Victorian College of the Arts and Music Courses

You’ll take a full credit load of 16 US semester hours of credit, which translates to 50 units at the VCA and Music. You cannot enroll in courses in Music Theatre and Theatre.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
  • In order to proceed with your application at the VCA and Music, you will need to propose a preliminary course schedule for your semester. Your course selections should be made in consultation with your academic advisor.
  • We recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses if possible. In some instances, your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations.

Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point UnitsU.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
6.25 2
12.5 4
18.75 6
25 8
31.25 10
34.375 11
37.5 12
43.75 14
50 16


Making your course selections

  • Contemporary Music - Throughout the program study abroad students will undertake Critical Studies subjects that build knowledge of the context of their core discipline along with scholarly information literacy, whilst complementary studies offer a choice of electives in the visual and performing arts, or from other areas of study within the University of Melbourne. Study Abroad applicants normally enter into second year courses within the program. However, this is determined upon audition and the applicant’s academic record.
  • Dance - Studio practice is the foundation for developing the dance artist at the VCA and Music. Successful applicants will enroll in daily technique classes in contemporary dance and ballet, choreography, performance, kinetic studies and allied dance studies. Successful applicants normally enter into second year. However, this is determined upon examination of the applicant’s DVD/video audition and academic record, and if necessary an audition class upon arrival.
  • Film & Television - Study Abroad is available within the Bachelor of Film and Television coursework degrees. Due to the structure of these degrees, Study Abroad students are required to enroll for a full academic year.
  • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music - All subjects are detailed in the University of Melbourne Handbook including subject codes, subject description, relevant semester, prerequisites (if any) and assessment requirements.
  • Production - Study abroad students can specialize in two of the following areas: stage management, lighting, sound, costume making/design and set props making/design. The core subject of Semester 2 is production placement. Study abroad students are usually assigned to two placements on productions mounted within the School. These are undertaken in collaboration with the disciplines of Dance, Music, Film and Television and Theatre Practice. Study abroad students normally enter into second year. However, this is determined upon examination of your folio and academic record. It is recommended that Study Abroad students enroll in Semester 2 of the academic year as the studio-based training is greatly enhanced by the larger number of projects conducted in that semester. The normal enrollment in Semester 1 is worth 31.25 credit points (50 credit points is a full-time load) therefore Study Abroad students who attend in Semester 1 need to enroll in additional subjects to a value of 18.75 credit points. These subjects can be chosen from the faculty’s Centre for Ideas program or from other University of Melbourne faculties.
  • Visual arts - Study abroad students can choose from a menu of studio programs, according to specific technological and material practices, that provide an imaginative and creative focus for their studies. In addition to studio studies students are required to undertake the adjunct studies as a co-requisite, including Critical and Theoretical Studies and the courses delivered through the Centre for Ideas. Areas of study include: drawing, painting, photography, print-making, Sculpture and Spatial Practice.

Study Abroad applicants normally enter into second year. However, this is determined upon examination of the applicant’s folio and academic record.

Please be mindful of the reversed academic year when searching for your courses. Courses listed for Semester I will run from February to June. Courses listed for Semester II will run from July to November.

You’ll find a comprehensive list of all courses offered at the VCA and Music on the website.



Study Abroad is available for students currently enrolled in Dance, Film and Television, Music, Production and Visual Art degrees.

Students studying abroad at the University of Melbourne and not majoring in an intensive Fine Arts degree may apply to enroll in VCA and Music Breadth subjects.

Study Abroad students are not permitted to enroll in courses in Music Theatre and Theatre.