Applying to the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
The process of applying to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (FFAM) is a little different to a regular university application. Usually, our courses have a two-stage application process: first, you'll apply to the University of Melbourne and then either audition, interview, or submit materials as required.
The application process for fine arts and music degrees typically begins in August, the year before you are planning to start your course. However, you can begin your preparation at any stage and we encourage you to do so. Getting things sorted early and taking the time to understand what is required for your application will help you feel prepared.
Before you apply
If you're planning to apply, make sure you 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 are 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's important to check your status.
This gives us the administrative information we need to assess your eligibility for entry, such as your completion of the required prerequisite study and satisfaction of the English Language Requirements. You might make this directly, through VTAC, or through another agent.
Applicants in the Bachelor of Music are required to have achieved a competitive ATAR.
For other courses, there is no minimum ATAR required, but your scores will be taken into account during the selection process.
Your supplementary application
This gives us the information we need to assess your talent and aptitude. You’ll usually provide this through the applicant tracking system SlideRoom. Information on how to do this for your chosen course is included on individual course pages.
Applying to our programs can mean an audition, selection test, interview, artistic statement, or a combination of these. Make sure you understand the requirements for your course.
If you advance to this stage, we'll let you know about specific dates, times and what you'll need to do as soon as we can.
Information for new applicants including important dates, audition schedules, interviews can be found on the Study website
Here's an idea of what the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music application and acceptance process might look like. 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, Selection Test or Audition Application Test (if applicable) via the link sent to you by VTAC. BFA (Animation), BFA (Film and Television) and BFA (Screenwriting) applicants will receive information after VTAC applications close
- Pay the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music application fee upon submission of your Supplementary Application Form, Selection test, or Audition Application Form.
October to November
- The Faculty will contact applicants to schedule an audition or interview after applications close
- Attend audition or 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, make changes to your VTAC preference during the Change of Preference period if necessary
- Formal VTAC offers are issued mid-January
- Accept offer
- Enrol and attend orientation activities.
Strengthening your application
Before you apply, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn as much as you can about the discipline you hope to build your career in and the approach and training available through the Faculty.
Explore your discipline
The more you understand the discipline you’re planning to apply to, the better-informed your application will be. Our courses attract highly talented and passionate students who are actively engaged with what's going on in their industry. So, see theatre shows, visit art exhibitions, watch films and hear live music.
Visit our campus
At our yearly Open Day, held in August, you'll be able to see workshop demonstrations in our state-of-the-art facilities, watch our students in classes, attend performances and have one-on-one conversations to help you work out your next steps.
Want to know more?
Find frequently asked questions regarding Auditions and Interviews