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High School Visual Arts Course

High School Art Course with University PathwayCertificate III in Visual Arts and HSC Unit Credits

For NSW school students in Years 9–12 the Sydney Art School Certificate III in Visual Arts is ‘dual accredited’.

This means that students receive recognition towards their school qualification (Record of School Achievement or HSC), as well as a nationally recognised Vocational & Educational Training (VET) qualification (Certificate or Statement of Attainment).

The Certificate III in Visual Arts is a Stage 6 Vocational & Educational Training (VET) Board of Studies Endorsed Course.  Students can receive recognition for up to 5 HSC Units.  For more information see the NSW Board of Studies Course Description - Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft Certificate III. 

Early commencement by Students in Years 9 and 10

In certain circumstances students in Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) may access Stage 6 VET courses.

For more information see the Guidelines for Access to Vocational & Educational Training (VET) Courses by Students in Years 9 and 10 advised by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). 

Entry into Diploma of Visual Arts Studies

On completion of a Certificate III in Visual Arts, students will be invited to enter the Diploma program which provides a pathway option into arts or design based courses at most Australian Universities.

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Pathway to Western Sydney University - Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications)

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Pathways to WSU Bachelor of Design

SAS graduates are eligible to apply to Western Sydney University (WSU) for the Bachelor of Design Visual Communication course.

How to Apply

All applicants must first submit either an application

  • through UAC (which has an application fee) or
  • directly to Western (no application fee)

via https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Entry requirements

The ATAR cut-off for Bachelor of Design Visual Communications in 2017 was 75.

Non school-leaver applicants without an ATAR will have their Sydney Art School qualifications assessed and a rank allocated, which is comparable to the ATAR.

Advanced Standing

If their application is successful and once they’ve enrolled in their WSU design degree, students can apply for ‘advanced standing’/credits with the potential to receive between 10 credit points and 80 credit points of credit (a standard subject is worth 10cp, and intensive studio subjects are 20cp). Advanced Standing is determined on an individual basis, and depends on the students’ prior learning, results, work experience, and portfolio as applicable.

Since the Sydney Art School courses are accredited, your Certificate IV, Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts are assessable for admission purposes. In other words, SAS graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing, but the amount of credits they may be given is not guaranteed.

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