Research Degrees

Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School provides an integrated approach to the processes of art making and research. The SCA Graduate School offers two research degrees in contemporary art: the Master of Fine Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

These degrees offer eligible artists the opportunity to develop a specific area of interest into a substantial body of work, within the community of the Graduate School and the academic structure of the University of Sydney. Through sustained, rigorous investigation, artists undertaking a research degree make a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary visual art.

A research degree requires in-depth study in a specialised area, supervised by a member of SCA's academic staff. This research takes the form of a major thesis. SCA Graduate School offers two modes of research: a traditional written thesis, or a thesis comprising a substantial exhibition and a written thesis.

You can pursue a research degree after completing an Honours degree or Masters studies.