Vanguard Program

Vanguard Program

Vanguard Program

Applications for Semester 1 2025 will open soon. 

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 view the Vanguard Program flyer


  • Nationally recognised practising 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 

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. 

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

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