Information about breadth subjects and disciplines within the VCA and Conservatorium

In 2019 there are 8 planned subjects for the School of Art Breadth program. If you cannot enrol in one subject you may wish to try and enrol in others. These are:

Once a subject is full, places do occasionally come up. We don’t offer a waiting list for Breadth subjects, so you’ll need to keep checking online to see if you can enrol.

Because staff don’t track enrolment numbers, we cannot tell you if there are any places.

When you’re planning to enrol, make sure you keep an eye on

If you need assistance or have questions about enrolment or registration please contact Stop 1.

e.g. I want to change from Painting Techniques Summer to Painting Techniques February

Some of our subjects have quotas and if both availabilities for the same subject have reached quota, you will not be able to change availability.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the Enrolment Dates and subject delivery dates to avoid disappointment.

Please note quota subjects often fill up very quickly when re-enrolment opens.

Contact Stop 1 if you need any assistance with enrolling or withdrawing.

All of our Breadth subjects in VCA Art are designed to be suitable for students with little or no previous art making experience, though they can also cater to those who have made art in the past, and can suit students who have previously undertaken a VCA Art Breadth subject or similar. The classes are very much based around helping you to learn the various techniques and skills required to successfully complete the subject.

You need to contact the subject coordinator to discuss this.

Registrations open at different times, depending on when the subject is starting. For registration opening times specific to the availability/delivery period that you are enrolled in, please see the information here:

Please note: if you are enrolled in an intensive you will need to open up the “Intensive Subjects” tab below the main table.

If registration has already opened for your subject and you are having trouble registering, please contact Stop 1 for assistance.

The University has an Open Day in August each year. Our academic staff are available for personal course-related enquiries on this day and our facilities open for inspection.

The VCA Film and Television office routinely hosts an e-bulletin to current students and alumni. As well as Film Festival deadlines and industry news, we commonly include advertisements from people offering opportunities to film students. The e-bulletin is a text-based service, which goes out to a strictly controlled list of subscribers. Formatting, graphics and attachments are not supported but you can include a link to a web site.

Email the information about your opportunity and your contact details to

VCA students hold a series of public screenings at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in December each year.

In addition, all our graduate productions are held in the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library (Southbank) collection in either VHS or DVD format.

For those who are not current University of Melbourne staff or award course students, there are a range of memberships available. Please note that these memberships include borrowing of books and music scores, but have limited access to electronic resources, and high use media including DVDs and CDs.

NOTE: High use DVDs and CDs are only available for loan for use in the library to members.

VCA Alumni are eligible for a concession rate for loans at the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library only. Other Alumni benefits relating to the library can be found here

Our film and television facilities are state-of-the-art. You will have hands-on access to the latest technologies and equipment used in the film industry giving you a head start on your career.

Location equipment

  • High Definition (XDCam 4:2:2 & HDCam), Digital (RED) and 16mm (Arriflex) film acquisition
  • Lighting, sound and gripping gear
  • Location audio is recorded to Hard Disk industry-standard field recorders

Studio shoots

  • An 18m high blue screen cyclorama in Studio 1 (250m2)
  • A white cyclorama in Studio 2 (115m2)
  • Supporting spaces to complete projects

Animation production

  • Dedicated stop-motion studio (40m2)
  • Dedicated rostrum camera rooms


  • Fully equipped animation, postproduction and visual effects studios
  • Dedicated workstations for each student, which come with industry standard tools from Adobe, Apple and Autodesk, as well as more specialised solutions such as Nuke, Z-Brush & Silhouette Roto
  • 14 offline edit systems and 2 Avid Symphony HD online edit suites connect to dedicated shared-storage solutions across a 1Gig/10GigE network
  • Audio postproduction is completed in one of three Pro-tools D-Command systems

Teaching and viewing spaces

  • 2 HD capable rushes rooms
  • A 90-seat cinema fitted with an eCinema DCI 2K projection solution
  • A 220-seat cinema/recital hall

Learn more about facilities hire here

Learn more about acting and crewing here