Adelaide Central School of Art is an independent, not-for-profit, accredited higher education provider of tertiary courses in the visual arts, located in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide Central School of Art uses the atelier model of visual arts education. The school offers an associate degree of Visual Art, Bachelor of Visual Art, and Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), and short courses, workshops and masterclasses.
The School was founded in 1982 by Rod Taylor and Heather Nicholson. The degree courses are designed to develop technical and conceptual skills. The curriculum includes the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, art history and theory and contemporary studies, for part-time or full-time study.
The School is located on the Glenside campus in two heritage buildings that formed part of the Glenside Hospital. The buildings were renovated by Adelaide-based architects Grieve Gillett in consultation with the School and the renovation received an award from the Australian Institute of Architects for Heritage Architecture in 2014.
The Adelaide Central Gallery was formally opened as part of the School in 1991. At threat of closure in 2002, a restructure in 2003 allowed the gallery to continue. The gallery has hosted two award-winning exhibitions: Façade received the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival/BankSA Award for Best Visual Art & Design; and Home Stories received the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art & Design.
In the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching survey for 2017, the school was ranked the best art school in Australia for 2017 (second-best in 2016).
Its average annual tuition fee is A$ 3,000.