Adelaide College of the Arts

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Adelaide College for the Arts
Location Light Square, Adelaide, South Australia,  Australia
For the former Adelaide College of the Arts and Education, see University of South Australia.

The Adelaide College of the Arts, (also known as AC Arts), (previously known as Adelaide Centre for the Arts) is a campus of TAFE South Australia that specialises in performing arts education. It is located on Light Square, Adelaide, opposite the Adelaide campus of TAFE SA.

Identified major study areas of the centre are:

  • Entertainment Technicians & Designers
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Performing Arts (Acting and Dance)
  • Professional Writing
  • Visual Arts


Adelaide College for the Arts (AC Arts) provides both short and award courses.

Award Courses:

  • Film and Television Production
  • Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)
  • Costume for Performance
  • Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production)
  • Scenery and Set Construction
  • Acting
  • Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events
  • Stage Management
  • Dance
  • Jewellery
  • 3D Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Visual Arts
  • Professional Writing


AC Arts' purpose built $30 million campus was designed by award winning[1] architect Adrian Evans during his time with the Adelaide-based firm Hassel.[2]


AC Arts has two main theatre spaces. These are used for in house performances and also for professional productions especially during the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival.

The 'Main Theatre' is a proscenium arch theatre that seats 220 and the 'X Space' experimental theatre that seats 110. Both spaces are 'industry-standard' allowing students to learn in an environment as close as possible to the professional world.[3]

Acting and Dance Studios[edit]

On the third floor of the building there are four dance studios with mirrors and bars, four acting studios and a music room. Two of the acting studios (The Stables and the David Kendall Studio) double as performance spaces with easy black out ability.


The centre was created in 2001 from an amalgamation of the Centre for Performing Arts (previously located in Grote Street) and the North Adelaide School of Arts (previously located in Stanley Street, North Adelaide). The new building on Light Square was constructed to house the new centre, and opened in March 2001.[4]

Centre for Performing Arts[edit]

The Centre for the Performing Arts (CPA) was established in 1978 on the site of the old Adelaide Girls High School, adjacent to the Adelaide Central Market.

Set up by Dr Barry Young, it initially offered courses in dance and technical production. An acting course was introduced in 1986, headed by David Kendall. In 1997 an introductory acting course was established, called Prologue.[4]

North Adelaide School of Arts[edit]

The North Adelaide School of Arts (NASA) was established in 1979 on a site vacated the previous year by the South Australian School of Art. (The latter moved to a campus in Underdale.)

NASA was dedicated to practical studio-based studies in visual art, providing training in studio areas, such as photography and electronic imaging, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, jewellery and textiles.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]



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