Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

  • CRICOS code: 093583B
  • VTAC code: 3800638931
  • International VTAC code: 3800638933

The experience


Meet Kyle Ramboyong

Kyle Ramboyong moved to Melbourne from Darwin to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). His journey from electrician to performer hasn't been easy, but he's convinced that the VCA has given him the grounding to bring his choreographic ideas to life.

Read our five-questions-with interview with Kyle

At home in the cultural heart of Melbourne

With classes and facilities in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, the Faculty’s Southbank campus provides many wonderful opportunities for students to participate in the artistic life of Melbourne.

Learn more about our Southbank Campus and Facilities

Wilin Centre

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. You will have the chance to benefit from faculty partnerships with more than 20 leading arts institutions around the world, including the Universitas 21 (U21) and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks.

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Explore the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Kummarge: a First Nations Kinship Program

Kummarge, a new program directed by dance artist and visionary leader, Wiradjuri man Daniel Riley, is about ensuring that First Nations students and aspiring dance artists don't leave their cultural identity at the door when they study Dance at the VCA.

Find out more about Kummarge

Performance experience spotlight: Fed Square NYE 2022

Performance experience spotlight: 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.

Read the full article on NYE 2022


Anna Smith

Meet the staff

Anna Smith, Undergraduate Coordinator and Lecturer in Dance

Anna Smith is a practicing choreographer, educator and community artist, with a Master of Choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). As associate researcher on two multi-organisational projects funded by ARC Linkage Grants (1999–2002) she created two major works, both of which were awarded Green Room Awards (1999 and 2001) for Choreography.

Anna’s diverse experience and continued practice has extended across the higher education and professional arts sectors, teaching at institutions throughout Australia and overseas, including regular work as a guest teacher, choreographer and rehearsal director for Tasdance, and as personal dance coach to a Canadian Olympic Figure Skating pair.

In 2019, Anna collaborated with University of Melbourne Professor Mark Pollard, on an interactive sound and movement installation as part of the Four Directions season for first and second-year dance students.

One of my favourite things is when the Dance students are introduced to Interactive Composition students to create art together in Choreography class,” says Anna. “They push the boundaries of how dance and sound cohabit the space, they gain insights into each other’s disciplines and participate in lively discussion about their artform. Ultimately, lasting collaborative relationships are formed.

Anna’s works have been presented in Canada, USA, France, Malaysia, Indonesia and China as well as throughout Australia.

“I am excited by space,” she says. “Space to think, to research, to make, to educate and collaborate. Both student and teacher alike work within this fruitful environment that is the Faculty of Fine Art and Music.

Our small dance cohort supports each other in the spirit of community.

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