Vanguard Program Application Form
For assistance completing this form contact us on 08 8299 7300

The Vanguard Program gives senior secondary students a chance to sample a tertiary visual arts education while completing their SACE studies. Suitable for Year 11 or 12 students open to a multi-generational, independent learning environment. We recommend students seek guidance from their school and support network before applying.

If students wish to undertake one, or up to two, of the units below they will gain SACE Credit (10 credits per course) at Stage 1 or Stage 2. Courses can contribute to the calculation of an ATAR.

Students can enrol in a maximum of one unit per semester while completing Year 11 and/or 12.


  • nationally recognised artist-lecturers
  • intensive studio-based teaching in small classes
  • experience the art school campus and community
  • access ACSA services such as the library, studios and workshop
  • extend your visual arts skills
  • complete a unit for which you can gain credit within a Bachelor of Visual Art degree at ACSA
Application due date for Semester 1 2024: 8 January 2024
Semester 1 2024: 12 April - 24 June 2024
Preparing Your Application
We recommend that you use the Save and Return function below, which will allow you to save your progress. That way you can complete the majority of the application and then log in again when your parent/guardian and secondary school are ready to provide their signatures. 
Support Material
To complete your application you will need to upload the following support material:
Certified copy of an identity document (e.g. birth certificate, driver’s license, passport)
Certified evidence of citizenship and/or permanent residency (e.g. passport, visa grant notice)
Most recent term report from your secondary school.

Identity documents must be certified in order to be accepted, unless they can be verified online. 

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
This form needs to be signed by you (the applicant). Once submitted, approval/consent forms will be sent to your parent/guardian and an authorised staff member at your secondary school.

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