Contemporary Art

The Master of Contemporary Arts is not accepting any new applicants. For current students, please refer to the handbook for the year you enrolled.

Coursework

The course structure requires you to complete a cohesive sequence of core units of study, supplemented by a range of electives. A capstone unit in the form of a contemporary art project allows you to unite the major themes of the course.

As part of your studies, you will also complete one core elective unit which is a compulsory praxis component of study. This may be undertaken as:

(a) an industry placement
(b) a professional project
(c) a research project consisting of an academically rigorous written component that prepares you for a higher degree research pathway.

This course is part of an embedded sequence including the graduate diploma and master’s degree.

Awards and requirements

Master of Contemporary Art
To qualify for the Master of Contemporary Art candidates must complete 72 credit points, including:

  • 30 credit points of core units of study
  • 6 credit points of capstone units of study
  • 6 credit points of core elective units of study
  • 30 credit points of elective units of study


Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art candidates must complete 48 credit points, including:

  • 30 credit points of core units of study
  • 18 credit points of elective units of study

Sample pathway (full time)

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
CACA5001 Project 1: Critical Thinking CACA5002 Project 2: Critical Contexts CAMI6003 Praxis: Professional Placement, or CAMI6004 Praxis: Industry Placement, or CAMA6005 Praxis: Research Project
CACA5003 Contemporary Art: Histories and Theories** Elective* CAMA6002 Final Project
Elective* Elective* Elective*
    Elective*

 

*Choose a unit of study from the Contemporary Art unit of study table list of electives.

**Students starting the course mid-year (July) take CACA5003 in the second semester of their studies.

You can exit with a Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art once you successfully complete all Semester 1 and 2 units of study.

Sample pathway (part-time)

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
CACA5001 Project 1: Critical Thinking Elective* CACA5002 Project 2: Critical Contexts Elective* Elective* CAMI6003 Praxis: Professional Placement, or CAMI6004 Praxis: Industry Placement, or CAMA6005 Praxis: Research Project
  Elective* CACA5003 Contemporary Art: Histories and Theories (option 1) Elective* CACA5003 Contemporary Art: Histories and Theories (option 2) CAMA6002 Final Project

Contact

Sydney College of the Arts
School of Literature, Art and Media

Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Stefan Popescu
Phone: +61 2 9351 1055
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