Arts & Education

The College of Arts & Education specialises in educating people from diverse backgrounds who would like to pursue a career in:

  • humanities
  • social sciences
  • creative arts
  • early childhood education
  • primary or secondary school teaching
  • youth work
  • instructing English as an additional language.

In 'Arts & Education':

Courses offered by College of Arts & Education

The College of Arts and Education offers high quality and engaging courses from undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees to PhD level research.

Features of our courses are flexible entry and exit points, pathways and contemporary modes of delivery. Our students are supported to ensure we maintain rigorous standards.

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Our arts programs develop creative expression, knowledge about people, society and culture, and connection with local and global communities. Our education programs emphasise  workplace and community placements which prepare our graduates for employment opportunities with communities in and beyond the west of Melbourne. 

Our students undertake real-world projects in their courses, and pursue rewarding careers after graduation.

Course areas include:

We support our students through the learning journey – whether they are a first-time students, are making a new life in our community, are an experienced worker or a career changer.

All teacher education courses in the College are accredited against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers implemented by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Note about Pyschology & Social Work

Psychology and Social Work (formerly in the Arts College) joined the College of Health and Biomedicine in January 2017.

Discipline & program groups

The College of Arts and Education will comprise five groups:

Research in College of Arts & Education

Research institutes and centres are:


Dr Vicky Plows and Professor Kitty te Riele.
  • The Victoria Institute, an inclusive education research body. We use innovative research techniques to build better learning outcomes for diverse and disadvantaged students.

Our staff conduct world class research which informs our teaching. Focus areas include:

Student placements

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.

Education students & partners

All teacher education courses at VU include professional experience and supervised teaching practice in schools.

Other courses such as early childhood, youth work and TESOL courses, also involve placements in professional settings.

If you are a current Education/teaching student or a partner school/centre and have VU students doing professional experience with you, you can access our Project Partnerships website for all professional experience/project partnership documentation.

See all course placements and work integrated learning across the University. 

Student awards

The College of Arts and Education offers several awards to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our students 

In addition to the College awards and the Dean's Scholar Award, the College offers industry, professional association and donor awards. The awards recognise excellent academic results and personal qualities.


Alison Rose McLaren, Dean’s Scholar Award winner for her achievement in the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

Our industry sponsors include:

  • Australian Council For Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  • History Teachers’ Association of Victoria
  • Overland Literary Studies
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Mathematics Association of Victoria
  • Musical (sponsorship to be announced)
  • Primary English Teaching Association Australia
  • VICSEG New Futures
  • Victorian Association of Teaching English.

In addition, we offer two commerative awards:

  • Alexander McKenzie Scovell
  • Amirah Inglis