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

My Future in Fine Arts

Wednesday 26 Jun 2019 at 6:00pm
Federation Hall
Interested in applying for the Bachelor of Fine Arts? At our My Future in Fine Arts course information evening, you will meet VCA academics and current students from all areas of specialisation, and learn about how our intensive studio-based training provides the breathing space and support to devel...

Flora, The Red Menace

Tuesday 25 Jun 2019 - Wednesday 26 Jun 2019
Grant Street Theatre
Graduating Music Theatre and Production students present Kander and Ebb's Flora, The Red Menace. Written in 1965 but set in 1935, this rarely-seen gem tells the story of the indefatigable Flora, who falls in love with Harry, a Communist. Their romance is tested as she's torn between her job, the Par...
  • Masters Exhibition 2018

    December 1 2018
    Presented by graduating students from Visual Arts Masters programs. Photos by Drew Echberg....
  • Murdoch Travelling Fellowship 2017

    Exhibition, Other
    July 1 2018
    Awarded biennially to theatre, music and visual arts graduates, the Fellowships were established in 1994 by the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch to enable young artists to travel a...
  • Masters Exhibition Opening 2017

    December 1 2017
    Presented by graduating students from the Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Art. Audiences will navigate a dynamic exhibition beginning in the Margaret Lawrence Ga...