Visual Art

Our students are taught in an immersive, studio and workshop-based environment that offers artists the opportunity to develop their technical and conceptual skills across a wide range of methodologies.

Study Visual Art at the VCA

Visual Art at the VCA focuses on independently led studio practice. You will be expected to develop studio projects that require investigation and experimentation with a range of concepts, materials, techniques and processes.

Critical and theoretical studies and professional arts practice skills subjects provide you with the skills to pursue the practice of a professional working artist, and allow you to critically engage in the debates of contemporary visual art.

Regular student exhibitions and the annual end-of-year exhibitions form an important part of the curriculum and offer the opportunity to engage the wider public in your work.

Visual Art Courses

Areas of Study

At undergraduate level, artists work within four distinct mediums: Drawing and Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture and Spatial Practice, and Photography with the opportunity to explore all mediums through related studies subjects. Graduate students’ practice incorporates the methods and ideas of a variety of these mediums.

Head of Art

Our people - Graduate, Honours, Breadth

Margaret Lawrence Gallery

I haven’t studied in an institution for a long time so I was nervous about coming back, but I’ve so far been encouraged to find that although it’s quite a formidable establishment the VCA is populated with many creative, flexible and giving individuals. There are great facilities, the lecturers are accessible and generous with their time, and much of the work the other students are doing is exciting.

Casey Jenkins
Master of Contemporary Art student
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VCA events

Wilin Jams

Thursday 17 Oct 2019 at 12:00pm
Union House
Wilin Jams is an open invitation for everyone to come together, jam and celebrate the pivotal contributions of Indigenous artists and community members throughout Victoria. Our final Jams for the year is proudly delivered in partnership with University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) Indigenous...

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism Exhibition Opening

Thursday 17 Oct 2019 at 5:30pm
40 Dodds Street
Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is an exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Gertrude Contemporary. The project focuses on how artists consider the depletion of optimism, how they might envisage the end of ...

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism Exhibition

Friday 18 Oct 2019 - Saturday 19 Oct 2019
40 Dodds Street
Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is an exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Gertrude Contemporary. The project focuses on how artists consider the depletion of optimism, how they might envisage the end of ...

News

Meet Omar Hassan, Photography student at the University of Melbourne

14 October 2019
Omar Hassan enrolled in the VCA Art (Photography) degree straight out of high school and is determined to take each day as it comes....

An artist bears witness to those detained on Manus Island

8 October 2019
Manus Island refugee processing may be coming to an end, but new portraits shine a light on the lives left in limbo....

Meet Nathan Santamaria, Design and Production student at the University of Melbourne

18 September 2019
Nathan Santamaria is a sound designer, engineer and composer studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production), he talks about travelling to Prague this year to attend...