Sydney College of the Arts (SCA)

Sydney College of the Arts SCA


Graduates of the Sydney College of the Arts are resourceful in creating employment opportunities through showcasing their individual art and talents. Finding regular work or a permanent job as an artist can be a challenge and for some, self-employment, short-term residencies or commissions are the main career opportunities.

Fine art graduates become independent professional artists with careers in the commissioned and public funding sectors or splinter off into the broader creative arena leading to careers in art curating, education and research, museum or art gallery management, theatre, film or craft based opportunities such as costume design or sound production or as creative directors.

Fine art graduates are also recognised in a business environment where the visual image is paramount, such as advertising and marketing, exhibition design, publishing and illustrating.

Alternative pathways resulting from further study or specialist training in fields that are socially or educationally focused, would lead to teaching, art therapy and working for community arts projects.

Technology-based arts graduates move into careers in behind-the-scenes production and advanced technology fields such as multimedia, digital animation and graphic design with more artists now working in corporations as well as in studios.

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Occupations (based on graduate positions obtained in the last two years)

The following employers and occupational titles are indicative of graduate destinations for this faculty, however career options available for graduates are not limited to those listed. Graduates from a double degree have a broader range of career options.
This information is based on the Graduate Destinations Survey for the University of Sydney.

  • Antique Dealer
  • Art Gallery Assistant
  • Art Teacher
  • Artist
  • Arts Project Officer
  • Associate Minister
  • Beauty Sales Advisor
  • Conversation Teacher
  • Copy Editor
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Demonstrator
  • Designer
  • Director
  • Distribution and Film Sales Manager
  • Distribution Manager
  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educator
  • Events Photographer
  • Fabrication Technician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Illustrator
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Office Assistant
  • Part Time Lecturer
  • Photographer
  • Photographic Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Radio Operator
  • Researcher
  • Sound Recorder/Camera Assistant
  • Studio Assistant
  • Supervisor - Media Centre
  • Teacher

Employers (based on those who recruited graduates in the last two years)
  • Adrian Smith Photography
  • Ambience Entertainment
  • Antique Print Room
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Australian Refiners
  • Aveda
  • Channel Nine
  • Commonwealth Magazine Group
  • Creation Development
  • Daehan Education Center
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Devit Toirier
  • Evenrace
  • Fairfax Media
  • Heman, Friedland and Associates
  • Intelligent Accounts
  • Intouch Health
  • Jessica Klingelfuss Photography
  • Kookmin University
  • Kristys Little Pix
  • Macarthur Community College
  • Medtronic Australasia
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Newspoll
  • Onionboy
  • Penrith Regional Gallery
  • Pixifoto
  • Rehabilitation Studies Unit
  • Sara Roney Gallery
  • SBS
  • Scuola Saracco Elementaro
  • Self Employed
  • St Vincent Clinic
  • Sydney Film School
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney University
  • The Drawing Book
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Sydney
  • UTS Union
  • VIM Media and Events
  • Visionbytes
  • Weather Risk Management Services