Explore NAVA’s artist-led student experiences, professional development for educators, industry-centred teaching and learning experiences in the secondary school classroom.

Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design

Industry standards

ID: A colourful graphic line illustration of trees, an art gallery and people all engaging in work related to the arts.

Illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022

The Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design can be used as a starting point for student artists to learn about all aspects of what it means to be a contemporary visual artist, craft practitioner or designer in Australia.

Educators and schools can also use the Code of Practice to inform their engagement with local artists and student artists.

Teacher Toolkit

'How to' Educator and Classroom Guides

Front page of three Classroom Guides.

Illustrations on covers by Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022.

This Toolkit offers ‘How to’ Educator and Classroom Guides for teaching and applying the Code of Practice in the classroom, with content and learning outcomes linked to curriculums and syllabuses for all Australian states and territories.

Programs and events

For Students

Art is a Real Job

Illustration: Emma Pham, 2023

Art is a Real Job is a series of free artist-led online event in March 2023 for secondary schools students and educators which draw on recommendations made in NAVA's new Code of Practice.

For Educators

A group of adults sit on chair in a circle engaged in discussion.

Photo: Sia Duff

NAVA offers a range of inspiring professional development programs for secondary educators throughout the year. Opportunities range from practical artist-led workshops to special interest groups to industry expert talks and seminars.

Community of Practice for Educators

A group of people sitting in a circle on chairs in a gallery space at Adelaide Contemporary Experimental.

NAVA’s Community of Practice for Educators meet to strengthen visual arts teaching and learning with industry best practice. Members are secondary school teachers, gallery educators and curriculum specialists, from across Australia, at different career stages and with varied expertise and experience.


Art Education in Schools

Seven teenagers stand in front of trees holding up protest banners, with one reading get up! stand up! and another being a painted Aboriginal flag.

Teen Protest Art Workshop: Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! (2022), Adelaide Contemporary Experimental. Photography by Thomas McCammon.

NAVA has been actively advocating for art education since 2003. Ensuring good educational opportunities in the visual arts is one of NAVA’s central concerns. Art education in the national curriculum is key to reaching this objective.


Alise Hardy
Education Coordinator, Schools