Master of Contemporary Art
About the MCA
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*-1.5 year full time course that may be undertaken on a part-time basis (*depending on prior qualifications).
The course structure requires the completion of a cohesive sequence of core units of study supplemented by a range of electives, and a capstone unit that unites the themes of the whole course in a major moving image project. As part of your studies, you complete a compulsory Praxis component of study that can be undertaken as:
- a professional project;
- a research project consisting of an academically rigorous written component that assists you to prepare for a higher degree research pathway; or
- an industry placement;
You can exit the course with Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art after completion of two semesters full-time.
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Project 1: Critical Thinking||Project 2: Critical Contexts||CAMI6001 Praxis|
|Contemporary Art: Histories and Theories||Elective||CAMI6002 Final Project|
If you wish to study part-time, you will enrol in fewer units of study each semester. Most of classes are scheduled between 9 am and 5 pm. International students on a student visa are required to enrol full-time unless there are special circumstances.
Some of electives* are:
Image/Object in Photomedia
The Art of Sound and Noise
Screen Printing: Introductory Workshop
Fusion: Jewellery and Ceramics
Upcycled Glass: Introducing Warm Glass
Research Methodology in Art Practice
Light and Space: Introducing Cast Glass
Vessel as Concept: Hot Glass Intro
Biennales, Triennales and Contemporary Art
*Please note not all electives are available in 2016. You can also choose any postgraduate electives offered at the University of Sydney. Please refer to the SCA Handbook.