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. All we offer a range of full-time and part time study options in fine art, visual arts and contemporary craft and ceramics. Our courses are taught by artists with strong and current exhibition practices. Click on 'read more' for information on courses available.
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, which is followed by student practice. Feedback to the student is delivered one on one, and also via class discussion. As well as rigorous technical and conceptual training in fine art, our courses prepare candidates for the arts industries by integrating training in arts-related areas such as Occupational Health and Safety, professional practice, 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 2018 courses
Would you like more information and assistance enrolling in our Semester 1, 2018 visual arts courses? Please come to the NADC info and enrolment sessions at 10am on Monday December 4th 2017, in Room P1.43, Nepean College. We can give you all the help and advice yo need to commence or further your study.
Alternatively, call 131 870 during holiday periods, or ph 9208 9325 during term time for more information, or for help enrolling.
In term 3 and 4, we have a range of exciting short courses in areas including ceramic design, observational drawing, and colour relief printmaking. These courses are fully government subsidised for many learners.
Details of how to find NADC and Building P, including a campus map, can be found here.
In addition to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, you may now apply for our 2017 Bachelor of Visual Arts at Nepean Arts and Design Centre in partnership with Federation University Australia.
TAFE NSW Diploma and Advanced Diplomas in Visual or Fine Arts provide your pathway to the Degree. Find out how to create your career below!
In 2017 we are offering the Diploma of Visual Arts, and the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts. We are also offering the Bachelor of Visual Arts in partnership with Federation University. The next intake for these courses is January 2017.
Please book your interview now by phoning the section on ph 9208 9325
In terms 1 and 2, 2018, we have a range of fully government subsidised short skill sets including observational drawing, ceramic design, and printmaking. These courses are government subsidised many learners, and provide a wonderful opportunity to experience a taster course in the visual arts areas.
Register your interest, or enrol directly for all of our courses via links on the 'want to get started' box on the previous page.
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.
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 beginner 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.
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) or part time (1.5 days per week), and is the first step on the pathway to a Bachelor of Visual Arts. You will complete your studies in one year full time, or two years part time. Phone (02) 9208 9484 to make your appointment.
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.
I already hold a TAFE Diploma of Visual or Fine Arts and TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual or Fine Arts.
You are ready to apply for the Bachelor of Visual Arts at Nepean Arts and Design Centre!
This program is offered over three semesters at NADC. You can apply directly via the link below. Please note that you will need to upload certified copies of your Diploma of Visual or Fine Art, and your Advanced Diploma of Visual and Fine Art as part of the application process. (Did you know that most chemists have a JP who will certify copies of your qualification?)
The application process also provides the option of uploading a statement as to why you wish to complete the course, or a statement outlining any equity considerations. You may like to prepare these statements before you commence the application.
Once you have your certified copies of your qualifications ready to upload, please click on 'apply now' at the following link:
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.