The School


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 overall student experience according to the national Student Experience Survey (SES) findings released on the QILT website on 10 April 2019.

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The School offers undergraduate degrees, specialist short courses, workshops and masterclasses. In our studio-based teaching program we emphasise structured sequential learning, developing practical skills in parallel with rigorous intellectual inquiry.

As a single-focus art school, all classes are led by lecturers who are leading practitioners in their field. The School is recognised nationally for its excellence in educational practice and student success.

Students benefit from the range of experience and expertise offered by its staff of respected contemporary artists, writers and curators. Small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with lecturers create an environment that is both challenging and supportive.

The School offers both day and evening classes, with the flexibility of enrolling in either single or multiple subjects catering to both full-time and part-time students.

The extended 34 week academic year is deemed essential by the School as it enables increased studio time and enhanced learning opportunities.

Adelaide Central School of Art is more than a school of excellence: it is an intense community of committed students and teachers. Formal learning is supplemented by a cooperative atmosphere of informal exchange of ideas and peer learning between students of all year levels.


The Campus

Adelaide Central School of Art moved to the Glenside Cultural Precinct in 2013 with the official opening of the School by The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia on 18 May 2013.

The award-winning School campus is next door to Adelaide Film Studios, home of the South Australian Film Corporation and related creative enterprises, in a vibrant arts and learning community. Already, some of our graduates have seized cross-media opportunities and are employed on associated film projects.

As well as providing new opportunities for our degree programs and students, improved facilities enable us to implement our secondary schools' outreach program, and extend community access through our public programs such as short courses, masterclasses and workshops.

Adelaide Central Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located on campus and Central Artist Supplies is an art supply shop. The award-winning campus is set on beautiful grounds, conducive to en plein air painting and outdoor sculpture installation, with improved studio, teaching and reference facilities purpose-designed to suit the School's needs.