Acting It Out

‘Acting it Out’ is an outreach program of Theatre workshops for low-SES VCE Drama students from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. It enables access to the VCA, develops skills for VCE examination, fosters understanding of the theatre profession, and encourages engagement with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Seeing is Believing: Visual storytelling in film and animation.

A staged series of practical film and animation workshops delivered by recent VCA alumni from both Masters and Undergraduate level in animation and live action drama, to low SES students in 4 secondary schools in Melbourne. The aim is to engage students in the creative process of visual storytelling.

Curate your Career: Employment pathways in Museums and Galleries

Curate your Career: Employment pathways in Museums and Galleries provides a series of informal In Conversation sessions with museum and gallery professionals, targeted at an Access Melbourne student cohort to provide insights, guidance and advice on how to compete for jobs and other opportunities in this competitive sector.

Diversity in Australian Theatre

This project involves developing and running a theatre festival and foundational acting skills workshop series to build pipelines to formal training for youth from non-white backgrounds, to build future diversity in Australian theatre. This pilot project will work with a range of partner arts organisations and community groups.

Dookie Mentor Program

The Dookie Mentor Program will provide mentoring and support for low-SES ‘first in family’ students at the regional Dookie campus to help support them through their studies.


'Trackademics' provides participants with a program in athletics as a gateway to positive university immersion experiences. Increasingly utilised, sport provides a mechanism to achieve development outcomes in education. 'Trackdemics' uses sport to integrate regular athletics training with mentorship from the University of Melbourne students and immersive academic experiences.

The Art of Engagement: Involvement of students in low-SES schools in the MGSE Arts Breadth program

This project will provide 10 identified low-SES Victorian secondary schools with an opportunity for selected senior students to engage with the MGSE Breadth program for 4 days of a 5 day Intensive mode Arts subject during July school holidays in 2019. The students will take part in classes alongside UoM undergraduates.

Queering Southbank: Building Community

Developing a series of events and activities to support low-SES LGBTQIA students in order to build a community and provide a better student experience. These events will include workshops, panels with guest speakers, social activities such as BBQ, and a Southbank presence at Midsumma Festival.

Foundation Science Program

This program is designed to provide foundation science studies for students entering the Diploma of General Studies and the Bachelor of Agriculture. It will assist students who do not have a strong science background to develop their scientific literacy skills and knowledge. It will be delivered as an intensive.

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