The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) is designed as an intensive, skills building program across Music Theatre’s principal disciplines of singing, acting and dance. Students develop knowledge and skills to adapt to the various requirements of genre and style, and a spirit of enquiry about the artist’s capacity to reflect, respond and contribute to cultural and social debate and understanding through their work.
VCA Music Theatre students enjoy regular engagement with leaders in the profession. The course has a strong focus on, and connection to, Melbourne’s thriving Music Theatre profession through daily studio-based training with working artists, and industry masterclasses with international guest teachers. It also encourages the development and performance of new Music Theatre works.
Music Theatre Combination Class will provide vital experiences in combining key skill areas, through Production Classes (combining singing and dancing), Acting the Song (focusing on both the technical and artistic elements of music theatre singing) and Presentation Class where students will have regular opportunities to perform a range of repertoire.
Throughout the course you will also undertake Critical Studies subjects that build knowledge of the context of your core discipline along with scholarly information literacy, whilst complementary studies offer a choice of electives in the visual and performing arts, or from other areas of study within the University of Melbourne.
Many of our graduates have established careers in commercial music theatre, independent music theatre, cabaret, concerts, recording, working on cruise ships, theatre in education and a diverse range of allied performing arts practice.
2011 graduates have been cast in a wide range of Music Theatre productions and allied performance areas, including Jersey Boys,Annie, Moonshadow, An Officer and a Gentleman, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Addams Family, King Kong, The Producers, Chess, feature films, television and in national tours of works for children.
Past VCA Music Theatre graduates include Teagan Wouters (Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde), Winston Hillyer (Simba: The Lion King,Germany), Erin Cornell (Elphaba: Wicked Tokyo), Danielle Matthews (winner The Rob Guest Endowment 2009), Jensen Overend(Rock of Ages), Stephen McDowell (Mary Poppins), Ross Hannaford (Cirque de Soleil, Wicked, We Will Rock You, Shout, numerous Production Company shows), Leah Lim (A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Kismet), Benjamin Clark (The Ten Tenors international touring ensemble). Other alumni work in cabaret, children's theatre, as recording artists, actors and dancers in a variety of settings.
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