Getting started in your degree involves finding the staff, facilities, resources and services you need to embark on your work with confidence and support.

Please familiarise yourself with the important information below:

Academic Support
Administrative Support
Campus Access & Studios
IT & Communications
SCA Library
Research Supervision (for research candidates)
Other Services

Academic Support

All academic matters should, in the first instance, be referred to your Course Coordinator, if you are a coursework student, or your Research Supervisor, if you are a research candidate. These people are designated to support postgraduate students within their degrees.

Serious or sensitive matters may be raised with the Director of SCA Graduate School.

A list of key academic staff within the Graduate School is available here

Administrative Support

The SCA Graduate School Current Students pages will provide you with broad-based information on many aspects of your study, including information on how your study is structured and why, and explanations of key procedures and opportunities in your candidature and enrolment.

You can also download resources, forms and guides to assist you in the administration of your enrolment and assessment.

In most cases, you can address administrative problems with the SCA Student Administration staff. All Student Administration staff are more than willing to help, and for more serious or complex matters the Postgraduate Manager will be the best person to contact.

Campus Access & Studios

General information on campus access hours for postgraduate students, parking permits, security and first aid is available here

The Graduate School provides you with studio spaces and/or facilities in which to undertake your creative work. Before you can access these facilities you must participate in a studio induction. This studio induction should take place in the first two weeks of semester with your nominated Studio Technical Supervisor. Your Studio Technical Supervisor will sign and submit a Request For Keys/Swipecard form which confirms that you have completed the induction and accept the conditions of use.

In order to use the SCA Workshop you must undertake an introductory program on workshop practice and safety with the SCA Workshop Manager.

All enrolled students receive a student card. After your signed Request For Keys/Swipecard form is submitted, your student card will be activated to enable access to your studio and other postgraduate facilities after hours.

If you are allocated a studio space that requires keys, you will be informed by email when these keys are ready and available for collection. You will be required to pay a $25 (refundable) deposit for each key. You will also pay a $10 non-refundable administration fee. You must return all keys when you vacate your studio for a refund of your deposit.

In addition to normal campus hours, postgraduate candidates have access Monday to Friday from 5pm to midnight, and on weekends, from 8am to midnight. Keys to studio spaces and/or external doors may be kept until you complete your degree (except for periods of suspension and time away), at which time they must be returned.

IT & Communications

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provides a wide array of IT services and support to students at Sydney, especially designed so you get the most out of your student experience on campus.

The ICT website contains information about those services and how to access them, including your accessing and/or re-setting your Unikey account, email log-in, wireless internet access and computer lab locations and hours.

If you encounter any problem with your personal UniKey account (MyUni), you should report it to the University’s IT Assist department. SCA staff will not be able to assist with these types of matters. The Helpdesk number is 9351 6000

SCA Library

You should familiarise yourself with the SCA Library as soon as you can. The Library holds a specialist collection of resources relating to the theory and practice of contemporary visual arts, and image research.

Postgraduate research papers and theses require a good understanding of research resources available to research students at the University of Sydney. The Rare Book section of the University Library has copies of previous research papers and theses. These may be accessed in the reserve collection of the SCA Library.

SCA Library staff hold regular Information Skills Classes in Endnote and Research Skills for Visual Arts.

Research Supervision (for research candidates)

All research candidates are appointed one primary supervisor and at least one associate supervisor. Your research supervisor takes the primary responsibility for your candidature, helps you understand the University's requirements for your degree and supports you in completing your project successfully and on time.

In your first two meetings with your supervisor you should discuss:

  • The role of your supervisor and associate supervisor
  • Your research proposal
  • First tasks for your project, including any need for ethics approval
  • Expectations/milestones for the first year
  • Expectations regarding the nature and frequency of your supervision meetings
  • How you would like to receive feedback on your work

You should familiarise yourself with the policies that govern the supervision of research candidates:
Code of Practice for Supervision of Postgraduate Research Students
Postgraduate Research Higher Degree Training Supervision at the University of Sydney Policy

Other Services

The University of Sydney provides a range of Student Support Services from scholarships, careers advice, and child care through to counselling, psychological and disabilities services.

The Learning Centre provides face-to-face and online workshops on academic writing, giving presentations, planning and writing a literature review and thesis, and time management.

SUPRA, the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association, is an independent representative association providing advice, advocacy and support services to the postgraduate students at the University. SUPRA's publications include the Postgraduate Survival Guide and The Thesis Guide