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Future Forward: watch the best of the 2020 symposium for graduates entering the creative industries
Future Forward is a week-long online symposium, designed to support graduating students with the skills they need to transition into creative industries, with a COVID-19 focus. The program features workshops, discussions, and tutorials designed to inspire, motivate and inform the next steps of our graduates' career journeys. We are delighted to share some of our favourite panel discussions from Future Forward 2020 below, which took place from 27–31 July.
Meet Richard Roberts, Head of Design at the Victorian College of the Arts
Richard Roberts is an Australian freelance theatre designer and design teacher, based in Melbourne. His design experience includes designs for drama, dance, film, television and opera. Since his first professional engagement in 1977 as a resident designer at the State Theatre Company of South Australia, he has worked for all the major performing arts companies in Australia as well as working extensively internationally. He is now the Head of Design and Associate Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, he tells us what is currently exciting him in his field.
Event Horizon: an Art + Australia symposium and special issue
Australia’s seminal art journal, Art + Australia, will explore the conjunction of art and science in its next issue, titled Event Horizon, which will be released this month to coincide with a three-day symposium.
Meet John Meade, Head of the Graduate Certificate of Visual Art at the University of Melbourne
"We teach students how to think, how to look at art, and how to make art." Artist and Lecturer in Painting Dr John Meade has been described as having "an omnivorous eye". He uses his extensive creative practice and expertise to steer the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, as course coordinator.
Meet Jordine Cornish, Master of Creative Arts Therapy student at the University of Melbourne
Jordine Cornish has lived, worked and danced across Israel and Europe. Now her feet have landed back in Melbourne, where she is strengthening her creative career with a Master of Creative Arts Therapies (Dance Movement Therapy).
Meet Noemie Huttner-Koros, Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy) student at the University of Melbourne
"Whether it’s chatting with a playwright or a set designer, it’s wonderful listening to people’s ideas and perspectives and dream up new projects together." Meet Noemie Huttner-Koros, Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy) student at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Meet Jo Briscoe, Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Design and Production at the University of Melbourne
Jo Briscoe is a production designer working in film and television and is a Lecturer in Production Design at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her professional design practice includes design for both stage and screen. Since completing her MFA in Design, she has maintained a diverse practice across theatre, opera, film and television. Here, she answers some of our burning questions about studying Design and Production at the VCA.
Meet Steph Kehoe, Course Coordinator of the BFA (Theatre) at the University of Melbourne
Steph Kehoe has worked as a teacher, director and performer in Australia, Europe, the Americas and Asia. She trained under Jacques Lecoq at Ecole International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and completed her teacher training in the Lecoq pedagogy under Thomas Prattki at the London International School of Performing Arts. Here, she generously shares some insights into her performance and teaching practice, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre).
Meet Derrick Duan, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) student
Derrick took the plunge to move to Melbourne from South Australia to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Fortunately, he's "200% confident" he made the right choice. Read more to find out why the BFA (Animation) is such a good fit for Derrick.
Meet Mikaylah, BFA (Visual Art) student at the University of Melbourne
Mikaylah Lepua is studying photography as part of the Bachelor Fine Arts (Visual Art) and is exploring her culture through her own unique lens. She describes herself as loud, fun and artistic, and if she could have dinner with anyone it would be Destiny Deacon, “an incredible Aboriginal artist”.
Meet Sherry-Lee, BFA (Music Theatre) student at the University of Melbourne
An Arrente woman from Alice Springs, Sherry-Lee Watson always wanted to perform. Now she's on her way to living her dream in Melbourne, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) and excited to take the lessons she's learnt back to her hometown.
Short stop at MIFF program
Six films by Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television alumni have been selected as part of a new MIFF Shorts retrospective focusing on connections.
The William Tell Overture – performed by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and VCA dancers, at home
Apples were the order of the day for University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and a select number of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) students. After the great success of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium student rendition of Bolero, recorded remotely with 104 talented orchestral musicians, Associate Professor in Music and Head of Orchestral Studies Richard Davis decided to raise the bar with a new, ambitious recording-in-isolation project, the William Tell Overture.
How VCA acting students embraced the 'Mike Leigh Improvisation Method'
Improvisation is a core skill built into the curriculum of our emerging actors. Budi Miller, Head of Acting at the VCA, talks us through the Mike Leigh Improvisation Method, and how COVID-19 is changing the way our Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students are learning to devise work.
Meet Henry Kelly, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) graduate at the University of Melbourne
Henry Kelly graduated from the first cohort of the re-imagined Bachelor of Fine Art (Theatre) course at the Victorian College of the Arts. Life has presented many highs and lows since graduating, including a trip to Taipei and a broken wrist – but that hasn't stopped him creating. He tells Mireille Stahle about his most recent projects during COVID-19.
Meet Morgan Rose, graduate of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the University of Melbourne
Morgan Rose is a graduate of the Master of Theatre (Writing) (formerly Master of Writing for Performance) program at the Victorian College of the Arts. She works with teens through various youth theatre organisations and recently took part in the Dear Australia – Postcards to Our Nation project. She gives Mireille Stahle an insight into her practice ... and what shows she's been bingeing on in lockdown.
Dear Australia – new Australian performance writing
Playwriting Australia’s (PWA) Dear Australia offers bite-sized monologues that give voice to the hopes and fears of Australians facing the persistent threat of COVID-19. The Victorian College of the Arts was delighted to be represented as part of the Dear Australia line-up through a number of current and former staff, and alumni including Morgan Rose, James Majoos, Tariro Mavondo, Carly Sheppard, Richard Frankland, Kevin Hofbauer, Diane Stubbings, Eric Gardiner and Ross Mueller.
Meet Sophie Ash, mogul skier and animation student
Sport and animation are not considered to go hand in hand, but Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) student Sophie Ash has blended her love of mogul skiing and fine art into one amazing creative practice.
Lockdown What You Will – Shakespeare Online
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students had already started rehearsing for their annual Shakespeare showcases when COVID-19 took us into a virtual campus. Not to be perturbed, directors Sarah Cathcart and Petra Kalive made the decision to press on with rehearsals via Zoom. Watch the way that our Acting students have innovated Shakespeare for the digital stage.
So you've mastered screenwriting at the VCA – what comes next?
The screenwriter may not be the first name to roll in the credits – but more often than not they're the backbone of any film and television project. We spoke to some writers who have graduated from the Master of Screenwriting program at the VCA to see what they've been up to.