Anne Ferran
Songbirds are Everywhere, 2009
Courtesy of Stills Gallery, Sydney
Associate Professor Merilyn Fairskye
Pripyat Town, 2011
Courtesy of Stills Gallery, Sydney
Dr Julie Rrap
Escape Artist: Castaway 1, 2009
Courtesy of RoslynOxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Robyn Backen
It's me... I'm here... Where're you?, 2007
Photo: Ian Hobbs
Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski
Incompatible Elements, 2010
Dr Lindy Lee
Birth and Death, 2007
Photo: Rob Scott-Mitchell
Courtesy of RoslynOxley9 Gallery, Sydney
David Haines and Joyce Hinterding
The Outlands, 2011
Courtesy of BREENSPACE, Sydney

Sydney College of the Arts: Research Environment

Research is central to creative life at SCA. All our activities at the College - learning, teaching, art-production, curating, theoretical writing and industry-aligned partnerships - are based on the conviction that vital knowledge is generated when creative experiments are galvanised by analytical scholarship. We focus on the cultures and industries directly aligned to the creative arts, and we also form investigative partnerships with government policy-makers, designers and science and technology researchers.

SCA is a world leader in creative arts research. In the Australian Government's most recent assessment of research excellence, SCA received the highest possible evaluation as a global standard-setter in Creative Arts Research.

Staff and postgraduate students at SCA are renowned for practice-led research. Our creative and scholarly works are exhibited and published in esteemed venues, journals, monographs and media outlets around the world.

Within this dynamic culture, SCA Graduate School offers Research Degrees at Masters and Doctoral level. The Graduate School fosters a stimulating community where our staff, students and partners share discoveries in regular forums, exhibitions, symposia and conferences; in the wider SCA we engage in research clusters and reading groups that lead to funded research projects.

SCA research clusters include groups investigating:

Contemporary Art & Feminism

Investigating the current state of feminist artistic practice and feminist art criticism globally.

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Art and the Document

Investigating how attitudes and practices generally associated with archiving and with documentary filmmaking have begun to have a major impact in artist production worldwide.

Space, Place & Country

Investigating how artists are influencing contemporary general understandings of space and place, at national and international scales. There is a particular focus on how contemporary notions of 'country' (as it is understood in Australian culture) might have a global influence on the understanding of space and place.
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Self-taught and Outsider Art

Investigating the relationships between the practices of formally trained artists and the practices of artists who operate as untrained outsiders in traditions variously described as 'naive', 'folk', 'psychiatric' and auto-didact.
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New Materialisms

Investigating the current rapid amplification of craft-based, non-industrial-scale and hand-made processes in the production and marketing of contemporary art.

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