We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Tertiary

At the Art Gallery of New South Wales, we have learning programs for all levels of tertiary education and support students with coursework and gaining experience in the arts. 

These experiences centre on object-based learning and building connections between students, the museum and the visual arts. 

Explore the program and research opportunities listed below or contact our team at tertiary@ag.nsw.gov.au to discuss a visit to the Art Gallery.

We offer specialist talks by Art Gallery staff on museum and curatorial practice to tertiary student groups. These sessions are recommended for those in visual arts, creative industries, curatorial or museum studies programs and provide students with real-world case study examples and access to industry professionals. 

  • About staff talks

    Staff talks are available by request and subject to staff and space availability. Talks are free of charge for tertiary groups, unless exhibition tickets or additional operational costs are required.

    • Each class is limited to one talk per semester.

    • Allow six weeks for preparation and coordination.

    • Capacity for floor talks in the galleries is 30 students.

    • Capacity for lectures is 300 students.

    • Capacity for online lectures is 100 students.

    If you are interested in a series of staff talks presented in a day or over consecutive weeks, please get in touch with our team to discuss how we can accommodate your request. Please be advised charges will apply for such requests.

    Request a staff talk

  • Curatorial practice 45 minutes

    Curatorial staff discuss their role and responsibilities of working at the Art Gallery. Using recent exhibitions or collection displays as case studies, students gain insight into the process of exhibition-making, collection care, acquisitions and working with artists and artworks in a public institution.

    Our curatorial team includes specialists in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art, Australian and Asian art, 18th and 19th century European art, and modern and contemporary international art, among others. If a particular collection area is of interest, please indicate your preference in the request form.

    Sessions can be delivered as:

    • a floor-talk in the galleries or exhibition spaces for groups of 30 students

    • in one of our lecture theatres for up to 300 students

    • a live online broadcast to your classroom for up to 100 students

    Request a staff talk

  • Museum practice 45 minutes

    The term ‘museum practice’ refers to a broad range of professional work in museums and art galleries, some visible to a visitor and others behind-the-scenes. Exhibitions, curatorial, conservation, registration, education and public programs, library and archives, marketing and communications, installation and philanthropy are among some of these departments and roles.

    In this session, students gain an understanding of museum work from selected specialists across the Art Gallery. If a particular focus of museum work is of interest, please indicate your preference in your request.

    Sessions can be delivered as:

    • a floor-talk in the galleries or exhibition spaces for groups of 30 students

    • in one of our lecture theatres for up to 300 students

    • a live online broadcast to your classroom for up to 100 students

    Request a staff talk

Opportunities for students

We offer a range of opportunities for work experience, mentorship and student networking in the visual arts:

Research and study

Visit our library, archive and children’s art library to access books, periodicals and archives related to international and Australian visual arts.

Book to see works on paper from our extensive collection of prints, drawings, photographs and watercolours in the study room.

You can also make an enquiry for research support or course-related questions.

Online resources