Master of Choreography (VCA)

Course 254AA (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

This is a
New Generation course
, part of the
Melbourne Model
and is available from 2008
Year and Campus: 2011 - Southbank
CRICOS Code: 045354B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.


H Herbertson


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 9685 9419
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358
Course Overview:

The Master of Choreography (by Research) allows students to further develop their knowledge and skills in the area of choreography.

The course comprises public performances of created work/s, of approximatly 40 minutes in total (performance realisation), supported and complemented by a 15,000 word research paper. The student will be required to arrange for a company/organisation within the dance industry to agree to perform the created works.


The objectives of this course are:

  • to extend skills and expertise in the chosen field of research in choreography;
  • to advance the understanding of dance creative processes in the chosen field of choreography;
  • to develop appropriate skills in dance literacy for the documentation, description and analysis of dance creative processes;
  • to make a significant contribution to learning in dance practice and choreographic practice in Australia;
  • to be able to contribute substantially to Australian dance culture through research skills and knowledge developed through the course.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The degree is completed over a minimum of 18 months of full-time candidature (or equivalent part-time).

Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year
Entry Requirements: Prerequisites

Applicants are required to have a Postgraduate Diploma in Choreography, or equivalent, at least at H2B (70%) level across the degree and H1 in Independent Project B or equivalent. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews for each short-listed applicant and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for subjects within this course are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of each subject entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Graduate Attributes:
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • initiate choreographic research projects and to formulate viable research questions;
  • demonstrate an ability to design, develop and present original choreographic work on a closely defined project, and
  • demonstrate an ability to manage time so as to maximize the quality of research;
  • exhibit an understanding of the major contours of international research in the research area;
  • develop appropriate strategies for problem solving and demonstrate an effective and flexible approach;
  • cooperate with other researchers;
  • manage information effectively including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the field of study;
  • exhibit a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity and for the ethics of professional creative practice.

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