Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

Dulwich High School fo Visual Arts and Design
School entrance
Dulwich Hill, New South Wales, Australia
School type Public Visual Arts & Design, Coeducational, Secondary School
Established 2003
Principal Ron Miles
Deputy Principal Connie Alves
Colour(s) Black & White

Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design (DHSVAD) is a government, co-educational, high school, located in Dulwich Hill, an Inner Western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 2003, it is the only specialist visual arts and design high school in New South Wales. The school is run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. The School offers a comprehensive education program with a visual arts and design specialist stream. DHSVAD is affiliated with the National Art School, The Design Centre Enmore TAFE, The Art Gallery of NSW.

Students are selected for the specialist stream based on portfolio, interview and academic history. Interview times for year 6 students applying for year7 occur twice a year. Years 7 and 8 students receive additional allocated class time for visual arts lessons.

Elective subjects in the specialist domain: visual arts, visual design, photography and digital media, design and technology

The School also runs a program called NEO. Students engage in visual art and design orientated workshops each week according to area of interest. Subjects include: Web Design, Robotics, Cartooning, Animation, Jewellery Making, Ceramics, Food Design, Yearbook Production.

The school provides extensive opportunities for students to experience the myriad activities that comprise the art world. In addition, programs focus on developing skills in technique/ art making and enhance creative thinking and conceptual development.



The school officially became a Visual Arts and Design High School in 2003 as the first visual arts and design high school in New South Wales. Year 7 intake is streamed into half local area intake and half visual arts intake.[1] The school's academic performance improved in the 2008 HSC, as distinguished achiever mentions rose from zero to 17.[2]


The award winning campus is located on Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill off Marrickville Road. The campus has extensive gardens, a large paved playground, a grass oval and school vegetable garden. The various faculties within the school are located in different areas ranging from A to I Block including a covered basketball court (COLA) and a gymnasium located near the school canteen area. There are various murals around the school produced by the "Street Art Club" as well as art work displayed around the corridors and foyer areas. The school library provides a relaxed environment incorporating a strong art and design theme. The Visual Arts specialty building built in 2004, features specially designed visual arts studios, digital media/computer room equipped with design software, an art gallery and sculpture garden. There are two additional art classrooms, a senior students Body of Work Studio, and artist-in-residence room, ceramics room and photographic dark room facilities. The office of Artexpress is also situated on the school campus.

The Schools Art Building


The faculties in the school include:

See also


  1. ^ "Specialist Visual Arts & Design Stream". Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design website. Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design. http://www.dulwich-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/VisualArts&Design.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ McDougall, Bruce (December 27, 2008). "Comprehensive schools get highest HSC results". Daily Telegraph. Sydney: News Limited. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/comprehensive-schools-get-highest-hsc-results/story-e6freuy9-1111118414106. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 

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