RMIT’s School of Art is a hub for emerging artists, researchers and practitioners engaging in contemporary art and photography.

The School is known for its diverse, internationally-renowned creative programs led by accomplished artists and academic staff striving for excellence in pedagogy, research and innovation.

RMIT University is ranked 11th for Art and Design in the 2017 QS World University rankings (1st in Australia and Asia), placing the School of Art in the top echelon of the world’s art education institutions.

Set in the centre of Melbourne’s flourishing creative scene, the School is recognised as a leader in contemporary art practice.

The School of Art’s international reach extends across locations known for creative excellence, bringing together industry, staff, alumni and students in networks of artistic endeavour.

As a seedbed for emerging artists, the School focuses on instilling sustainable self-belief and confidence in the next generation of Australian and international arts practitioners. It promotes a studio culture of making through arts practices that are self-reflective and are informed by critical enquiry and research.

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital and consistently rated as the most liveable city in the world. Located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people, the School enjoys a 130-plus-year history of graduating artists, photographers and crafts-people with skilled hands and cultivated minds ready for both life and work.  

The School attracts students, staff and researchers from Australia and across the globe with a large cohort from the Indian-Pacific Oceans region. 

A highlight of the School’s international reach is its ongoing partnership with the Hong Kong Art School, that has developed over 20 years. The schools, teaching collaboratively, have offered the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Master of Fine Art programs in Hong Kong since 1998. 

The School supports teaching and research programs, artists-in-residence, galleries, public programs, international conferences, student and staff exchange, study tours and publishing  — all with a strong inclination to community engagement and social transformation.