The Master of Design for Performance is a unique two-year program for designers and visual artists who wish to develop the skills necessary for a professional career in designing scenery, props and/or costumes for live performance.
The intensive program combines theoretical and hands-on training with the core emphasis on gaining the knowledge, skills and creative capacity required to practice your own craft professionally. As collaboration is at the heart of design for performance, your creative ideas will develop through artistic collaborations with directors, choreographers, designers and other performance makers at the VCA, providing a unique opportunity to develop creative partnerships that can lead to future collaborations in the profession.
Through formal classes, workshops and studio-based learning you will develop a deep understanding of the role of design in performance and develop your own unique approach to this process.
Listed below are the specific entry requirements.
an undergraduate degree or equivalent with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%) in the last two years of the degree; or
at least 4 years of documented relevant work experience related to design and/or making of screen-based media, with evidence of artistic ability and practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
*Pending Academic Board Approval
Gain hands-on experience designing for theatre, dance, music theatre, opera and cross-art productions staged at the VCA and through industry placements in your final year
Develop the technical skills, processes and conceptual understanding to design with insight and imagination
Take on key roles in the development of artistic works including decision making, implementation of ideas and leadership of teams
Gain excellent written, oral and visual communication skills for the successful presentation of your design concepts
Applied Project A (Design)
Design Realisation and Collaboration A
Design Documentation and Communication A
Performance and Research Practices
Applied Project B (Design)
Design Realisation and Collaboration B
Design Documentation and Communication B
Design Projects 1
Graphics for Stage and Screen
Industry Investigation Project A
Design Projects 1
Industry Investigation Project B
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