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

DFLTLX, or Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights

Saturday 15 Jun 2019 at 2:00pm
Martyn Myer Arena
Written by Gertrude Stein, presented by Acting Company 19 and graduating Production students. Directed by Alyson Campbell. Gertrude Stein, one of the giants of modernist formalism, takes the Faust myth for what could be seen as an eco-feminist spin: selling your soul for electric light. Our produ...

Dance On 2019

Saturday 15 Jun 2019 at 2:00pm
Performing Arts Building
An evening of contemporary dance featuring two new works by leading professional choreographers, Alice Holland and Brianna Kell, and two new works by emerging VCA student choreographers, Hayley Roe and Alexandra Dobson. Presented by Dance and Production students. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti, 2...

Dance On 2019

Thursday 13 Jun 2019 - Saturday 15 Jun 2019
Performing Arts Building
An evening of contemporary dance featuring two new works by leading professional choreographers, Alice Holland and Brianna Kell, and two new works by emerging VCA student choreographers, Hayley Roe and Alexandra Dobson. Presented by Dance and Production students. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti, 2...
  • Masters Exhibition 2018

    Exhibition
    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

    Exhibition
    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...