In the Master of Dramaturgy you encounter and explore dramaturgy beyond work with written texts and literary play scripts to encompass the contexts of dance, hybrid works, installation, community-based and performance art work. The program provides opportunities for you to develop your potential for artistic leadership and attain in-depth knowledge of dramaturgical thinking and practices.
The course is underpinned by a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence, collaboration and interdisciplinarity within established and emerging local, national and international dramaturgical practices. In the course you will collaborate with other VCA postgraduate disciplines and engage with writers, directors, designers, choreographers, performance-makers and actors on a range of projects in an intensive training environment.
Listed below are the specific entry requirements.
an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (such as the performing arts, music, visual arts, film, dance and digital arts, community arts) and two years of documented relevant practice in the field; or
an Honours degree in a relevant discipline (such as the performing arts, music, visual arts, film, dance and digital arts, community arts); or
an undergraduate degree in a cognate area (such as social sciences, architecture, landscape, computer science, cultural studies, applied sciences or international development) and 2 years documented relevant practice in the field; or
an Honours degree in a cognate area (such as social sciences, architecture, landscape, computer science, cultural studies, applied sciences or international development); or
at least eight years of documented relevant practice in the creative arts industry (for example, performance, theatre, film, dance, digital arts, fine arts, music, live arts, music theatre and community arts). This will be assessed and verified by documentation of public works/performances, published critical reviews, professional work references and proof of successful funding of projects through Arts agencies.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
*Pending Academic Board Approval
Through laboratory-based workshops, seminars, lectures, self-directed exercises, tutorials, practical master classes and the option of national or international internships, the course offers a balance of theory and practice across two semesters. An intensive first semester focuses on skills and research training, including a discrete subject where you will closely engage with the dramaturgical expertise of Melbourne’s diverse theatre industry. The second and final semester allows more independent practice and research, building reflective performance practitioners with a high level of research and practice skills.
Develop your potential for artistic leadership and gain in-depth knowledge of dramaturgical philosophies and practices
Creatively engage with textual, visual and performed artworks
Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary and community-based work
Learn practical and critical approaches to develop the future of Australian performance culture
Build skills to work effectively in rehearsals with directors and creative teams