How to apply

To apply for a degree offered by the Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School, you should lodge an online application before the relevant closing date.

Applying for admission to a degree requires time and preparation. Please read all the instructions provided and have all of your documentation ready before you commence your application.

If you experience difficulty submitting your application or uploading your documentation, please contact Future Student Contact Centre:

Phone: 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (within Australia)
  +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)
Email: (domestic students); or
  http://sydney.edu.au/ask-international (international students).


COURSEWORK APPLICATIONS

Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School is currently accepting applications for entry to the Master of Contemporary Art and the Master of Moving Image in semester 1 each year.

Applications must be received by 31 January of the same year.

Each degree has different application requirements, designed to confirm your skills, commitment and experience.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to a coursework degree, you must have completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and present a portfolio of creative work which demonstrates you are capable of undertaking art practice and coursework at an advanced level.

In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications, based on evidence of professional experience and achievement found to be the equivalent and deemed to be sufficient to undertake the degree

Supporting documents

All Master of Contemporary Art applicants must provide the following supporting documents:

  • proof of identity and citizenship/residency (such as your passport or birth certificate)
  • official transcripts for academic qualifications
  • portfolio of recent creative work
  • studio project proposal, including the title and a description of your project (approx. 100 words)
  • context statement, outlining the contemporary art context and issues informing your studio project (approx. 200 words)
  • current CV detailing relevant professional experience, exhibitions and skills

All Master of Moving Image applicants must provide the following supporting documents:

  • proof of identity and citizenship/residency (such as your passport or birth certificate)
  • official transcripts for academic qualifications
  • portfolio of recent creative work

If applicable, you may also need to provide:

  • proof of change of name
  • evidence of English proficiency (such as IELTS or TOEFL test results)
  • professional references.

Please ensure each document is clearly labelled

Portfolio guidelines

Your portfolio should reflect your recent creative work and demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced art practice in your nominated major studio.

Please submit up to ten (10) examples of work. You can include the following:

  • digital photographs of installations, performance, and exhibitions (preferably as one JPG, TIFF or PDF file)
  • showreel or excerpts of film, animation or digital video work (.MOV)
  • website or Vimeo channel (please provide the site address in a Word or PDF document)
  • original storyboards, treatments or scripts for short films (Word or PDF). (Maximum length of treatment - 5 pages. Maximum length of screenplay - 25 pages. DO NOT submit screenplays or scripts for feature films)

The maximum file size for each document or compressed file upload is 10MB.

Lodging your application

When you lodge your application you will be asked to provide supporting documentation, and will be prompted to upload each document in the application portal. If your application is approved for admission, you may be required to provide original or original certified documents.

You should have all of your documentation prepared before you commence your online application. Once you have prepared your supporting documentation and portfolio you are ready to submit your application. Click here to apply online

Tracking your application

After you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email providing your applicant ID number and password. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk mail folder.

Once you have these details you can track your application online, and view correspondence regarding the progress and outcome of your application.

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of admission online in the application portal. You must be made an unconditional offer of admission, and have accepted your offer online in order to enrol in the degree.


RESEARCH APPLICATIONS

Sydney College of the Arts offers two postgraduate research degrees: the Master of Fine Arts, and the Doctor of Philosophy, and accepts applications at three stages each year.

The key dates for research applications are:

 COMMENCEMENT  APPLICATIONS CLOSE   
 Research Period 2 (Start date: 1 March)      October 31  
 Research Period 3 (Start date: 1 July)  April 30  
 Research Period 4 (Start date: 1 October)  July 31  

Late applications will not considered


You may be invited to attend an admission interview in support of your application for a research degree. You will be notified if this is necessary.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to a research degree, you must have completed a significant research project or thesis in your previous university study, such as an Australian honours degree, or coursework Master degree with a thesis component.

You must also present a portfolio of creative work reflecting your recent art practice, and a proposal which clearly articulates your research project and the context for your research.

Research supervisors

You may nominate a supervisor for your project, which will be taken into consideration during the application assessment period. Supervisors are not guaranteed and are appointed by and at the discretion of the Dean of the faculty.

