Partnerships and giving

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music offers students and staff a vibrant, world-class learning environment, nurturing the future of creative practice and enhancing Melbourne's connection to the arts.

We support creative learning because we believe artistic minds effect change. Our philanthropic and commercial partners play a vital role in this process by supporting improved learning opportunities, scholarships, outstanding research and world class facilities in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct.


The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music enjoys a range of partnerships and engagement activities with major arts companies in Melbourne's arts and university precincts, smaller companies locally and nationally and sister institutions around the world.


We partner with a range of institutions across a diverse range of areas, including programming, teaching and learning, research, professional development and more. If you're interested in working with us, please contact: Susan Bird, Engagement and Partnerships Manager, by emailing

Selected partnerships

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

In 2017, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music launched a Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) in partnership with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The first course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, this two-year degree provides future generations of performing musicians greater employment opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Explore the MSO


The University of Melbourne is a major partner with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in ACMI X, a pioneering co-working space. ACMI X offers Faculty staff, students and alumni opportunities to develop their skills in a highly collaborative environment operating at the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship.

Explore ACMI X

National Gallery of Victoria

The University of Melbourne is the Learning Partner of the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) Winter Masterpieces Exhibition. Aside from this major exhibition the NGV also hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events, from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance. Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70 000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. As one of our closest neighbours in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, students often have the opportunity to take part in exhibitions and performances at the NGV and to see visiting international curators present at our weekly Art Forum series.

Explore the NGV

Watch VCA Theatre and Dance students perform Simone Forti's Huddle as part of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.


Supporting students to find their unique voice Philanthropic support of our students and staff contributes to their ability to adapt to Australia’s creative future and lead with vibrancy. Gifts and grants from our loyal supporters nurture the creativity and passion of some of our best and brightest students, help Australia’s next generation of artists fulfil their potential in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct and increase the accessibility of courses to a more diverse student population.

If you would like to discuss philanthropic opportunities at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, please contact our Development Manager

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Would you like to create a scholarship?

Scholarships can transform a student’s experience and opportunities for study. We welcome the chance to work with donors to create new scholarships and awards to benefit our students through annual gifts, endowments and bequests.

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