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Victorian College of the Arts

Not to be confused with Victoria College of Art in Canada, also abbreviated as VCA.

The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) is the arts school at the University of Melbourne in Australia. It is part of the university's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. It is located near the Melbourne city centre on the Southbank campus of the university.

Victorian College of the Arts
Other name
VCA, FFAM
TypePublic
Established1972; 49 years ago (1972)
DeanMarie Sierra
DirectorBarbara Bolt
Academic staff
116
Students1,300
Location,
Australia

37°49′29″S144°58′13″E /37.8248°S 144.9702°E /-37.8248; 144.9702Coordinates: 37°49′29″S144°58′13″E /37.8248°S 144.9702°E /-37.8248; 144.9702
CampusUrban
(Southbank Campus)
4 hectares
Websitefinearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/about-us/vca

Courses and training offered at the VCA cover eight academic disciplines: dance, film and television, drama, Indigenous arts, music theatre, production, theatre, visual art, and writing, alongside the Centre for Ideas and the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.

The library on the Southbank campus is known as the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library.

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The Victorian College of the Arts was established in 1972 by a government order under the Victorian Institute of Colleges Act 1955, initiated by the Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts, Rupert Hamer. Subsequently, in 1973 the VCA was affiliated as a college of advanced education with the Victorian Institute of Colleges. The National Gallery of Victoria Art School, founded in 1867 to teach fine art, was the VCA's foundation school. This was followed by the establishment of the School of Music in 1974, the School of Drama in 1976, the School of Dance in 1978 and Film and Television (1992).[citation needed]

The Elisabeth Murdoch Building at the VCA on St Kilda Road

Also in 1978, the Victorian Education Department under the direction of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Lindsay Thompson, established the Victorian College of the Arts Technical School, a government secondary school for dancers and musicians (see VCASS) in close association with the VCA and located on the same campus.[citation needed]

In March 1981, the Minister for the Arts, Norman Lacy, had the Victorian College of the Arts Act passed through the Victorian Parliament. Its purpose was the reconstitution of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) made necessary by the repeal in 1980 of the Victorian Institute of Colleges Act and to make it "better able to provide for the preparation of young people to enter upon careers as professional artists. It also represents a most significant development for the Victorian Arts Centre."

Lacy laid out a rationale for the re-constitution of the college under a VCA specific act which was derived firstly "from the quite specific demands and circumstances of preparing young artists for professional practise." He asserted that "the basic concept upon which the college is built is that young artists intending to enter careers as practitioners in their various fields are best assisted to achieve their ambitions in a milieu of continuous artistic activity and endeavour of a fully professional nature. To the extent that artistic education is separated from normal professional practice it is so much less effective." Secondly, the rationale related to the adjacent location of the VCA campus to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre. He said that this "Greater Arts Centre concept is central to the Government's decision to reconstitute the college by separate statute as well as to the development of the arts in general. It represents a simple, readily achievable and highly effective means of creating a substantial milieu of continuous professional activity of the highest standards. It also has ramifications which extend far beyond the college and its partner institutions. Its implementation will shape and invigorate the arts in many ways and lead to a dynamic, cultural and social facility without peer in Australia" and that it "afforded an unparalleled opportunity and challenge to present total programmes in the arts which should encourage creative exchanges between the art forms, give inspiration to students of the arts and provide for the public an experience which few places in the world can match". The government therefore believed that the VCA's role was substantially different from other educational institutions.

On 1 January 1992 further expansion of the college took place when the fine arts programs of the former Faculty of Art and Design, Victoria College (formerly Prahran College of Advanced Education), were incorporated into the School of Art.

At the same point in time in 1992 the Swinburne Film and Television School, established as Australia's first Film school in 1966, also transferred to the VCA. The VCA's School of Film and Television remained at Hawthorn until 1 July 1994, when it moved into a purpose-built federally funded building on the VCA campus at Southbank.

Association with the University of Melbourne

In 2006 the VCA became an affiliated college of the University of Melbourne, and on 1 January 2007 the VCA became known as the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In April 2009 the school became part of the new Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM). The School of Music was amalgamated with the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Music and the VCA Secondary School was separated and given a new campus.

Theatre building at VCA (2009)

With the university requiring the VCA to introduce its Melbourne Model course structure, necessitating a reduction in the amount of hands-on arts training that students receive, critics feared that future students might be unable to find employment upon graduation. Staff of the former VCA accused the dean, Sharman Pretty, of having "little or no recognition of the need for focused arts training, or any esteem for the arts themselves", and the University of Melbourne of trying to mislead the public about the effects. Students were also fearful a reduction in the quality of education and programs on offer whilst the school remained under the University of Melbourne.

