About SCA

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Leading the research and practice of contemporary art in Australia since 1976, SCA delivers innovative educational programs that support the professional success of graduates. A faculty of the University of Sydney, SCA continues the tradition of academic excellence associated with Australia’s most established educational institution.

We are the University of Sydney’s school of contemporary art.

We respond creatively to the major issues driving contemporary society.

We teach people how to become leading artists, curators and writers active in national and international visual culture.

We value intelligence, innovation, creative thinking, research and problem-solving.

Our work, our openness and our philosophy reflect our view that art is a wide-ranging concept that allows many viewpoints, approaches and backgrounds.

As a community of students, staff and graduates, we generously engage with the world beyond our campus through collegiality, exhibitions and collaborations.

We draw and build on the heritage of academic rigour and research intensity of the University of Sydney to provide an enriched learning experience for our undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Through this heritage, they become the skilled, resourceful and visionary makers and interpreters of contemporary art.

SCA’s campus is located in the historic Kirkbride buildings in Rozelle, and overlooks Sydney harbour. SCA provides free student and visitor parking on campus and is easily accessible by public transport.

The educational programs are studio-based and facilities include computer and multimedia laboratories, print, clay, glass, wood and metal workshops, film/video & sound production and editing facilities, SCA Gallery, SCA library and several student exhibition spaces.

Dean's Welcome

Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean

Thank you for visiting Sydney College of the Arts. At SCA we have a long tradition of delivering Visual Arts education of the highest quality, with high caliber staff who enjoy national and international reputations in practice and research.

As part of a highly respected, research-intensive university, we are all proud to be able to apply the benefits of our practice directly into learning and teaching at all levels, whether it be Foundation year or PhD. SCA offers an exciting range of programmes at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, which reflect its mission to provide a vibrant and conceptually coherent coverage of subjects relevant to international contemporary art practice.

SCA’s reputation derives from an excellent track record of successes for its students and graduates, and we boast an impressive list of successful alumni. We are not content to live on past success, however, and continue to change and develop in order to meet the demands of a rapidly moving world. The SCA educational experience prepares students for future success, whether they follow a professional Visual Arts path or choose to apply the skills and knowledge gained in other areas of work. At SCA we believe in a student-centered environment in which the development of everybody’s full potential and the realisation of their aspirations are key.

I hope you will enjoy exploring the pages on this site and that their content proves informative and useful, whether you are looking for the right course of study, to collaborate with us, or to commission research. We will be very happy to hear from you and welcome any further enquiries you might have.

– Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean


The mission of the Sydney College of the Arts is to educate and train those who will practice as makers or interpreters of contemporary art, craft, and design (the visual arts) to be skilled and knowledgeable, innovative and resourceful in their practice.

SCA is international in outlook and will be responsive to changing needs and developments at local, national and international levels appropriate to visual arts theory and practice and, through teaching, scholarship, research, and creative practice; exercising an independent role at the forefront of art education. Postgraduate candidates are given the opportunity to further develop their independent practice in one of the specialist disciplines or in a combination of disciplines.

Academic staff believe studio-based learning is integral to any visual arts degree and also understand the importance of working with professional artists, designers and craft people. Staff maintain professional profiles in their field with many exhibiting nationally and internationally.