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

Art Schools for Fire Relief

Thursday 30 Jan 2020 - Saturday 1 Feb 2020
40 Dodds Street
Margaret Lawrence Gallery in collaboration with artists from Deakin University, Monash University, RMIT University and VCA, University of Melbourne invites you to a sale of donated works of art by some of Australia’s leading artists. Works of art start at $500 with sales opening at 12pm, Thursday...
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    They walked the streets at nightFirst Commission inspired by Hurricane: rally against a social injustice.Artist StatementThey walked the streets at night examines the way cert...
  • Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship 2019

    at 6:00pm - 6:00pm
    This exhibition presents works by the finalists of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship. This award of $25,000 allows the recipient to travel overseas in 2020...
  • Esther Stewart

    The space has been created for something to happen 1:2 (Floor Plan)First Commission inspired by Michelangelo's David: represent the idea of human physical perfection.Artist St...


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