International Students

International Student Qualification

You are considered to be an international student if you are NOT:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • a New Zealand citizen, or
  • a dual citizen of any country with Australia or New Zealand, or
  • a permanent resident of Australia.

If you meet any of these criteria you are considered to be a domestic student.

You are an international student if you hold a permit for temporary entry to Australia. For example, if your status is: overseas student, permanent resident of New Zealand, diplomat, temporary resident holding a work permit, refugee, a dependent of any of the above, etc.

How to Apply

  • Lodge a completed application form with certified copies of photographic identification, proof of residency status, and academic qualifications as evidence of meeting academic entry requirements with NAS Student Services by the due date. In addition to the certified evidence, the form must also include/be accompanied by:
  • Evidence of meeting the English Proficiency requirement (if applicable) i.e English Proficiency Test Scores
  • A Studio Proposal (500 -1,000 words). See below for Studio Project Proposal Guidelines.
  • 12 examples of own works in digital format (PDF format only) on a USB, readable by both Mac and PC
  • Provide 2 academic referees

Applications to study in 2018 are open. See how to apply here

The National Art School is registered under The Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to provide courses to non-Australian citizens studying in Australia on student visas. The CRICOS Provider Code for NAS is 03197B. NAS award courses are internationally recognised qualifications.

For information on studying in Australia visit To get a glimpse into life on campus as a National Art School student, see Campus Life

For commencing and continuing international students please contact Student Services directly for enquiries regarding enrolment, program and COE administration.

How to apply

Program Structure BFA

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.

Program Structure MFA

The Master of Fine Art is a two-year full-time course of study. The structure of the course is based on 2 stages of one year each, with three subjects taken in Stage 1 and two subjects in Stage 2.

Contact Us

The Student Services office is open:

Monday–Thursday 9am–5pm
Fridays 9am–3pm

+61 2 9339 8651