The inaugural Rosemary and John Hopkins Award

18 Aug 2015

Conductor and educator John Hopkins AM OBE (19 July 1927 – 30 September 2013), an iconic figure in Australian music, was the first Dean of Music at the VCA, the director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and later returned to lead the conducting program at the Melbourne Conservatorium. The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award, worth $2,500, has been set up for a conductor of any age, to assist with a youth or community music project. Apply now >>

Nora Niasari announced as TV director’s attachment on Matchbox Pictures production Secret City

14 Aug 2015

The Australian Directors Guild (ADG), Matchbox Pictures and Screen Australia today announced VCA alumna director Nora Niasari (MFTV 2014) as the attachment to ellow alumna Emma Freeman (BFTV 2000) on the Matchbox TV series Secret City for Foxtel. The industry incentive program is funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG for emerging directors to develop their craft. Read more.

Contemporary art builds bridge between Australia and Turkey

13 Aug 2015

Vikki McInnes, director of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts,  has curated the latest AsiaLink Arts exhibition which aims to connect artists and cultures in Australia and Turkey. Read more.

Tayla Johnston
The Ron and Margaret Dobell Award funds music theatre career aspirations

12 Aug 2015

After a lengthy audition process, The Ron and Margaret Dobell Award worth $25,000 was presented to music theatre student Tayla Johnston, at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) last Thursday.

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2015 Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowships awarded

10 Aug 2015

Four VCA artists are set to travel the globe after being awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowships for 2015. Read more.

War dance flash mob in support of Adam Goodes

04 Aug 2015

Staff and students from the VCA & MCM came together in Federation Square on Tuesday 4 August at 2.10pm for a flash mob, in solidarity with Adam Goodes.  Richard Frankland, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, led a war cry to call for an end to racism in Australia. The event received widespread media coverage from The GuardianThe Age, SBSABC and broadly across social media channels such as Twitter.

Donna Hensler awarded Cornelius Regan Trust grant

20 Jul 2015

Congratulations to Donna Hensler, Screen Production Coordinator in Film and Television, who has been awarded a $5,000 professional development Cornelius Regan Trust grant. Donna will be using the funds to visit leading University archives and Film Centres to contribute to the research and development of VCA Film and Television’s digital archive project which will digitize, preserve and provide open access to its films, dating back to 1967. 

Barb Bolt awarded Office for Teaching and Learning Grant

15 Jul 2015

Associate Professor Barb Bolt has been awarded a $215,000 Office for Teaching and Learning Grant for her project “Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by creative practice research”.  A/Prof Bolt will lead the project team from the University of Melbourne, working with researchers from Deakin University, RMIT University, The University of New South Wales, University of Wollongong and Federation University Australia.

VCA & MCM July e-newsletter

15 Jul 2015

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

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>>