University Of Melbourne

The VCA is Australia’s leading visual and performing arts training institution. On January 1 2007 the VCA became a faculty of The University of Melbourne. The amalgamation has been implemented in a way that preserves the distinctive character and mission of the VCA.

The VCA consists of six academic disciplines — Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Film & Television, Production — and two centres — The Centre for Ideas and The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.

In this multiple-disciplinary environment the VCA offers undergraduate and postgraduate, coursework and research degrees and diplomas in each artistic field and additional areas including Community Cultural Development, Indigenous Arts Management and Puppetry.

The VCA’s pedagogical philosophy is that learning comes from doing and tuition is focused on the individual and small groups. Educational programs at the VCA are studio and performance based and underpinned by a common curriculum which examines the interaction between artistic practice and wider social, political and cultural contexts.
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Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank
VIC 3006
Phone: +61 3 9685 9468
Fax: +61 3 9685 9459
Website: http://www.vca.unimelb.ed

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Academic Staff and Description  

News and Events

Exhibition Program
17-20 April
Drawing Studio Group Show

24-27 April
Sculpture and Spatial Practice Studio Show

1-4 May
Dong-Woo Kang, Utako Shindo, Mutsumi Nozaki

15-18 May
Photography Studio Show

22-25 May
Painting Studio Show

27 May - 8 June
Nathalie Grenzhaeuser - visiting artist

12-15 June
Tonya Meyrick, MFA exhibition

19-22 June
Julia Powle, MFA exhibition

24-27 July
Basketball Committee presents

30 July-3 August
Natasha Rock, MFA exhibition

7-10 August
VCASS exhibition

14-24 August
Honours exhibition

28-31 August
International Students' Exhibition

4-7 September
Sculpture and Spatial Practice Studio show

18-21 September
Painting Studio show

25-28 September
Printmaking Studio show

2-5 October
Photography Studio show

9-12 October
Drawing Studio show

23-26 October
Afterhours Show

30 October-2 November
Graduate Certificate in Visual Art show

23-30 November
Graduate Exhibition


Information For  Undergraduates

VCA Art occupies a custom-designed studio complex housing its specialist studios on a single site, which has immediate access to Victoria’s most important art venues.

VCA Art had its origins in the National Gallery School, which was founded in 1867. In 1992 it was merged with the Prahran Faculty of Art (Victoria College) which also dates back to the mid-nineteenth century.

The discipline has built on the strong reputations and unique qualities of its predecessors and has established a dynamic presence as a forward-looking discipline with a clear mission to continue to prepare artists with a lifelong commitment as professional practitioners.


The specific objectives of the VCA Art are to:

produce graduates who are capable of pursuing careers as professional artists;
promote the advancement of the practice and theory of the visual art disciplines and to encourage investigation into the conjunction of the conceptual and formal aspects of the visual arts;
create an environment which fosters the professional development of vocational artists through study programs, exhibitions, research into the visual art...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Postgraduate Programs:

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
Graduate Certificate in Visual Art
Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art
Master of Visual Art
Master of Fine Art  

Information For  International Students

International Students, visitors and education counsellors are encouraged to make contact with VCA International for the following:

Course information and application procedures
Information on support services
Information on overseas student health insurance
Exchange and study abroad agreements and activities
Work permit queries


VCA International
Catherine Malcolm
Phone: +61 3 9685 9469
Fax: +61 3 9682 9358
Email: vca-international [at]


VCA Art draws on the strong legacy of the National Gallery Art School and the Prahran Art School, whose graduates include Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, Margaret Preston, Hugh Ramsay, Fred Williams, Joy Hester and Clifton Pugh. More recent graduates include Bill Henson, Jenny Watson, Patricia Piccinini, Susan Norrie and Ricky Swallow. VCA Art Alumni have been awarded Australia's most prestigious art prizes: Lewis Miller was the winner of the 1998 Archibald Prize for Portraiture and in 2004 went to the Middle East as an official artist for the Australian War Memorial. In 1999 Ricky Swallow received Australia's richest contemporary art award, the Contempora 5, and was named by Australian Art Collector magazine as Australia's most collectable artist and Kathy Temin was the 1999 Moet and Chandon Art Prize winner. In 2004 Simone Slee, Guy Benfield and Louisa Bufardeci and in 2005 Viveka Marksjo and Michael Kutschbach were awarded Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships. Adrian Doyle won a 2004 Marten Bequest Scholarship and Prudence Flint was the winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The first major survey ...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

How to apply

• Apply through VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) by Friday 28 September 2007, 40 Park Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205 Tel: 1300 364 133 or online at


• Complete the Application for Interview and forward to VCA by Friday 28 September 2007.

• Indigenous Australian applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Wilin Centre Student Programs Officer. For more information go to

We will notify you of the date of your interview with the Selection Panel who will wish to discuss your folio with you. Interviews will be conducted in late November.

Entry requirements
Applicants are required to have satisfactorily completed VCE or Year 12 equivalent with a study score of at least 25 in English. Intending students usually need to concentrate their studies in visual art subjects. This will enable the development of vision and skills with a suitable folio.