A vibrant educational tool
Arts West is the Faculty of Arts' most significant development in over 40 years. The building is a vibrant educational resource, tailored specifically to support the pedagogy of the Bachelor of Arts and teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences.
Arts West is a proactive response to contemporary drivers of change including the democratisation of knowledge access and sharing, internationalisation and the digital world. In response to these changes we are ensuring that students, staff, industry partners and the community of the Faculty of Arts have access to world-class facilities and technologies to provide a globally competitive learning and teaching experience.
New learning spaces
The new spaces have been purpose designed, and include facilities for collaborative and project based learning, interactive learning (including a cinema- quality interactive theatre), a media laboratory, and lecture and discursive spaces. There are two specialised teaching rooms to combine the great potential for object-based learning presented by Museums and Collections with our responsibilities for the care and conservation of these precious objects. For more information please see the Teaching with Unique Collections website.
Object-based learning and the new Arts West
Through an emphasis on object-engaged learning, the building provides students with the experience of first hand engagement with valuable cultural and rare collections material to inform their learning, drive research training, and enable an enriched experience of how knowledge is activated. Through Arts West, the Faculty continues to deliver the Bachelor of Arts, an undergraduate degree with an undergraduate degree with over 30 majors across more than 40 disciplines, giving our students the richness and depth of education that The University of Melbourne is famous for.
Immediately adjacent to the Atrium, the Arts West Gallery displays curated collections of objects and artefacts from the University's Museums and Collections.
Future based learning in world class spaces
Arts West provides dynamic spaces, which enable a wide variety of future, directed forms of learning including object and media based teaching. The project delivers a host of significant new teaching spaces directly and immediately impacting on students learning experience and course satisfaction. The redevelopment places the University's valuable cultural collections at the centre of the curriculum and facilitates a unique campus-based learning experience and greater opportunity for community education.
Arts West reaffirms Arts as an intrinsic part of the New Generation curriculum. The new facility drives future-based learning in world class spaces allowing students to expand their learning experience out into the increasingly digitalised and globalised world whilst simultaneously focusing inwards on their education in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Digital Studio is located in Arts West on levels 2 and 3 of the West Wing. Set across two floors, the Digital Studio provides a range of services and infrastructure to support University researchers, professionals and selected industry experts and students working on digital projects in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). The Digital Studio therefore aims to assist the Faculty of Arts to build scale in significant and interdisciplinary fields of research endeavour. The Studio is equipped with digitisation facilities, immersive screens and specialised software.