Welcome to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
Our Dance, Music and Visual and Theatre Arts programs are world's best practice. The school’s unique structure and culture enables secondary age students to concentrate on Music, Dance, Visual and Theatre Arts without jeopardising academic success. We have an electric mix of staff who are passionate about arts education and students that love what they do.
As you look through our web site, the unique nature of our school will become clear. What is more difficult to impart is the very special culture that exists within our artistic community and the positiveness of our lives together each day. Our students are a close knit and supportive body of young people and each individual is a valued member of the VCA Secondary School family of students, parents and teachers. Our Instagram account @VCASecondarySchool was designed to reflect our life each day.
Our school offers opportunities to talented young dancers and musicians to combine their specialist training needs with a high quality education from Year 7 through to Year 12. We also have a Visual Arts Program and Theatre Arts Program for year 11 and 12 students. We are also the academic provider to highly gifted young people from the Australian Ballet School and Gymnastics Victoria.
Our VCE (Unit 3 and 4) results see us ranked among the top schools in the State for Victorian Certificate of Education achievement, matching the best schools in the country. For the last decade we have been in the top ten government schools.
We have a very high expectation of commitment from our students, not only to their specialist area but also to their academic studies. We offer a complete program and students are expected to aim for excellence in all areas of the curriculum - academic and Specialist - student leadership and community connections.
Entry to our school is by competitive audition and interview, which is held in the August/September period each year and we have limitations on the number of funded places we can provide to Australian students each year. International students are able to audition by video.
We thank the Victorian Government through the Department of Education and Training for providing this unique training opportunity to the talented young people who gain entry to our programs. The Dance and Music enrolment attracts a unique scholarship to pay for the dance and music classroom teaching.
Graduates from our school gain placements and perform at the highest levels in Australia and throughout the world. Explore our Hall of Fame to see some examples of success.
We warmly invite potential students to examine all our school has to offer through performances, concerts, open sessions and tours.
Welcome to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
Ars est vita – ‘the arts is life’
Hilary Bland, Principal
The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School believes in the following values
The programs of, and teaching in, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School support and promote our commitment to the arts, education and training through:
- The importance of, and promise to, our Philosophy* as expressed through these ‘Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles’
- Our desire to achieve a highly positive ethos and culture within our programs of academic, dance, music, visual arts and theatre arts
- The way we value the arts and the expression of this through our organisation, planning and priorities
- Our guarantee to the principles of education and training within our heritage programs of dance and music and how this may influence all other programs in the school now and in the future
* A theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour
To provide world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education to children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances enabling them, to proceed towards self-sustaining careers in music, dance, theatre arts and visual arts if they choose to do so.
The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School aspires to be one of the finest schools for talented young dancers, musicians and visual artists internationally, through the provision of innovative, creative and excellent programs.
Our students will be resilient, self-confident, creative, passionate and compassionate individuals, who will have developed beyond their expectations. They will be significant contributors to the artistic and cultural life of Australia, as well as at an international level.