Design and Production

Design and Production at the VCA encompasses all aspects of design and technical production for live performance: set design, costuming, sound design, lighting design and stage management.

We train designers, technicians, makers and managers for live performance and film, in areas including scenery, props, costume, sound, lighting and stage management. In our graduate programs the focus is on design. They are tailored for you to transfer and further develop your skills in design and theatre or film-making, building on your previous experience – whether it be in architecture, design, construction, film, performing arts, visual art or another associated field.

Studying design and production is inherently collaborative. Being embedded in a world-class fine arts institution, you will gain practical experience working on live, large-scale performances with our Music Theatre, Theatre, Acting and Dance students, or film projects with our Film and Television students. When you graduate you have a portfolio of experience to set you up for your career.

Design and Production Courses

Our Design staff

Our Production staff

As designers we build the visual world to engage the audience and enrich the storytelling. We help the audience to understand what’s happening, set the mood and tone, build the backstory of the characters and help the audience see and understand who, where and why we are in this place and time.

Jo Briscoe
Lecturer in Design
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  • The Hello Girls

    Presented by VCA Music Theatre and Design and Production studentsFrom New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz: The Hello Girls chronicles the story of America’s first wo...
  • 10 Degrees

    A collaborative, interdisciplinary project presented by VCA Dance and Design and Production studentsMentored by Anna Cordingley, Matthew Scott and Anna SmithRedefining what it...
  • Gaban

    By Brook Andrew Directed by Budi Miller Presented by VCA Acting and Design and Production studentsGaban is a new Australian work written by First Nations artist Brook Andrew a...


VCA Production graduate pulls back the curtain on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Meet Richard Roberts, Head of Design at the Victorian College of the Arts

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Meet Jo Briscoe, Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Design and Production at the University of Melbourne

31 July 2020
Jo Briscoe is a production designer working in film and television and is a Lecturer in Design at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her professional design practice includes...

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