Our History

Adelaide Central School of Art was founded by Rod Taylor in 1982 as a single-focus art school. Over the last three and half decades we have established ourselves as an institution of excellence in both teaching practices and student success.

In that time we have grown significantly. In 1994 we were accredited to offer a Certificate IV and Diploma of Visual Art. Four years later we became a Higher Education Provider, receiving accreditation to offer a four-year Bachelor of Visual Art. We were approved for the FEE-HELP scheme in 2008, allowing students to defer their fees through a government loan.

In 2011 we launched a restructured three-year Bachelor of Visual Art, with a fourth Honours year available to high-achieving graduates from any higher education provider. The change aligned our program with other tertiary institutions in Australia.

In August 2012 the South Australian Government granted us a 50-year lease for two heritage buildings at the Glenside Health and Cultural Precinct. The following year, after extensive renovations, we relocated from Norwood. The architectural firm that oversaw this work, Grieve Gillette Anderson, received an AIA 2014 (SA) Architecture Award in Heritage.

We perform exceptionally well in the national QILT Student Experience Survey. For the third year running we have been identified as the best art school in Australia. In the recently released 2019 survey results, with a rating of 96.7%, we remain number one in Australia for overall student educational experience for under graduates studying visual arts. We are number one in South Australia for overall student educational experience for under graduates and second nationally for under graduate student experience out of 118 institutions including all Australian Universities and Non-University Higher Education Institutions.