About SCA

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

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

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

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.