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Creative arts

Explore the world of the creative arts
No matter where your interests lie, we have courses which will deepen your knowledge and understanding of a rich variety of artistic and cultural practices, preparing you to pursue your visions and passions.

Discover the richness of creative arts with our wide range of subject areas. From music to museum and heritage studies, art history and curating to theatre and performance studies, or visual arts to film studies, we have a degree for you. 

By studying with us, you will acquire the theoretical knowledge of your chosen subject area and skills in critical analysis from academics with extensive industry networks and experience. Build your own creative arts identity and prepare for a career in the creative or academic field of your choice. 

Why study creative arts with us?

  • We are ranked 17th in the world for arts and humanities.*
  • We offer a broad range of student placements, allowing you to gain hands on, workplace experience.
  • As an undergraduate student you can choose from our arts and social sciences majors as well as more than 100 majors from the University’s shared pool, allowing you to gain expertise in a range of disciplines
  • You can balance your workload with our flexible study options, such as part-time study for eligible students.** 
  • We offer a wide range of scholarships and prizes designed to recognise potential, assist those in need and reward high achievement. 
  • Join our community, which includes notable alumni such as filmmaker Jane Campion; playwright Alana Valentine; multi-award winning artist Ben Quilty and contemporary artist Mikala Dwyer.

* QS World University World Rankings by Subject 2018

** Please refer to individual course requirements and visa details (for international students) regarding eligibility for part-time study.

Our study offering

Gain a sophisticated understanding of the full range of cultural, theoretical, social, political and economic issues underlying the art gallery and museum system. 

Postgraduate

In today’s image-saturated world, the ability to interpret critically the visual qualities of a given object is highly relevant. Study art history to gain skills in understanding and interpreting visual communication, expression and innovation. Explore the rich and fascinating history of creating, viewing and experiencing works of art and architecture. Understand and recognise how art is a profound and persistent human impulse.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  

Research

For those aiming to compete for specialist and academic posts in museums and universities, a research degree is becoming increasingly important. The rewards of working on new material or bringing new approaches are great, and the University offers breadth and depth of supervisory expertise in Art History and related fields.

Film Studies opens us to other worlds and other ways of seeing. This major develops critical visual literacy, equips you with a range of skills for understanding and analysing cinema as a vital and yet everyday part of modern life and expands your knowledge of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dimensions of cinema in different contexts and at different times.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  

Research  

The Master of Moving Image offers you a hands-on education in contemporary moving image production by teaching you how to develop a film project from concept to screen. Taught at Sydney College of the Arts, where you will have access to our editing laboratory, gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture.

Postgraduate

Museum and Heritage Studies will equip you with a contextual understanding of core historical and theoretical developments in museum and heritage studies. You will learn the frameworks for managing collections and sites and develop a practical understanding of the modes of interpretation used in the museum and heritage sector.

Postgraduate

Research

The research programs involve independent research work and the preparation of a thesis under the supervision of the director of the program, and other academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Music is offered through the renowned Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where we give you the tools to engage in the interpretation, analysis, performance and writing of popular music, music for film and television and digital media, classical music and various forms of music worldwide.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  

Theatre and Performance Studies looks at a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances across theatre, dance or live art and the stage, to the performative dimensions of politics, sport, cinema and popular culture. Explore a range of different approaches to performance making, engage with professional artists-in-residence and learn how to document performative events and build these observations into a detailed critical analysis.

Undergraduate

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  

Research

Research in Theatre and Performance Studies engages with a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances, from practices that we might readily recognise as theatre, dance or live art through to the performative dimensions of law, politics, sport and other kinds of activity. 

Visual Arts is focused on providing you with the conceptual, theoretical and technical skills you need to succeed as a practising artist or in a range of careers in the creative industries. Taught primarily at Sydney College of the Arts, you will have access to our gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture.

Undergraduate

In addition to meeting the academic admission criteria for our Bachelor of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts and combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees you will need to submit a portfolio of your artwork. 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  

Postgraduate

Research

Where can studies in creative arts lead you? 

Studies across creative arts will allow you to work in a range of creative fields, including writing, digital media, theatre and drama and the film industry. Career pathways include:

  • Actor
  • Animation director
  • Art gallery manager
  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Museum Director
  • Presenter and broadcaster
  • Producer and director
  • Production manager
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Roles across communications and marketing industries
  • Roles in the film industry
  • Screenwriter
  • Web designer
  • Writer and editor

Bridie Moran
Bridie Moran – Master of Museum and Heritage Studies graduate and Marketing, Communications and Development Manager at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
“I chose this course as it was the best fit for my interest in writing a dissertation that looked at arts policies around craft and its place in Australian collections. I gained a better understanding of wider aspects of the museum, gallery and heritage industry – from heritage policies to collections management – which is important when working with partner organisations and developing new professional relationships.”
Download the postgraduate course guide (pdf, 6.5MB)

Evan Pank
Evan Pank – Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) graduate
“Sydney College of the Arts helped me explore and improve my artistic practice. It gave me a growing understanding of art theory, which has allowed me to place my own work in a contemporary context. The artists and tutors there were great mentors who challenged and provided useful feedback on my work.”
Download the undergraduate course guide (pdf, 4.8MB)

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