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Welcome to Adelaide College of the Arts

Adelaide College of the Arts is a hub of tertiary arts education in South Australia. Centrally located in the city in Adelaide’s Light Square, AC Arts is Australia’s only tertiary institution housing the study of performing arts, visual arts and design all in one building. Boasting industry-standard performance and exhibition spaces, workshops and studios, it was purpose-designed in every detail to achieve excellence in arts training.

Purpose built arts and design facility

Students who study at Adelaide College of the Arts benefit from dedicated industry-standard facilities, state-of-the-art performance spaces and a teaching staff of respected specialist professionals.

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Industry Partners

The Helpmann Academy is a unique collaborative partnership, unifying the skills and resources of the state’s higher education institutions including TAFE SA.

Helpmann Academy offers professional development opportunities including grants and awards, fellowships, mentorships, masterclasses and seminars, advisory services and international artist residencies, all tailored specifically for South Australia’s higher education students, graduates and emerging artists.

Latest Events


2020 Music Auditions

09 Dec 2019 - 05 Feb 2020
Auditions for Music at the Adelaide College of the Arts are being held between 9 December 2019 and 4 February 2020.


13 Dec 2019 - 30 Jan 2020
Adelaide College of the Arts, TAFE SA and Flinders University Bachelor Creative Arts (Visual Arts) Graduate Exhibition 2019

Creative Incubator 2020

09 Jan 2020 - 01 Feb 2020
Applications are open for Creative Incubator 2020 – a program designed for artists and designers seeking to extend their artistic careers.

Latest News

Creative journey begins at AC Arts

Acting is child’s play for Temeka Lawlor who has found her niche performing for young people. The Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) graduate is presently working with Adelaide’s Patch Theatre touring the group’s new work Zoom through regional SA.

Bonnie's eye for detail recognised at awards

It was a photograph taken on the spur of the moment and never intended for others to see, but Bonnie Parker’s image of her aunt has scored Silver at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) state awards.
Acting student

Launch your career in acting at Adelaide College of the Arts

After 30 years of training many of South Australia’s most respected and loved actors, Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts) is offering aspiring actors a new course option in 2019.

Light Square Gallery

Light Square Gallery is a professionally managed, purpose-built exhibition space. Here you'll find high-calibre exhibitions of the kind that have built South Australia's outstanding reputation in the arts. Our focus is on promoting exceptional contemporary artists, including emerging artists, recent TAFE SA graduates and our acclaimed lecturing team.

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See what's on at Light Square Gallery