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Visual Arts Courses at NADC

Studying Fine Arts at NADC is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to experience hands-on studio-based classes at Western Sydney’s premier art school. We offer full-time and part time study options in visual arts and ceramics. Our courses are taught by artists with strong and current exhibition practices.

What we teach

The art school has well equipped studios and facilities in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, art photography, ceramics, art history/ theory and digital art. We have an emphasis on practical learning, with most lessons being a combination of teacher demonstration, followed by student practice. Our courses prepare candidates for the arts industries by integrating training in arts-related areas such as WHS, professional practice for artists, arts marketing, and digital media.

What our graduates do

Graduates in our courses have gone on to successful careers in a range of areas including studio-based art practice, gallery management, arts administration, art education (including school teaching, adult education and gallery-based education) curatorial practice, community art practice, art retail, and artwork installations.

Information sessions for our 2019 courses

Would you like more information and assistance enrolling in our Semester 1, 2019 visual arts courses?

Come along to info sessions:

Monday November 12 , 2018,  10am-12 noon, PG39

Monday December 10, 2018, 10am-12 noon, PG39

Wednesday January 23, 10am-12 noon TG9, 10, 11

Tuesday January 29, 10am-12 noon, TG9, 10, 11

Alternatively, call 131 870 during holiday periods, or ph 9208 9325 during term time for more information, or for help enrolling.

Details of how to find NADC and Building P and T, including a campus map, can be found here.

Our courses FAQs

If you are at the beginning of your post-secondary study in visual arts then your first step to your degree is to enrol in and complete the Diploma of Visual Arts at NADC and/ or the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Option 1

I am a raw beginner. I think I may be creative, and I would like to enrol in the Diploma of Visual Arts, but I am really not sure.

Come in and see us with some examples of artwork you have made if you have any- we will advise you on whether or not to enter the Diploma of Visual Arts, or whether to try one of our short courses first to build your skills and confidence. Phone 9208 9484 to make your appointment. Information on how to find us can be found here.

Option 2

I have no prior visual arts qualifications, but I have been making art either at school or home, or elsewhere.

Come in and see us with a portfolio of 6-10 artworks you have made. We will assess your suitability for the Diploma of Visual Arts, or recommend a beginner course. The Diploma of Visual Arts can be studied full time (3 days per week) for 1 year or part time (1.5 days per week for 2 years). Phone (02) 9208 9484 to make your appointment.

Option 3

I already hold a TAFE Diploma of Visual or Fine Arts.

Congratulations! You have completed the first rung on your Degree qualification ladder. The next step is to complete an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts. The Advanced Diploma may be studied full time (3 days per week) or part time (1.5 days per week.) You will complete your studies in one year full time, or two years part time. Contact the section on (02) 9208 9484 to discuss your enrolment in the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Option 4

I already hold a TAFE Diploma of Visual or Fine Arts and TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual or Fine Arts.

New Higher Education options will be announced soon. Please contact the section to discuss how we can support your training in the meantime.

Option 5

I still have more questions

Call the section on (02) 9208 9325 or 131 870 during holiday periods.

VET Student Loans (replaces VET FEE-HELP)

You may be eligible for a VET Student Loan for these qualifications. This is an opportunity to achieve a high level qualification that you thought you couldn't afford just yet. For information regarding VET Student Loans visit TAFE NSW VET Student Loans.

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