The National Art School (NAS) is a significant Australian visual arts institution, with origins that can be traced back to 1843. It has a rich tradition of artistic practice and a well-renowned alumni. NAS is a practitioner’s art school. We are committed to teaching the vital practical skills that form the foundation of a career in the visual arts. Students have access to over 80 eminent practicing artists and art historians, who lecture, lead by example and provide intensive studio-based tuition. It is this through this model that we continue to produce award-winning, distinguished graduates.
Housed in the historic walls of the old Darlinghurst Gaol in Sydney's premier Arts precinct, NAS offers a select number of full time programs;
- Bachelor of Fine Art,
- Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
- Master of Fine Art, and
- For the community, a comprehensive range of part-time and intensive short courses.
Campus Services and Facililties
- NAS Gallery presents a dynamic exhibition program of group and solo exhibitions by Australian and international artists, as well the end of year Graduate Exhibitions which showcase student work. As a Gallery within an educational institution, the exhibitions developed are those that will foster appreciation as well as critical insight into art, its role in society and innovative art practice.
- The old Darlinghurst gaol is one of Sydney's oldest and best preserved examples of colonial sandstone architecture, which over the last two centuries has transformed from a place of abject misery to one of Australia's premier arts institutes. The National Art School was moved from Sydney Technical College at Ultimo and has remained at the Darlinghurst site since 1922.
- In keeping with our focus on studio practice, our campus boasts a broad range of workshop and studio facilities that support learning across an extensive range of both traditional and contemporary art making practices. As students progress through the BFA and commence independent projects within their nominated area of Studio Specialisation, students are provided with an individual studio space in their area where they can develop their work. Similarly, students at MFA level are provided with individual studio spaces within dedicated postgraduate studio areas.