Bachelor of Visual Arts – Frequently Asked Questions

Bachelor of Visual Arts – Frequently Asked Questions


Hey Madeline, who should study visual
arts? I think anyone who’s really interested in developing their
creativity, critical insight. I always think it’s a really good study option
for people that are hands-on Experimentation is crucial and that’s
what we do in the studios right yeah it’s grea t that’s where it’s all
hands-on. Madeline, can you do a major and what are the options? First you can major
in Visual Arts and under Visual Arts we’ve got a great selection of different
areas of emphasise. We’ve got jewellery painting, print media, photo media,
sculpture and even screen arts. If you decide to do a double major you can
practically major in anything else that the University offers so you can
actually choose to major in say a science subject or anything from the
Arts in general education. That’s really exciting, I think it’s going to
make for more interesting artists in the future. Oliver, what are the entry
requirements? Well, as well as going through the general admissions process, in terms of ATAR and the standard application, we also look at applicants’
portfolio so they put together ten images and write a short statement about
one of their creative projects that they’ve already undertaken and that
gives us an opportunity to gauge their experience and their potential so rather
than seeing that as an extra hurdle it actually means we get to know the
students as they come into the degree and we also use that process as a means
to give feedback on the portfolio itself and also to educate potential applicants
about the content and nature of the course. Does the University have
many industry connections, Oliver? Sydney College of the Arts is part
of the whole institution here and as museums and galleries on campus so
that’s a very direct part of the network and the staff and alum at Sydney College
of the Arts are involved in all the gallery in museums Sydney-wide, statewide, Australia-wide, so there’s sort of a really healthy network there, we also
offer units of study where students get to undertake professional
placements within that sort of context and also further afield so there’s a
more fluid relationship between tertiary education and the professional sphere
and we really try and promote that for students so that they become exhibiting
artists whilst they’re studying and also connect to the broader creative
industries. What are the best aspects of the course? Can you think of any other
course where you get to form your own agenda another fantastic thing about the
course is that you’re able to develop your own work and be the creative
individual you’ve always dreamed of being like there’s nothing better to
answer the big questions that this world poses than art. If you do any degree in
philosophy or science you’ll find that we still don’t know what memory is, what
consciousness is, why we’re all here and I think art through metaphor and analogy
can begin to get close to those answers more than any other disciplines. I just remember as a student I just love being the studio and I also remember talking
to other people studying particularly first year they’d undertake degrees when
there’s a really big cohort and that took a long time to get to know other
people but within Visual Arts you meet all your peers straight away, you get to
know them and you get to know the lecturing staff who are all practicing
artists so it’s a really great environment and coming from a rural area
and moving to Sydney, I found that quite that sort of personal connection meant
there was an easier transition to living in an international city essentially. What social opportunities have you had? Well, the studio itself is a living
network of sorts so whenever you’re making art you’re sort of interacting
with your peers and talking to each other about your work. In addition to
that you get to go on excursions so lecturers will often accompany students
to see exhibitions all through the city and sometimes even nationally, you get to
have exhibitions where you actually mount your own work in different gallery
spaces and exhibit it to the public. There’s also opportunity for exchange
and to do residences overseas. Oliver, are there any school
ships available? Sydney College the Arts, is part of all of the University of
Sydney admissions programs, so that sort of all part of the application process. We also offer scholarships specifically for Visual Arts students and they
operate from first year upwards some of them are about materials within the sort
of studio context, some relate to the degree show and finishing your degree,
others are supporting exchange and scholarships to travel and take
residences as a postgraduate student so we have a whole range of offerings there
to support people and it’s really about looking at the student moving out into
the broader sphere or the world as artists. A day in the life of a student
Madeline tell us about the visual arts experience for a student? I don’t remember a more inspiring time than the time I spent in the studio at Art
College just like the high that you get when you’re making a thing and you’re
fully enmeshed in the whole experience it’s like that flow that, flow that you
get when it’s all coming together there’s nothing more satisfying. Madeline, what do you like most about living in Sydney? I love living in Sydney. It is full of amazing museums and it has an extraordinary gallery culture, there’s
lots of openings on all the time. There’s an amazing street culture as
well I was completely enamoured by the extraordinary international exhibitions
that come into our major institutions such as the Art Gallery of New South
Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and other places like Carriageworks. All of these venues are a stone’s throw from where the Sydney College of the Arts
will be next year when we enter our new building and it’s just like completely
inspiring to be around all that. So what do you like about living in Sydney? I really like the light in Sydney. Its glittering here.
I love the harbour. I can’t get enough of Sydney Harbour and I know it’s the
classic sort of tourist spot, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Circular Quay, I
love going down there. Lots of great food in Sydney and I remember that sort
of buzz, of coming to a truly multicultural city, coming from rural New
South Wales, was really exciting for me and kind of really sort of primed me for
wanting to travel and learn about cultures all around the world. And it’s
sort of the inner city there’s lots of different pockets and micro cultures you
can move around lots of different places so Sydney’s a really great place to sort
of discover all sorts of things. I also think it’s a really great spot to launch into New South W ales, so the Blue Mountains are not far away and you can go and see
some really amazing things there, up and down the coast you can access that from
Syd ney so it’s a really great spot for a student to sort of get a taste of
Australia more broadly.

Dereck Turner

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