Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Conversion)

Course 817CO (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Southbank
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.



Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
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Course Overview:

This course enables holders of the Diploma of Dramatic Art (VCA) to convert their qualification into a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (VCA). Students would need to complete units of study comprising 50 points. These units may include a Portfolio of Professional Experience; Special Projects and units from other VCA courses.

Students need to complete units of study comprising 50 points in order to qualify for the Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting). Thus a student can enrol for 6 months full-time or one-year part-time. There are two alternative pathways

  • Graduates who have pursued a full professional career in their chosen art form since graduating;
  • Graduates who have spent some time in the profession but have now moved into a different area.

Professional Pathway:
Students who can demonstrate documentary evidence of continued high level performance in the field may take:

  • 757 Professional Experience Portfolio 50 points

Standard Pathway:
Students must acquire points through a selection from the following:

757-338 Performance Project 50 points 757-339 Course Work Study 25 points 757-340 Special Project (off campus) 25 points

A student may elect to do two special projects of 25 points or units amounting to 50 points.


If a student is to take out the current degree, it is essential that she/he demonstrates the ability to work in a sustained way at a level appropriate to the final year of the degree as it is now. The Victorian College of the Arts therefore considers it appropriate that a student coming into the Bachelor of Dramatic Art with the diploma should acquire another 50 points of final year study.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:


Subject Options:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

Candidates must have completed the Diploma of Arts in Dramatic Art (VCA).

Candidates for admission will be required to present a written submission that is designed to test their level of professional accomplishment.

Core Participation Requirements:

Graduate Attributes:

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