NAS is a practitioner’s art school. Our teaching staff are distinguished practicing artists and art historians. We use a studio-based model of learning that integrates history and theory with the practicalities of process and technique.

Our range of fully accredited degree courses are staged to nurture and guide our students through the creative and intellectual growth that creates the confidence and independence needed to be a successful visual artist.

This guidance is made possible by the small class sizes. These allow one-on-one instruction and dialogue to be part of each student’s experience. Blending teaching and mentorship, the process assists each student in navigating their way towards artistic autonomy.

Each course culminates with the students working independently to create a cohesive body of work in their chosen studio discipline, and participating in the NAS Graduate Exhibition upon completion.

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Bachelor of Fine Art

Our Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degree is designed to impart the skills, knowledge and creative independence required to sustain a career as an artist.

Master of Fine Art

Our Master of Fine Art (MFA) is a two-year full-time degree intended for BFA or equivalent graduates who wish to develop a higher level of specialised knowledge.

Doctor of Fine Art

The three year full-time or six year part-time degree is a practice-based professional doctorate that will provide the completion of an academic pathway to students. It will be delivered on the National Art School’s historic campus, where full-time students are provided with dedicated studio facilities.

Why NAS?

We challenge our students, and help them challenge themselves, so that they emerge from NAS with the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully pursue their career in the arts.

Core Subjects

In conjunction with study in selected studio areas, Drawing and Art History & Theory are included as core subjects throughout all three years of the BFA.

Studio Specialisations

In conjunction with core study in Drawing and Art History & Theory the BFA provides students with the opportunity to engage in in-depth study in any of our five Studio Specialisations including Ceramics, Painting, Photomedia, Printmaking and Sculpture.