Secondary Schools & Students

Secondary Schools & Students

Adelaide Central School of Art connects secondary school students and teachers with some of the best contemporary arts professionals in South Australia. We offer a range of learning experiences for students and teachers including:

Short Courses for Teens

Unleash your creative skills with Short Courses designed specifically for teensagers aged 13 – 17 years old. 

We offer dynamic, 6-week Teen Short Courses each term of the academic year. Each course is designed with a different focus and skill level in mind, so that students can choose which course and level best suits them. Led by experienced educators who are passionate about sharing their love of art, students are encouraged to explore new techniques in a supportive and inspiring environment. 

Our Teen Short Courses focus on the development of technical skills in areas such as:

  • Portraiture
  • Digital drawing
  • Observation
  • Colour theory
  • Character design
  • Contemporary art

Please be aware that courses often sell out quickly. To be notified as soon as our Short Course Program is released please sign up to our mailing list. We also offer teen intensives as part of our Summer School and Winter School programs, which are also released on our Short Courses page. 

ACSA quote marks

‘Fantastic choice of activities, with a great mix of new, less common skills and learning upon older, more common skills. Teachers were fantastic at providing new information and catering to multiple ranges of skill level. 10/10, will do again.’

2022 Teen Course Student

School Workshops

We offer bespoke workshops designed specifically for your secondary students’ needs. Taught by practicing artists, we can cater to your curriculum requirements and provide information about further study and career pathways in the arts.

Delivered at your school or at our Glenside campus, these workshops focus on the development of skills in the fundamental practices of drawing, painting, and sculpture, while challenging participants to explore different ways of thinking through the visual arts.

We can host groups of up to 12 students between 9am – 3pm at our Glenside campus most weekdays. Hosting larger groups is subject to studio availability, but we are also happy to work with you to deliver a workshop at your school.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Close at 


ACSA quote marks

‘The environment, lecturers and even the students are all so nice, and surprisingly like-minded, its like everyone has something in common. The environment and the lecturers are so chill and so its easy to feel relaxed and comfortable drawing/painting/etc.’

2021 Teen Course Student

Vanguard Program

Applications for Semester 2 will be open from 1 March to 1 June 2024.

The Vanguard Program gives senior secondary students a chance to sample a tertiary visual arts education while completing their SACE studies. Suitable for students open to a multi-generational independent learning environment.

We recommend students seek guidance from their school and support network before applying.

Secondary students can apply for one of the following options at Stage 2:

  1. One unit of study for 10 SACE credits.
    Duration: One semester.
    Unit options: Drawing 1.1 or Sculpture 1.
  2. Two units of study for 20 SACE credits.
    Duration: Two semesters.
    Unit options: Drawing 1.1, Sculpture 1, Painting 1, Drawing 1.2. To undertake Painting 1 or Drawing 1.2, the student must successfully complete the pre-requisite of Drawing 1.1 in the first semester of study.

Vanguard units have been approved as University Studies by the SACE Board. Successfully completed units can contribute to the calculation of an ATAR under the category of Recognised Studies.

For more information click here Vanguard Program flyer


  • Nationally recognised artist-lecturers
  • Intensive studio-based teaching in small classes
  • Experience the art school campus and community
  • Access ACSA services such as the library, studios and workshop
  • Extend your visual arts skills
  • Complete units for which you can gain credit within a Bachelor of Visual Art degree at ACSA
Application Process 

Applications for Semester 2 will be open from 1 March to 1 June 2024.

The application process includes the following steps: 

  1. The online application is to be completed by the applicant. 
  2. Once the application form has been submitted, a consent form is sent to the applicant’s nominated parent/guardian and an approval form to the nominated school contact. 
  3. Once all forms have been submitted, the applicant and parents/guardians are invited to attend an application interview. 
  4. The nominated school contact is contacted by phone as part of the application assessment.  
  5. The applicant is notified of the outcome of their application. 
Vanguard Application Form

Tuition Fees 

The 2024 Schedule of Fees can be found here

Please be aware that Vanguard students are not eligible for Fee-Help, which is exclusively approved for students enrolled at the tertiary level.  

Contact Student Services Officer Genevieve Spalding at to find out more. 

As a Vanguard student, my time at Adelaide Central School of Art has been nothing short of amazing, offering me invaluable insights and opportunities that have allowed me to greatly improve upon my skills. The environment is incredible. Surrounded by like-minded individuals and immersed in a culture that celebrates everyone’s passions and needs, I felt encouraged to push the boundaries of my own art and learn more techniques. The support within the community for all students, Vanguard or not, has been very beneficial and it is very clear that the school is passionate about each of their students. 

My time at the Adelaide Central School of Art has been incredible and I recommend it to everyone. It has opened doors to many more opportunities, providing me with the experience to help me in the future with my chosen occupation.” – Sia Clignon, Vanguard 2023

Opportunities for Teachers

Adelaide Central School of Art offers a wide range of opportunities for Secondary School Teachers.

Our Short Courses can be undertaken as Professional Development with certificates provided upon completion. This makes it easy for you to continue your own education, enhancing your skills and practical knowledge. Our courses are designed to meet your individual needs and help you grow as an educator.

In addition to our short courses, we also host the annual VAESA conference at our award-winning Glenside Campus. This conference provides a platform for you to connect with other educators, share ideas, and learn about new approaches to teaching art.

Our exhibitions are open to the public, and we welcome teachers and their classes to book a free tour of Adelaide Central Gallery and our Teaching and Studio Building. This is a great way for you and your students to experience contemporary art and engage with local visual artists. 

If you have any questions email us at

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