At the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) we help students realise their potential, find their voice and contribute meaningfully to a global community of creative practice.

The VCA is known internationally as a leading tertiary institution for artistic invention. It has a proven track record of developing the change-makers of the future as evidenced by the achievements of its alumni. The VCA today offers a unique range of programs across the visual arts, performing arts and media, taught by staff who are experts in their fields.

The VCA is co-located with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct. We respectfully acknowledge the people of the Boonwurrung and the Woi Wurrung, who have danced their dances, sung their songs and lived their culture on this land for tens of thousands of years.

VCA director's message

In this video, Professor Emma Redding, Director of the Victorian College of the Arts, welcomes you to our unique institution in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct.

Our heritage

The Faculty was created in 2009 following the amalgamation of the University's Faculty of Music and Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts. It was renamed the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music in 2018 to reflect the primary undergraduate degree structures offered by the Faculty: the Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Music.

The Faculty is also home to the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, which works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify, recruit and support potential and practicing Indigenous Artists to study and refine their academic and artistic skills.

The VCA was established in 1972 with the School of Art, which continued the lineage of the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, founded in 1867. This was followed by the creation of the School of Music in 1974, the School of Drama in 1976, the School of Dance in 1978 and Film and Television in 1992.

Our campus

Situated within in the centre of the arts district in the vibrant city of Melbourne, the VCA provides fertile ground for interdisciplinary research, practice and learning. We share the University of Melbourne's Southbank campus with our valued colleagues and peers from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, on land occupied by more than 1,000 generations of Australia’s first peoples.

Our disciplines

Acting and Theatre

Strengthen your performance and devising skills. Explore acting, devising, writing, dramaturgy and staging, with intensive, project-based learning. Enjoy and be challenged by collaborative practice on national and international productions.

Creative Arts Therapy

Combine dance or drama with skills in health and wellbeing to become a registered creative arts therapist. This graduate study teaches you to engage with clients across the lifespan while undertaking clinical placements in diverse settings.

Dance

Become part of the future of Australian dance. Prepare for a creatively and technically challenging career. Learn skills in contemporary and classical dance, across performance and choreography.

Design and Production

Train to become a world-class production designer, technician or manager by specialising in technical production or design fields. Prepare for work in live performance, events, or film and television.

Film and Television

Explore animation, screenwriting, direction and editing. Collaborate on an industry-standard short film. Develop critical analysis and apply it to your work as a cinematographer, director or editor. Engage with the broader history of screen culture.

Indigenous Arts and Culture

Study with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development. Through independent research, develop advanced skills in Indigenous arts and culture. Explore performance, writing, film, video or multimedia.

Music Theatre

Build on your talent to become an industry-ready, professional performer. Train in singing, acting and dancing, both individually and in combination. Develop your sense of individual expression through public performance.

Visual Art

Immerse yourself in studio-based practice. Experiment with concepts, materials, techniques and processes. Prepare for a career as a visual artist, or in a related field, like art curation, preserving artwork or design.

Writing

Adopt an audience-driven perspective. Write for formats including film, television, gaming and online. Learn to interpret and apply critical analysis. Collaborate with peers to bring productions to life.

News from the VCA

Riverdance at 30: How Riverdance shaped Irish dance, and reflected a multicultural Australia

30 May 2024
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'A fragment of something much bigger' — new exhibition showcases paintings by Paul Maymuru

15 May 2024
A new exhibition showcasing expansive works by Maŋgalili artist Paul Maymuru will open next week at the University of Melbourne’s Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery....

University of Melbourne upskills film students using the latest Hollywood technology

1 May 2024
Cutting-edge virtual production technology that’s being used in Hollywood, is now available to students and industry practitioners at the University of Melbourne, with a...

Research at the VCA

Undertake scholarly, studio or performance-based research and practice within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Discover opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary development.

Explore our research