School of Art & Design


The Australian National University (ANU) School of Art & Design (SOA&D) equips students with specialised skills for professional careers in the visual arts, media arts and design industries.

Our philosophy embraces an interdisciplinary and flexible approach to art education, where new technologies augment traditional media.

We are internationally recognised for studio-based teaching across the disciplines of Ceramics, Design, Furniture, Glass, Jewellery & Object, Painting, Photography and Media Arts, Printmedia and Drawing, Sculpture & Spatial Practice and Textiles. Our dedicated Centre for Art History and Art Theory (CAH&AT) offers acclaimed courses to develop critical thinking and curatorship skills.

To enhance potential for cross-disciplinary research, we give students the unique opportunity to combine art and design disciplines with subjects across ANU in our Flexible Double Degree program.

Our staff are renowned practising artists and researchers who lead hands-on courses. Students have access to a range of creative facilities and equipment including our Digital Fabrication Lab and Inkjet Research Facility, as well as a dedicated art library and several multi-purpose gallery spaces.

Located in an iconic art deco building on the ANU campus in central Canberra, the School has drawn on its proximity to Australia’s national galleries and museums to build a strong reciprocal relationship with major cultural institutions for teaching and learning.

Our artist-in-residence and international exchange program have established strong connections with a global network of leading artists and institutions, and through outreach programs and free public lecture series we enliven the cultural community of Canberra.

The ANU School of Art & Design is located within the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS).

Updated:  10 April 2019/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications