Interdisciplinary

The Faculty of VCA and MCM is home to several interdisciplinary centres of arts practice and research including; the Centre for Ideas,  Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Centre for Cultural Partnerships. All offer breath subjects that explore issues relating to the arts, culture and society.

 

Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts Intensive

This subject is offered by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development based at the Southbank campus. It offers you a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Australian Indigenous arts practice by experiencing it first hand as you visit remote and urban Aboriginal communities, art galleries and performing arts companies as well as fieldwork in the Gunditjmara country (Keyward and Portland) or Yorta Yorta (Barmah State Forest). The subject also offers learning in: significant historical milestones in the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia, the major styles of Indigenous visual arts and song lines, the major language groups of Victoria, protocols of Indigenous society particularly in relation to ceremony, and the art and music of leading Indigenous visual artists and performers.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 36 hours over 6 days

Lectures, tutorials and field trips

 

 

FINA10038 The Creative City

Walk the City.  Talk the City.  Create the city.  Join a class exploring the everyday creative spaces around your city.  Sounds, images, public spaces.  Let the city come to your senses.

Though ideas of urban creativity have a long history; over the last decade discourses of creativity have become central to debates about the value and future of cities and communities in a global economy. Often these accounts of urban creativity are uncritically celebratory or narrowly focussed on particular elites. While providing an introduction to key ideas in the field of urban creativity in institutional like, "informal creativity" and the role of creativity in new conceptions of urbanism, such as "inter-cultural or "post-carbon" cities.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Lecture-based subject

 

UNIB10011 Poetics of the Body

This subject explores the intricate links and parallels between the arts, science, philosophy, architecture, nature, cultural traditions, mysticism, medicine (both western and eastern), law, and economics, through understandings of the human body. The subject is taught by working artists, academics and guest speakers who are all experts in their fields and combines lectures and tutorials with workshops/hands-on approaches in formal and more informal creative applications of theoretical knowledge.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 36

Lecture-based subject

 

CCDP20001 Street Art

From illegally spray-painted stencils to secret exhibitions in abandoned warehouses to exclusive multi-million dollar art fairs, this subject explores the rise of street art in the contemporary city.

The subject examines the diversity of artists, materials and political impulses that drive street art and graffiti and its shift from an illicit subculture to a mainstream practice. Using examples from Melbourne and other key cities such as New York, Rome and Berlin, the subject investigates how the meaning and impact of street art derive from spatial and social contexts and how street art can provide new ways of understanding a city, as well as broader debates about art, public space and urban development.

Students undertaking this subject will develop skills in identifying, mapping and designing street art in Melbourne’s laneways.

Campus: Southbank

Offered in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

No audition required

Contact hours: 24

Lecture-based subject