Diploma of Visual Art

Diploma of Visual Art

The Diploma of Visual Art (DVA) prepares students with the fundamental skills and knowledge of visual arts practices.
Duration: 1 year full time or part time equivalent

Applications for 2024 mid-year entry are now open

The DVA is a one-year program that provides a comprehensive introduction to core skills and essential concepts relating to visual art. The DVA focuses on the art-making practices of drawing, painting, and sculpture and is complemented by an emphasis on art history and theory and conceptual development.  

On completion of the DVA, graduates are able to apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in the creation of artworks. Graduates are also equipped to undertake further study and can apply to articulate to the Associate Degree of Visual Art or Bachelor of Visual Art. 

Call us on 8299 7300 or email info@acsa.sa.edu.au to discuss studying in our DVA program. 



How to apply

Preparing Your Application
Information on preparing your application and the support material required can be found on the first page of the New Student Application Form.

Application Entry Stream
Applications can be submitted under the Academic Entry Stream or Alternative Entry Stream.

To apply under the academic entry stream, an applicant requires an ATAR score (or equivalent) of 60 or above completed within the last 5 years OR a qualification of AQF Level 5 or above completed in the last 10 years.

To apply under the Alternative Entry Stream, applicants will need to attend a portfolio interview. This will be scheduled after the application closing date.

Assessment of Applications
Academic Entry Applications are assessed after the application closing date. Alternative Entry Applications are assessed after the portfolio interview.

Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application by email. Applicants who are accepted into a course of study receive a Letter of Offer and Enrolment Pack. Applicants who are not accepted into a course of study receive written notification.

Applicants who are dissatisfied with the outcome of their application are referred to the School’s Student Grievance Policy and Procedures. 

Questions? Contact our friendly Student Support Team, Andrew Herpich and Genevieve Spalding, on 8299 7300 or via email.

Course Information

Important Dates

2024 Academic Dates


Semester 1 2024
Term 1 | 13 February – 5 April
Term 2 | 22 April – 14 June

Tuition Fee due date | 22 February
Census Date 7 March 2024


Semester 2 2024
Term 3 | 22 July – 13 September
Term 4 | 30 September – 22 November

Tuition Fee due date | 12 June
Final Assessment Week | 25 – 29 November
Census Date 19 August 2024

New Student Application

Diploma of Visual Art | Associate Degree of Visual Art | Bachelor of Visual Art.

Semester 2 2024 applications for entry into the DVA, ADVA and BVA are now open. 

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