National Art School

About National Art School

The National Art School uses practice-driven teaching methods and maintains a high staff-to-student ratio. Intensive instruction by over 80 eminent practising artists and art historians takes place in a studio environment. Drawing, art history and theory and their relationships to contemporary culture are taught each year in the undergraduate programs. Specialist study is offered in the studio disciplines of ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

The fully accredited B Fine Art program is designed to develop the creative independence, knowledge and experience required for a career as a professional artist and the academic rigour required for further study at postgraduate level. The program is delivered full time over three years and involves a comprehensive investigation of studio practices and historical and theoretical reflection supported by individual tutorials, peer discussions and reviews.

National Art School student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants

ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER

Successful applicants will receive an offer from the National Art School with detailed information on accepting and the enrolment procedure you need to follow prior to commencing the course. 

ADVANCED STANDING

Applications for advanced standing or academic credit must be made at the time of application. Applications for recognition of prior learning must be received by the census date for the relevant unit.

DEFERMENT

Course deferment can only be granted in exceptional circumstances due to the limited places available. Deferment is possible for one year only. 

National Art School does not accept applications from those who will be under 18 at enrolment.

To find out more, visit the National Art School website.

International Year 12 applicants

ACCEPTANCE AND ENROLMENT

Successful applicants will receive an offer from the National Art School with detailed information on accepting and the enrolment procedure you need to follow prior to commencing the course. 

It is recommended that you register with Student Services upon your arrival in Sydney.

ORIENTATION

Each year the National Art School welcomes new students with an orientation week designed to give them all the information they will require for studying at the school. New students will also have the opportunity to experience part of Drawing Week, which is an extracurricular introductory session for all returning students, offering exciting workshops and projects across various locations.

DEFERMENT

Course deferment can only be granted in exceptional circumstances due to the limited places available. Deferment is possible for one year only. 

To find out more, visit the National Art School website.

Campus information

Location

The Old Darlinghurst Gaol, repurposed as studios, workshops, a Gallery, Library, Archive & Collection, lecture rooms, project spaces and the famed Cell Block Theatre, has been used for education since 1922. The National Art School, first as the Department of Art of the Sydney Technical College, to its present day independent status, has always inhabited the site.

To find out more, visit the National Art School website.

Student and campus services

The National Art School has a range of student support services. These include counselling services, to support the development and wellbeing of students. Every student is welcome to take part in the Student Representative Council (SRC). The SRC provides representation of students to the school through the Academic Board and a close working relationship with the management of the school. The SRC also provides a number of extracurricular activities, including the annual student ball.

The NAS Library and Learning Centre provides specialist resources to facilitate the study, research and practice of visual art. It comprises the NAS Library and the NAS Digital Laboratory, as well as the Library Stairwell Gallery, a dedicated student exhibition space.

The library is a specialist collection relating to the theory and practice of fine arts. It holds a range of materials available for loan, including books, DVDs, videos and recent issues of journals.

The NAS gallery encourages appreciation and critical perspectives of art and its role in society through direct engagement with artists and innovative art practices. It provides a context for the understanding and interpretation of historical and contemporary practice for the enjoyment of the public and the NAS’s communities of students, faculty and alumni. The program consists of research, publications, public programs, artist residencies and exhibitions featuring multidisciplinary group and solo projects by Australian and international artists, including the end-of-year showcase of graduating students.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students with disabilities should contact Student Services to discuss their requirements.

ACCOMMODATION

The National Art School does not offer any student accommodation, however, for advice on local student accommodation options contact Student Services.

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

National Art School students can choose to pay their fees in full or in part through FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP is available for all NAS degree programs. Tuition fees are required to be paid during enrolment.

For the latest fee information, visit the National Art School website.

For further information on FEE-HELP, visit the Australian Government's Study Assist website.

International Year 12 applicants

For the latest fee information, and to download the refund policy for overseas students, visit the National Art School website.

International students

Your stay in Australia

LIVING EXPENSES

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia. 

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the Australian Government's Study in Australia website.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students. 

To find out more about working while studying in Australia, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

PREPARING FOR STUDENT LIFE

As part of your arrival support, the National Art School will provide useful information to assist with your visa, what to bring, getting there and orientation. 

To find out more, email Student Services

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. National Art School's preferred provider is Medibank

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

To find out more, visit PrivateHealth.gov.au.