Course Fees and Duration

How Much Will a Qualification Cost and How Long Will it Take to Complete?

2024-25 Course Fees   


Tuition Fee
payable per Term*

No of Terms

Estimated Cost
of Qualification

Certificate III in Visual Arts – Full Time  $2450 4 $9,800
Certificate III in Visual Arts – Part Time 2 Yrs $1350 8 $10,800

Certificate III in Visual Art – Part Time 3 Yrs

$1250 12 $15,000
Certificate IV in Visual Arts – Full Time $2450 4  $9,800
Certificate IV in Visual Arts – Part Time 2 Yrs $1350 8 $10,800
Diploma of Visual Arts – Full Time $2450 4 $9,800
Diploma of Visual Arts – Part Time – 2 Yrs $1350 8 $10,800
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts – Full Time $2450 4 $9,800
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts – Part Time – 2ys  $1350  8 $10,800

 * International student levy is $500 per term


Fees include

  • Face-to-face tutored classes
  • Use of studio facilities in scheduled Open Studio sessions
  • Unit Workbook Assessments

Studio Facilities

The Sydney Art School environment provides professional working art studio facilities that include the following equipment;

  • Easels,
  • Printing presses,
  • Jewellery-making benches & tools,
  • References including static busts
  • Audio Visual Equipment, and 
  • Computer workstations.

Fees do not include materials

Full-Time Students

  • Fees for full-time students are shown in the table above.  
  • Each full-time course at Sydney Art School is 1 year (4 terms).   Each term is 8 weeks.
  • You can start your enrolment at the beginning of any term. 
  • Successful assessments are based on demonstrating competency and completion of deliverables such as major works and active participation in exhibitions.
  • Recommended studio attendance is 2 days per week. 

Part-Time Students

  • Part time students complete the same assessment tasks as full time students.  They just complete them over a longer period.
  • Part time courses are typically completed over 2 years (8 terms) or to 3 years (12 terms).
  • The actual duration will depend upon how quickly the student submits assessment tasks.
  • Recommeded studio attendance is 1 day per week.

International Students

  • Intertnational students must attend full time
  • Student fees = Full Time Course Fees + International Student Levy.
  • You can start your enrolment at the beginning of any term.

Studio Based Learning Format

Learning at Sydney Art School is done in a working studio where you will progress and complete assigned assessment tasks and be observed by assessors and other industry practitioners. The studio provides a hands on learning environment with a strong focus on skills development and producing artistic works.

Your Tutor

On enrolment you will be allocated a primary tutor.  The role of the primary tutor is to;

  • assign and mark your assessment tasks
  • recommend Studio Sessions for you to attend
  • monitor your artistic and academic progress
  • provide feedback to your questions on artistic or academic matters

Your Attendance and Studio Sessions

During your time at Sydney Art School you will attend  2 types of Studio Sessions:

  • Skills Development Studio Sessions &
  • Open Studio Sessions

International students will need to attend Studio Sessions for at least 20 hours per week during school terms.

“Tutored Studio Sessions” are groups where a tutor provides theoretical and practical instructions on specific technical skills such as drawing, painting or jewellery making. 

Open Studio Sessions” provide a collegiate environment where you can work alongside tutors and other students.  You will use these sessions to 

  • use studio facilities to progress work on their tasks for assessment.
  • share learnings with other students
  • seek and give feedback on technical or creative concepts
  • consolidate technical skills
  • progress towards your assessment tasks.
  • share learnings with other students
  • seek and give feedback on technical or creative concepts

At least one tutor is present during any Open Studio Session.  They will not be providing specific demonstrations but are working on  their own art.  This gives you the opportunity to observe how they work in a professional practice environment. 

Other Fees & Charges

Letter of Offer for International Students

Sydney Art School will issue a CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) to international students on submission of a successful application and payment of first-term fees.

If a separate Letter of Offer is requested a processing fee will apply:  $250

International Student Levy

$500 per term

Applicable to students who are sponsored by Sydney Art School for a Student Visa under the CRICOS program.

Applicant Assessment Interview Fee

An Application Assessment Interview may be needed for our team to assess your suitability to enter into an AQF course at Sydney Art School. This will depend on the specific qualification you are applying for.

$100 (non-refundable).

Material Fees

Materials are not included in course fees unless otherwise indicated.

Qualification or Statement of Attainment Issuance Fee

Statement of Attainment Issuance Fee: $100
Qualification Issuance Fee:  Initial $0,   Reprints $100

 Service level times:
Standard: within 1 week
Priority: within 48 hours add $100

Statements and Certificates are provided in electronic (.pdf) format.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is where you’re competence against a Unit is assessed against evidence that you have collected through other courses or experience.

You will be asked to present your evidence firstly by use of an Assessment Workbook.  Your evidence will be reviewed by an assessor and may require a one on one interview with an assessor.

For students enrolled in a studio session at Sydney Art School RPL Fees are $200 per Unit.

For students not currently enrolled in a studio session at Sydney Art School RPL Fees Per Unit are:

  • Certificate III / IV Units: $250 per unit
  • Diploma Units: $300 per unit
  • Advanced Diploma Units: $350 per unit

* Some Studio Sessions and Units may have additional fees  These will be indicated where applicable.

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