Credit for Previous Study

Related study can be credited towards your degree.

If you have already completed university-level or other tertiary units of study, you may be able to get credit for previous study. This means you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner.

Credit for previous study is a value that can be used towards completion of your current degree.

When SCA assesses applications for credit, we look for studies that are regarded by the Faculty as equivalent in workload and academic standard, successfully completed at the University of Sydney or another university or tertiary institution. Credit is granted according to provisions of the Coursework Policy (refer to Part 11).

TAFE Articulation Agreements

SCA has a number of TAFE Articulation Agreements, which offer a credit transfer pathway to the Bachelor of Visual Arts. The relevant TAFE courses are:

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
  • Diploma of Photo Imaging
  • Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
  • Diploma of Ceramics
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development

If you have completed any Diploma or Advanced Diploma from the list above you are eligible to apply for credit towards first year units of study (up to one year full-time).

You can apply for credit once you have enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

When applying for credit, please only create one credit item and provide a copy of your TAFE transcript. You don't need to apply for credit for every unit of study that you have completed in your Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Sydney Film School

If you have completed the Diploma of Screen and Media (inclusive of the Thesis Project) or Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (inclusive of the Advanced Thesis Project) from Sydney Film School (SFS), you are eligible to apply for credit towards first year units of study (up to one year full-time) in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photomedia and Screen Arts majors only).

You can apply for credit once you have enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

When applying for credit, please only create one credit item and provide a copy of your SFS transcript. You don't need to apply for credit for every unit of study that you have completed in your Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Academy of Information Technology

If you have completed the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies or Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media from Academy of Information Technology (AIT), you are eligible to apply for credit towards first year units of study (up to one year full-time) in the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photomedia and Screen Arts majors only).

You can apply for credit once you have enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

When applying for credit, please only create one credit item and provide a copy of your AIT transcript. You don't need to apply for credit for every unit of study that you have completed in your Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Other institutions

You can also apply for credit if you have:

  • taken units of study at another university or higher education institution
  • qualifications from a higher education institution or vocational education and training institution (including TAFE and private providers)


*Please note this Faculty does not give credit based on work experience (recognition of prior learning).

Please click here for information about how and when to apply for credit and the list of supporting documentation you must provide with your application. Please also read carefully sections about:

  • What you can’t receive credit for; and
  • Consequences of accepting credit

You don't need to provide a portfolio of artwork with your credit application.