FAQs: Future students

Why has the university discontinued the merger discussions with UNSW?

In June 2016 the University announced it was considering a merger of Sydney College of the Arts with the University of NSW.

In July 2016, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, advised the University of New South Wales that, despite the best efforts of all involved, he believed the two institutions have a different vision of what a centre of excellence in the visual arts might entail and, in particular, the extent to which it is important to preserve the SCA’s distinctive tradition.

The University has now progressed consultation on plans for the SCA to become a part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as foreshadowed in the September 2015 discussion paperImproving our organisational designand agreed by Senate last December.

The SCA is likely to move to the Camperdown/Darlington Campus, during 2018. This will enable the SCA fully to 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.

Future Undergraduate students

What visual arts degrees can I study in 2017?

We will not be accepting any new applications for the Bachelor of Visual Arts to commence during 2017. We will be revising the program over the coming year and the Bachelor of Visual Arts will be open for application for commencement in 2018.

Where will I study?

The SCA will likely begin the move to the Camperdown/Darlington campus during 2018 (although this may take longer) and the current proposal is to house visual arts facilities in the Old Teacher’s College, following major refurbishment.


Future Postgraduate Coursework students

What visual arts degrees can I study in 2017?

The Master of Moving Image will continue to be taught at the University. We will not be accepting any new applications for the Master of Contemporary Arts to commence in 2017 and following the change program will reopen applications for commencement in 2018.

If I have already accepted in 2016 and deferred, can I still study at the University of Sydney in 2017?

The Master of Moving Image will continue to be offered.
If you have previously accepted an offer for the Master of Contemporary Art you will be able to continue to enrol in 2017.

Where will I study?

The SCA will begin the move to the Camperdown/Darlington campus during 2018 (although this may take longer) and the current proposal is to house visual arts facilities in the Old Teacher’s College.


Future HDR students

What visual arts degrees can I study in 2017?

There will be no new Higher Degrees by Research places for 2017. We will not be accepting new applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) to commence in 2017.

If I have already accepted in 2016 and deferred, can I still study at the University of Sydney in 2017?

If you have already accepted an offer in the PhD or MFA, you will be able to continue to enrol in 2017.

Where will I study?

The SCA will begin the move to the Camperdown/Darlington campus during 2018 (although this may take longer) and the current proposal is to house visual arts facilities in the Old Teacher’s College.

Who will supervise me?

The University will work with students on a case-by case basis to ensure appropriate supervision during the application process.