In 2014 a $42.5 million project to expand and improve the VCA was announced. Supported chiefly by the Victorian government and The University of Melbourne, the initiative aims to both "ensure that the VCA maintains its high standards in arts training and research" and "open up the campus to the wider community". A portion of the funding is to be spent acquiring and redeveloping the nearby Dodds Street Stables of the Victoria Police mounted branch. Major contributors include the Myer Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation and Martyn and Louise Myer, their combined donation totalling $10 million.[citation needed]

The policy of the VCA has always been to enrol only those students who demonstrate the talent and dedication essential for courses as practising artists and performers. Similarly, members of the academic staff, including the director and the dean of each school, have themselves been accomplished and practising artists.

  • Lenton Parr, 1972–1984 (Victorian College of the Arts proclaimed 30 November 1972)
  • Lionel Lawrence, 1985–1988
  • Alwynne Mackie, 1989–1995
  • Andrea Hull, 1995–2009
  • Su Baker, 2010–2017
  • Jon Cattapan, 2017–2020
  • Barbara Bolt, 2020–present
  1. "Staff Directory – Victorian College of the Arts". vca.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved19 April 2018.
  2. "Victorian College of the Arts – eMelbourne". Retrieved19 April 2018.
  3. "Degrees – Victorian College of the Arts". vca.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved19 April 2018.
  4. https://archive.org/stream/VictorianCollegeOfTheArtsBill-2ndReadingSpeech/VictorianCollegeOfTheArtsBill#page/n0/mode/1up
  5. The Victorian College of the Arts Bill Explanatory Second Reading Speech by the Hon. Norman Lacy, M.P. Minister for the Arts in the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria on 19 March 1981.
  6. For more on the Film and Television School see the book Paterson, Barbara, Renegades: Australia's first film school: from Swinburne to VCA, Helicon Press, 1996
  7. Gill, Raymond (26 August 2009). "Culture clash". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved5 January 2021.
  8. "Arts college to follow US model" The Age, 23 April 2008
  9. Arts college teachers up in arms 16 July 2009. Accessed 19 July 2009
  10. Vice Chancellor Lies About Introduction of Melbourne Model at VCA Victorian College of the Arts Student Union. 19 April 2008. Accessed 3 May 2008
  11. SaveVCA website
  12. Pascoe, Joseph (Ed.), Creating the Victorian College of the Arts, Palgrave Macmillan Australia, 2000.

