Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 +61 (0)2 9339 8744 N/A
  • Established 1843
  • Location Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
  • Type Private
  • Vice principal
The National Art School (NAS) is the oldest, most prestigious visual arts institute in Australia, with origins that can be traced back to 1843. It has a rich tradition of artistic practice and a well-renowned alumni. Housed in the historic walls of the old Darlinghurst Gaol in Sydney’s premier Arts precinct, NAS offers a select number of full time programs; Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) and Master of Fine Art, and for the community, a comprehensive range of part-time and intensive short courses. NAS utilises the studio based Atelier Method of teaching, where there is a high ratio of staff to students, with intensive instruction by professional practising artists taking place in a studio environment.
NAS values its links with the international community including Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, USA, Sweden and France, where art exchange and art practice enhances the studio-based tradition of learning and scholarship.
NAS offers a comprehensive range of fully accredited degree courses that embody the School’s educational philosophy of studio based learning under the supervision of practicing artists.

Bachelor of Fine Art
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
Master of Fine Art

The National Art School offers a range of short courses to enhance existing art practice for the general community and to supplement high school visual art learning.

Art Lab Winter
Semester Two Short Courses
Short Course Registration
Senior School Programs
The National Art School offers several venues for hire within the heritage site. The Cell Block Theatre, Chapel, Project Space, Black Theatre and broader campus grounds all present unique settings for filming & photoshoots, theatre & performance, conferences & seminars as well as corporate and private functions, cocktail & dinner parties and weddings & special ceremonies.