University of South Australia

Contemporary Art

Interested in Contemporary Art?

Our innovative contemporary art qualifications let you focus on an area of particular interest to you. You can choose to study ceramics, drawing, glass, jewellery and metal, new media arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and contemporary art history and theory.

As part of your studies we make sure you get lots of intensive studio time, with access to stimulating, custom-built studio spaces. You will be taught by practicing artists, researchers and acclaimed academics, and will learn in on-campus workshops and design studios.

You could also use your contemporary art qualification as a pathway to further study, for example combined with a Master of Teaching (Secondary) you can become a secondary art teacher.

Key features

  • Learn in on-campus workshops and studios.
  • Access a library with the largest collection of art, craft and design resources in South Australia.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our world-class research in visual art and craft, and contemporary art1.
  • UniSA has over 157 Years of experience teaching visual arts, incorporating the former South Australian School of Art.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Learn from teachers and academics who are established, practicing designers.
  • UniSA is the only university in South Australia ranked for Art and Design2.
  • UniSA is also ranked #1 in South Australia for campus facilities in Creative Arts3.
  • Gain a tertiary qualification in contemporary art.
  • Access the Samstag Museum of Art.

1Results in Visual Arts and Crafts, and Creative Arts and Writing - Contemporary Art - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22021 QS Subject Rankings
3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Why UniSA?

Building your career is our business. With 100% of our research rated at or above world-class1, you can be confident that you'll learn advanced art and research skills of the highest standard.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our academics have a very practical approach to learning and you’ll work on real projects and get real experience. We partner with local icons and international industry professionals to focus on real world projects.

We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

UniSA offers the following Contemporary Art degrees

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World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Contemporary artists are highly creative, highly motivated, disciplined and committed. To succeed in this creative profession you need to be willing to take risks, push boundaries and experiment with materials, textures and subject matter. Careers to consider:

  • artist: create original artwork; fine artists are usually self-employed, but some artists may produce work during artist residencies or may be commissioned by an individual or organisation
  • jeweller: design, repair and create jewellery
  • ceramicist: create ceramic objects or artwork
  • arts administrator: responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of an arts organisation
  • sculptor: manipulate hard materials to make three-dimensional artworks
  • art critic: specialise in analysing, interpreting and evaluating art
  • professional printmaker: create prints using a range of mediums, including film, paper or wood
  • printing press operator: duties include art set-up, graphic manipulation and colour correcting documents before they go to print
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university and our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Curious about studying Contemporary Art? Hear from Ella-Maude who studied the Bachelor of Contemporary Art at UniSA.

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What others are saying

My qualification in accounting, and applied knowledge, helped me to successfully elevate myself through the finance industry and enjoy a rewarding career in management; which in turn afforded me the chance to take my life into a very different direction during midlife. My master degree in art provided both direction and clarification to my emerging professional arts practice along with supportive networks and connections.

Janice Lane

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Visual Art and Creative Practice

Janice Lane

Janice Lane

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Visual Art and Creative Practice

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017