Your correspondent has an ambivalent view of art schools : this, before and after getting the boot from the VCA/National Gallery School in 1974 : before and after an invaluable 18 months as a Media Arts student at RMIT, 2003-04.
So, was cheered to read in today's The Age (below) of rebellion in the student ranks.
Also, for background :
Uni 'ripped heart out of VCA'
May 23, 2009
CONCERN over the future of the former Victorian College of the Arts continues to grow after a graduating student was applauded at a presentation ceremony for criticising the college's takeover by Melbourne University.
Filmmaker Robbie McEwen accepted his degree last week before declaring in front of vice-chancellor Glyn Davis and other university officials at the Melbourne Recital Centre that "people could thank the University of Melbourne for ripping the heart out of the VCA".
College lecturers who were there say the applause from students and their families was long and sustained, while Professor Davis appeared stunned...
Staff, students at former VCA in crisis meetings
May 21, 2009
... But students have organised their own campaign and set up a website, savevca.org, that invites protest letters to federal Education Minister Julia Gillard. A spokeswoman for the VCA Student Union, Alison Hope, says students are also taking up the issue themselves by posting videos on YouTube...
( full article here )
Visit the SAVE THE VCA website ( here )
Sign the SAVE THE VCA PETITION ( here )