Those involved with SAVE VCA believe that the damage done to the College to date has been because decisions have been made without research or consultation.
Rather than presenting a solution, we believe lasting security and success for VCA will come from making considered choices based on evidence. As such we suggest the following action plan for VCA:
- The current Federal Government to immediately re-instate the 2005 cut of 35% of VCA’s revenue by the Howard Government.
- UoM to immediately reverse curriculum, financial and structural changes to the VCA including:
- Reinstating Puppetry and Music Theatre (and course streams cut within courses such as Film & TV Documentary and Visual Effects)
- Returning the current VCA structure to the former school system (Drama, Dance, Production, Film & TV, Music, Art);
- Any further ‘Melbourne Modelisation’ of VCA Music to immediate cease;
- Refund building rentals charged to date and halt rental charges until 2011 as per the Heads of Agreement’s financial integration conditions;
- Provide a two-year moratorium on all staffing changes including freezing proposed Responsible Division Management alterations.
- It is imperative the Government of Victoria invest in an economic impact study of the VCA on the State and the Nation. Changes to the VCA affect jobs, people’s livelihoods, arts business and tourism, and require action based on hard evidence and an understanding of VCA’s place in the economy.
- One of SAVE VCA’s primary aims from the start was to get UoM or the Federal Government to order a full, independent review of curriculum, funding, leadership, administration and staffing at VCA. Although the University completed it’s own review in May 2010, the process proved to be subjective and was widely viewed as a waste of time and money.
SAVE VCA advocates the optimum outcome for VCA is a demerger from the University, with VCA becoming a stand alone institution funded by the Federal Arts Ministry like NIDA, AFTRS, NICA and the Australian Ballet School. This status would recognise that VCA is the biggest supplier of elite artists in the country and the only College to teach every art major form with an emphasis on cross-form collaboration. This would seem UoM Music return to Parkville (and go back to being its own University Faculty). This proposal has been supported by the Australian Greens (read more here).
In addition, SAVE VCA believe the Victorian State Government must financially support for VCA to ensure skills supply to the State – this has been endorsed by both the Victorian Liberals and the Victorian Greens (read more here).
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