The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music draws together two historically distinguished Melbourne arts institutions to form a dynamic and youthful creative and performing arts research culture in Australia’s premier research university.
Art, music, text: working outside and inside traditional exhibition circuits
Dr Sean Lowry’s art practice mixes media, twisting the visual, aural and written word together – often outside of traditional exhibition spaces.
Dance of change and growth
Dr Kim Dunphy is developing new and innovative methods to help dance movement therapists to assess their clients’ progress.
Online and on key: technology and music education
Melbourne Conservatorium senior lecturer Dr Carol Johnson is delving into how modern technology can enhance the learning process for both amateur and professional musicians.
The art of research: where the painter and the visual theorist meet
Professor Barb Bolt's work takes a philosophical approach to art, questioning the relationship between artist, subject, materials and audience.
The restorative power of music therapy
Professor Felicity Baker's world-leading research is showing how music can be used as a therapeutic tool for people affected by dementia and depression.
Understanding the mechanism of musical mastery
Professor Gary McPherson’s research shows that motivation and the quality of music practice are more powerful predictors of performance skill than the quantity of practice.
Vanitas: a modern reflection on death and its depiction in art
Robert Walton's Webby Award-nominated artwork for smartphones and cemeteries explores the themes of death and transience through immersive audio, vanitas paintings, text messages and apps.
Research Centres and Units
Centre of Visual Art (CoVA)
The Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at The University of Melbourne was established in 2018 to facilitate innovative research and collaborative projects, with an ambition to become the leader in the field of visual art research within the Asia-Pacific region.
National Music Therapy Research Unit
NaMTRU aims to engage and integrate with key stakeholders and to educate and empower students and practitioners to enrich society through music therapy.
Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit
Our vision is to establish a culture of excellence in creative arts therapies research and training, grounded in a supportive and inspiring research milieu and fostered in international collaboration.
Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures
Our vision is to centre Indigenous philosophies of practice in the academy and society through arts practice, arts research, research training and partnerships.
Music, Mind and Wellbeing Initiative
The world-first Music, Mind & Wellbeing initiative links neuroscience with music and social wellbeing through a unique set of collaborations spanning music, science, health, education, and industry.
ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions
Emotions shape individual, community and national identities. The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions uses historical knowledge from Europe, 1100–1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours.
Creativity and Wellbeing Research Initiative
The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative explores the intersection of creativity and wellbeing. It uses an interdisciplinary knowledge base to cultivate a network of researchers who investigate the relationship between creativity and wellbeing, and the impact of creativity on wellbeing across the lifespan.
Contact the Research Office
For more information about current research, graduate research opportunities, or support for current researchers, contact the Research Office.