Study at VU

Developing community arts in Melbourne’s west

VU students show initiative, enthusiasm and skill says Devon Taylor, Executive Director of Women’s Circus, a socially engaged circus arts organisation based in West Footscray.

"During 2015 Women’s Circus had seven interns from VU’s Bachelor of Marketing Communication, Bachelor of Community Development and Master of Community Development programs. In 2016 we are partnering with VU on a Women’s Circus Artist Development program titled Still I Rise which supports emerging female circus artists to present new performance work in the west. The Women's Circus also turns 25 years old this year and we're looking forward to celebrating this milestone with VU.

Women’s Circus was thrilled to work with all of the interns from VU. They proved to be reliable, showed amazing initiative and brought insight and sector-specific knowledge to each project. The communication interns worked on a variety of projects ranging from social media campaigns through to coordinating our annual fundraiser and they approached each task with enthusiasm and skill. Community development interns were able to easily self-direct and brought immense industry knowledge to their projects. Each student presented in an extremely professional manner and understood the responsibilities associated with their role and the needs of our unique organisation.

VU is embedded as a significant icon in the west of Melbourne and, as such, brings with it a rich history and diverse perspective. VU’s partnerships work across community organisations and businesses, all of whom have helped define the western suburbs as a vibrant and inclusive space. If you are interested in making a difference in your community and connecting with diverse stories though practical, hands-on learning, then VU is the place for you."

Industry snapshot

A career in marketing communications provides a diverse range of professional opportunities where skills are used to assist and promote brands, whether corporate, not-for-profit, government or community-based.

As new technologies and platforms are developed, this dynamic sector continues to evolve and offer exciting challenges. Marketing communication skills are in high demand globally across a vast array of organisations from social enterprises and not-for-profits to multinationals, governments, community organisations, creative agencies and small-to-medium enterprises.

What you can do

Bachelor of Community Development

Master of International Community Development

Devon Taylor