My job – as a lecturer at a junior high school training college in Botswana – required that I have a Masters, but also I wanted to deepen my knowledge of ceramics and contemporary art. Through interacting with students and staff from a different background, and through the freedom to explore and experiment, the MSA helped me move away from my more ‘conventional’ practice. Also the seminars built my confidence in critiquing my own practice and others’, which will help me talk to my students about their work. Photo: Ian Hobbs
The Master of Studio Art is a dynamic program that supports the development of a career in contemporary art practice, and offers a potential pathway to postgraduate research study for mature, established practitioners. The degree is coordinated by Ms Robyn Backen. Find out more about Robyn, her career and how she understands the MSA program here.
MSA students work in a community of students & artists who intellectually support and challenge each other. The degree is primarily self-directed, flexible, and cross-disciplinary, and has a strong record of providing students with exhibition opportunities, initiating the careers of many artists in Sydney.
MSA students propose and develop a self-initiated visual arts project based in one major discipline. Seminars in art practice concentrate on the practical, theoretical and material context of contemporary art and the relationship with students’ individual studio practice. The seminars may include gallery visits and guest lectures. History and theory seminars provide a forum for discussion on key theorists and philosophers appropriate to contemporary visual art practice. Each student attends regular individual studio tutorials with an SCA academic to assist the development of the project through dialogue and supportive critical feedback. Students are examined on their studio project at the completion of their study.
The MSA is offered full time over one year or part time over two years and enrolments are accepted each semester.