Why the National Art School?

Australia’s leading independent fine art school, NAS attracts exceptional students from across the country. As a student of NAS, you will join a vibrant community of artists and art professionals, students and teachers, who are devoted to pursuing the highest aspirations for contemporary art practice.

NAS is a forward-thinking, progressive art school with a continually evolving curriculum and small class sizes. We teach students to think creatively across disciplines and provide them with the instruction and resources to fulfil their artistic potential.

NAS students also have many opportunities for real life experience in the contemporary art industry, as the School participates in major art events and art prizes including the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Festival, VIVID, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Dobell Drawing Prize. Each year NAS takes part in major contemporary art fairs including Sydney Contemporary, showcasing the best recent graduates to a targeted audience of gallerists, curators, collectors and art enthusiasts.

NAS also offers students career opportunities such as overseas residencies in Paris and Rome, and many opportunities to exhibit their work publicly, on campus including at our popular annual Graduate Exhibitions, in local spaces and regional galleries.