Course Fees and Duration

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

Full Time Students

Each full time course at Sydney Art School is 1 year (4 terms).   You can start your enrolment at the beginning of any term.  The cost for a year is $8500 and can be paid term by term.

2017  Full Time Course Fees & Duration


Course Load



Domestic Students


International Students
Certificate IV
Flexible Full Time 
20 hours per week "In Studio"
During Course Terms  

4 Terms

(1 Year)  

Per Qualification


Per Qualification


Per Qualification

plus International Student Levy $500 per Term


Advanced Diploma


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.

"Skills Development Studio Sessions" are groups where a tutor provides theoretical and practical instructions on specific technical skills such as drawing, painting or jewellery making. Full time students may attend up to 6 hours of Skills Development sessions per week.

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

  • 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. 


2017 Flexible Part Time Course Fee Structure - Overview

Course Fees at Sydney Art School Consist of the Folllowing 2 Components 

Studio Session Term Fees


  Unit Workbook & Assessment Fees  

per Skills Development Studio Session Block
(1 Block = 2 hours once per week x 8 weeks)
per Unit

All Studio Session Fees are Payable 1 Term in Advance


Unit Workbook Fees are Payable when enrolling in a Unit of Competency

     Unit Workbooks can be submitted for assessement during any eligible term.


Eligibility for Assessment

To be eligible to submit Unit Workbooks for assessment you must also be enrolled in at least 1 Studio Session Block during the term that it is being submitted.  
This is to enable your assessor to observe your performance in the studio.

Estimated Fees

As a guideline a typical student should plan to complete their qualification with the following rate of effort:


No of Studio Session Blocks Per Term 

No of Unit Assessment Workbooks  Completed Per Term 

No of Terms to Complete a 15 Unit Qualification 

Estimated Cost for Qualification*

Part Time Student
(Moderate Load) 
 2  $8,400  AUD
Part Time Student
(Easy Load) 
 1  1 15  $8,400  AUD

Open Studio Sessions

Students who are enrolled in 4 or more Studio Session Blocks in one term are able to use studio space in an "Open Studio" format and work alongside other tutors and students when Skills Development Studio Sessions are not in progress.

Open Studio sessions provide a collegiate enviroment where students can;

  • 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

At least one tutor is present during an Open Studio session  they will not be providing specific demonstrations but are working on  their own art.  This give the students an opportunity to observe how the tutors would work in a professional practice environment. 


Other Fees & Charges


Unit Assessment Fee

(Part Time Students)


Each Unit has an Assessment Fee of $200 per unit.

The Assessmet Fee covers:

  • an Assessment Workbook specific to that Unit,
  • additional theory and extension material (if applicable),
  • The cost of an assessor to review your performance and assessment tasks against the Unit Performce Criteria (for one original subission and 1 resubmission if required for that unit).

The Assessment Workbook includes;

  • detailed instructions on what to include in your Unit Portfolio, and
  • a place to record details about your activities or other items needed to show that you have met the performance requirements of the unit.

Important things to know:

  • You can enrol in as many Units as you like.
  • Your successful completion of a Unit will be assessed via a submitted Unit Workbook and Unit Portfolio.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 1 (one) Studio Session to be eligible to submit your Unit Workbook(s) and Unit Portfolio for assessment.



Skills Development Studio Session Fees

(Part Time Students)


The foundation of developing technical skills in the Visual Arts Program at Sydney Art School painting, drawing and silversmithing at Sydney Art School is the Skills Development Studio Session.  These sessions combine hands on skills development with art theory to give you a deeper understanding of the "why and how" of your arts practice in the studio.

Skills Studio Sessions are grouped into a series of 8 x 2 hour classes running once a week over an 8 week term.  

Skills Studio Sessions are also aligned to a specific skill type.

Skills Studio Sessions cater for different levels of ability.  Your Studio Session art tutors will personalise the work to suit your own level of artistic development. Some sessions have beginners rubbing shoulders with undergraduates at University who continue to come back to Sydney Art School Studio Sessions to improve their command of artistic techniques.

  The important things to note are;

  • You must be enrolled in at least 1 Skillls Studio Session Block to be eligible to submit Unit Assessment Workbooks and Portfolios.
  • You can enrol in as many Studio Sessions as you feel you need to.  
  • You can complete and submit multiple Assessment Workbooks and Portfolios even if you are enroled in only 1 Studio Session Series.

Most Studio Sessions are limited to 10-12 students per studio and many are fully booked before the start of each term.

Open Studio Session Fees

(Part Time Students)


Part Time students enrolled in Skills Studio Sessions may also enrol Open Studio Sessions.  These are provided at an additional cost.

Other Fees

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This where you're competence against a Unit is assessed against evidence that you have collected through other courses or experience.

If you are not enrolled in a Studio Session at Sydney Art school you can be assessed against a unit.  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.

RPL Fees Per Unit are:

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

Material Fees:

Materials are not included in course fees unless otherwise indicated.


International Student Levy:

$500 per term 

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


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.

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


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