The Faculty of VCA and MCM draws together two historically distinguished Melbourne arts institutions to form a dynamic and youthful creative and performing arts research culture in Australia’s premier research university.
Research at the Faculty of VCA & MCM is youthful and vital, motivated by curiosity, courage and passion, and supported by a spirit of collaboration. A productive tension exists between tradition and experimental approaches to research, and between art based research and artistic research. Internationally and nationally acclaimed artists pursue practice-led research across a wide range of art forms, and internationally recognised scholars work across more traditional modes of research. Whether you are interested in coming to Melbourne as a student, graduate researcher, visitor or future colleague, we offer a dynamic and youthful creative research culture in Australia’s premier research institution, The University of Melbourne.
Research Centres and Units
Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development
For over 15 years, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development has connected Indigenous visual, design and performing artists with a pathway to their future in the arts.
Creative arts therapies research unit
Our vision is to establish a culture of excellence in creative arts therapies research and training, grounded in a supportive and inspiring research milieu and fostered in international collaboration.
National music therapy research unit
NaMTRU aims to engage and integrate with key stakeholders and to educate and empower students and practitioners to enrich society through music therapy.
Music, mind and wellbeing initiative
The world-first Music, Mind & Wellbeing initiative links neuroscience with music and social wellbeing through a unique set of collaborations spanning music, science, health, education, and industry.
ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions
Emotions shape individual, community and national identities. The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions uses historical knowledge from Europe, 1100–1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours.
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Contact the Research Office
For more information about current research, graduate research opportunities, or support for current researchers, contact the Research Office.