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Contemporary Art


Sydney College of the Arts is dedicated to providing established artists the opportunity to undertake advanced and original research. SCA offers two research degrees in contemporary art: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 


Associate Professor Julie Rrap, Ms Robyn Backen, Dr Stuart Bailey, Ms Rebecca Beardmore, Dr Anna Broinowski, Dr Michael Doolan, Dr Karin Findeis, Associate Professor Jane Gavan, Dr Alex Gawronski, Associate Professor Adam Geczy, Ms Jan Guy, Dr David Haines, Ms Joyce Hinterding, Dr Madeleine Kelly, Dr Andrew Lavery, Dr Sanné Mestrom, Dr Stefan Popescu, Mr Oliver Smith, Mr John Tonkin.

Research location

Sydney College of the Arts

Program type



Contemporary Art research at SCA provides artists the opportunity to develop a specific area of interest into a substantial body of work, and to articulate their practice within a broader art historical, theoretical and philosophical context. Through sustained, rigorous investigation, artists undertaking a research degree make a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary visual art.

A research degree requires in-depth study in a specialised area, supervised by a member of SCA's academic staff. This research takes the form of a major thesis. SCA offers two modes of research: a traditional written thesis, or a thesis comprising a substantial exhibition and a written thesis. 

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2240

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