Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Attributes describe the broad qualities and capabilities that our students are expected to develop through tertiary studies at Adelaide Central School of Art. These attributes provide graduates with a foundation for lifelong learning and professional practice, both in the visual arts sector and beyond.

View examples of graduate career profiles here.

The Graduate Attributes are embedded in our curriculum, extending the discipline-specific unit learning outcomes to encompass broader capabilities that can be applied to a wide range of contexts. The Graduate Attributes are also promoted through our collegiate culture, which connects formal education to a cooperative atmosphere of mutual support, peer learning and creative exchange.

Professional readiness

Our graduates demonstrate professional readiness through comprehensive making abilities, professional business skills, relevant technological aptitude, and time management skills. They are able to contextualise their practice within local and national networks and generate professional opportunities in the arts industry.

Graduates understand the multifaceted nature of being an autonomous practising professional artist, recognising that this might entail studio practice, exhibition of work, pursuit of funding opportunities and residencies, teaching, critical writing, arts administration and work in related creative industries.

Creativity, adaptability and critical thinking

Our graduates are critical and creative thinkers. They have the ability to adapt their knowledge, research capabilities and problem solving skills to a range of contexts. They demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and recognise connections between differing academic fields and the broader arts industry.

Graduates’ adaptability supports longevity in their visual art practices and ensures that skills are transferable to broader fields of study, practice and employment.

Autonomy, self-awareness and ethical understanding

Our graduates demonstrate intellectual autonomy, initiative, self-awareness and academic integrity. Graduates learn empathy and intercultural understanding through participation in our collegiate culture. They have the ability to work alongside and collaborate with people of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, social and cultural backgrounds and levels of experience.

The ethical, empathetic and academically rigorous conduct of our graduates positions them to transition into independent practice, employment, or post-graduate study.


Our graduates have the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas, emotions and human experiences through their artworks. They are also adept in communicating verbally and in writing. Our graduates have the capacity to adapt these communication skills for a variety of professional and academic contexts and audiences.