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Master of Contemporary Art

Overview

Elevate your career in professional contemporary art practice, with our self-directed, flexible and multidisciplinary Master of Contemporary Art.

Concentrate on the practical, theoretical and material context of contemporary art and the relationship with your individual studio practice via our seminars in art practice. You can specialise in painting, photomedia, print media, screen arts or sculpture/object.

Propose and develop a self-initiated visual arts project culminating in an exhibition that serves to launch the next stage of your creative career. Take the option of a focused approach to a specific mode of practice, and explore a range of options through elective units of study. 

Why study with us?

Whether you have undertaken prior training in the visual arts or wish to re-enter the field, this Sydney College of the Arts program is specifically designed to offer you a professional platform for upskilling.

You will have the flexibility to tailor the degree to your preferred pathway – research or professional – including the option to undertake a placement within the creative industries.

This program also has a strong record of providing students with exhibition opportunities.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

All units of study that comprise the Master of Contemporary Art are delivered in a face-to-face mode on a weekly basis. Contemporary Art Project units are taught in studio-based lecture and seminar modes.

The History & Theory units are taught in lecture and seminar modes, supplemented with eLearning resources and activities. Electives will either be taught in lecture and seminar modes, or through studio-based technical demonstrations, workshop tutorials, and practical exercises.

 

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

You will complete a major contemporary art project and present it in a public exhibition; critically review the existing knowledge in the field; work in appropriate professional environments and/or identify and pursue an individual research theme or project.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Master of Contemporary Art requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or higher award in visual arts from the University of Sydney or a qualification deemed by the faculty to be equivalent; and
  • presentation of a portfolio of creative work demonstrating the ability to undertake advanced art practice and coursework; and
  • presentation of a studio project proposal, including the title and description of the project and a statement outlining the contemporary art context and issues informing the studio project.

In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Graduate opportunities

You will have conceptual and technical skills to consolidate and extend your contemporary art practice, which you will have developed through appropriate studio-based methodologies and history and theory seminars.

You will have a mastery of knowledge in art practice focussed on the practical, theoretical and material context of contemporary art. You will be are creative and self-motivated. You will have produced a substantial and original art project that reflects your creative expertise and knowledge of contemporary art.

Future study

Graduates who have completed the Master of Contemporary Art are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research at the Sydney College of the Arts.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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