International Students

The National Art School is Australia’s largest and most respected School of Fine Art. Established in 1843, the School has attracted talented students from across Australia and warmly welcomes all international students to our historic campus in the heart of Sydney.

International students at NAS join a rich, multicultural community, instructed by teachers who are all accomplished practicing artists dedicated to their craft. NAS provides outstanding fine art education with small class sizes, hands-on, studio-based learning and dedicated studio spaces for students delivered among original sandstone buildings. Studying at NAS is a truly unique education experience enabling students to develop, explore and immerse fully in their own unique art practice under expert guidance.

Set in the creative hub of Darlinghurst, the NAS campus is within walking distance to the CBD and Sydney Harbour, and a short bus ride to iconic Bondi Beach. Sydney is rated in the top five safest cities in the world and boasts world-class museums, public art galleries and commercial galleries, a multicultural and dynamic food scene, and an exciting calendar of cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

Our heritage-listed campus is housed within the beautiful sandstone grounds of the former Darlinghurst Goal. Find out more about the campus studios and facilities here.

A number of specialist student accommodation providers are located within walking distance to the campus (there is no onsite accommodation).

See the NSW Study Assist site for more information.

NAS has trained over 10,000 artists since it originated in 1843, including many of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally renowned practitioners. NAS alumni have represented Australia at the Venice Biennale, had retrospectives at major galleries and museums, and won major prizes national and internationally. The annual Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW is Australia’s most famous portraiture prize, and since it began in 1921 one in five winners have been National Art School graduates.

Find out more about our prestigious Alumni here.

The National Art School offers dedicated counselling services to students, contributing to their ongoing development and success in studies.

Support includes managing exam anxiety, balancing study and work, family and relationship concerns, health matters and general lifestyle and vocational goals.

We have collated an extensive list of support services and websites here.

Many students work part-time while completing their studies at NAS and our inner-city location offers many opportunities to live and work close to campus.

Under the current Subclass 500 Student Visa, students can work unlimited hours while studying in Australia. Please refer to the home affairs website for updates on these arrangements.

To help international students prepare for work, the Work Readiness Program is freely available online before and during their studies. The program guides students on how to write job applications, prepare for interviews and successfully find work in the Australian employment market.

The certificate generated from this program is an Australian Government endorsed micro-credential.

You are considered to be an international student if you are NOT:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • a New Zealand citizen, or
  • a dual citizen of any country with Australia or New Zealand, or
  • a permanent resident of Australia.

If you meet any of these criteria you are considered to be a domestic student.

You are an international student if you hold a permit for temporary entry to Australia. For example, if your status is: overseas student, permanent resident of New Zealand, diplomat, temporary resident holding a work permit, refugee, a dependent of any of the above, etc.

How to apply as an international student

  • Lodge a completed application form with certified copies of photographic identification, proof of residency status, and academic qualifications as evidence of meeting academic entry requirements with NAS Student Services by the due date. In addition to the certified evidence, the form must also include/be accompanied by:
  • Evidence of meeting the English Proficiency requirement (if applicable) i.e English Proficiency Test Scores
  • A Studio Proposal (500 -1,000 words). See below for Studio Project Proposal Guidelines.
  • 12 examples of own works in digital format (PDF format only) on a USB, readable by both Mac and PC
  • Provide 2 academic referees

The National Art School is registered under The Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to provide courses to non-Australian citizens studying in Australia on student visas. The CRICOS Provider Code for NAS is 03197B. NAS award courses are internationally recognised qualifications.

For information on studying in Australia visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

For commencing and continuing international students please contact Student Services directly for enquiries regarding enrolment, program and COE administration.

Orientation

All International Students are required to attend Orientation Week, which outlines all services and programme information to students. International Students who miss orientation are given an individual orientation from the Registrar and relevant programme co-ordinator.

Student Services

The office assists International Students with enquiries regarding all aspects of student life including visas, admission, progression, OSHC, course withdrawals, fees, student cards, scholarships, prizes, exchange programs, exhibitions, assessment, results and graduation. The Student Services office is currently located on the ground floor of Building 3 (entrance adjacent to the Cafeteria).

All staff in Student Services are experienced in responding to queries from International Students. For more specific welfare matters, International Students are referred to the School Counsellor. For more specific academic matters, International Students are referred to their relevant programme co-ordinator.

The Main International Student Contact (MISC) Officer is currently:

Ben Griffin, Registrar, National Art School

02 9339 8762

Ben.griffin@nas.edu.au

The Student Services Officer, Student Services Administrator and are both ‘Key Contacts’ for International Students.

Counselling Services

The role of the Counsellor is to contribute to the development of the School’s students and their successful study, whether International or Domestic.

The counsellor can provide support and direction in the following areas:

  • study skills including exam anxiety and time management
  • stress management – balancing study, work and other commitments
  • family and relationship concerns
  • health matters – lifestyle
  • vocational goals

If a referral is necessary the Counsellor has information about relevant community resources and government agencies, the service is free and confidential.

Program Coordinators

The School’s program coordinators are all senior Academics whose role is to provide academic administrative co-ordination across the varying discipline departments and to provide pastoral support to students within the program.

International Applications

Applications now open

Applications forms and Application Guidelines are available here:

CONTACT

Please fill in our online enquiry form below or call us on +61 2 9339 8651 to speak with our Student Services Team.

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