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© 2018 National Art School 


With origins that can be traced back to 1873, the National Art School is a leading Australian visual arts institution with a rich tradition of artistic practice and generations of world-renowned alumni.

NAS offers a select number of full time programs; a Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art, and for the community, a comprehensive range of part-time and intensive short courses.

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.

Since 1922 we have occupied the old Darlinghurst gaol, an unrivalled sandstone campus that is both a colonial site of immense historical significance and a working school – with authentic artist studios, workshops, the NAS Gallery, specialist fine art Library and the famed Cell Block Theatre.