Born in Dublin, Dick emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Upon her arrival in the U.S., Dick became an integral figure in No Wave film culture and produced a series of seminal Super8 short films. Many of her films were staged around well-known New York City sites such as Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the World Trade Center. The films featured punk performers such as Lydia Lunch, Pat Place (of the band Bush Tetras) and Adele Bertei (of The Contortions). Film critic and author J. Hoberman has called Dick the "quintessential No Wave filmmaker".
In 1982 Dick moved to Ireland, and then to London where she continued making films.
Dick's work formed part of two major retrospectives of American avant garde film: No Wave Cinema 1978-87 (1996) at the Whitney Museum, New York and Big as Life: An American History of Super8 Film (1999) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Dick currently teaches filmmaking at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Dick is making a documentary on underground Irish bands. She is also planning another feminist classic,[weasel words] "I Ain't Feelin' It."
Vivienne's work featured in the Tate Modern, London from Friday 10 September – Tuesday 14 September 2010. It featured a collection of her remarkable films and included a performance by Lydia Lunch as well as discussions with Nan Goldin, Claire Pajaczkowska and Maeve Connolly, as well as films by other artists selected by Dick. 
- DVD, Afterimages 4 : Vivienne Dick, Lux. Comprenant : Guerillére Talks, 1978, 24 min; She Had Her Gun Already, 1978, 28 min; Staten Island, 1978, 4 min.
- 2005. Molecular Moments
- 2004. Saccade
- 2002. Excluded by the Nature of Things, DVD pour trois écrans
- 1999. Two Be Two
- 1994. A Skinny Little Man Attacked Daddy
- 1992. New York Conversations
- 1990. Two Pigeons
- 1989. London Suite
- 1988. Images : Ireland
- 1988. Pobal-Portrait of an Artist
- 1986. Rothach
- 1983. Trailer
- 1983. Like Dawn to Dusk
- 1982. Loisaida
- 1981. Visibility : Moderate
- 1980. Liberty's Booty
- 1979. Beauty Becomes the Beast
- 1978. She Had Her Gun All Ready
- 1978. Staten island
- 1978. Guerillere Talks
- "A context for Vivienne Dick," October, no. 20, Spring 1982, pp. 102–106
- "Film lecturer honoured with invite to screen in New York". Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. 18 October 2010.
- Vivienne Dick at the Internet Movie Database
- Excluded by the Nature of Things? Irish Cinema and Artist's Film, CIRCA, 106, Winter 2003, pp. 33–39.
- From no wave to national cinema: the cultural landscape of Vivienne Dick's early films (1978-1985), Maeve Connolly, National Cinema and Beyond, Four Courts Press 2004, 61-73.