There are a range of resources available to you while you are studying at Adelaide Central School of Art. We provide assistance with:
- Understanding the curriculum and the courses available to you through course subject outlines
- Navigating the application process – from simply applying through to credit transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning.
- Managing your enrolment
- Private and confidential counselling and support for students while studying with us.
2024 Academic Dates
Semester 1 2024
Term 1 | 12 February – 5 April
Term 2 | 22 April – 14 June
Tuition Fee due date | 22 February
Census Date | 7 March
Intensive Study Period 2024
24 June – 12 July
Teaching Weeks | 24 June – 5 July
Tuition Fee due date | 12 June
Census Date | 27 June
Semester 2 2024
Term 3 | 22 July – 13 September
Term 4 | 30 September – 22 November
BVA & Hons Final Assessment Week | 25 – 29 November
Tuition Fee due date | 5 August
Census Date | 19 August
2024 Application Dates
Semester 1 2024
Enrolment Closing Date for Continuing Students | 17 November 2023
Offer Round 1
Courses: BVA, ADVA, DVA
Application Type: Academic Entry
Application Closing Date | 23 November 2023
Round 1 Offers | December 2023
Enrolment Closing Date | 18 December 2023
Offer Round 2
Courses: BVA (Hons), BVA, ADVA, DVA
Application Type: All (Academic or Alternative Entry)
Application Closing Date | 8 January 2024
Round 2 Offers | January 2024
Enrolment Closing Date | 29 January 2024
Intensive Study Period
Enrolment Closing Date for Continuing Students | 17 November 2023
Semester 2 2024
Enrolment Closing Date for Continuing Students | 17 June 2024
Application Closing Date for New Students | 17 June 2024
Enrolment Closing Date for New Students | 1 July 2024
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
We are committed to supporting the engagement and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our degree programs. We recognise and respect First Nations peoples and aim to further understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, cultures, and histories through our curriculum, particularly in the context of visual art.
Our Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement and Audience Development outlines our approach to supporting student success. As part of this strategy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are eligible to receive individual tuition from academic staff at no cost. Please contact our Student Liaison Officer if this is of interest to you.
For information on Academic Support Services, contact our friendly Student Liaison Officer, Andrew Herpich, on 8299 7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are experiencing ongoing or significant issues relating to academic progress and/or attendance you may be required to attend an academic counselling meeting with the Student Services Officer or Student Liaison Officer and the lecturer of the relevant unit. This is an early intervention process aimed at supporting your academic progress.
Academic and Enrolment Guidance
The Student Liaison Officer Andrew Herpich and Student Services Officer Genevieve Spalding are available by appointment to discuss queries and concerns relating to enrolment, subject choices and workload and to provide general study advice, guidance and support.
Adelaide Central School of Art supports the right of people with disability to full and equitable participation in higher education. We recognise and embrace our social and legal obligations to provide an accessible and inclusive environment for students with disability.
We are committed to meeting our obligations outlined by the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the South Australian Equal Opportunity Act 1984, and the Disability Standards for Education 2005. We will act in accordance with the requirements and intent of the legislation.
The Disability Standards for Education 2005 requires educators to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ so that students with disability are not disadvantaged in relation to students without disability. Click to view our Students with Disability Policy and Procedure or contact Student Liaison Officer Andrew Herpich at email@example.com.
Essay Writing and Research Support
The Student Liaison Officer provides essay writing and research support through group workshops and individual meetings. You are referred for these services by a lecturer or may also self-refer, in which case the Student Liaison Officer will assess your support requirements. The Librarian also provides research support and delivers workshops throughout the year.
Individual academic support
In certain cases we approve one-on-one academic support from lecturers. This may include a set number of hours over the term or a one-off session. Circumstances in which individual academic support may be approved include when you have a study support plan in place, you are transitioning from secondary school directly into the BVA, or you have experienced a disruption to your studies due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances.
Information on External Services
The Student Liaison Officer and the Counsellor can provide information on a range of external services that are available to you in the areas of health and medical, mental health, sexual assault and harassment and emergency accommodation.
New students are encouraged to join us for a half-day of orientation in the week before semester starts. Orientation provides you with important introductory information about the course and familiarises you with the campus. Orientation includes presentations from selected lecturers, the Student Association, our gallery curator, and the Student Support Team. New students also receive a health and safety briefing, tour of our campus and facilities, and lunch with peers and staff provided.
The Peer Mentoring Program is a peer-led academic assistance program designed to help students understand key concepts and content within units and take steps towards study success. More information about becoming a Mentor or a Mentee can be found here.
Personal Support: Personal and Other Counselling
We provide a free, confidential, qualified counselling and pastoral care service for both students and staff. Adelaide Counselling Practice provides support for student and staff concerns, opportunities for personal growth, and referrals to outside assistance where needed.
Students can contact Adelaide Counselling Practice directly to make an appointment. The counselling service is private and confidential. Students will need to provide the counselling service with ACSA’s code, for invoicing purposes, but no personal information is provided to us when we are invoices for services and all student interactions with the counsellors are kept private. The relevant code will be provided with ACSA’s code via the student newsletter at the beginning of each semester.
