Katrina McFerran awarded ARC Linkage Grant

14 Jul 2015

Music therapist  Professor Kat McFerran is leading a team who have been awarded a $414,459 ARC Linkage Grant for their project “Building Resilient School Communities through Tailored Arts Programs”. Together with Professor Gary McPherson and Professor John Hattie (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Prof McFerran will work with partner organisations including the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, The Song Room and eight targeted primary schools.

Winner of the Australian New Works Award: Michael Bakrncev

16 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Master of Music (Composition) student Michael Bakrncev who’s the winner of the Australian New Works Award for the Chamber Music Australia international competition, happening in Melbourne next month.  His work "Piano Trio No. 2 Janino" will be performed as part of the competition rounds.

Alumni recognised on Queen's Birthday Honours list

15 Jun 2015

Soprano Cheryl Barker and baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, both alumni and holding Honorary Doctorates from the VCA & MCM, were recognised by the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list for distinguished service to the performing arts as a mentor and role model, and through fundraising support for educational opportunities for the next generation of opera singers.


8th Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festival & Directors Conference

12 Jun 2015

Two of our theatre lecturers, Rinske Ginsberg and Tony Smith, were in Singapore this week with our 2nd year theatre students for the 8th Asia Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festival & Directors Conference at LASALLE College of the Arts.  They spent a week exchanging training methodologies with other schools and participating in workshops and other conference activities. You can see a photo album of our students performing here.

Ariel Kleiman releases debut feature film – Partisan

27 May 2015

Partisan, the debut feature film from Melbourne director, Ariel Kleiman, who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), will be released theatrically in Australia this week (Thursday 28 May, 2015).


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ALEX & NILUSHA win Premio Internacional at Cubadisco 2015

25 May 2015

Congratulations to Head of Jazz & Improvisation Alex Pertout​ and Nilusha​ Dassenaike​ who made a global splash at the fabled Tropicana Club in Havana last week when their album ALEX & NILUSHA 'Tales To Tell'  won the Premio​ Internacional​ at the Cubadisco​ Music Awards. Read more>>

VCA & MCM May e-newsletter

07 May 2015

Read the May edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.

Graduates join Screen Australia Talent Escalator

30 Apr 2015

Screen Australia's Talent Escalator program will offer emerging directors Corrie Chen (BFTV (Hons) 2008, MFTV 2011)  and Billie Pleffer (GDFTV 2012) an opportunity to work with industry experts to gain firsthand practical experience. Corrie will work as a director’s attachment to Shawn Seet on the Channel 7 mini-series Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door. Billie will be attached to director Glendyn Ivin (Gallipoli, Puberty Blues, Last Ride) on the six-part miniseries The Beautiful LieRead more.

Lou Hubbard wins Guirguis New Art Prize

27 Apr 2015

Head of Photography at the VCA, artist Lou Hubbard impressed the judges to take out the 2015 Guirguis New Art Prize, a prestigious $20,000 art prize, for her work Dead Still Standing at the opening of the GNAP15 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Friday April 10. Read more.

Winners of the 32nd Green Room Awards

27 Apr 2015

The winners of the 32nd Annual Green Room Awards, Melbourne's annual awards ceremony for the performing arts, were announced last Monday night at the Comedy Theatre. Amongst the winners there were many of our alumni and staff, including Alyson Campbell (VCA Head of Graduate Studies in Theatre) who won best director for The Trouble With Harry (MKA, Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy, Melbourne Festival) which also won best production in the Independent Theatre category.

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VCA representatives at Cannes Film Festival

17 Apr 2015

Cannes Film Festival word is out! Film director Justin Kurzel (GDFTV(Narrative) 2004) is in the official competition with Macbeth (2015), with cinematography by Adam Arkapaw (BFTV 2006) and starring Elizabeth Debicki (BDA 2011) as Lady Macduff. Representing the VCA among the 18 film school titles in the Cinéfondation selection is Qiu Yang’s Ri guang zhi xia (Under the Sun). Read more.

Fashion designer Valentino takes Victorian artist's work to catwalk

14 Apr 2015

Paintings by Australian artist and VCA alum Esther Stewart are gracing garments designed by internationally renowned Italian fashion label Valentino. The 26-year-old has recently returned from Paris where her colourful geometric creations were rolled out on the runway. Read more.