Bachelor of Visual Art | Associate Degree of Visual Art

Adelaide Central School of Art is a leading independent, not-for-profit, tertiary provider of visual arts education. 
We were identified as the top art school in South Australia for overall student experience in the national 2016 QILT Student Experience Survey, and placed in the top two in Australia. Read more here.

Our degree courses are designed to develop technical and conceptual skills and allow for part-time or full-time commitment. The curriculum embraces the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and theory, and contemporary studies. Graduates are well versed in contemporary visual arts practice and have the requisite skills to embark on professional careers. We offer:

  • An award-winning campus with on-site student studios
  • Deferral of tuition fees through FEE-HELP
  • Nationally recognised artist-lecturers
  • Scholarships, awards and a Graduate Support Program
  • Intensive studio-based teaching in small classes
  • Extended 34 week academic year
  • Flexible full-time and part-time study options
  • Day and evening classes

Bachelor of Visual Art

The Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) is a three year degree program, designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to develop careers as practising artists. A focus on the fundamental art-making practices of drawing, painting and sculpture is complemented by an emphasis on art history and theory, conceptual development, and professional practice. At Level 3 students are supported to develop a coherent body of work based on comprehensive, self-directed, studio research.

On completion of the BVA, graduates are equipped to develop an independent studio practice and pursue a career as a professional practising artist. Graduates are also well positioned to undertake further study or pursue employment opportunities in related fields, such as arts administration, arts writing, education, marketing and events, commercial design, and curating.

Questions? Contact our friendly Student Liaison Officer, Andrew Herpich, on 8299 7300 or andrew.herpich(at) 

Duration             3 years full time or part time equivalent
Course Type        Accredited Course

Download the application form here

Download the 2018 Course Brochure here

View the 2018 Student Handbook here

View the 2017 Commencing Student Profile to see the number and proportion of students who entered the Bachelor of Visual Art last year.


Associate Degree of Visual Art

The Associate Degree of Visual Art (ADVA) is a two year entry level program focused on building foundation skills in key aspects of visual art. The course comprises Level 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) and includes units in drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and theory, and contemporary studies.

The ADVA offers an exit point from the BVA, enabling students who have completed Level 1 and 2 to graduate with a stand-alone qualification. On completion of the ADVA, graduates are equipped to pursue employment opportunities in the field of visual arts and in related occupations, or undertake further study.