 

Alternatively, you can choose to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas: