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Merge Termination: What next for Sydney College Arts?

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Last Thursday, the University of Sydney’s (USYD) vice-chancellor, Michael Spence has announced the termination of the merge between Sydney College of Arts (SCA) and the University of NSW.


The merge was proposed less than a month ago and secretly signed between USYD and UNSW in June without the consultation of students. However, the students recently received an email from Spence. He stated that the two institutions ultimately had different definitions of what a “centre of excellence in visual arts” meant. Apparently, the original intention had “always been…not to proceed…unless we were clear that the vision…would benefit both the University and visual arts teaching and research.”

According to Fairfax Media, the agreement only allowed students to continue studies at UNSW Art and Design as well as the transition of some staff to UNSW. But one industry source questioned the move, saying “If [UNSW’s contemporary fine arts curriculum] was inadequate from Sydney’s point of view, why did it not include these issues in the Heads of Agreement?”


Several influential people have also expressed their discontent. Greens MP Jamie Parker had no faith in the merge from the outset: “If the University [of Sydney] had properly consulted staff and students, they would have discovered the incompatibility of the art practices at the two schools.” Neither did he believe that UNSW had adjusted their syllabus to align with SCA’s studio-based learning or had sufficient space for the new students.

Sally Breen, a well-known art collector and sponsor, told Fairfax Media that she would be “far more swayed into putting money into art schools”. When SCA was threatened, she no longer pledged money to the Art Gallery of NSW’s (AGNSW) Sydney Modern building project. To protest the planned closure, students alumni and supporters had also gathered on the steps of AGNSW. The rally coincided with the award of the Archibald Prize to highlight the social importance of art.


Although the merge has been terminated at present, Spence still states that talks of a merge with UNSW’s Art and Design may continue. Additionally, the future remains uncertain due to the planned movement of SCA students to the main Camperdown campus from the beginning of 2017. SCA’s original Rozelle campus at Callan Park will also be part of USYD’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Spence believes that this will “avoid unnecessary costs of remaining at Rozelle for more than a transition period.”1003188_659422267402083_130609927_n

Furthermore, Spence states that 2017 applicants will not be accepted for the Bachelor of Visual Arts “to create a re-imagined Bachelor of Visual Arts for commencement in 2018.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald 

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Students of SCA hold vigil on Art Gallery steps

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“Creativity is innate but culture is fostered.”

~ Agatha Gothe Snape


On Friday, 15/7/16, USYD’s Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) students and alumni, as well as supporters, held vigils at 11 am and 5 pm on the steps of the Art Gallery of NSW. The vigils were to protest SCA’s closure by the University of Sydney, proposed on the 21st of June without any consultation. SCA’s merge will force current students to transfer to University of New South Wales to continue their studies from Semester 1, 2017.

Dressed in red capes to show their unity, SCA students welcomed Barry Keldoulis to the stage. Once a candidate for the Arts Party, he addressed the fact that the proposal was not made with the people who it matters and affects most. He also encouraged the support of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Barry Keldoulis speaks first

Barry Keldoulis speaks first


Anthony Albanese, as part of the newly elected federal government, also had a few words to say: “Sydney is a global city…[which] values the enrichment art gives”. Without many local artists bringing cultural diversity to Sydney, businesses, residents and the community as a whole will be affected.

Anthony Albanese addresses the public and media

Anthony Albanese addresses the public and media


Alumni from SCA, such as Tim Silver, also graced the podium. Silver believes that since art is assorted, one art institution under UNSW will not allow the full and true experience of art. Not only that, but he argues that a single school, despite how excellent, will be easily controlled by the state.

Tim Silver speaks

Tim Silver speaks


Lionel Bawden, another SCA Alumni and previous winner of the prestigious Wynne Prize, said that our “arts education is murdered”. Sydney’s College of the Arts has a unique studio-based education that serves an entry point for people from all different levels of life. The students’ protest were not fighting only for their education but for the education of future students.

