The College of Arts offers academic programs that develop creative expression, knowledge about people, society and culture, and connection with local and global communities.
We offer a range of programs from undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees, to PhD level research.
Our students undertake real-world projects in their courses, and pursue rewarding careers after graduation. Our staff conduct world class research, in disciplines ranging from creative arts to psychology.
Courses we offerThe College of Arts offers a wide range of courses in arts, communication, community development, creative arts & industries, psychology, social science & social work.
Our research focusThe College of Arts conducts world class research in creative writing, cultural studies, performing arts, psychology and social work.
College staffStaff in the College of Arts can be contacted to talk about the courses they teach, research activities and other partnerships and projects.
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For an overview of our courses, research strengths and facilities, download the Arts Discipline Guide.
The College of Arts has a range of industry-standard facilities, including specialist computer laboratories, across four campus locations at:
Our creative industries programs offer state-of-the-art creative learning spaces at City Flinders campus, and at Kindred Music Studios in Yarraville. These spaces give students a unique opportunity to engage with the broader media and creative arts communities and industries.
The Psychology Clinic at VU at MetroWest operates as part of the professional training for Master of Clinical Psychology students. Under the supervision of experienced clinical psychologists, students offer psychological assessment and treatment services to the local community.
Student placements & internships
If your dream career is in marketing, communication, psychology, community development and creative industries through to professional writing, screen media, music and social work, we can help you achieve it.
One of our greatest strengths as a university is our links with industry. We are one of the most industry connected universities in Australia with over 4,000 industry connections university-wide. Our students benefit from real-world experience offered by professional placements, embedded in courses across the College.
Our students are exposed to placement opportunities at Western Bulldogs Football Club, Malthouse Theatre, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne Writer’s Festival & Maribrynong City Council every year.
Third year political science students have the opportunity to apply for the Victorian Parliamentary Internship program.
Students are offered placements in the following degree programs:
Our courses are accredited by:
- Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
- Public Relations Institute of Australia
- Australian Marketing Institute
- Australian Association of Social Workers.
Our staff are experts in their field and include:
- Associate Professor Robert de Young, media production specialist
- Dr Michelle Ball, psychologist and human behaviour expert
- Dr John Weldon, journalist and novelist
- Professor Marty Grace, social work expert.
‘I produced the Open Learning Project, a series of television documentaries designed to support curriculum, and was also a series producer for Behind the News (ABC).
‘Drawing directly on my industry experience, I was able to develop curriculum for the radio and media production subjects at VU.’
Associate Professor Robert de Young – Discipline Group Leader, Media Communication and Library Studies.
Students in the College produce and publish several publications such as Offset and Platform. This work is done in conjunction with a launch and various other events throughout the year, which provides students with valuable practical experience.
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