is an independent, not-for-profit, accredited higher education provider of tertiary courses in the visual arts, located in Adelaide, Australia. A single-focused art school, Adelaide Central School of Art offers training for students seeking to develop careers as professional practising artists. In the studio-based teaching program, the school emphasises structured learning, practical skills and intellectual development. All classes are led by lecturers who are leading practitioners in their field. Students benefit from the range of experience and expertise offered by these respected contemporary artists, writers, and curators. In addition to an Associate Degree of Visual Art, Bachelor of Visual Art, and Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), the school offers a range of short courses, workshops and masterclasses.
The School was founded in 1982 by Rod Taylor. Initially occupying a rented space in Bloor Court, Adelaide, it moved in 1989 to a warehouse in Gilles Street, establishing itself as an accredited independent art school. In January 1994, the School moved to heritage buildings in Osmond Terrace, Norwood, leasing them from the School's founder until they were sold in 2011. Adelaide Central School of Art relocated to the Glenside Cultural Precinct in January 2013, completing the first stage of the renovation of two iconic heritage buildings in May 2013. The South Australian Government granted the School a 50-year lease on these buildings located adjacent to the Adelaide Film Studios home of the South Australian Film Corporation and related creative enterprises. The new Glenside Campus provides significantly improved facilities in the three-story Teaching and Studio Building, including larger spaces for classes, integrated student studios, lecture room, media room, enlarged library facilities and extensive display opportunities for artwork on each level.
The degree courses are designed to develop technical and conceptual skills. The curriculum embraces the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and theory and contemporary studies, and is flexible to allow for part-time or full-time study.Graduates are well versed in contemporary visual arts practice and have the requisite skills to embark on professional careers.
The School offers:
- Intensive studio-based programs
- Small classes and one-on-one mentoring
- Full-time or part-time
- Day and evening classes
- Extended 34 week academic year
- Single subject enrolments
- Deferral of tuition fees through FEE-HELP
- Annual Pro Hart Scholarship for Year 12 graduates
Adelaide Central Gallery
Exhibitions are an important component in the teaching and learning environment at the School. Our vibrant exhibition program of local, interstate and overseas artists is carefully planned to challenge and inform both our students and the general public. The program incorporates the School’s annual graduate exhibition, giving many students their first exposure in the world of professional practice. The Gallery is free of charge, open to the public and we encourage school groups to visit. Exhibitions are often supplemented by informative talks and lectures featuring eminent artists, visiting curators and Adelaide Central School of Art lecturers and graduates, providing the community with access to the visual arts.
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