Vocal students perform with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the 2015 Chancellor's Concert in Sydney. Photo: Prudence Upton.

National number-one ranking in Performing Arts for the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has been ranked as number one in Australia for Performing Arts in the recently-released QS World University Rankings.

From a placement in the unspecified 51-100 range in last year’s rankings, the University’s Performing Arts has climbed to number 26 globally.

The QS rankings, produced annually by Quacquarelli Symonds, are designed to offer prospective students effective comparisons of leading universities.

The rankings boost comes as the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music – as the main home of performing arts at the University of Melbourne – continues with an ambitious development program to better serve its students and staff.

Capital development approaching $200 million is currently underway at the Faculty’s Southbank campus, including construction of the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, a world-class conservatorium due for completion in 2018, the refurbishment of the former Police Stables complex on Dodds Street as a new visual arts wing, also due for completion in 2018, and the Buxton Contemporary gallery, which will open in late 2017.

A number of high-profile national and international staff have recently joined the Faculty, which has also seen a growth in international student numbers, particularly from the Asia-Pacific region.

Greater arts industry links have been forged through initiatives such as the recently-announced, two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) in collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which will offer the first qualification of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dean of the Faculty of VCA & MCM Professor Barry Conyngham said the results were testament to the high levels of commitment, ambition and focus at the Faculty.

“Naturally, as the primary home to the performing arts at the University of Melbourne, we’re delighted with the new QS figures. For some time now, we have been driven by a collective effort to build upon what was already a world-class offering across a wide range of performing arts to students and staff. That effort continues, and will lead, we hope, to ever greater recognition for the quality of programs we offer and a richer performing arts landscape in Australia and overseas.”