For anyone serious about pursuing a career as a practicing visual artist in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond, the place to study is the National Art School (NAS) in Sydney. NAS is Australia’s leading 21st-Century art school at the forefront of contemporary practice that celebrates diversity and new ideas while being grounded in practical studio-based learning and development. At NAS all lecturers are accomplished practicing artists who will work with you to discover your own creative voice, hone your ideas, visualise your stories and show you the incredible and varied opportunities and rewards of life as an artist in this country and on the world stage.


NAS is an independent art school committed to training the next generation of artists. We are focussed solely on the visual arts and the future of arts practice, offering the full range of tertiary degrees: Bachelor of Fine Art, Master of Fine Art and Doctor of Fine Art. Teaching across ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture, our lecturers are experienced and award-winning artists with a deep knowledge of their disciplines and the arts industry, and our Art History &Theory faculty are PhD scholars at the top of their fields.


The National Art School’s origins go back to 1843; for the past 100 years since 1922 we have called the former Darlinghurst Gaol our home in the heart of Sydney. Our beautiful inner-city campus is inspirational, and our hands on studio-based teaching model has produced some of Australia’s most renowned and respected artists. At NAS we are deeply committed to providing a vibrant and nurturing learning environment where students prosper, learn the vital practical skills and techniques to articulate their ideas and transition into professional practice, and form lifelong friendships. Each year our graduates join the School’s celebrated alumni who continue to achieve at the highest levels, nationally and internationally.


We look forward to welcoming you to embark on your journey as the next generation of leading Australian contemporary artists.


Director and CEO, National Art School