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. It was identified as the best art school in Australia for student experience according to the national Student Experience Survey (SES) findings released on the QILT website on 10 April 2019. Read more here.

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 via email

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

Download the Application Form 

Download the 2019 Course Brochure 

View the 2019 Student Handbook 

Further information on the School's Admission processes can be found here. This document also contains the 2018 Commencing Student Profile, which details 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.