Welcome to Research
Who are we?
The Faculty of VCA and MCM draws together two historically distinguished Melbourne arts institutions to form a vital and dynamic research Faculty:
- The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) has its heritage rooted in the National Gallery of Victoria Art School which first admitted students in 1867; and
- The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), formed as a result of an amalgamation of the former Faculty of Music and the VCA School of Music, is the oldest University music school in Australia.
The Faculty is also home to two centres:
- The Centre for Cultural Partnerships (CCP) - through partnerships and collaboration, CCP's research programs focus on the role of the arts in strengthening communities, promoting social inclusion, building leadership and fostering community cultural vitality.
- The Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts - for over ten years, the Wilin Centre has connected Indigenous artists with a pathway to their future in the worlds of visual and performing arts, design, film and television and production.
What do we research?
The Faculty is part of the University of Melbourne which is a research-intensive university and recognised as the best in Australia and in the top 30 worldwide (2012 – 2013 Times Higher Education World University Ranking). International rankings and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes confirm the Faculty’s place as an Australian leader in research in the creative and performing arts. As an example, Performing Arts and Creative Writing was ranked ‘above world standing’ in both the 2012 and 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) research assessments.
Research within the Faculty is characterised by a spirit of enquiry, collaboration and a willingness to cross multi-disciplinary boundaries. It has internationally acclaimed scholars working across traditional research modes such as musicology, ethnomusicology and music therapy as well as in practice-led research whereby creative works and performances are explored through innovative interpretation or cross-media experimentation.
Where are we?
With the VCA campus in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct at Southbank and the Melbourne Conservatorium’s home in Parkville on the main campus of the University of Melbourne, researchers at the Faculty have access to the state’s rich cultural resources, and work with the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections, associates and facilities.
Faculty staff and graduate reserachers have the opportunity to network with experts and professionals in Australia and abroad, and to present and perform their research in international settings including professional conventions, concert platforms and art galleries.
Whether you are interested in coming to Melbourne as a student, PhD candidate, visitor or future colleague, I am sure you will find the research environment at the Faculty of the VCA and MCM dynamic, creative, welcoming and inspiring.
Professor Gary McPherson
Associate Dean (Research)
Faculty of the VCA & MCM