When you study Art at the VCA, you will be guided by some of Australia’s most progressive art educators and respected artists within a creative learning environment.

VCA Art’s studio and workshop facilities are designed to support your exploration of both traditional and new media. Our custom-designed studio complex sits alongside Victoria’s most important art venues, and is also home to the Student Gallery and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.

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

Drawing upon our strong history, we now enjoy a dynamic presence as a forward-looking school that prepares our artists for lifelong fulfilment in their chosen field.


Music making in the 21st century is defined by specialisation and diversity, action and interaction, multimedia and collaboration.

The VCA School of Music was established in 1974 with an impressive program including orchestral training, opera and contemporary music. In 2009 the VCA merged with the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Music, enabling the consolidation of the artistic programs in 2011 into the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM).

The Contemporary Music program at the VCA, offered through the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music from 2016, prepares students and develops research within the specialisations of Jazz & Improvisation and Interactive Composition.

The program is built on a commercial and contemporary music making model that propagates both specialisation and cross-disciplinary collaboration that is mentor driven, practice-based and industry linked. 

Film and Television

As Australia’s oldest and most respected university-based film school, Film and Television at the VCA attracts and challenges a diverse cohort of students. By joining us, you will be pushed to explore your creative potential, while forming relationships that will prove invaluable throughout your career.

Our practice-based ethos puts creativity and storytelling at the heart of everything we do. We balance critical training with intensive small classes and studio based practice – which delivers exceptional results. Our broad range of programs is taught by some of Australia’s leading filmmakers and industry gurus and our graduates have won scores of international awards at the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Tribecca and New York film festivals.

You will have the opportunity to work the best High Definition equipment in the business and more importantly, to study Film and Television at the VCA puts you in stellar company – likeminded, creative and passionate people.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts at the VCA encompasses the intensive disciplines of dance, theatre, music theatre and production and forms a vital part of the VCA community.

These vibrant and innovative disciplines honour both traditional convention and contemporary development in the performing arts and emphasize autonomous artistic development within a highly collaborative, ensemble environment.

At the centre of our teaching philosophy is artistic inquiry and the development of purpose - the ability to examine, express and continually challenge yourself so that you can reach your highest creative potential. Intensive, hands-on experience with leading teachers, directors, choreographers, designers, production experts and performance-makers working professionally, brings this to life in a collaborative environment of practical and rigorous learning.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s cultural precinct, Performing Arts has strong links with the local and national performance community, giving you career-defining access to leaders in all fields.

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