Redefine your potential
Pursue the mastery of your discipline at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Learn to create in the way only you can.
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Course overview sessions
Watch an overview session for the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Fine Arts. Learn about the course structure, majors and specialisations, auditions, entry requirements and plenty more
Choose a specialisation
Follow your passion and take a closer look at our five music specialisations or nine fine arts specialisations
Learn about the experience
Discover how the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support potential and practicing Indigenous artists, and find out how our world-class professional development program IgniteLAB prepares you for a career in music
Auditions and interviews
You’ll need to audition or interview for your chosen specialisation. Get tips and tricks so that you can prepare
The Melbourne Curriculum
Your Melbourne experience is yours to shape. If you’re interested in the creative or performing arts, you can start with an undergraduate (bachelors) degree in Fine Arts or Music. Over three years, you’ll develop a deep understanding of a particular study area which will be your specialisation.
These might include acting, composition, dance, design, ethnomusicology, film and television, interactive composition, jazz and improvisation, music performance, music psychology, music theatre, theatre and visual arts. After your undergraduate degree, you can enter the world as an expert in your field, or progress to a specialised graduate, master’s degree.
Learn more about your undergraduate options
What is breadth?
Whether you are studying music, visual art, film and television, the performing arts, or one of the many specialisations at the Faculty, we encourage you to explore and experiment with other disciplines. Unique to the Melbourne curriculum, breadth study allows you to tailor your course to fit your individual passions and career ambitions.
You may choose to take a single subject; or take a sequence of three or more subjects called a breadth track, to help you build a sustainable career as an artist.
104 concert halls: watch our students perform Ravel's, Boléro from home
104 Melbourne Conservatorium student musicians perform and record Maurice Ravel’s 1928 masterpiece Boléro from their homes.
Music Theatre and Interactive Composition students collaborate in Mongrel 2020
Mongrel brings Music Theatre and Interactive Composition students together in a performance-making project. With the COVID-19 lockdown imminent students were given the challenge: what can you make in isolation, for an online audience, that honours principle aims of the project - collaboration and progressing their conception of themselves as a maker of work.
Meet Head of Acting, Budi Miller
"I’m an African American queer teaching artist who has spent his life changing the narrative of how actor training can be taught outside of the popular European and American norms of training. I strive for diverse learning that comes from selecting students from different ethnic, social economic backgrounds and gender identities, while staffing a diverse faculty that mirrors the student population. I believe that the strongest learning environments come from having an exceptionally talented, inclusive, and diverse student and faculty community."
Get to know our current students
Meet our students and learn more about their university experience from why they chose Melbourne to their favourite subjects and creative ambitions.
Palawa, Chinese and Samoan woman Mikaylah uses art to connect to culture
Mikaylah Lepua is studying photography as part of the Bachelor Fine Arts (Visual Art) and is exploring her culture through her own unique lens. She describes herself as loud, fun and artistic, and if she could have dinner with anyone it would be Destiny Deacon, “an incredible Aboriginal artist”.
Meet Kyle Ramboyong, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) student
"I was given advice from my first dance teacher in Darwin that the VCA would be a great place for me to explore my art in dance. The VCA dance program builds a dancer’s technique, choreographic ideas and creativity, artistry and the ability to understand the body in relation to movement mechanics."