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Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

Study visual arts at Sydney College of the Arts

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  • You will be taught by practising artists, writers, and curators, and benefit from their extensive professional experience and arts industry networks.

  • Choose from a wide range of electives in contemporary art or in the many disciplines offered across other faculties of the University.

Overview

Only currently enrolled Bachelor of Visual Arts students (enrolled under pre-2018 course resolutions) at the University of Sydney who would like to commence honours immediately following the pass degree can do so under current resolutions and mediums offered.

The Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in visual arts the opportunity to extend their potential in studio-based and written research.

As a candidate you may continue to work in the area of your undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.

You can nominate to study by either studio practice and research paper or by dissertation. You are expected to have developed a focus and direction in your work and be prepared for working in a tutorial environment with a supervisor.

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Applying for honours

The honours year in the Bachelor of Visual Arts may be undertaken in the following areas: jewellery and object, painting, photomedia, printmedia, screen arts and sculpture or by dissertation only.

You must present a research proposal outlining the proposed topic of your investigation. If you are not a current SCA student, you are also required to submit a portfolio of recent artwork and may be interviewed as part of the admission process.

Admission requirement

To qualify for admission to the honours year you should have completed the requirements of the pass degree of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, or equivalent degree from a recognised institution, with a weighted average mark across intermediate and senior units of at least 65%.

Applicants are also selected on the basis of their portfolio and project proposal. Admission is competitive and not all eligible applicants may be offered candidature.  

Candidature in the honours year cannot be suspended nor deferred.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Course opportunities

There is opportunity for exchange during the honours year.

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

At the end of honours year you are required to present a 5,000-7,000-word research paper and a substantial exhibition, performance or installation of artwork; or a 15,000-word dissertation.

Honours awards and classes

The Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) is awarded in the following classes:

  • Honours Class I where the Honours mark is in the range of 80 to 100
  • Honours Class II (Division 1) 75 to 79
  • Honours Class II (Division 2) 70 to 74
  • Honours Class III 65 to 69
  • Honours not awarded if Honours mark is below 65

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practice, further equipping you for entry into professional practice or entry into the Master of Fine Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Postgraduate study information

The Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School provides two postgraduate research degrees, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The MFA is designed to provide visual artists with the opportunity to extend their professional practice through advanced research. As a candidate you will develop a level of proficiency, self-direction and focus through investigating a proposed area of research to produce work of an original and speculative nature. The MFA is a two-year full-time program.

The PhD is designed to engage visual artists in independent research that constitutes an original contribution to the understanding of contemporary visual arts. The program provides candidates with a critical and intellectual focus to explore a single proposed research topic full-time over three to four years. Your research may reflect a critical exploration of the history, theory and practice of visual art; the development of new materials or technologies; the relationship between visual art and society; or the relationship between visual art and other disciplines.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate 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 in the course, and the specific units of study in which you 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.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. 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 surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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 Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication 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. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

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 surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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