Master of Design for Performance

The University of Melbourne

This program provides designers and visual artists with the needed skills for a professional career in designing scenery, props and/or costumers. Students gain hands-on experience designing for theatre, dance, music theatre, opera, and cross-art productions staged at the VCA and in the industry through professional placements.

Course Fee:

Australian: $47,429
International: $66,387

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent, with a weighted average mark of at least 65% over the last two years' study; or at least four years' documented, relevant work experience related to design and/or making of live performance, with evidence of artistic ability and practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines; written statement (500 words); digital folio of work; selection project and interview.


200 credit points including 12 subjects, including one year-long subject, Design Projects, plus Performance and Research Approaches; Design Documentation and Communication; Design Realisation and Collaboration; Graphic for Screens; Industry Investigation Project; Professional Practice; Applied Project A; Applied Project B.

Subjects you can Study:

Design for performance

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Set Designer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Southbank No info No Full time 2 years
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