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
The emerging voices of Australian film: Largest ever selection of short films by VCA graduates to stream free on MIFF Play
‘Embrace your own strange notions': Choreographer Lucy Guerin on working with third year dancers at the VCA
'Whichever avenue we go down, we’re supported fully': Hear from Master of Producing students Lucinda and Andy
'If you can show call opera, you can show call anything': Meet Will Barker, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) graduate
Dr Raafat Ishak and Professor Patricia Piccinini selected to create new works for the Metro Tunnel project
Lengger Lanang: Immortalising a vanishing Indonesian dance with the help of motion capture technology
“I'm here, I'm proud and I know what I'm doing”: Third-year student and Mununjali man Nicholas Currie on his journey into painting, and his relationship with the Wilin Centre
'Good art can re-wire our brains': Meet Dr Kat Henry, Theatre lecturer at the University of Melbourne
Meet Zoyka Francalanci Aguayo, Master of Creative Arts Therapy student at the University of Melbourne
Meet Tania Cañas, course coordinator of the Honours program in Social Practice and Community Engagement at the VCA
Portland House Foundation Harry Hains Memorial Scholarship provides new opportunities in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts
Words Seemed Unnecessary: the VCA's David Sequeira and Isolation Improvisation Collective make artful music
Meet Raimondo Cortese, course coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the University of Melbourne
Meet Jo Briscoe, Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Design and Production at the University of Melbourne
The William Tell Overture – performed by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and VCA dancers, at home
Visual Artist Scotty So opens up about drag, authenticity, and getting mistaken for Carrie Lam on the internet
Dr Suzanne Fraser: coordinating the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) – a ‘big, beautiful creature’ at the University of Melbourne
Corrie Chen, filmmaker: some advice for film and television graduates at the University of Melbourne
Conversations on Country: experiencing Indigenous cultural and creative practices with the Wilin Centre
Five questions for Dr Annabelle Murphy, Senior Lecturer (Film and Television), University of Melbourne
Tiriki Onus: five questions for the Acting Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne
Five questions for Dr Kate Just, Graduate Coursework Coordinator (Visual Art), University of Melbourne
Jonathan Mills: How the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus benefits the city’s Arts Precinct
Robert Ambrose Cole, Rosslynd Piggott, Angelina Pwerle, Lindy Lee and David Rosetzky in a new exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Research at the VCA
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