Visual Arts at La Trobe

We are recruiting for several positions to deliver our new Visual Arts program to an engaged cohort of students across our multi-campus operations.

The new Visual Arts major is part of our renewed Bachelor of Creative Arts. The major is aligned with contemporary arts practices with a focus on hybrid practice that provides opportunities for students to engage in the development of their skills across disciplines.

Further details on La Trobe, our locations, facilities and course information can be read below. The positions and accompanying position descriptions can be found on our job board.

La Trobe's history

Radical beginnings

La Trobe University was established in 1967 when 552 students enrolled at our Melbourne Campus – we were the third university to open in Victoria. La Trobe has been a pioneering university for nearly 50 years, we have grown to more than 30,000 students including approximately 7,600 international students from over 90 countries.

La Trobe University’s radical beginnings still shape the work we do to this day. We seek to push the borders in research and make a difference to communities in everything we do. Our academics are thought-leaders, with a strong sense of social justice.

Whoever seeks shall find

Professor David Myers, 'A new University in a changing world' From La Trobe University: Opening Ceremony and Inaugural Lectures, 1967 The French motto "Qui cherche trouve" (Whoever seeks shall find) is a modern version of the La Trobe family motto.

At La Trobe, we believe that education should be accessible, which is why we support a large number of ‘first-in-family’ students to attend university.

Throughout our history La Trobe has encouraged all those who learn, teach or undertake research here to play an active and vocal role in their community and in the future of the University. Social engagement and participation is part of our DNA.

'The true test of the University must be based on the achievement of its graduates at the height of their careers, when they have assumed the responsibilities of leadership in the solution of the wider and more far reaching problems of civilisation… The true measure of a university's greatness is the total effect it has on human welfare and progress.'

Our College

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

The College provides high level governance and leadership to four schools and 11 departments, focusing on strategic planning in teaching and research. It aims to realise academic goals in relation to intellectual focus, institutional growth and performance improvement within the context of the University’s strategic plan, Future Ready 2013–2017, and beyond.

The College is responsible for the provision of policy development, our academic staffing profile, research strategy, load planning and course profile, student recruitment and quality assurance across schools.

We offer a range of general and specialist undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research courses. These degrees are tailored to meet the needs of our students ensuring their readiness to work in changing industry environments.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School encourages over 4,500 students to think provocatively and question the world through their diverse disciplines. They have strong community involvement across different sectors, providing public commentary and critical discussion on various contemporary events and issues. Activities like involvement in student societies and student journals provide opportunities for students to also engage in such issues.

They have received global accolades for many of their subjects. They rank in the top 10 universities in Australia for nine subject areas including: Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration, and Sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

La Trobe ranks as the top university in Victoria for research in Archaeology and Tourism, and first equal for Political Science. We also rank in the top 3 universities in Victoria for research in Anthropology and Linguistics (ERA 2015-2016 assessment).

Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings

La Trobe has been placed within the top 100 universities for Arts and Humanities in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings for 2014–2015.


La Trobe University is one of the largest providers of tertiary education in Victoria. Among our eight campuses, five are placed in the regions.  Our visual arts programs are taught at our Bendigo and Mildura campuses.

Bendigo Campus

Occupying 33 hectares (81.5 acres) of land approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from Bendigo’s central business district, the Bendigo Campus is La Trobe’s second largest, with over 5,000 local and international students. Bendigo is regional Victoria’s fastest-growing city. Our community engagement focus means we foster fruitful relationships with businesses, festivals, galleries, events, sporting teams, education providers and the City of Greater Bendigo council. The campus is well serviced by buses from around Greater Bendigo.

Mildura Campus

At the Mildura Campus, expect excellence in teaching and learning, and a personalised, student-centred focus. With over 500 students, the Campus is in the heart of Mildura and closely entwined with the local community.

Some of our facilities are also available to the public. Our staff are engaged in innovative and varied research much of which is directly related to the local region, including the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.


Bendigo Campus

Buildings on our Bendigo Campus host an array of spaces available for teaching, learning and research.  These spaces for visual arts and respective disciplines have over 4,450 square metres, including spaces for:

  • Photography film processing and print darkrooms
  • Graphic Design Illustration studio and Mac Lab
  • Photography Mac lab
  • Photography studio
  • Printmaking workshops and studios
  • Clay and ceramic prep room and studios
  • Post graduate studios and spaces
  • Life drawing studio and display area
  • Visual arts and painting studios
  • General administration and other spaces

The Phyllis Palmer Gallery

Located within the existing visual arts building at the Bendigo campus this refurbished gallery space is used primarily used for the display of student art.

Visual Arts Centre (VAC)

Located in Bendigo the VAC has engaged similarly showcasing contemporary art practice while engaging with the community through a public lecture program, artist floor talks and residencies featuring local, national and international artists.

Located directly opposite Bendigo Art Gallery and the Capital Theatre, the VAC is a multipurpose visual arts facility. The award winning building, designed by architect Peter Elliott, features two galleries, two sculpture courtyards, a tiered auditorium, meeting room and an artist-in-residence apartment and studio. There is a strong indoor outdoor relationship between spaces which provides a dynamic setting for staff, students, visiting artists and the public.

Visual Arts academic and support staff structure

A basic overview of the staff structure for the new visual arts major can be downloaded below. The positions and accompanying position descriptions can be found on our job board.

Download the staff structure chart [PDF 440KB]