Centre for Ideas

The Centre for Ideas marks a radical departure from the conventional teaching and research models in arts education. Working directly with disciplines at the VCA and the Parkville campus, the Centre offers a range of interdisciplinary graduate courses and breadth subjects.

Interdisciplinary* Arts research is conducted through The Centre for Ideas’ program of international artists, philosophers and theorists, providing researchers and students with a unique intellectual environment in which to pursue research in the visual and performing arts and the interconnections with other knowledge domains.

We work discursively and experientially within a framework of philosophy and critical theory across a range of themes including:

  • the poetics of the human body
  • criticism and its discourses and practices
  • Asian critical dialogues
  • the translation/transformation of textual, visual and performative languages; art and ethics; art as political and social activism
  • art, mysticism and belief systems
  • feminism
  • art and place making
  • emerging connections between the arts, sciences and technologies
  • art, ecology and sustainability
  • animals in art and philosophy
  • curatorial practices

Research outcomes comprise collaborative on-line projects, experimental and theoretical writing, performances, films, exhibitions, public conferences, seminars and symposia.

*Interdisciplinary research is practice-based and generally require candidates to have prior training, education or equivalent Professional experience in the visual or performing arts as well as in the field they wish to research, e.g. politics, social theory, psychology, science, or law etc.  Research is conducted through the candidates’ creative practice.  Supervision is received from panels with combined expertise across the disciplines researched.