National School of Arts

A world of possibilities awaits you at the National School of Arts. Combine majors and minors to build an undergraduate degree tailor-made for you, broaden your outlook on an overseas study tour, and let our community engagement unit unlock the greater meaning behind your study.

Why choose us?

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When you choose the National School of Arts, you’re tapping into a wealth of expertise to expand your own knowledge. Our academics, recognised for their teaching excellence, research and practice, will guide you through a learning experience that overlays a solid foundation of theoretical frameworks while developing practical skills with critical thinking. Embedded internships, community engagement and enriching overseas study opportunities provide you with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

More than a degree 

We see students as a whole person; someone who is valuable as an individual and as a contributing member of society. With the increasing globalisation of the workforce and our commitment to developing responsible and successful global citizens, our partnership extends the opportunities for students to develop global perspectives, cross-cultural skills and international experiences.

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Embrace the possibilities

Explore the many disciplines we offer from visual arts and music to history, geography and mathematics.

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Our approach

We see the whole world as our classroom. The modern workforce requires culturally-aware, global citizens so we encourage you to learn out in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to complete an unit overseas in a location such as Rome, New York, London, Beijing or Venice, complete an overseas internship or take part in an international immersion program.

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Our research

Our experienced researchers and academics are making significant contributions across a number of fields, including history, visual and creative arts, and political science and sociology.

Meet our staff

Learn more about the National School of Arts staff, read their profiles and see their publication history.

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Contact us

Find out how you can contact the National School of Arts, as well as where our offices are based on campus.

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Facilities and services

Take full advantage of our on-campus facilities and services, from art studios to media production labs.

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Notable staff

Staff profile ACU Noah Riseman

Associate Professor Noah Riseman


Associate Professor Noah Riseman has a longstanding interest in uncovering the histories of marginalised groups, particularly in histories of gender, sexuality and race. Associate Professor Riseman has for many years researched the history of Indigenous participation in the Australian armed forces. He has held both an ARC Discovery and ARC Linkage grant on this topic, travelling Australia to record the histories of Indigenous ex-servicemen and women. 

Associate Professor Riseman has also been researching LGBTI histories in Australia, coordinating a large ARC Discovery project on the history of LGBTI military service since the Second World War. He is focusing particularly on the changing policies, practices and lived experiences of LGBTI defence members. His book Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Servicemen and Women will be published this year. Associate Professor Riseman is also commencing a new ARC Discovery grant: the first project to document the history of transgender people in Australia from the early 20th century until the present.

Staff profile Dr Ellen Warne

Dr Elle Warne

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ellen Warne is a senior lecturer in history. She has worked as a research fellow investigating the long histories of “working mothers” in Australia and has been published with colleagues. Her major research interest has focused on women in women-only organisations from the suffrage campaigns onwards, including the long-standing debates around family values and contrasting dynamics that required women’s political and economic engagement in Australia. 

Dr Warne is a member of the research team concentrating on historicising social policy and change in Australia. She regularly presents papers at conferences, including at the Australian Historical Association conference over the past three years, and was an invited speaker at the international conference on the Colonial Girl


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Engagement and impact

Faculty of Education and Arts staff and students are making a positive impact in communities at home and abroad. 

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Take your study abroad

Study arts overseas and challenge your worldview. You could embark on a literary tour of New York, give back to a not-for-profit in East Timor, and more. 

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Postgraduate alumni rebate

Are you a current or former domestic ACU student wanting to enrol in a postgraduate arts program? You may be eligible for a 10% discount.

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Visit our art galleries

See the stunning work of our visual arts students hanging in our public art galleries, which also host curated exhibitions during the year. 

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