Student Resources

Student Resources


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.

These student resources can be found in the 2024 Student Handbook or you can always talk to Student Liaison Officer Andrew Herpich on (08) 8299 7300 or email

Semester 2 Timetable

Student Resources

Semester 1 2024 Timetable

Semester 2 2024 Timetable

Intensive Study Period 2024 Timetable

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

Academic Counselling
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

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.

Peer Mentoring

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.

Please contact Administration, our Student Liaison Officer, or our Student Services Officer for further information.

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.

Statement of Tuition Assurance 2018

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).

More information is available here.

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.

More information about the Up-front Payments Tuition Protection is available here. The updated Privacy Notice is available here.

Study Loans

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:

Support for Students Policy

This policy outlines how students at risk of failing one or more units are identified and the support available to students to successfully complete their units of study. 

Academic Progression and Enrolment Policy

This policy outlines the academic progression requirements, mechanisms for identifying students at risk of not meeting these requirements, and intervention strategies to support academic progression.

Students with Disability Policy and Procedure

This policy outlines ACSA’s approach to ensuring an accessible and inclusive teaching and learning environment for people with disability.

Supplementary Assessment Policy

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.

Reassessment Policy

This policy sets out the principles and processes for the reassessment of an assessment tasks, including resubmissions and re-marks.

Student Grievance Policy

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

Academic Integrity Policy

Assessment Policy

Conferral and Graduation Policy

Entry Requirements Policy

Intellectual Property Policy

Leave of Absence Policy

Privacy Policy

Recognition of Prior and Concurrent Learning Policy

Schedule of Final Grades

Staff Scholarly Activity Policy and Procedures

Statement of Tuition Assurance

Student Misconduct Policy

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment S1.2024

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment S2.2024

Work-integrated Learning Policy

Unit Evaluation Process


Institutional Policies

Child Safety Policy and Procedure

Diversity Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Policy

Respectful Behaviour  Code of Conduct

Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy

Work Health and Safety Policy

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

Read the 2024 Student Handbook

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.

(08) 8271 6912
PO Box 311, St. Peters SA 5069
Visit the website here

Opening Hours 

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


Housed in our Teaching + Studios Building, our library is one of the only dedicated visual art libraries in Australia.

Graduate Resources

We continue to provide graduates with opportunities through grants, fellowships, regular alumni newsletters and events.

Our Gallery

Adelaide Central Gallery showcases visual artists from across South Australia, nationally and internationally.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, water and community.

We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.