Our School

We are a leading independent, not-for-profit, tertiary provider of visual arts education. For the third year in a row we have been identified as the best art school in Australia for overall student experience according to the national Student Experience Survey (SES) findings released on the QILT website. Read more here.


Our Vision
To be a focal point for contemporary visual arts practice in Australia.

Our Purpose
To identify, develop and nurture visual arts practitioners by delivering high-quality contemporary visual arts education and experiences.

Our Values
• We believe in the transformative potential of arts education

• We strive for excellence

• We support curiosity and courage

• We embrace diversity

• We practice respect through shared experience

Our Philosophy
Students learn by doing. We offer a studio-based arts education that draws from the atelier model in which classes are taught by practising artists. We believe in-depth study of drawing, painting and sculpture provides the foundation for contemporary arts practice. We emphasise structured sequential learning and develop practical skills in parallel with rigorous intellectual inquiry.

Read ourStrategic Plan 2019 - 2024


Our Campus

Administration Building (formerly the Staff Dining Room, prior to that it was the male No. 1, 2 and 5 dining rooms)

This bluestone building accommodates our main reception and administration offices, Central Artist Supplies and Adelaide Central Gallery. The mezzanine is currently tenanted by Artlink Magazine and Flux Visual Communication.

Teaching and Studio Building (formerly the male M, N & O Wards, but better known as the P&O ward)

This three storey red brick building provides spacious teaching studios for our Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Contemporary Studies and Art History & Theory classes. Student studios are integrated on each floor with some studios set aside for resident practising artists. This building also has a dedicated lecture theatre, media room, library, student gallery, sculpture workshop and student kitchen and lounge areas.

We extended our teaching facilities in 2017 with the addition of a secure external courtyard providing enhanced studio and teaching facilities for the sculpture faculty. The covered workspaces are connected to the main machinery workshop and enable students to work on more ambitious projects.