Information for prospective students about applying, auditioning and interviewing for courses at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Here's an indication of what the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music application and acceptance process might look like for a domestic undergraduate applicant. The dates given here are indicative and are included for illustrative purposes only.
August to September
- Apply via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) by the course closing date (and pay the VTAC application fee).
- Complete the supplementary application form and other requirements (selection test, selection project, or upload your audition or folio) via the link sent to you by VTAC. Applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee payable via the supplementary application. Some domestic applicants may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee if they are a Health Care Cardholder or have special circumstances.
October to November
- The Faculty will contact applicants to schedule an audition or interview after applications close.
- Attend audition/interview.
December to February
- You will receive an advisory letter indicating your audition or interview outcome from the Faculty in mid-December (this is not a formal offer).
- Based upon your advisory letter, you can make changes to your VTAC preference during the Change of Preference period if necessary.
- Formal VTAC offers are issued in January or early February.
- Accept your offer.
- Enrol and attend orientation activities.
Information for new applicants including important dates, audition schedules, interviews can be found on the Study website:
For our undergraduate and graduate courses, please see find your degree here and explore our Study website for more information.
As soon as you've decided to apply, it's time to start getting ready. Make sure you're fully informed of everything you'll need for your application. Remember that our applications involve a two-stage process: you will need to complete your course application and complete requirements as relevant for the course e.g. an audition, supply a folio or attend an interview.
There is no minimum ATAR required for Bachelor of Fine Arts courses.
For the Performance/Composition/Ethnomusicology specialisation of the Bachelor of Music, applicants’ ATAR scores will be considered alongside the audition results as part of the selection process.
If you're planning to apply, you must understand the required prerequisites and the English language requirements.
A prerequisite is something you need to complete before you apply.
- The Master of Music Therapy requires completion of a single unit of psychology for entry.
If you’re considering applying for more than one course, make sure you understand the prerequisite for each program.
English language requirements
Everyone who applies to the University Melbourne must meet the English language requirements. At undergraduate level, this is usually satisfied through completion of an approved English subject at Year 12 (or equivalent) level. Not all states in Australia require this, so it is important to check your status.
Visit our website to find out more about the English language requirements.
Before you apply, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn as much as you can about the area in which you hope to build your career and the approach and training available through the Faculty.
All applicants applying for the Bachelor of Fine Arts courses or the Bachelor of Music must apply via VTAC, except international students studying overseas, who should apply directly via the University of Melbourne website.
Please refer to the Study website for information relevant for each course, and how to apply.
You will receive a confirmation email once your supplementary application has been submitted. If you do not receive a confirmation email, firstly please check your junk mail folder and then get in touch with our admissions team by contacting us via the web form.
Please see the Auditions and Interviews page for course-specific dates and important information.
All applicants will receive a link to self-book their interview time at least two weeks prior to the interview period. There’s no need to contact us beforehand. For most of our courses, interviews for start-of-year entry occur in October and November. For mid-year entry, the majority of interviews take place in May and June.
If there are dates you are unavailable (e.g. because of a VCE exam or similar), please let us know as soon as possible by contacting our admissions team here.
For VTAC applicants, we will send you an advisory letter in December with the outcome of your audition or interview. This isn’t a formal offer into the course, but it’s an indication of how you performed in your audition or interview so that you can adjust your VTAC preferences if needed.
Formal offers will be made in January or February, please refer to the VTAC website for details of offer rounds.
Yes. Please refer to the information regarding advanced standing.
For undergraduate courses, no late applications are accepted. Some graduate courses may offer flexibility in the course application deadlines. Check the guidelines for your course before getting in touch with any further questions.
If you don't receive an offer for the course you applied for, you can investigate short courses or studying a single subject with the University.