As one presenting within the walls of the Art Gallery, the artist had many things to say

As one presenting within the walls of the Art Gallery, the artist had many things to say


The last alumni to take the microphone was Agatha Gothe Snape, a SCA alumni who has exhibited in the Art Gallery of New South Wales previously. She spoke of the “weirdness” that was common with all the greatest artists past and present, a trait that could only be helped by a place that fostered growth. Without the history and politics that the college represents, Sydney’s art and public will not be deeply informed. By agreeing to merge SCA with UNSW, the University of Sydney will be going back on its promise made 25 years ago, to protect the art and creativity of its individuals.

Agatha Gothe Snape spoke powerful words at the SCA protest

Agatha Gothe Snape spoke powerful words at the SCA vigil


By holding the vigils on the same day as the Art Gallery’s opening of one of the most famed art prizes in Australia, the Archibald Prize, SCA’s supporters hoped to highlight the importance of the college. However, as of now, students still do not have any solid information regarding their future.

Visit Sydney College of the Arts Resistance (S.C.A.R) at letscastay.com for more information, or their Facebook page, or follow #sossca on Instagram.


Photo credit: VOIS Magazine

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University of Sydney Art School merges with UNSW

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Recent changes have occured for students at the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), University of Sydney’s visual art faculty.

Students taking art courses and degrees at SCA will be transferred to the University of New South Wales, starting first semester of 2017. The consultation and communication process on this agreement is ongoing with SCA Staff.


Undergraduate students at SCA were informed about this change on Tuesday. The students can choose between continuing the degree with SCA until graduation or transfer to a UNSW degree/course (UNSW’s Art & Design school), which will be run by UNSW.

However, for SCA Master’s and PhD students, there has been no confirmation as of yet regarding whether UNSW or SCA will supervise their theses and projects.


If this agreement with UNSW does not proceed, the University is planning to transfer SCA to the main campus under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, according to Deputy Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Carlin.



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My International Students BBQ Story

Written by Student Life

Vois Magazine would love to say thanks for all who coming down to the free BBQ at Centennial Park on 20th March from MASSA from USYD (Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association), VDS from UTS (Vietnamese Dynamic Students) as well as PPIA (or Indonesian Student Association [ISA]) and VCE (Vietnamese Cultural Ensemble) from UNSW .

The International Students Welcome BBQ aims to connect fresher and former international students studying and living in Australia. Before starting a whole new semester, it was a chance for old friends to meet up and new friendships to be built between people from different and vibrant backgrounds.


As people arrived at the event, VOIS Magazine coordinators gave each of them a name tag and a lucky ticket of their choice for the lucky draw for 2 free movie tickets. It was a good way fro the new comers to introduce themselves to VOIS and each other.

“It was great to meet the new Malaysian juniors. I think it is great that these students are able to meet us since MASSA is like a home away from home to some of these students. I had loads of fun.” – Lavanya Chandran (Vice-President of MASSA)

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We met new friends, and created strong bonds through the games we played. There were many outdoor activities in which we could interact and make friends in a minute. Believe or not, when you were moving around in a circle and randomly making groups of 4 or 5 people according to our main guide, you will know their basic information such as name and nationality,

“Good interaction through several activities.” – Quynh Anh Le (VCE)

“I had a very enjoyable day and communicated to many new friends. It was a great chance for me to open my network, learn more about different cultures and…have some beautiful photos!” – Kyle Nguyen (President of VDS UTS)

Friends renuion

Friends renuion

Despite the strange weather of Sydney on that day, nothing could stop us from BBQ!!! “SAVE THE CHICKENS!!!!” The rains just came and went, sticking everyone together under an umbrella! Conversations started and people were not aware of the rain too much.

We hope you all enjoy the food and the time we spent together. More games and prizes will be revealed in the following events, so do not think that was all the games we got!

IMG_2900 IMG_2909Oh and do you still remember who were the two winners of lucky tickets?

Looking forward to see you all at the next event (look up VOIS Magazine’s Persona Project) or you are welcome to join us at our next BBQ. We’ll be excited to see you!!

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VOIS photography by © Raul Ortiz de Lejarazu Machin, AgungMustafa and Thi Tran.

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Study in Australia: Serena Dong

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Serena Dong is currently a writer in VOIS Magazine as an editorial intern. This amazing girl is taking a Bachelor of Communications and Journalism at University of New South Wales in Sydney. She described her identity as “mixed”, different from what most people would call themselves. She concluded: “I can not identify myself with one specific place because I don’t have just one home”.

