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Honours subject area

About this subject area

Overview

The honours in Visual Arts allows you to extend your potential in studio-based and written research upon completion of an undergraduate degree in visual arts.  You can choose to complete honours in Visual Arts either by studio practice and research paper, or by dissertation. The studio practice in honours year is available in following areas of emphasis: ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, photomedia, printmedia, screen arts and sculpture.

The honours year comprises a year-long individual research project supported by research honours seminars where you further develop your critical and analytical skills through readings, discussion, and essay writing. 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.

Applying for honours

The honours in Visual Arts can be undertaken in the Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies or through the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours).

You must present a research proposal outlining the proposed topic of your investigation. If you are not a current Sydney  College of the Arts student, you are also required to submit a portfolio of recent artwork.

Typical workload and assessment


Your final examination will take place at the graduate exhibition at the end of the year. You are required to present to a panel of two examiners either:

  • 5,000 - 7,000-word research paper and a substantial exhibition, performance, or installation of artwork; or
  • 15,000-word dissertation that demonstrates a commitment to serious scholarship, a focused investigation, disciplined editing, and rigorous analysis.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Artist
  • Arts writer
  • Craftsperson
  • Curator
  • Digital artist
  • Educator (with further tertiary qualifications)
  • Filmmaker
  • Illustrator
  • Painter
  • Product designer
  • Sound artist
  • Web and multimedia designer
Career pathways
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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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