National Art School

International students

General admission requirements

As an international student completing one of the following qualifications in 2022, you will apply for admission through UAC and will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in these studies (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

When assessing your application, NAS may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account.

International National Art School students

Additional selection criteria

Admission into the Bachelor of Fine Art is competitive, with selection based on a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test.

Competitive interview process

All eligible applicants to the National Art School take part in a competitive selection process to rank applicants. The selection process comprises a short interview and portfolio presentation. The portfolio should include a minimum of 12 recently completed works including at least two drawings and relevant support material such as other drawings, maquettes, sketchbooks and visual diaries.

Students unable to attend an interview may apply using slides, CD ROM, transcripts of results of previous training and photographic documentation.

International applicants located overseas at the time of interview must submit a portfolio of 12 to 15 examples of their work, including two completed observational drawings in CD-ROM, slide or photographic format. They must also include a letter officially certified by the Registrar of the institution attended, or a Justice of the Peace or equivalent, verifying the work of the applicant.


For the latest fee information, and to download the refund policy for overseas students, visit the National Art School website.

Your stay in Australia

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate that they have sufficient funds while living in Australia.

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation (including rental bond)
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal and household items
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

To find out more about living expenses in Australia, visit the Australian Government's Study Australia website.

During your stay in Australia you are permitted to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during teaching periods, and unlimited hours outside teaching periods. Certain categories of voluntary, unpaid work is included in this total, and work undertaken as part of your course is not included. You should not rely on working to fund your tuition or living expenses while in Australia as work cannot be guaranteed and spending excessive amounts of time working may adversely affect your studies. Applications for work visas can only be submitted after you have arrived in Australia and started your classes. The Department of Home Affairs determines work entitlement for students.

To find out more about working while studying in Australia, visit the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

As part of your arrival support, the National Art School will provide useful information to assist with your visa, what to bring, getting there and orientation.

To find out more, email Student Services.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance for international students to help them with the costs of medical and hospital care they may require while they are in Australia. OSHC does not cover dental treatment. National Art School's preferred provider is Medibank.

The Australian Government requires all international students on a student visa and their dependants to purchase an approved policy from an Australian registered health fund for the duration of their visas. OSHC is not included in tuition fees.

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Courses available

Undergraduate International


National Art School
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