ACU opens new ‘Home for Arts’ in Melbourne

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Arts Precinct Opening

The home of arts in Melbourne was officially opened today, with the ACU Melbourne Arts Precinct unveiled.

Melbourne has a new home for Arts, with the Australian Catholic University officially opening the Melbourne Arts Precinct, expanding the campus footprint further into the city’s artistic hub of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Consisting of five buildings, the Precinct is now complete following the construction of the state-of-the-art media production facility, including a fully-operational television studio, editing suites and recording studios.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said the completion of the Melbourne Arts Precinct represented a significant investment in the School of Arts and many of its exciting offerings.

“Arts in Melbourne now has a home within a modern precinct offering specialised facilities and encouraging creative collaboration between students and academic staff,” Professor Craven said.

“The School of Arts has achieved remarkable results in ACU history, it is continuing to produce outstanding graduates, and has exciting plans for the future.

“The Melbourne Campus continues to grow, and the development of the Melbourne Arts Precinct ensures we provide our students with engaging learning spaces and a whole campus environment that nurtures their desire to learn.”

In addition to the media production facility, the Precinct contains the ACU gallery, graphics studios and workshops, visual arts spaces, a recital room for music, drama and performing arts, and an ‘Arts Hub’ accommodating all academic staff in the one building to encourage collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

National Head of the School of Arts, Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje, said the completion of the media production facility was the final piece in the Arts Precinct jigsaw.

“Arts at ACU is on an upward trajectory with research strengths in history, political science and sociology, and a reputation for teaching excellence across a wide range of areas in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts,” Associate Professor Ondaatje said.

“The new Precinct gives our students the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will enable them to pursue multiple career options and make a difference locally, nationally and globally.”

The Melbourne Arts Precinct facilitates teaching for more than 1,800 students, undertaking some of the 65 units on offer, totalling close to 8,000 unit enrolments in the year, drawing on students from the Faculty of Education and Arts, double degree students, as well as students completing electives.

Find out more about the course offerings available on the Melbourne Campus in the ACU National School of Arts.