Campus Life

The National Art School lies within the heart of Sydney’s arts precinct in the vibrant inner city suburb of Darlinghurst, surrounded by a thriving and diverse creative community.

Since 1922 we have occupied the old Darlinghurst gaol, an unrivalled sandstone campus which is both a site of immense historical significance and a specialist fine art school. The campus is fitted out with high quality facilities such as museum-standard galleries and state-of-the-art workshops, authentic artist studios and private workspaces, a library and learning centre, research and digital labs, student lounges and spaces for collaboration. Students also have access to the free campus-wide WIFI network.

At the heart of the student experience is the National Art School’s vibrant community of artists and art professionals, students and faculty, who are devoted to the pursuing the highest aspirations for contemporary art practice. As a student at the National Art School, you will have access to over 80 eminent practicing artists and art historians, who lecture, lead by example and provide intensive studio-based tuition across the disciplines of ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture.

In addition to the School’s contemporary art space, NAS Gallery, students are within walking distance to some of Sydney’s best galleries, museums, theatres, live music venues and cinemas in the stimulating and culturally rich Darlinghurst precinct.

The Student Representative Council unites the student body and enriches life on campus with exciting social events, including the Student Ball, student socials and performance nights.