Explore traditional and contemporary arts

 Our visual arts programs provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary and traditional visual arts practice. Offering specialisations in ceramics, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Explore traditional and contemporary arts practices through practice and theory coupled with business and entrepreneurial skills to build a career in the arts.

You will learn and create in Adelaide College of the Arts’ state-of-the-art facilities which include purpose-built studios and exhibition spaces.

Develop your visual arts practice in a supportive studio environment

TAFE SA and Flinders University offer the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) as a dual award program. Gain a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary visual arts practice. Develop your critical and creative thinking skills with a strong focus on practical skills development in studio disciplines including ceramics, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

This program embeds the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts within the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) and offers recognised exit qualifications at each year level, making this an incredibly portable and flexible program of study. Further study options include an Honours year, or our six-month Creative Incubator program.

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

I really enjoy studying at Adelaide College of the Arts. I feel supported in my learning and my lecturers are always willing to assist and help in developing my concepts and practice.
Kate Bohunnis, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) Honours graduate

Visual Arts in Schools

At TAFE SA, students can complete a Visual Arts qualification while they are studying Year 10, 11 or 12, by studying a Certificate III in Visual Arts. Students will gain valuable points towards further courses as well as their SACE. This program is offered one day per week to fit into school studies.

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School Experience Days

We welcome secondary students to participate in an opportunity to experiment in different art studios and work with artists through our Visual Arts High School Experience Days which take place each semester (see dates below). School groups are preferred.

Semester 1 2019      18 June 2019
Semester 2 2019      25 September 2019


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Helpmann Academy

TAFE SA, Adelaide College of the Arts has been a partner institution of the Helpmann Academy since its inception in 1994. Our students and graduates have enjoyed great successes and excelled in their careers through the professional support and awards provided by the Helpmann Academy.

The Helpmann Academy empowers South Australia’s most promising emerging creatives to realise their visions and build sustainable arts practices. They provide professional development opportunities including grants and awards, fellowships, mentorships, masterclasses and seminars, advisory services and international artist residencies, specifically for South Australia’s higher education arts students, graduates and emerging artists.

  • 24.Kelsey Reynolds, Spaces of Absence (detail), image courtesy of the artist
  • 6.Mirjana Dobson, Synthetic Organism (detail of installation), 2016, photo by Zoe Jones
  • 21.Sonya Moyle, Environmental Interplay, image courtesy of the artist
  • 19.Tracy Lymn, Please don't forget who I am, image courtesy of the artist
  • 14.Jim Jones, Glad Rap, photo by Jasmine Van Der Byll
  • 4.Kate Bohunnis, The Line (detail), Photo by Jasmine Van Der Byl
  • 5.Madeleine Collopy, Temporary Kinaesthesia, Image courtesy of the artist
  • 1.Nerida Bell, Remnants, Photo by Michal Kluvanek

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. Light Square Gallery is open 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday at Adelaide College of the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide. You can contact the gallery on +61 8 8463 5000