Tertiary education

Tertiary education programs are designed to facilitate student access to the collection, exhibitions, specialist staff and other resources. Our aim is to assist and advance the studies of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the widest possible range of disciplines and to promote the Gallery as a centre for academic research.

Self-guided visits and discounted entry

All education groups, even those intending a self-guided visit, are encouraged to book, providing us with details of the date and time of your visit, student numbers and the exhibition or collection area to be visited.

More information on self-guided tours

Talks and tours by Gallery professionals

In addition to the diverse program of public exhibition talks, lectures, symposia and conferences, talks and lectures by Gallery staff for tertiary groups can be arranged in advance and tailored to specific needs. Orientation talks are also available to introduce students to the Gallery.

For more information, see Talks and tours.

Study room

The study room provides public access to the Gallery’s collection of works on paper, including prints, drawings, watercolours and photographs. Tutors are encouraged to use the room for tutorials for up to 12 students at a time.

For more information and bookings, see Study room.

Research library and archive

The Research library is a non-lending reference library which specialises in monographs, exhibition catalogues and art journals. Established as a resource for Gallery staff, the library reflects the strengths of the Gallery’s collection. As well as an historical emphasis on Australian and British art, extensive holdings relating to Asian, European and contemporary art and photography have been acquired in recent years.

The archive includes a major collection of primary material such as manuscripts and artist files on Australian art and artists including, among others, the papers of Margaret Preston and Max Dupain.

For more information, see Artist archives.

Library tours and instruction on its use of resources are available by appointment.

For more information and bookings, see Research library.
To search the Library catalogues online, see Find a book.

Film at the Gallery

The Gallery’s free film program is designed to extend the scope of major exhibitions. It includes rarely seen cinema classics, important documentaries, shorts and experimental films.

Screenings are held in the Domain Theatre on Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 2pm and 7.15pm.

For more information, see Films.

Tertiary Update e-newsletter

Subscribe to the Gallery’s e-newsletter for tertiary lecturers and students. Receive information about selected highlights, such as new exhibitions, artists’ and curators’ talks, lectures, films and special events.

For more information, and to view a recent e-newsletter, see Tertiary Update e-newsletter.


The Gallery offers short-term, unpaid internships in the following areas:

  • Public Programs/Education
  • Curatorial/Collections
  • Exhibitions
  • Research Library and Archive
  • Registration
  • Conservation
  • Marketing
  • Brett Whiteley Studio
  • Art Gallery Society

For more information, see Internships.

Grants and scholarships

The Gallery administers a series of grants, scholarships and prizes for students and young artists.

For more information, see Opportunities for artists.