The University of Melbourne is delivering a major capital works project that will instil the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s position as a world-leading arts education institution. To achieve this bold new vision, which engages with the City of Mebourne’s Arts Precinct Blueprint, a process is underway for converting for historically-important buildings into training facilities and constructing new facilities including contemporary workshops, studios and centres.

The Southbank campus will be part of the wider Arts Precinct which include the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Australian Ballet and Arts Centre Victoria.

The renewal project includes the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre, the Buxton Contemporary museum and the Dodds Street Stables refurbishment of the prior Victoria Police Mounted Branch Stables site. The campus will be opened up to encourage visitors to enjoy the galleries, performances, museums and historical buildings. Part of the work to improve the landscaping and accessibility to the Southbank campus works includes a new linear park through the campus, a publicly-accessible walkway through the Stables, pedestrian paths and a new open plaza at the entrance to the Ian Potter Southbank Centre.

render image of new Ian Potter Southbank Centre and adjoining linear park

The new Ian Potter Southbank Centre and adjoining linear park, which will connect the campus with the wider Melbourne Arts Precinct. Image by John Wardle Architects.

Development Projects





Our Campus in the 21st Century


The occupation of The Stables will continue the tradition of artists appropriating buildings to use and cater to the 20% student growth from 2010-2020 at the school.

Early works on the refurbishment of The Stables will begin June 2016 with construction concluding in April 2017, providing new art studios, exhibition spaces and office accommodation for the School of Art and a flexible performance area for general use.


The new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music alongside the Victorian College of the Arts will also stimulate collaboration across the artistic disciplines as music students engage with students studying film, television, visual and performing arts.

The developments will further synergise the University with its creative partners, helping achieve the city’s vision for a thriving arts scene and to create a new dynamic environment for music education.