FAQs: Future students

What is the current plan for SCA?

On 29 May 2017 the University released a document to staff outlining a plan to build on SCA’s reputation as an internationally renowned art school, and enable focus on the core business of teaching, learning and research. As was indicated in the September 2015 discussion paper‘Improving our organisational design’and agreed by Senate in December 2016, SCA will become a part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

Structurally SCA will become a department within the School of Art, Literature and Media in FASS. This has many advantages as SCA will not have the same financial overheads associated with faculty status. They will instead be supported to fully exploit the opportunities of interdisciplinary research and teaching created by proximity to so many relevant disciplines, and allow those disciplines to enhance their work through greater engagement with the visual arts.

In addition to the organisational move to FASS, the visual arts facilities will be relocated to the Camperdown/Darlington Campus. During 2018 the Old Teachers College and nearby Badham building will be repurposed to ensure visual art facilities are ready to receive students, following intensive collaboration between SCA staff, academic colleagues and Campus Infrastructure Services. SCA is expected to begin teaching from the Old Teachers College in Semester 1, 2019.

This relocation has been phased to allow sufficient time to plan the new spaces and ensure the ongoing provision of teaching to current students.

Future Undergraduate students

What Undergraduate visual arts degrees can I study at SCA?

A revised Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) will be open for application shortly for commencement in 2018, as well as a new four-year Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree. The program for 2019 onwards will undergo further review to make the most of the new opportunities afforded by the new location, such as new spaces and proximity to a broader academic community as well as new modes of course delivery resultant from a new staff model.

What will the new BVA look like?

This is still to be finalised however it is imagined that within the proposed single contemporary art group, students will be supported to produce their best work in the most appropriate mediums, as befits the study of contemporary visual art.

Glass, Ceramics and Jewellery will not be offered as standalone studio specialisations, but will be offered within the Sculpture/Object family.

Also, BVA students will have greater access than previously to subjects across the university, including FASS subjects to broaden their scope and more critically inform their work.

Who will I be taught by?

The new model will be staffed by excellent academic and technical staff.

Where will I study?

SCA will begin the move to the Camperdown/Darlington campus late in 2018 (although this may take longer) and will be housed primarily in visual arts facilities in the Old Teacher’s College with access to nearby space in the Badham building. Students who commence studies during 2018 should expect a significant portion of their studies to be undertaken at Camperdown/Darlington campus.

What facilities will be available?

The design of the space is not yet confirmed. However, the University can confirm that there will be facilities to meet the needs of the curriculum, with more details to come following further consultation with SCA staff.


Future Postgraduate Coursework students

What visual arts degrees can I study at SCA?

Applications for the Master of Moving Image are currently open. Applications for the Master of Contemporary Arts will open for commencement in 2018.

Where will I study?

SCA will begin the move to the Camperdown/Darlington campus during 2018 (although this may take longer) and will be housed primarily in visual arts facilities in the Old Teacher’s College with access to nearby space in the Badham building. Students who commence studies during 2018 should expect a portion of their studies to be completed at Camperdown campus.

What facilities will be available?

The design of the space is not yet confirmed. However, the University can confirm that there will be facilities to meet the needs of the curriculum, with more details to come following further consultation with SCA staff.

Who will I be taught by?

The new model will be staffed by excellent academic and technical staff.


Future HDR students

What visual arts degrees can I study at SCA?

Applications will be open shortly for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) to commence in 2018.

Who will supervise me?

The University will work with students individually during the application process to ensure appropriate supervision.

Where will I study?

SCA will begin the move to the Camperdown/Darlington campus during 2018 (although this may take longer) and will be housed primarily in visual arts facilities in the Old Teacher’s College. Students who commence studies during 2018 should expect a portion of their studies to be completed at Camperdown campus.

What facilities will be available?

The design of the space is not yet confirmed. However, the University will work with new research applicants to ensure access to appropriate space and facilities.