Graduate Certificate in Visual Art

    The experience


    Meet current student Liz Smith

    Liz Smith

    After a 40-year career in psychology and education, Liz Smith is now part of the vibrant community of artists at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus, where the students and teachers support one-another, whatever their background. “We’re all from different backgrounds, you only needed to be a graduate to apply – so we’ve got a biologist, a photographer, a couple of graphic artists, an illustrator. There are people from all different walks of life, and that just makes it a more layered, fascinating and experience".

    Attending classes two nights a week is a joy, as is having the time to create work. “At the VCA I can go wild! And the wilder I go, the more I love it”.

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    Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    The course is taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the proud home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

    Much of the teaching, research and performance takes place in, or near, the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus. Our facilities on the University's Parkville campus, including Melba Hall, are also used for teaching, research and performances.

    While studying at the Faculty, you will have the chance to benefit from a range of partnerships and engagement activities at major arts companies in Melbourne's Arts Precinct, local and national festivals and sister institutions around the world.

    Explore the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Wilin Centre

    Situated in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development provides exposure to contemporary Indigenous arts practices and supports the recruitment of Indigenous artists, academics and students.

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    Exhibition spaces

    Margaret Lawrence Gallery

    Visit the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, our primary exhibition space. It is a professional exhibiting space for graduate and alumni work, Art studio projects, artists in-residence, staff exhibitions, as well as independent local and international exhibitions.

    Margaret Lawrence Gallery

    Student Gallery

    The Student Gallery is a dedicated student exhibition space, where students are encouraged to test ideas and present their work in a supported peer environment. Members of the public are invited to visit and enjoy the space.

    Student Gallery


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