The Arts & Humanities program has collaborative partnerships with arts organisations, community groups and agencies.

These relationships provide you with opportunities to develop your knowledge, skills and experience while studying at VU. 

Benjamin Laut with a camera

Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs are a major partner of VU, and this relationship encompasses more than just sport.

There are cadetships (of around 150 hours' work experience) each year, usually in marketing and communications, available to a small number of VU's top students.

We also have a research relationship with the Bulldogs, offering opportunities to study areas such as sport in society.

Footscray Community Arts

Since 2013, Victoria University has been a partner of the Footscray Community Arts who have embedded themselves as a major part of the fabric of the local community.

The growth of the partnership now provides a range of opportunities for VU Students to undertake a research project, or intern or complete work placement in:

  • event management
  • technical production marketing
  • the FCAC Artlife program.

Footscray Community Arts and VU have a longstanding relationship. The centre's first incarnation was housed in a tin shed on the campus of the Footscray Institute of Technology, and students in the engineering faculty helped pave the amphitheatre in the Centre’s current home, on the Maribyrnong river.

Arts festivals

Art & Industry Festival

The Art & Industry Festival (AIF) aims at developing creativity through the local community.

The VU Music Agency has previously been engaged with the AIF, and the partnership has evolved to provide an exciting opportunity for students in the music program to research, write and present music and songs inspired by the west.

Emerging Writers' Festival

VU’s direct involvement with the Emerging Writers’ Festival includes a Creative Producer internship.

The internship role is involved in organising the Footscray-based part of the literary festival.

Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival

Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival is free to the public and based in and around the Sunshine Library.

We have a growing role in this western-suburbs festival.

Setting Sun Film Festival

We are a principal partner of the Setting Sun Film Festival.

Our Screen Media staff coordinate the master classes, and there's free entry of films for VU students.

Williamstown Literary Festival  image showing a woman holding binoculars surronded by marine imagery and the words 'Choose your own adventure'

Bank First

Bank First (formerly Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank) offers banking and financial services to members of the education community.

We have a collaborative partnership with Bank First that supports teacher-education and youth-work students, staff and education programs.

Bank First sponsors arts and education students with the following support:

  • awards
  • scholarships
  • student events
  • professional development initiatives
  • information sessions.

Bank First offers staff a financial-benefits package for banking services and loans, and offers students financial products alongside teaching resources.