Higher Degree Research at Sydney College of the Arts

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Sean O’Connell, collide, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Sydney College of the Arts is dedicated to providing established artists the opportunity to undertake advanced and original research. SCA offers two research degrees in contemporary art: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 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, and to articulate your practice within a broader art historical, theoretical and philosophical context. 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 offers two modes of research: a traditional written thesis, or a thesis comprising a substantial exhibition and a written thesis.

Throughout each year, SCA provides a range of opportunities for you to exhibit and discuss your work and the work of others, through the Graduate School Forum, talks by visiting artists, the Graduate School Gallery program, and a range of conferences, symposia and workshops.