Gippsland Centre for Art and Design
The Centre’s innovative Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts degree provides a more flexible range of studio options than traditional fine arts studies and features mentor groups, team-teaching and a core unit in Australian Indigenous Art and Design. The aim is to produce well-rounded art practitioners who can play a part in shaping Australia’s visual arts industry.
Centre studio lecturers are practicing contemporary artists who encourage students to take an adventurous but rigorous approach to their art practice. Nestled in a forest above a lake, the Studios for painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital media are located around two courtyards that provide natural meeting places for students and staff.
The Centre fosters a strong sense of cross-disciplinarity, community and collaboration by encouraging interaction among year levels, studio disciplines, the greater university and the Gippsland community. Students from the Centre regularly exhibit at Latrobe Regional Gallery, Cowwarr Art Space and ARC Yinnar, the first artist-run space in Victoria.
GCAD’s graduates can be found curating in major galleries, teaching in schools and Universities and practicing Australia-wide and internationally.
Centre facilities include well-equipped studio workshops, darkrooms and digital imaging resources as well as the Centre’s own Switchback Gallery. With an exhibition program of national quality, it is a popular cultural resource and a focus for community events.
For practicing artists, there are a range of options. The Centre’s Master of Visual Arts by coursework is a convenient way to extend their qualifications while studying off-campus. The flexible delivery mode means they can continue to work while benefiting from the guidance of experienced practitioners, whom they can meet face-to-face at an annual intensive mid-year symposium on the campus.
Like all Monash students, they are encouraged to push the boundaries of current practice and theory through research, exploration and peer publication. Masters by research and doctoral degree studies are also available.