SCA studio speed dating finds the perfect course match

25 August 2014

Find your perfect course match at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) on Saturday 30 August. As part of the University of Sydney's Open Day, art students exploring their options for tertiary study in 2015 are invited to join a Studio Speed Date for an introduction to the range of studio facilities and creative expertise on offer at SCA.

Over the course of two hours, students will be escorted through the studios and workshops supporting Painting, Photography, Printmedia, Screen Arts, Sculpture and Jewellery & Object at SCA. While spending up to 20 minutes getting 'up close and personal' with each discipline, visitors will meet and talk to current students and many practicing artists who are teaching at the University's contemporary art school.

"This is the best way for future students to get a clear picture of the course options and the incredible studio facilities available to them at SCA," said Oliver Smith, Head of Contemporary Art at SCA.

A drop-in centre will also be set up for students to get free advice on how to start or develop their art portfolio - an important part of the SCA application process.

"The students get to talk directly to our academic staff about how to prepare a portfolio. We find the feedback builds their confidence and puts them on the right track for applying to study at SCA," said Oliver Smith.

Open Day is the one day of the year that the public can go behind the sandstone walls of SCA and meet the staff, see the extensive studios, and hear first-hand about the courses taught at Sydney's leading contemporary art school. This year, visitors can also view film screenings of animation classics, take part in the old tradition of pinhole photography, or bring in their old camera wares and join in SCA's annual film camera fair and swap.

Across the campus, artists will be on hand demonstrating the art of glass blowing, ceramic wheel throwing, screen printing, wall painting, sculpture and more. Visitors may also join a historical tour and discover the site's intriguing past, when it operated as a state-of-the-art psychiatric institution for over a century.

Established in 1976, SCA was the first tertiary art school in New South Wales and has been the premier training ground for Sydney's leading contemporary artists for almost 40 years. Its location in the old, sandstone quarters of Rozelle Hospital, within the beautiful grounds of Callan Park, is the ideal environment for students to explore and develop the artist within them.

August 30 is the last day for the public to also visit SCA exhibitions The Sceptical Image, featuring 11 contemporary Australian artists, and Madame B: Explorations in Emotional Capitalism, the latest project by internationally-acclaimed, Dutch video artist Mieke Bal.

Event Details

What: University of Sydney Open Day

When: Saturday 30 August 2014

Where: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney Rozelle Campus, Kirkbride Way, Lilyfield

Hours: 9am to 4pm. Studio Speed Dating: 11am to 1pm. Register on SCA facebook.

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