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Painting

Specialisation

Painting addresses historical and contemporary concepts and techniques relating to contemporary painting practice. Painting is an extended practice with a broad range of representational and non-objective, material, spatial and intellectual possibilities. The object, colour and surface, installation and arrangement, the readymade, typography, photography and digital processes may each profoundly impact on painting as a contemporary practice. In the painting studio these are explored through focused and self-initiated projects. As your studies progress, you will be encouraged to develop your own approaches and set out parameters to create an independent studio practice.

About this major

Over the period of the Master of Contemporary Art course, you will develop a studio project for examination. Weekly art practice group seminars, history and theory of art practice units and regular individual studio tutorials are scheduled each semester to enhance your studio practice. You will also choose two elective units of study in the course from a full range of postgraduate electives offered by SCA. The electives are intended as either an introduction to, or the development of, a skills base according to your individual needs.

Graduate opportunities

Master of Contemporary Art graduates have conceptual and technical skills to consolidate and extend their contemporary art practice, which they have developed through appropriate studio-based methodologies and history and theory seminars. They have a mastery of knowledge in art practice focussed on the practical, theoretical and material context of contemporary art. They are creative and self-motivated. They have produced a substantial and original art project that reflects their creative expertise and knowledge of contemporary art.
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