College of Fine Arts
The College of Fine Arts (COFA) is the creative arts faculty of the University of New South Wales
University of New South Wales
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and is located on Oxford Street
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Paddington, New South Wales
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HistoryThe College of Fine Arts, a faculty of The University of New South Wales UNSW, can trace its history from the formation of The Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts in 1833, which led to the formation of Sydney Technical College in 1878.
In 1958 the New South Wales Government combined all its Technical Colleges under the name of The National Art School. Further incarnations followed: in 1970 the visual art section of The National Art School was amalgamated with the Alexander Mackie Teachers College; in 1975 the Alexander Mackie College was made a College of Advanced Education, becoming a ‘multi disciplinary’ college with a School of Art and a School of Teacher Education; and in 1982 Alexander Mackie CAE joined Sydney Teachers' College and several other teaching institutions to become Sydney College of Advanced Education
Sydney College of Advanced Education
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(Sydney CAE), and was renamed the City Art Institute.
The City Art Institute seceded from Sydney CAE in 1987 and joined the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) to create the NSW Institute of the Arts. The two institutions remained at their original locations in Paddington and Balmain but the partnership was short-lived. In 1988 Federal legislation
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removed the distinction between state-owned Colleges of Advanced Education and federally-funded universities
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, resulting in the amalgamation of most CAEs with existing universities. The devolution of NSW Institute of the Arts was included in these changes, made effective on 1 January 1990, when Sydney College of the Arts joined the University of Sydney
University of Sydney
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and the City Art Institute, renamed the College of Fine Arts (COFA), became a faculty of The University of New South Wales.
Still located at the original Paddington Campus, COFA is a prominent player in the teaching of and research in art, design and multi media, art history and theory and art education. It offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in fine art, art education, art theory, design and art administration.
In May 2009, the Federal Government gave COFA a vote of confidence to the tune of $48 million, through the Education Investment Fund (EIF), for the $58 million Gateway@COFA redevelopment. For more information on the redevelopment of COFA, visit the redevelopment website http://redevelop.cofa.unsw.edu.au/.
OrganisationThe College of Fine Arts consists of the following four schools:
- The School of Art
- The Sherman School of Art History and Art Education
- The School of Design Studies
- The School of Media Arts
And boasts a range of fully online art and design courses and an online Masters degree facilitated through the college's online academic unit:
The College offers nine undergraduate degrees
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including some double degree
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s associated with other UNSW faculties. Bachelors degrees are offered in Fine Arts
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, Art Education, Design
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, Art Theory, Digital Media, Art Education/Design, Arts/Art Theory, Art Theory/Social Science, Art Theory/Laws. Postgraduate
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degrees in coursework are offered in Art, Art Administration, Art and Design Education, Design and Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design (fully online degree). COFA also offers Masters degrees by research and has an active PhD program. In addition COFA runs non-award short courses that are open to the public.
The Paddington campus houses the Clement Semmler Library, which maintains a large collection of art and design literature, journals, periodicals and electronic resources. The Ivan Dougherty Gallery, which had a regular schedule of exhibitions and seminars throughout the year, has recently closed while the campus is under reconstruction.
Arc @ COFAIn 2007, the COFA Students' Association was wound up and reformed with the three previous Kensington student organisations as a new student organisation known as the Arc @ UNSW
Arc @ UNSW
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. This new student organisation is a major service provider on campus, running student media such as Zing Tycoon (a student zine) and the College Voice, operating the student-run Kudos Gallery, and funding the Grants and Sponsorship Scheme for non-academic artistic initiatives. The Arc Student Representative Council COFA Department represents COFA students to COFA and UNSW. It also represents students nationally and fights for their rights. The Arc also provides support and funding to university clubs and societies.
Kudos GalleryThis gallery is a student run initiative run by the Arc Kudos Gallery Management Committee. The Committee is made up of COFA students from each COFA School. In 2008 the Gallery celebrated its 10th anniversary with the exhibition 'Kudos to Kudos'.
StaffAcademic units are supported by various administration staff including a large technical support staff that helps maintain the various art, design and digital media disciplines undertaken at the College.
Prominent members of staff include:
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: Professor Ian Howard
- Head of COFA Online (online courses in art and design): Rick Bennett
- Head of School of Art: Sylvia Ross
- Head of School of Art Education and Art History and Theory: Kim Snepvangers
- Head of School of Design Studies/Media Arts: Liz Williamson
All staff profiles can be accessed from the COFA website: Staff Profiles
- COFA Website
- COFA Online Gateway
- University of New South WalesUniversity of New South WalesThe University of New South Wales , is a research-focused university based in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia...
- Arc @ UNSWArc @ UNSWArc @ UNSW Limited is the student organisation at the University of New South Wales and is a not-for-profit public company based in Sydney, Australia. The organisation supports the activities of student clubs, student volunteer programs such as orientation week, student publications, a student...