The Master of Contemporary Art (MCA) is a dynamic program that supports the development of a career in contemporary art practice. The degree is coordinated by the Australian artist Robyn Backen.
If you have previously studied visual art and are looking to re-enter the field, the MCA has been specifically designed to offer you a valuable platform for up-skilling. MCA students propose and develop a self-initiated visual arts project, and develop work within a community of artists who intellectually support and challenge each other. You’ll present your studio project in an exhibition at the completion of your study.
You studio project will be supported by seminars in art practice that concentrate on the practical, theoretical and material context of contemporary art and its relationship to your individual studio practice. History and theory seminars provide a forum for discussion on key theorists and philosophers appropriate to contemporary art, and also include gallery visits and guest lectures.
The degree is self-directed, flexible, and transdisciplinary, and has a strong record of providing students with exhibition opportunities, initiating the careers of many artists in Sydney. You will have the option to specialise your degree pathway through industry placement, as well as through preparation for further study and higher research degrees.
The MCA is a 1.5 year full time course structured over three semesters that may be undertaken on a part-time basis.