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

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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

VCA ART GRAD.SHOW.2019 Exhibition

Thursday 5 Dec 2019 - Sunday 15 Dec 2019
Student Gallery
This year, for the first time ever, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) will showcase the work of all our graduating Art students in one spectacular event. Already one of Melbourne’s landmark cultural events, the 2019 VCA Art Exhibition will be bigger and better than ever before – celebrating our un...

Film and Television Graduate Screenings 2019

Sunday 15 Dec 2019 at 6:30pm
113 Swanston Street
The Victorian College of the Arts film screening season is your first chance to see short films from Australia’s best emerging filmmakers before their release to the international film festival circuit. Full program and tickets available from ACMI in late November.
  • Sean McDowell

    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...

News

VCA ART GRAD.SHOW.2019 – it's time to get excited

27 November 2019
Every year's VCA Art Grad Show is an event to remember, but this year it's bigger and better than ever....

Meet Priya Namana, Master of Contemporary Art student at the University of Melbourne

11 November 2019
After moving to Melbourne to pursue design, Priya Namana found herself increasingly frustrated at the socio-political climate around her. She talks about how she found a const...

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....