Sydney College of the Arts offers two postgraduate research degrees: the Master of Fine Arts, and the Doctor of Philosophy.

The key dates for research applications are:

 Semester 2 (July)  April 30  
 Semester 1 (March)      October 31  

Late applications will not considered

You may be invited to attend an admission interview in support of your application for a research degree. You will be notified if this is necessary.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to a research degree, you must have completed a significant research project or thesis in your previous university study, such as an Australian honours degree, or coursework Master degree with a thesis component.

You must also present a portfolio of creative work reflecting your recent art practice, and a proposal which clearly articulates your research project and the context for your research.

Each degree has different application requirements and guidelines. The requirements for the degree your are interested in are available through the menu on the left hand side of this page.

Research supervisors

You may nominate a supervisor for your project, which will be taken into consideration during the application assessment period. Supervisors are not guaranteed and are appointed by and at the discretion of the Dean of the faculty.

While your research project will be initiated and determined by your own interests, your supervisor will guide you in understanding your research within the field of contemporary art theory and practice.

Research Supervisor Connect is an online tool that enables you to match your research interests to those of available Masters and PhD supervisors at Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School.

You can search by supervisor, or by topic area.

You may contact a potential supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect to discuss your interest in the degree and your research project. If you have made contact with a supervisor and have proof of their support in writing, you can provide this in your online application.

Lodging your application

When you lodge your application you will be asked to provide supporting documentation, and will be prompted to upload each document in the application portal. All documents must meet the University's certification guidelines

You should have all of your documentation prepared before you commence your online application.

Tracking your application

After you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email providing your applicant ID number and password. If you do not receive this email, please check your junk mail folder.

Once you have these details, you can track your application online, and view correspondence regarding the progress and outcome of your application.

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of admission online in the application portal. You must receive an unconditional offer of admission, and have accepted this offer online in order to enrol in the degree.