Associate Degree in Visual Art

Adelaide Central School of Art

The Associate Degree of Visual Art (ADVA) is a two year entry level program focused on building foundation skills in key aspects of visual art. The course comprises Level 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA) and includes units in drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and theory, and contemporary studies. The ADVA offers an exit point from the BVA, enabling students who have completed Level 1 and 2 to graduate with a stand-alone qualification. On completion of the ADVA, graduates are equipped to pursue employment opportunities in the field of visual arts and in related occupations, or undertake further study.

Course Fee:

Australian: $42,000

Entry Requirements:

Portfolio entry is available for applicants who do not meet the TER requirements. Minimum ATAR score (TER) of 60 or a previous tertiary qualification at AQF Level 6 awarded within the last 10 years.


The ADVA is structured into Level 1 and 2. Awarding the ADVA requires the successful completion of 96 credit points (including completion of all core units). Each unit consists of 4 credit points. Level 1 is structured as a foundation year of core units, including 8 credit points in Art History & Theory, 8 credit points in Foundation Studies, 16 credit points in Drawing, 8 credit points in Painting, and 8 credit points in Sculpture. Level 2 comprises both core and elective units, including 8 credit points in Art History & Theory, 8 credit points in Contemporary Studio Practice, 16 credit points in Drawing core units, and 16 credit points in Elective units.

Subjects you can Study:

Visual art

Study Pathways:

Study Pathway to undertake Bachelor of Visual Art.

Further information:

Related Careers: Artist, Arts Administrator, Art Gallery Attendant, Exhibitions Manager, Curator, Museum Curator, Museum Officer

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Glenside Cultural Precinct No info Yes Full time 2 years
Glenside Cultural Precinct No info Yes Part time 4 years

Dedicated to training professional practising artists

Adelaide Central School of Art is South Australia’s leading independent, not-for-profit, tertiary provider of visual arts education. We employ eminent contemporary artists, writers and curators to deliver a studio-based teaching program that cultivates sophisticated practical skills, underpinned by intensive conceptual investigation. 

The school is renowned nationally for standards of excellence in higher education, providing a learning environment committed to small class sizes and one-on-one time with lecturers. In 2017, the school was ranked number one for the overall quality of our educational experience in South Australia for creative arts programs*.

We are celebrated for our welcoming community spirit and collegiate atmosphere of shared initiative, discovery and support. Our unique education experience is unparalleled in South Australia and offers:

  • An award winning campus with on-site student studios 
  • Deferral of tuition fees through FEE-HELP 
  • Nationally recognised artist-lecturers 
  • Scholarships, awards and a Graduate Support Program 
  • Intensive studio-based teaching in small classes 
  • Extended 34 week academic year 
  • Full-time and part-time study options 
  • Day and evening classes

Ongoing Graduate Support

By studying at Adelaide Central School of Art you become part of a nurturing community that is committed to supporting your career. Once you graduate, you gain access to our Graduate Support Program which offers exclusive professional development opportunities that are only available to alumni, including:

  • Artist-Run-Initiative Studio Residencies
  • International opportunities at the New York Studio School (NYSS)
  • Graduate grants that offer financial support for costs related to exhibitions and the production and presentation of new work
  • Quick response grants that offer support for professional development opportunities such as travel, conference attendance and art prize participation
  • Support to attend the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s National Graduate Exhibition, ‘Hatched’

$5000 School Leaver Scholarships

  • School Leaver Scholarships at Adelaide Central School of Art provide support to outstanding students to undertake the first year of full-time study of the Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA). Scholarships of $5000 will be awarded to successful applicants as a contribution to study-related expenses.

$7500 Bachelor of Visual Art [Honours] Scholarship

  • This scholarship provides support to an outstanding student to undertake the Bachelor of Visual Art [Honours] at Adelaide Central School of Art and is awarded as a contribution to study-related expenses.

*According to results from the national QILT Student Experience Survey 2016

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