Postgraduate Students

Important Message

The University has signed a Heads of Agreement with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) involving Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and UNSW Art and Design.

Under the agreement, we intend that from Semester 1 2017 all undergraduate SCA students and students enrolled in the Master of Contemporary Arts will have the choice either to transfer to a UNSW degree or to remain enrolled in a Sydney degree, but with units of study delivered by UNSW. Appropriate arrangements will be made for students in the Master of Moving Image and, on a case-by-case basis, for HDR student supervision.

All SCA students will have the option of graduating with a University of Sydney degree.

We expect that a formal agreement will be signed later in 2016.

Why Study at the SCA Graduate School

Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) is the visual arts faculty of the University of Sydney, and the SCA Graduate School is the home for postgraduate study within the faculty.

The Graduate School provides high quality education in contemporary visual art. We offer a range of flexible, self-directed and cross-disciplinary programs to a diverse cohort of students. Whether you are looking to consolidate existing professional skills, establish a continuing art practice, or engage in a sustained research endeavour, the Graduate School will provide you with intellectual challenges and creative support, within a community of students and artists.

Coursework Degrees


A coursework masters degree at Sydney College of the Arts is ideal for graduates who want specialised knowledge and skills to establish or consolidate their creative practice, take the next step in their profession, change careers, or pursue their personal interest in contemporary visual art and creative culture.

Coursework masters degrees can also serve as a pathway to higher research degrees for established artists who have been unable to complete an honours year.

The SCA Graduate School currently offers two coursework masters degrees, the Master of Art Curating and the Master of Moving Image.

These degrees combine units of study with timetabled classes and self-directed projects. A dedicated academic coordinator, each an expert in the field contemporary visual art, digital filmmaking and interactive design, oversees each degree.