ART150 launch party. Photo: Drew Echberg, 2017.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music – a new name for the Faculty of VCA & MCM

The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is about to undergo a name change that emphasises its world-class degree structure.

By Professor Barry Conyngham, Dean of the Faculty of VCA & MCM

As of 1 January 2018, the Faculty of VCA & MCM will be renamed the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Following approval by the University Council yesterday, the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music will be renamed the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music – a change that takes effect on 1 January 2018.

Our two schools within the Faculty – the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (the Conservatorium) – will continue to exist and be promoted widely, but will be joined together by a new discipline-based name.

This represents a shift to the naming model used by other faculties within the University, and showcases our globally-recognised undergraduate degree names: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Bachelor of Music (BMus). The essential structure and philosophy of our programs will not be affected by this development.

But it does signal an exciting time, as we centralise all the degree programs of the VCA and the Conservatorium at our Southbank Campus in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct. Over the next 18 months, as part of a major regeneration and capital works project in the region of $200 million, most of our staff will be based at Southbank. Research and Breadth programs will continue to thrive and expand at the Parkville Campus, centred on the old Conservatorium and Melba Hall.

The name change follows a period of consultation which began in May and has included the University of Melbourne’s Chancellery Executive, Faculty Advisory Board, Faculty Executive, staff, student representatives, partners and national and international alumni.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support of the Faculty, and invite you to share in its future as it continues to build on its longstanding contribution to excellence and achievement in practical arts education in the research and intellectual context of a great University.

May I wish you the very best for the festive season, and here’s to a new year with a new name!

With warmest regards,

Professor Barry Conyngham
Dean of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Banner image: Drew Echberg, 2017.