Alternative pathways

Alternative pathways

Flexible entry

If you are a Year 12 student and are taking HSC subjects relevant to your degree of interest, you may be eligible for our Flexible Entry Scheme. Through this scheme, we consider more than just your ATAR when assessing your suitability for entry to the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

You don’t need to complete a separate application to be considered for flexible entry. If you are eligible, and have applied to study the BVA, we will automatically consider you for this scheme.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/flexible-entry

E12 Scheme

The E12 scheme makes your path to university easier by providing an early offer before HSC exams start.

E12 is for domestic NSW HSC students who are from a financially disadvantaged background and/or are attending a government identified ‘low socioeconomic’ high school. E12 eases the financial pressure of studying, through a first-year scholarship, and gives you plenty of enrolment, orientation and other support throughout the first year.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/e12

Cadigal Alternative Entry Program

The Cadigal Alternative Entry Program is both a special entry scheme and an academic support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants from all types of academic backgrounds. The Bachelor of Visual Arts can be studied through the Cadigal Program.

The program aims to encourage greater participation in tertiary education by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. However, like all the University’s application schemes, applying under this program is optional. You do not have to apply through this program just because you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/cadigal

For more information about the University's commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and engagement please visit the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Participation website.

Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts

We accept the completion of the Eora TAFE Certificate IV in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts as a basis for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/cadigal

Certificate IV in Visual Arts

We accept the completion of the TAFE Certificate IV in Visual Arts as a basis for admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts. Limited places are available.

For more information, email

Mature Age Entry Scheme

The Mature Age Entry Scheme is an avenue for entry into the University of Sydney for people of at least 21 years of age who would not normally qualify for admission.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/mature-age

Special Consideration for Admission Scheme

The Special Consideration for Admission Scheme is for applicants with a record of tertiary study who have experienced some form of disadvantage during their secondary and/or tertiary studies.

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/access

Broadway Scheme

Students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage may apply to the Broadway Scheme. This falls under the banner of the University of Sydney’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS), which is coordinated by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

The scheme is intended for current-year Australian Year 12 students who expect to receive an ATAR (or equivalent).

For more information, visit sydney.edu.au/access

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

To find out more about our agreements and whether you are eligible to receive a credit towards your studies, please contact us at