Pursue your passion and unleash your creativity when you study visual arts

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A successful career in the arts is about more than making art. It is also about understanding art theory and history, critical and creative thinking, and developing an appreciation for what art brings to society.

“Art offers us a world of dangerous and wondrous possibilities,” said Greg Ackland, Lecturer in Visual Arts at TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts (AC Arts).

At AC Arts, you will study these essential disciplines while developing your creative skills. Whether your creative passion is painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics or jewelry, AC Arts has the facilities and equipment to help you develop your technique and refine your ideas. And earning a recognized qualification can accelerate your career and open up new opportunities.

AC Arts offers a range of study options from short courses to a Certificate IV or Diploma in Visual Arts. It is also possible to obtain a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) offered in partnership with Flinders University. Applications are now open for AC Arts mid-year admission.

Students in the Bachelor of Creative Arts learn cultural history and theory, how to make and present works of art, and how to develop a sustainable creative professional practice. The course includes critical art studies, color theory and design principles, 2D and 3D design processes, and critical and creative thinking skills. These are important life skills as well as key visual arts skills.

“We are committed to lifelong visual arts education, where our learning community and sense of belonging are central to their studies,” Ackland said.

Ellis Moseley, Super Duper Flying Fun Show, graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts). Photo: Michael Haines.

AC Arts faculty are all passionate and experienced educators with diverse artistic practices and extensive industry connections that can benefit students during their studies and even after graduation.

“Our visual arts courses provide a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary and traditional visual arts practice,” Ackland explained. “We also ensure that students have a thorough understanding of the sustainable business and communication skills needed to become an arts professional.”

Boasting industry-standard workshops, studios and exhibition space, Adelaide College of the Arts has been designed to deliver excellence in arts training and education. Centrally located in Adelaide’s Light Square, AC Arts is Australia’s only higher education institution to bring together performing arts, visual arts and design in one building. This multidisciplinary environment makes it a hotspot for creation that nurtures innovation and inspiration.

“Our students have the freedom to study and create together, providing unprecedented opportunities to build career-defining networks.”

Greg Ackland, Lecturer in Visual Arts, Adelaide College of the Arts

AC Arts is also home to a professional exhibition space, the Light Square Gallery, which regularly hosts must-see exhibitions from the Adelaide art scene.

“The gallery promotes outstanding contemporary artists, including emerging artists, TAFE SA students and graduates, and our acclaimed team of speakers,” said Ackland.

“Many of our graduates also build meaningful, independent careers in the visual arts through exhibitions, studio residencies, public art projects and prestigious national awards, including the Ramsay Art Prize winner 2021, Kate Bohunnis.”

Studying the visual arts is not just for those who aspire to become practicing artists. We live in a world saturated with images and the ability to understand and develop visual communication is increasingly important. People with highly developed visual skills are now in demand, not just as creators, but as thinkers and strategists.

The visual arts also allow you to address issues that matter to you, such as climate change and the environment, race, gender, and equity. Art has always been political and artists are often at the forefront of criticism and dissent. From groundbreaking street art to posters and image-making, the visual arts give you a platform to say what you believe.

“Our students are able to examine, develop and communicate important issues, as well as celebrate beauty. We explore ideas and develop and shape our understanding of our social and cultural identities,” Ackland concluded.

Find out more during the Visual Arts Information Session on Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m.. See the studios, workshops and facilities first-hand and meet some of Adelaide College of the Arts’ visual arts faculty.

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