The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting

The University of Melbourne

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) is one of nine specializations for this degree delivered through the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). It is an intensive actor training program that uses a conservatoire-style approach to prepare students for careers in the acting profession across a range of stage and screen contexts. It will prepare actors for work across all areas of the profession for stage and screen, including animation and gaming. With small class sizes in a studio-based environment to support intensive project-based learning, you will develop your own training methodology as an autonomous, ensemble and company actor. See for details.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) requires the successful completion of 300 credit points comprising 100 points of study at first, second and third year levels. There are 275 points in core subjects and 25 points in electives. Students can choose an elective from another artistic discipline within the VCA, or from a range of undergraduate subjects from across the University.


  • Body and Voice 1
  • Acting and Performance 1
  • Contextual Studies 1 History Matters
  • Body and Voice 2
  • Acting and Performance 2
  • Contextual Studies 2 Theory in Action
  • plus more

Standard entry requirements

Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL. Selection is talent-based and may include a test, interview and folio. Full admission criteria are available at


The Victorian College of the Arts has partnerships with over 30 leading arts institutions around the world, including the Universities 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks. The VCA is also a member of: Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS); Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA); College of Art Association, US (affiliate member); and International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT).

Study pathways

Qualified graduates may progress to an additional year to qualify for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) (Degree with Honours), and/or to a range of master degrees leading to research programs.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Southbank No

Fee comments

Campuses: Southbank.

The total estimate is based on typical subject enrolments in each year of the course.

Further information

The Melbourne Chancellor's Scholarship is available for high achievers.

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