New Student Application Form: Semester 1 2022
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Diploma of Visual Art | Associate Degree of Visual Art | Bachelor of Visual Art | Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)
Adelaide Central School of Art is a leading independent, not-for-profit, tertiary provider of visual arts education. It was rated as the best art school in Australia for overall student experience in the national 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 QILT Student Experience Surveys.
ACSA employs eminent contemporary artists, writers and curators to deliver a studio-based teaching program that cultivates sophisticated practical skills, underpinned by intensive conceptual investigation.
ACSA is renowned for its standards of excellence and rigour, providing a learning environment committed to small class sizes and one-on-one interaction with lecturers. ACSA is celebrated for its welcoming community spirit and collegiate atmosphere of shared initiative, discovery and support. This unique education experience offers:
• An award winning campus with on-site student studios
• Nationally recognised artist-lecturers
• Scholarships, awards and a Graduate Support Program
• Intensive studio-based teaching in small classes
• Extended 34 week academic year
• Full-time and part-time study options
• Deferral of tuition fees through FEE-HELP
Application Due Date: 10 January 2022
This application form is for the Diploma of Visual Art (DVA), Associate Degree of Visual Art (ADVA), Bachelor of Visual Art (BVA), and Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) for commencement in Semester 1 2022.
Preparing Your Application
Support Material for the DVA, ADVA and BVA
To complete your application for the DVA, ADVA or BVA, you will need to upload the following support material:
All Applicants
Certified copy of an identity document (e.g. birth certificate, driver’s licence, passport)

Certified evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency (e.g. passport, visa grant notice)
Writing capacity: 300 word exhibition review
A curated art exhibition may include the work of one living artist or be a group show of living artists. Exhibitions organised by a curator will consist of works selected in reference to a certain theme or topic.
The exhibition may be in a gallery such as the Adelaide Central Gallery, ACE Open, Samstag Museum or the Art Gallery of South Australia. There are also artist-run spaces that hold curated exhibitions of living artists, including Feltspace, praxis ARTSPACE, and Floating Goose Studios. 
After viewing the curated art exhibition of living artists, please write a brief response of what you have seen. Use one or more of the following as a guide to your responses:
  • What range of subjects, ideas or themes do the works address?
  • Comment on the use of materials and how they relate to the chosen subjects or themes.
  • Choose one work and explain what it communicates to you.

Please include some documentation from the exhibition such as a flyer, invitation or floor list.

Academic Entrants
You are eligible to apply under the academic entry stream if you have an ATAR score of 60 or above completed in the last 5 years OR a higher education qualification of AQF Level 5 or above completed in the last 10 years. To apply as an academic entrant you will need to upload a certified copy of your ATAR score OR higher education qualification transcript/parchment. A digital copy that can be verified online (e.g. through EQuals) can be submitted in place of a certified copy. 
Alternative Entrants
There are three options listed in this form for the alternative entry stream, each with different evidence requirements: 
  • Academic achievement (e.g. Year 12 with ATAR below 60; VET qualification of AQF 4 or below (e.g. Cert. IV); AQF Level 5 or above completed more than 10 years ago)
    Evidence required: Certified copy of ATAR/SACE results or academic transcript
  • Previous visual art study (not at tertiary level)
    Evidence required: Transcript or certificates if available or other written documentation of study
  • Personal art practice
    No evidence required for application form
All alternative entrants will be invited to attend a portfolio interview after the application closing date.
Support Material for the Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours)
To complete your application for the BVA (Hons), you will need to upload the following support material:
  • Certified copy of an identity document (e.g. birth certificate, driver's licence, passport)
  • Certified copy of Australian citizenship or permanent residency (e.g. passport, visa grant notice) 
  • Certified transcript of academic records OR digital copy that can be verified online (e.g. My eQuals), including evidence of completing undergraduate degree in Visual Art (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average or higher
  • Curriculum Vitae containing exhibitions, grants, written publications, awards or any experience since graduation relevant to the proposed Project Proposal
  • 5 – 9 images in one PDF showing a range of recent work relevant to the Project Proposal. Please include detailed for the images, including title, dimensions, materials and date.
  • Other example of work if applicable (video excerpts should be no more than 2 minutes)
  • 500-word project proposal 

The project proposal should outline of the area of research (studio practice) you intend to pursue.

The purpose of the Project Proposal is to:

  • give a clear indication of your particular research topic or question
  • demonstrate your capacity to translate ideas into studio led research
  • show a capacity for understanding the relationships between your studio practice, theories, techniques, materials, processes and the historical, cultural and contemporary contexts relevant to your practice

Your Project Proposal should:

  • be clear and concise
  • outline your research objectives
  • state what methods, processes and materials you intend to use
  • state what expertise you will develop
  • state what, if any, specific resources will be needed
  • include a bibliography of key literature and other material which will inform your research direction (the bibliography is not included in the word count)
  • follow the Oxford referencing style

All applicants will be invited to attend an interview. If your application is successful, the Project Proposal will inform your direction of study and will be modified and developed into a Research Proposal that includes a substantial theoretical analysis of studio practices, theories, and traditions in art that are relevant to your own work.

Certifying Your Documents
Identity and academic documents must be certified in order to be accepted, unless they can be verified online (e.g. through My eQuals verification or similar). 
To certify your document:
1. Make a copy of the original document
2. Take the original and the copy to an Authorised Officer for certification. Below is a list of people who are authorised to certify documents:
  • Health professions: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, Chinese medicine practitioner, Chiropractor, dental practitioner, medical practitioner, medical radiation practitioner, nurse, midwife, occupational therapist, optometrist, osteopath, paramedic, pharmacist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, psychologist
  • Legal professions: Legal practitioner, patent attorney, trademarks’ attorney
  • Court positions: Bailiff, justice of the peace, judge, magistrate, registrar or deputy registrar, clerk, master of a court, CEO of a Commonwealth court
  • Commissioner for Affidavits, or Commissioner for Declarations (dependent on jurisdictions)
  • Government representatives (elected): Federal, state or territory or local
    Public servants: Federal, state or territory or local – employed for five years or more
  • Employees of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Bank officer, building society officer, credit union officer, finance company officer – employed for five years or more
  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Accountant (member of ICA, ASA, IPA or CPA, ATMA, NTAA)
  • Minister of religion, or marriage celebrant
  • Member of:
    • Chartered Secretaries Australia
    • Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
    • Australian Defence Force (an officer; or a non-commissioned officer with five or more years of continuous service; a warrant officer)
    • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Notary public
  • Holder of a statutory office not specified in another item in this Part
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff or sheriff’s officer
  • Teacher (full-time) at a school or tertiary education institution

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