VCA Design for Stage and Screen Information Evening
Future Student Event
Design Studios, level 3
Elisabeth Murdoch Building
234 St.Kilda Road, South Melbourne
The VCA offers innovative, industry-focused graduate design courses: the Master of Design for Performance focusing on set, costume and lighting design for live performance (theatre, music theatre, opera and dance) and the Master of Production Design for Screen focusing on production design and art direction for film and television. At this information evening, learn how these programs can help set you up with the skills, resources and practical experience to launch your career in stage or screen design.
Meet with industry designer, lecturer and Masters co-ordinator Jo Briscoe, Head of Design and Production Leon Salom and current students in the programs. Find out how VCA designers work closely with directors, choreographers, cinematographers and performers across areas of VCA Dance, VCA Theatre, VCA Music Theatre, and VCA Film and Television, to support and construct story and character through the language of design.
Our graduate programs in design welcome students from many varieties of creative backgrounds, including visual art, theatre, filmmaking and all areas of design: from architecture to fashion.
Event notes: registration from 6pm, for a 6.30pm start.
Image: Acting Company 2018 and Design and Production students' performance of Peter Pan. Costume design by Jeremy Pryles, Master of Design for Performance. Set design by Alia Syed, Master of Design for Performance. Photography: Drew Echberg.
Ms Jo Briscoe, Lecturer in Design (Screen)
Ms Jo Briscoe
Lecturer in Design (Screen)
Victorian College of the Arts
Jo is a Production Designer working in film and television, and lecturer in Production Design at the Victorian College of the Arts. Based in Melbourne, her recent credits include the award winning series Please Like Me (Season 3), Upper Middle Bogan, Mustangs FC and Nowhere Boys (Series 1), comedy series The Katering Show (Series 2), Woodley, Little Lunch, The Edge of the Bush and Stories I Want To Tell You in Person for ABC and SBS’ The Family Law (Series 2) and The Late Session. Short film credits include Oddlands, Polly and Me, Hammer or Claw and Hush. She also Art Directed feature film Kill Me Three Times and worked as Costume Designer on Foxtel’s Conspiracy 365, as well as designing a number of commercials and music videos. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design from Penn State University. With a background in theatre set and costume design, Jo has extensive design credits for companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin, OzOpera, Legs on the Wall and ATYP, with shows that have toured both nationally and internationally. Awards: Winner – APDG Award for Production Design for a Television Production – The Katering Show Series Two Highly Commended – APDG Award for Production Design for a Television Production – The Late Session
Mr Leon Salom, Head of VCA Production
Mr Leon Salom
Head of VCA Production
Victorian College of the Arts
Since training as a set and costume designer for live performance, Leon has maintained an active and diverse practice designing for stage and screen. He is passionate about collaborations with theatre and filmmakers in the creation of new work where design can play a key dramaturgical role. His designs for theatre have received high regard including Greenroom award nominations and being awarded the Design Institute of Australia’s award for Best TV/Film/Theatre Set Design. Leon’s designs for film and television have been presented across Australia and internationally in some of the world’s most prestigious festivals (Berlin Film Festival 2013 & 2014, Melbourne International Film Festival 2011, 2013 & 2015, BFI London Film Festival 2014).