While your research project will be initiated and determined by your own interests, your supervisor will guide you in understanding your research within the field of contemporary art theory and practice.

Research Supervisor Connect is an online tool that enables you to match your research interests to those of available Masters and PhD supervisors at Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School.

You can search by supervisor, or by topic area.

You may contact a potential supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect to discuss your interest in the degree and your research project. If you have made contact with a supervisor and have proof of their support in writing, you can provide this in your online application.

Lodging your application

When you lodge your application you will be asked to provide supporting documentation, and will be prompted to upload each document in the application portal. If your application is approved for admission, you may be required to provide original or original certified documents.

You should have all of your documentation prepared before you commence your online application.

Supporting documents

Applicants for research degrees at Sydney College of the Arts must provide the following documents:

  • proof of identity and citizenship/residency, such as your passport or birth certificate
  • official transcripts for academic qualifications
  • portfolio of recent creative work (not required for thesis-only applicants)
  • research proposal
  • current CV detailing relevant professional and academic experience, exhibitions, publications

If applicable, you may also need to provide:

  • proof that your proposed supervisor has agreed to support your application and project, such as an email
  • proof of change of name
  • evidence of English proficiency (such as IELTS or TOEFL test results)

Portfolio Guidelines

Your portfolio should reflect your recent art practice and demonstrate the level of proficiency expected of an advanced research applicant. Please submit up to ten (10) examples of your work to date. Your portfolio can include:

  • showreel or excerpts of film or digital video work (.MOV)
  • website or other dedicated site such as a Vimeo channel (please provide the site address in a Word or PDF document)
  • digital photographs of installations, performance, and exhibitions (JPG or PDF)

The maximum file size for each document or compressed file upload is 10MB.


MASTER OF FINE ARTS APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Research Proposal Guidelines

The research proposal is a synopsis of your proposed area of research, and should articulate the research question you wish to answer. The research question should be of your own devising, and your proposal should be a detailed outline of your topic and course of research. A Master thesis should make an advanced contribution to knowledge.

Your proposal should be 3 - 5 pages and include the following:

1. The working title of your project.

  • Creative work and research paper of 10,000 - 12,000 words; or
  • Thesis of 35,000 - 50,000 words

2. If applicable, a description of the concept and significance of the creative work, the type of work you intend to produce, the materials you intend to use, and your minimum studio requirement.

3. A description of the aims and significance of your research paper/thesis, the artists and theorists you intend to discuss and their relationship to your concept, and the wider visual arts context for your project.

4. An outline of the methodology you will employ to gather your content and draw your conclusions, and a map of how you will complete the project within the four semester timeframe.

5. A brief bibliography identifying the literature relevant to your project.

The University of Sydney's Learning Centre also provides Writing a Thesis Proposal Guidelines

Apply online for the Master of Fine Arts

Once you have prepared your supporting documentation and portfolio you are ready to submit your application. Click here to apply online


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Research proposal guidelines

The research proposal is a synopsis of your proposed area of research, and should articulate the research question you wish to answer. The research question should be of your own devising, and your proposal should be a detailed outline of your topic and course of research. A PhD thesis should constitute an original contribution to the understanding of contemporary visual arts.

Your proposal should be 7 - 10 pages and include the following:

1. The working title of your project.
2. Your proposed mode of research:

  • A thesis comprising a substantial exhibition of creative work and a written text of 40,000 - 50,000 words; or
  • Thesis of 60,000 - 80,000 words

3. If applicable, a description of the concept and significance of the creative work, the type of work you intend to produce, the materials you intend to use, and your minimum studio requirement.

4. A description of the aims and significance of your research paper/thesis, the artists and theorists you intend to discuss and their relationship to your concept, and the wider visual arts context for your project.

5. An outline of the methodology you will employ to gather your content and draw your conclusions, and a map of how you will complete the project within the six semester timeframe.

6. A brief bibliography identifying the literature relevant to your project.

The University of Sydney's Learning Centre also provides Writing a Thesis Proposal Guidelines

Apply online for the Doctor of Philosophy

Once you have prepared your supporting documentation and portfolio you are ready to submit your application. Click here to apply online.