Serena was born in China but studied primary school in New Zealand for 4 years before moving back to China to study at an American Private school, absorbing a mixture of American and British culture. Now, she is here in Australia for her bachelor degree since February 2015. As a result of her background, she can speak Chinese and English fluently.

Although Serena enjoyed her years in New Zealand and China, she craved for a new environment to establish a vibrant university life. Upon a trip to Australia in September 2014, Serena fell in love with the people and most importantly, the University of New South Wales. After living in different countries for so many years, Serena freely shares her perspectives on the differences between China and New Zealand:

  • New Zealand is so clean that you can walk on bare feet and the people living here are well-mannered
  • China is not clean and you will have to wear shoes, the people are pretty rude (e.g: aggressive drivers go forwards at the same time).

Overall, Serena she loves the life she has now in Australia with her new friends and of course, her boyfriend.

How has studying overseas changed yourself?

In Australia, Serena started to live all by herself for the first time without her family. It is hard, but it has taught her how to get used to things, learn skills to explore many places and to be independent. Many first times such as cooking, washing the dishes, dealing with bad manners and problems, contacting for help when something in the house needs to be fixed.

And, unexpectedly, studying in Australia is a lot harder than Serena thought. It is due to her high academic success in primary school in New Zealand that she believed in would be similar the university. However, failing her first uni assignment at UNSW woke her up to become more motivated and focused. Serena’s thinking changed eventually. She knows that she has to try harder due to the advantages of receiving financial support. In short, Serena took every opportunity that she came across.

Talking inspiringly about Journalism

  • If you are starting to hate this major, remember that practice will make it better
  • Write with passion because writing is a way to express yourself
  • Being a part of the news industry helps you keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the world

If you are a UNSW student, why don’t you try to join Blitz magazine like Serena? It will help you to get to know more people even celebrities. Serena said that she had an awesome experience with Blitz where she was fortunate enough to interview and write articles of Jane Saville (Australian Olympian in race walking), Greg Behrendt (American comedian, actor, and writer). “You’ll love it,” said Serena. “It was pretty cool!”

Overcoming homesickness and choosing your way:

  • Make good friends with different backgrounds to go through hard times, to hang out and share cultures
  • Call parents whenever you feel like you need to.
  • Keep in touch with high school mates. They will give advice and be there for you.
  • A partner can comfort and mentally support you as well
  • Experience life – go for beaches (e.g: Bondi, Coogee), tasty cuisine, cool coffee shops, amusement parks, zoos, picnics and barbecues in the park.

What is your next step in the next few years?

“I do not want to be so sure about the future.”

Serena has plans to live in the moment right now, but also has plans to stay and work in Australia for a few years after graduating. She’s excited for the days when she add more countries to her list of travels which already include Hawaii, Las Vegas, Yellowstone National Park and various cities around China. America or London are other potential work destinations since the publication industry is well-developed there. Time management skills, film industry, and public relations knowledge are also other areas Serena intends to improve on in the future.

What is your new year’s resolution?

“Drink more water, be healthy. Get a job and save money. Work hard in university.”

What would you say to inspire international students?

“Do not be shy. Interact with locals. Branch out. Make new friends. Learn different cultures and languages.”

“Brace yourself before starting anything.”

– Serena Dong



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16 Funny Pics of uni life in Australia

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

1. Part-time lecturer, part-time baby sitter

2. Somehow, Harry Potter’s friend studies at USYD

3. Let’s build a snowman, Frozen after-effect 

4. Someone has a tough night  before the exam

5. My only Blanket

6. A Bromance in lecture

7. Nothing to beat with the wind and rain in Sydney

8. Another method to pay for his institution fee

9. We’re proud of being a UNSW-er

10. The master of cheating 

11. Practice makes perfect

12.  A panda and possum at UOW 

13. Life won’t be tough with a bottle of Hennessy

14. A portable kitchen in a student’s lab

15. One way to save on the electricity bill

16. Last but not least,

We have to learn to be patient while studying at uni

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