The Faculty of Arts and Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences support a range of cultural initiatives through partnerships with key creative industry organisations. Our high profile partners include the Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Humanitarian Advisory Group, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. Through a partnership with the University and the Australia Council for the Arts, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences sends interns to the Venice Biennale. The Biennale represents a significant platform to showcase contemporary Australian visual arts across global borders. It is the world's oldest and most prestigious biennale of international contemporary art and is an important forum for countries to affirm their nation's artistic and cultural identity.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. The Department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government. It interacts with the University of Melbourne as with other universities in several ways: by drawing on the expertise of intellectual specialists on particular countries, regions and issues; by commissioning research; and by employing graduates.
Humanitarian Advisory Group
The Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) is an Australian-based social enterprise founded in 2012 to elevate the profile of humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific. HAG provides a unique space for thinking, research, technical advice, evaluations and training that can positively contribute to excellence in humanitarian practice. The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences partners with HAG to offer graduate students internship, volunteering and research project opportunities at the organisation. A number of Faculty of Arts alumni have gone on to secure a permanent role at HAG.
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events. MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes, discussion programs and Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema. As a result of an ongoing learning partnership with MIFF, our graduate students have the chance to participate in this key cultural event, in addition to associated professional development and networking opportunities.
Melbourne Writers Festival
The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne's annual two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival embraces the widest possible range of writing, from Nobel Prize winners to mega-star bloggers. MWF works with The University of Melbourne on an extensive internship program, with students undertaking research projects and gaining industry experience across different aspects of the Festival including programming and marketing.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia's most visited public art gallery and is situated over two magnificent buildings - NGV International and NGV Australia. The NGV hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events, from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance. Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. Our graduate students have a unique opportunity to build on and further develop the rich and multifaceted relationship that The University of Melbourne enjoys with the National Gallery of Victoria.
The Big Idea
The Big Idea is an initiative of The Big Issue, a not-for-profit social enterprise best known for its fortnightly street magazine The Big Issue, which empowers homeless and disadvantaged people to earn an income. The Big Idea is a national university competition with an undergraduate and graduate stream. It challenges teams of students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that tackles an area of disadvantage. The winning idea could go on to become the next Big Issue. The University of Melbourne partners with The Big Issue every year to deliver The Big Idea to university students as part of their study. Students attend a series of lectures and workshops, with mentoring and guidance from some of Australia's leading social entrepreneurs. The course culminates in a competition with teams from other universities and the winners are chosen by a judging panel of high-profile business leaders.
Scope is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities achieve their goals in life. SCOPE supports more than 5,500 people with a disability across Victoria and more than 1,000 community organisations to help create welcoming and inclusive communities for people with a disability. Through the rich and diverse partnership that exists between the University of Melbourne and SCOPE our graduate students have opportunities to complete internships, research projects and take part in events with SCOPE.