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Studying Visual Arts

Answers to all your frequently asked questions
Wondering what you need to get into the Bachelor of Visual Arts? Like to know how hands-on the degree is? Or do you want to learn more about then facilities at SCA? Look no further: we've got you covered with this handy FAQ.

What do I need to get into the Bachelor of Visual Arts?

As well as meeting the academic admission criteria, to get into the Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) you’ll need to submit a portfolio of your artwork.

(The same applies for the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies!).

Click here for our portfolio guidelines.

I’m in Year 12. I’ve heard I can now get into the SCA without an ATAR. Is this true?

Short answer: Yes, if you are eligible!

Under the new Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme (CASAS) domestic applicants undertaking a current recognised high school (Year 12) qualification and applying via UAC may not need to wait for their ATAR results to receive an unconditional offer, with admissions now based on portfolio and interviews.

Click here to find out if you’re eligible.

How much of the Bachelor of Visual Arts is hands-on?

Short answer: A lot.

First year: You’ll begin by looking at art practice in two-dimensions (painting, drawing) and three-dimensions (sculpture, glass, ceramics) of creative practice.

Second year: You’ll select one area to focus on through project work. This is where you’ll start to explore your own ideas and artistic voice.

As well as tailored, hands-on workshops you’ll also develop your ability to research and contextualise your creative practice through studying art history.

Third year: This is where everything you've learned comes together and you create a final artwork for the graduate exhibition.

What are the facilities like at SCA?

Short answer: They’re really new and they’re really good. We’re one of the best equipped art schools in the Southern Hemisphere.

We’re now on the main university campus in Camperdown. Classes take place in the historic Old Teachers’ College, which has undergone an extensive, multimillion dollar redesign and refurbishment.

The new building has heaps of room – we have brand new studios for painting, photography, ceramics, jewellery and everything in between, as well as galleries, and spaces that house next-gen tech including virtual reality units.

Click here to explore the full list of our facilities.

How many majors can I take in the Bachelor of Visual Arts? Where can I choose from?

Short answer: Up to two.

In addition to your primary major, you’ll complete either a second major or a minor from our Shared Pool.

(Btw: If you study the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you have to take a second major from the shared pool). 

What's the difference between a major and a minor? Check out this handy page.

What sort of jobs can I get with a Bachelor of Visual Arts?

Our degrees provide you with the training and knowledge to thrive not only in a contemporary art environment but the broader workforce.

Our grads are employed across a wide range of careers and roles, including: artist, arts journalist, commercial art director, craftsperson, creative director, cultural officer or program manager, curator, digital producer, educator (with further tertiary qualifications!), film producer or filmmaker, innovation manager, web and interaction designer.

Click here to see where a Visual Arts degree has taken some of our grads.

What can I study?

Visual Arts 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. Taught primarily at Sydney College of the Arts, you will have access to our gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture.


In addition to meeting the academic admission criteria for our Bachelor of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts and combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees you will need to submit a portfolio of your artwork. 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Economics, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees, except for the Bachelor of Visual Arts / Bachelor of Advanced Studies.



The Master of Moving Image offers you a hands-on education in contemporary moving image production by teaching you how to develop a film project from concept to screen. Taught at Sydney College of the Arts, where you will have access to our editing laboratory, gallery spaces, art studios, practical expertise and shared postgraduate culture.


Ths page was last updated on 12 October 2020. Prospective students should refer to our course pages for the most up-to-date information.

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