Graduate Attributes

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

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The School’s studio-based degree program emphasises structured sequential learning, and develops practical skills in parallel with rigorous intellectual inquiry. The Graduate Attributes are embedded in the School’s curriculum, extending the discipline-specific course and unit learning outcomes to encompass broader capabilities that can be applied to a wide range of contexts. The Graduate Attributes are also promoted through the School’s collegiate culture, which supplements formal education with a cooperative atmosphere of informal exchange of ideas and peer learning.

Professional readiness

Graduates demonstrate professional readiness through comprehensive making abilities, professional business skills, relevant technological aptitude, time management skills, and an understanding of their practice within local and national networks.

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

Adelaide Central School of Art graduates are critical and creative thinkers, with the ability to adapt to a range of contexts. They demonstrate this through intellectual curiosity and the application of research and knowledge to solving the complex problems inherent in a visual arts career.

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

Graduates demonstrate intellectual autonomy, initiative, self-awareness and academic integrity. Graduates learn empathy and intercultural understanding through participating in a collegiate culture, ensuring they have the ability to work and collaborate with people of diverse ages, genders, backgrounds and levels of experience.

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


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 in a variety of contexts and to a range of audiences, for instance, scholarly writing, artist talks, applications to funding bodies and academic conferences.