Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)

  • CRICOS code: 093582C
  • VTAC code: 3800639071
  • International VTAC code: 3800639073

The experience


Meet current student, Sophie Ash

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Sophie Ash is training for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation). While Athletics and animation are not considered to go hand in hand, Sophie has blended her love of mogul skiing and fine art into one amazing creative practice.

When I decided to start making work about skiing I realised that I had a lot of things to say, and a unique mode of expression of an athlete’s perspective. I find inspiration in a lot of my own experiences as well as other athletes and their stories, especially their experiences of training and competing in their respective sports.

When I was first starting out with everything, I was quick to shut the door on ideas I didn’t think would work. I also was afraid of creating something people wouldn’t like or understand. I find you lose the purpose if you’re doing it for others; and it’s the same for a lot of things in life.

Sophie Ash

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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.

You’ll enjoy access to incredible facilities, including cinemas, digital vision and audio post-production facilities, visual art studios and technical workshop facilities, purpose-built dance studios, libraries, theatre and performance spaces, and animation and stop-motion studios.

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.

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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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Work on display: Fed Square NYE 2022

Work on display: Fed Square NYE 2022

Students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne took over Fed Square on New Year's Eve 2022.

In a brilliant opportunity for our young creatives, DJs and music producers from the Interactive Composition (IC) course at the Conservatorium performed on the main stage, accompanied by live dance performances and eye-catching animations from VCA students throughout the evening and for the countdown to 2023.

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Paul Fletcher

Meet the staff

Paul Fletcher, Senior Lecturer

Paul Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) program at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, he tells us about the course and what it involves.

The course is about learning by doing, exploring, experimenting, writing developing and producing high-quality animation projects. You can expect to make at least one film each year that is written directed and animated according to your own vision and interests, with the support of your peers, staff and visiting artists and alumni.

Each year you also explore and practice new and emerging aspects of animation exercises and self-led research and development that will let you explore interests in areas as diverse as motion graphics, visual effects, experimental and abstract animation, projection art, science visualisation and many more.

Your animation skills and expression will be developed through a supportive studio based experience of peers and close connections with industry leaders. We have numerous connections with studios, business and community production facilities providing opportunities for networking and potential career opportunities.

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Learn from the best

Your teachers are practicing artists who are well-connected to industry, and there are course-integrated opportunities to collaborate with students from other creative disciplines.

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