Some reasons people like to talk to the counsellor include:
- Managing anxiety, stress and depression
- Crisis support: when things get too much to handle independently
- Basic budgeting advice and referrals for welfare / emergency assistance or other practical support
- Setting goals and working towards a successful future
- Grief, loss and changes in lifestyle / relationships
- Balancing family, work and study commitments
- Personal development, increasing self-confidence
- Anything that affects a student or staff member’s life and ability to study and work.
View the 2024 Schedule of Fees
FEE-HELP – Commonwealth Government student loan scheme available to any Australian citizen with a tax file number, applicable to all or part of tuition fees.
Refer to the Study Assist website for more information on FEE-HELP.
Tuition Protection Scheme
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students and eligible domestic students accessing a VET Student Loan (VSL), FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP (HELP) loan, whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that these students are able to either:
- complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or
- receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees (international students) or a re-credit of their loan for open units of study (VSL and HELP).
Up-front Payments Tuition Protection
Domestic up-front fee-paying students studying higher education with private education providers are eligible for tuition protection assistance if the course has not commenced, or ceases after commencement but before completion, and the student has not previously withdrawn.
ACSA is proud to be partnered with Study Loans – the only dedicated private student loan provider in Australia. Study Loans offers students with competitive interest rates and flexible payment plans. Study Loans is an alternative provider to FEE-HELP, a government funded student loan scheme.
For any students wishing to utilise Study Loans to assist in funding their course fees, we recommend visiting their website by clicking here.
This will provide further information on calculating repayments and determining the pre-qualification factors.
- Credit criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply.
- Students should always seek independent financial advice before making a decision on a financial product.
- Study Loans. ACL 498589.
Support for Students Policy Framework
Adelaide Central School of Art offers a range of academic and personal support services to students, as listed under Student Resources > Support on our website. These services are implemented and monitored through our Support for Students Policy Framework, which includes:
This policy outlines the support provided to students to assist them to successfully complete the units in which they are enrolled. It outlines the academic progression requirements, mechanisms for identifying students at risk of not meeting these requirements at the unit and course level, and the intervention and support strategies for supporting students to successfully complete.
This policy outlines ACSA’s approach to ensuring an accessible and inclusive teaching and learning environment for people with disability.
This policy sets out the principles and procedures for supplementary assessment, providing students with extenuating circumstances and/or a Study Support Plan with the opportunity to complete modified assessment tasks.
This policy sets out the principles and processes for the reassessment of an assessment tasks, including resubmissions and re-marks.
This policy provides a framework for the resolution of grievances to provide a safe and fair learning environment for all students and outlines the procedures to be used in addressing student grievances.
There are several additional policies that provide support to students that have been listed below under Institutional Policies because they apply to all members of the Adelaide Central School of Art community. They are: Child Safety Policy & Procedures, Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Policy, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy & Procedures, and the Critical Incident Policy.
Additional Student and Teaching & Learning Policies
Our Student Handbook provides important information about who we are and what we do. In it you will find information about our degree courses, staff, services, policies, procedures and facilities. It also outlines the responsibilities of our students while studying with us.
‘Welcome to our wonderful community of artists. I hope you are ready to make your mark at South Australia’s leading independent not-for-profit art school.’
– Penny Griggs, CEO
Each year we provide awards to outstanding students for excellence in their studies. In 2021 we welcomed curator Sebastian Goldspink to assist in judging and presenting our awards at the Graduate Exhibition opening event:
• SUREWiSE Major Travel Award for a high achieving BVA or BVA (Hons) graduate
• Hill Smith Art Advisory Award for excellence in drawing or painting
• James Martin Award for a high-achieving BVA graduate
• ACE Open Studio Residency
• Lee Family Award for a high-achieving BVA (Hons) graduate
• Helen Mitchell Award
• Adelaide Central School of Art and Artlink Magazine Award for a high-achieving student in Art History & Theory
• NAVA Ignition Award for a high-achieving student in Professional Studies
• Board of Governors and Guildhouse Award for Excellence
• FELTspace Graduate Award for a high-achieving graduate working within an experimental practice
For continuing students:
Altaire Arts & Supplies Encouragement awards
Art History & Theory 1 essay prize
Art History & Theory 2 essay prize
Central Artist Supplies is the in-house art materials supplier to Adelaide Central School of Art, located next to our Administration Office.
Greg Hanisch, operator of Central Artist Supplies, is a former Adelaide Central School of Art student and has first-hand knowledge of student requirements. Central Artist Supplies offers both inexpensive bulk materials and professional materials for discerning artists.
Central Artist Supplies is also open to the general public.
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.15pm
Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm (not on long weekends)
Saturday 9.00am – 2.00pm (extended when short courses are running)
When you’re studying with us, you can undertake electives with other higher education providers, including University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University/Adelaide College of the Arts.
You can discuss this further with our Student Liaison Officer.
Our Peer Learning Program is designed to provide information, guidance and advice for students to help them navigate the demands of the BVA program. It provides opportunities to develop supportive relationships and role-modelling exchanges between students of different experience levels. More information here