The Victorian College of the Arts 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.
With its unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion, the VCA is a welcoming community of practicing artists and writers, choreographers, designers, actors, filmmakers and many more.
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.
VCA teaching staff are well-known practising artists and researchers, committed to nurturing the potential of every student. There is strong focus on the training of technical skills alongside the development of artistic voice. We aim to both challenge and support students within a safe but stretching environment.
The global pandemic has revealed who and what society most needs. Graduates of the VCA leave us equipped with the skills, training and education needed to enrich the lives of others, through the arts and build their own sustainable careers.
Welcome to the traditional lands of the Kulin Nations, where we draw on the strength of more than 1,000 generations of arts practice.
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.
The VCA Today
The VCA brings together an extensive range of creative disciplines, including Dance, Film and Television, Music Theatre, Production, Theatre, Visual Art and Writing. It offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate study and research opportunities as well as short-course programs. 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.
Our Discipline Areas
Dr Raafat Ishak and Professor Patricia Piccinini selected to create new works for the Metro Tunnel project
Research at the VCA
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