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Materials and equipment

Most courses and units of study have required or recommended course materials, such as books, readers, materials and equipment. There may also be ancillary costs for your degree to cover additional resources.

Books and study materials

Prescribed textbooks for each unit of study are listed in your faculty handbook, unit of study outlines or on the Co-op bookshop website, using its textbook search.

Buy your textbooks and course notes or readers early to save time and avoid queues. You can also order them online for collection or delivery.

You can buy textbooks a number of ways:

Some units of study also prescribe student notes or a course reader. This is a collection of journal articles, book chapters and other material from a range of sources, and may be available from:

If you’re enrolled in a course taught at another campus, check your unit of study outlines to find out where your textbooks, notes and readers are available.

If you need help covering the cost of reading materials, contact our Financial Support Service.

You can also see if your course readings and textbooks can be accessed online or are available to borrow by checking the Library website.

Course equipment

Your unit of study outline will contain information on whether you need to buy course equipment or clothing, such as lab coats, safety glasses or boots.

You can also find your course requirements and order equipment online through the faculty e-stores below.

Ancillary expenses

Ancillary expenses are some of the additional costs associated with your degree, covering resources such as materials, equipment and uniforms.

Below is a list of estimated additional costs associated with your degree. These aren’t always compulsory and where kits are available for purchase, you can choose to use your own equipment and materials or buy them independently.

Program/unit

Approximate cost

Details

Bachelor of Architecture and Environments  (Year1)

$115

Set costs for materials kit (timber, plaster, card, polypropylene) and toolkit

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Year 1)

$70

Toolkit

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDES1026 Studio 1A)

$40

Set costs for materials kit (plaster, bamboo, card, polypropylene etc)

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDES2026 Studio 2A)

$45

Set costs for stream-specific materials kit (object, image, drawing, materials modules)

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (each year)

$250 – $750

Model-making materials (perspex, board, wood, metals etc, used in producing models for architecture studios)

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Year 3) 

$200 – $750

Students are invited to participate in a field trip to Melbourne. Transport and accommodation options are at the discretion of students.

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Year 3)

$35 – $60

Participation in the Graduate Exhibition (contributing to printing, catalogue and other costs associated with the exhibition). Charges determined and collected by students.

Master of Architecture (each studio)

$150 – $500

Model-making materials (perspex, board, wood, metals etc, used in producing models for architecture studios)

Master of Architecture (graduate studio)

$50 – $75

Participation in the Graduate Exhibition (contributing to printing, catalogue and other costs associated with the exhibition). Charges determined and collected by students.

Bachelor of Design Computing (each studio)

up to $200

Electronics and other materials to support studio projects

Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts (each studio)

up to $200

Electronics and other materials to support studio projects

AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing 

$50

Set costs for materials kit. You can supply your own materials.

AWSS2002 Site Specific Art

$60

Set costs for materials kit (concrete, casting, brazing consumables)

AWSS2010 Architecture & Design Ceramic Processes
DESA9014 Architecture & Design Ceramic Processes

$65

Set costs for materials kit (clay, plaster, glaze, sketchbook etc). You can supply your own materials.

AWSS2020/DESA9008 Object Design

$65

Set costs for materials kit. You can supply your own materials.


AWSS2015 Generative Drawing

$50

Set costs for materials kit (ink, quills, paper, pens, charcoal, sketchbook etc)

AWSS2027/DESA9013 Architecture and Design Material Processes

$65

Set costs for materials kit (ink, quills, paper, pens, charcoal, sketchbook etc)

AWSS2023 Architectural Photography

$30

Set costs for materials kit (photographic paper, class activity materials)

AWSS2026/DESA9012 2D Print Processes in Design

$65

Set costs for materials kit (casting materials, card, silicone, plaster, sketchbook etc)

DESA3013 Expanded Colour: from Theory to Application

$50

Set costs for materials kit (papers, brushes, colour filters)

These approximate costs are indicative and subject to change on an annual basis. You will be given an order form and exact costs once your course begins.

Bachelor of Oral Health

  • Year 1 – $2110
  • Year 2 – $330
  • Year 3 – $300

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

  • Year 1 – $5500
  • Year 2 – $2300
  • Year 3 – $750
  • Year 4 – $200

After you’ve enrolled, you will be able to pay your ancillary expenses online.

  • If you’re commencing your first year of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, you need to pay $250 when you enrol to cover the cost of materials used in your studio project assignments. The cost of additional materials is your own responsibility.
  • If you’re an honours or postgraduate student, you may need to pay a fee for studio access. You’ll be given this information during your orientation session.
  • If you’re enrolling in an elective, you may need to pay an extra fee for additional materials.
  • If you’re in the final semester of your course, you need to pay a contribution towards the cost of the Degree Show exhibition and catalogue.

Adobe Creative Suite Licence

If you’re enrolled in any Sydney College of the Arts units of study, you can access the full range of the Adobe Creative Suite products via the Adobe Creative Cloud for $50 (plus $5 GST) per year.

Purchase a subscription for the Adobe Creative Cloud online. Once your payment has been processed, your University student email address will be provided to Adobe. You will receive an email explaining how to finalise the registration.

If you’re in your first year of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, the licence cost for the year is included in the $250 ancillary expense you paid at enrolment.

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