Victorian College of the Arts
Victorian College of the Arts Language Watch Edit Not to be confused with Victoria College of Art in Canada also abbreviated as VCA The Victorian College of the Arts VCA is the arts school at the University of Melbourne in Australia It is part of the university s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music It is located near the Melbourne city centre on the Southbank campus of the university Victorian College of the ArtsOther nameVCA FFAMTypePublicEstablished1972 49 years ago 1972 DeanMarie SierraDirectorBarbara BoltAcademic staff116 1 Students1 300 2 LocationSouthbank Victoria Australia 37 49 29 S 144 58 13 E 37 8248 S 144 9702 E 37 8248 144 9702 Coordinates 37 49 29 S 144 58 13 E 37 8248 S 144 9702 E 37 8248 144 9702CampusUrban Southbank Campus 4 hectaresWebsitefinearts music wbr unimelb wbr edu wbr au wbr about us wbr vca Courses and training offered at the VCA cover eight academic disciplines dance film and television drama Indigenous arts music theatre production theatre visual art and writing 3 alongside the Centre for Ideas and the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development The library on the Southbank campus is known as the Lenton Parr Music Visual and Performing Arts Library Contents 1 History 1 1 Association with the University of Melbourne 2 Deans or heads 3 Directors 4 Notable alumni 5 References 6 External linksHistory EditThe Victorian College of the Arts was established in 1972 by a government order under the Victorian Institute of Colleges Act 1955 initiated by the Premier of Victoria and Minister for the Arts Rupert Hamer Subsequently in 1973 the VCA was affiliated as a college of advanced education with the Victorian Institute of Colleges The National Gallery of Victoria Art School founded in 1867 to teach fine art was the VCA s foundation school This was followed by the establishment of the School of Music in 1974 the School of Drama in 1976 the School of Dance in 1978 and Film and Television 1992 citation needed The Elisabeth Murdoch Building at the VCA on St Kilda Road Also in 1978 the Victorian Education Department under the direction of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Lindsay Thompson established the Victorian College of the Arts Technical School a government secondary school for dancers and musicians see VCASS in close association with the VCA and located on the same campus citation needed In March 1981 the Minister for the Arts Norman Lacy had the Victorian College of the Arts Act passed through the Victorian Parliament 4 Its purpose was the reconstitution of the Victorian College of the Arts VCA made necessary by the repeal in 1980 of the Victorian Institute of Colleges Act and to make it better able to provide for the preparation of young people to enter upon careers as professional artists It also represents a most significant development for the Victorian Arts Centre 5 Lacy laid out a rationale for the re constitution of the college under a VCA specific act which was derived firstly from the quite specific demands and circumstances of preparing young artists for professional practise He asserted that the basic concept upon which the college is built is that young artists intending to enter careers as practitioners in their various fields are best assisted to achieve their ambitions in a milieu of continuous artistic activity and endeavour of a fully professional nature To the extent that artistic education is separated from normal professional practice it is so much less effective Secondly the rationale related to the adjacent location of the VCA campus to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre He said that this Greater Arts Centre concept is central to the Government s decision to reconstitute the college by separate statute as well as to the development of the arts in general It represents a simple readily achievable and highly effective means of creating a substantial milieu of continuous professional activity of the highest standards It also has ramifications which extend far beyond the college and its partner institutions Its implementation will shape and invigorate the arts in many ways and lead to a dynamic cultural and social facility without peer in Australia and that it afforded an unparalleled opportunity and challenge to present total programmes in the arts which should encourage creative exchanges between the art forms give inspiration to students of the arts and provide for the public an experience which few places in the world can match The government therefore believed that the VCA s role was substantially different from other educational institutions 5 On 1 January 1992 further expansion of the college took place when the fine arts programs of the former Faculty of Art and Design Victoria College formerly Prahran College of Advanced Education were incorporated into the School of Art At the same point in time in 1992 the Swinburne Film and Television School established as Australia s first Film school in 1966 also transferred to the VCA 6 The VCA s School of Film and Television remained at Hawthorn until 1 July 1994 when it moved into a purpose built federally funded building on the VCA campus at Southbank Association with the University of Melbourne Edit In 2006 the VCA became an affiliated college of the University of Melbourne and on 1 January 2007 the VCA became known as the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne In April 2009 the school became part of the new Faculty of the VCA and Music VCAM The School of Music was amalgamated with the University of Melbourne s Faculty of Music and the VCA Secondary School was separated and given a new campus 7 Theatre building at VCA 2009 With the university requiring the VCA to introduce its Melbourne Model course structure 8 necessitating a reduction in the amount of hands on arts training that students receive critics feared that future students might be unable to find employment upon graduation Staff of the former VCA accused the dean Sharman Pretty of having little or no recognition of the need for focused arts training or any esteem for the arts themselves 9 and the University of Melbourne of trying to mislead the public about the effects 10 Students were also fearful a reduction in the quality of education and programs on offer whilst the school remained under the University of Melbourne 11 In 2014 a 42 5 million project to expand and improve the VCA was announced Supported chiefly by the Victorian government and The University of Melbourne the initiative aims to both ensure that the VCA maintains its high standards in arts training and research and open up the campus to the wider community A portion of the funding is to be spent acquiring and redeveloping the nearby Dodds Street Stables of the Victoria Police mounted branch Major contributors include the Myer Foundation the Ian Potter Foundation and Martyn and Louise Myer their combined donation totalling 10 million citation needed Deans or heads EditThe policy of the VCA has always been to enrol only those students who demonstrate the talent and dedication essential for courses as practising artists and performers Similarly members of the academic staff including the director and the dean of each school have themselves been accomplished and practising artists 12 Lenton Parr AM founding dean 1972 1975 William Kelly 1975 1982 John Walker 1982 1985 Gareth Sansom 1986 1991 Norman Baggaley 1991 1997 Mostyn Bramley Moore 1997 1999 Su Baker 2000 2010 Barry Conyngham 2010 2021 Marie Sierra 2021 presentDirectors EditLenton Parr 1972 1984 Victorian College of the Arts proclaimed 30 November 1972 Lionel Lawrence 1985 1988 Alwynne Mackie 1989 1995 Andrea Hull 1995 2009 Su Baker 2010 2017 Jon Cattapan 2017 2020 Barbara Bolt 2020 presentNotable alumni EditSee also Category Victorian College of the Arts alumni Main article List of University of Melbourne peopleReferences Edit Staff Directory Victorian College of the Arts vca unimelb edu au Retrieved 19 April 2018 Victorian College of the Arts eMelbourne Retrieved 19 April 2018 Degrees Victorian College of the Arts vca unimelb edu au Retrieved 19 April 2018 https archive org stream VictorianCollegeOfTheArtsBill 2ndReadingSpeech VictorianCollegeOfTheArtsBill page n0 mode 1up a b The Victorian College of the Arts Bill Explanatory Second Reading Speech by the Hon Norman Lacy M P Minister for the Arts in the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria on 19 March 1981 For more on the Film and Television School see the book Paterson Barbara Renegades Australia s first film school from Swinburne to VCA Helicon Press 1996 Gill Raymond 26 August 2009 Culture clash The Sydney Morning Herald Retrieved 5 January 2021 Arts college to follow US model The Age 23 April 2008 Arts college teachers up in arms 16 July 2009 Accessed 19 July 2009 Vice Chancellor Lies About Introduction of Melbourne Model at VCA Victorian College of the Arts Student Union 19 April 2008 Accessed 3 May 2008 SaveVCA website Pascoe Joseph Ed Creating the Victorian College of the Arts Palgrave Macmillan Australia 2000 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Victorian College of the Arts amp oldid 1039053586, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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