Visual artists are an essential part of any society, as they reflect and comment upon that society in the most fundamental ways


The Visual Arts extension Program was established in 2013 for Year 11 and 12 students to provide focused and concentrated opportunities for them to learn about the visual arts within a community of like-minded peers. The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School is located in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct and is a short walk from Melbourne’s most significant cultural organizations including the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA), the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

An essential part of the Visual Arts extension Program is the chance for students to show their artwork in the school’s gallery spaces and at external exhibition venues. Regular exhibitions throughout the year attribute to the powerful and rapid development of each student’s art practice. These opportunities seek to support them in developing their professional approach to presenting art and understanding the stages of exhibition design and development. This is an important outcome for students as they begin to identify how to display their work to audiences and promote conversations about their practice with their peers, family and teachers.

Partnerships with key cultural organizations alongside the promotion of student engagement with the wider arts community is integral to student learning within the Visual Arts Program. Students visit exhibition spaces weekly to develop an expanded understanding of contemporary art practices and historical traditions in art.

Workshops presented by visiting artists and specialist practitioners contribute to and enhance their specialist education in visual arts. Melbourne based artists work alongside students throughout the year. The sharing of knowledge and skills helps students to expand upon their existing art making practice.

A full Academic Program in addition to the Visual Arts Program ensures each student achieves a comprehensive VCE education.



The mentorships are arranged at the beginning of each year and students are partnered with a practising artist to mentor and support their art practice in VCE Art and Studio Arts. Students receive through their mentorship appropriate assistance and support to identify, explore and explain their creative processes and how it can be further expanded to advance their creativity. The mentorships encourage students to learn to think about their creativity process on a personal and philosophical level. The students are encouraged to learn to become critical of, and more experimental with, their art making practice.


  • To support students with art making   
  • To inspire discussion and engagement about art making
  • To encourage the development of a supportive learning environment that values individual ideas and approaches to making art
  • To develop and enhance their use of art terminology and vocabulary

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nick heynsbergh

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Nick Heynsbergh is an arts educator and emerging visual artist. He completed a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) with Honours at RMIT in 2013 and Masters of Teaching at The University of Melbourne in 2018. Nick's art practice explores the intersections between identity, memory, and place, and his work has been exhibited in a selection of artist-run spaces in Melbourne. As an educator, Nick is passionate about developing and presenting diverse and inclusive curriculum, to engage students with multiple perspectives and experiences. 

sean peoples

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Sean Peoples has exhibited regularly since graduating from art school in 2006. Selected shows include Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Primavera 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the TarraWarra Biennial at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Sean is one half of The Telepathy Project, a collaboration formed in 2005 with artist Veronica Kent. Telepathy serves as an extended metaphor and working methodology through which they explore alternate ways of being, communicating and collaborating.  Together they have undertaken an Australia Council for the Arts residency in Barcelona, a residency at Last Ship in Mumbai and a residency at Bundanon Trust. Since 2007 Sean has taught in a range of state and independent schools teaching and delivering education workshops. 

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