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Bachelor of Visual Arts

Study visual arts at Sydney College of the Arts

Why study with us?

  • 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

This hands-on degree 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.

You will be taught by practising artists, writers and curators, whose extensive professional experience and arts industry networks will be of enormous benefit to you. You will be encouraged to work across disciplinary boundaries to realise your ideas. Your studies will be supported by tailored workshops across many areas including ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, print media, screen arts and sculpture. The art history component of the degree will help you to build research and critical skills. In addition, the degree offers a wide range of electives in contemporary art.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies
You can also choose to combine your Bachelor of Visual Arts degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work

Our flexible course structure allows you to build a course in contemporary art that is adapted to your personal strengths and aspirations.

Location: The University has scheduled some changes to its visual arts facilities, which are likely to occur during the next three years. Students commencing the BVA in 2019 will begin their studies at the Rozelle campus, however, it is intended that the BVA will be taught from new facilities on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus from 2020.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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What you'll study

In the first year of the Bachelor of Visual Arts you will be introduced to art practice in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and four-dimensional realms of creative practice at Sydney College of the Arts. . In second year, you will select one area of emphasis through focused assessment projects. The areas of emphasis are: ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia, screen arts and sculpture. You will explore and develop your own emerging ideas and personal artistic voice. The primary focus of third year is the consolidation of your own creative practice leading to the production of work for the graduate exhibition at the end of the year.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Visual Arts and Design and Technology is recommended

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.
  • applicants present a portfolio of their artwork online. In some cases applicants may be invited to an interview. The results of this process will form part of the ranking for applicants.  If you submit the portfolio electronically, you will need to include a short statement of between 200 and 250 words addressing one of the more developed projects in your portfolio. Late submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Course opportunities

Sydney College of the Arts students have the opportunity to study at a number of leading art and design institutions around the world through our International student exchange program.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers including:

  • Artist
  • Arts writer
  • Craftsperson
  • Curator
  • Digital artist
  • Educator (with further tertiary qualifications)
  • Filmmaker
  • Illustrator
  • Painter
  • Product designer
  • Sound artist
  • Web and multimedia designer
Future study

At the completion of the Bachelor of Visual Arts you may consider further specialisation through postgraduate coursework at SCA.

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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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