• Nescha Jelk, 2011 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award winner

Who we support

The Helpmann Academy empowers South Australia’s most promising emerging creatives to realise their visions and build sustainable practices.

We partner with South Australia’s Universities and TAFE to provide students, staff and graduates with professional development opportunities including grants and awards, mentorships, masterclasses, advisory services and international artist residencies.

We support students and graduates (for up to five years from the final year of study) from the following programs:

Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA)

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) offered in conjunction with Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) offered in conjunction with Flinders University
  • Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)

Flinders University 

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) offered in conjunction with TAFE SA
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) offered in conjunction with TAFE SA

The University of Adelaide (Elder Conservatorium of Music)

  • Bachelor of Music (all majors)

The University of South Australia

  • Bachelor of Contemporary Art (formerly Bachelor of Visual Arts)

Honours study
Honours students and graduates are eligible for support if the Honours year of study occurred in direct succession of an eligible undergraduate degree at a partner institution.

Postgraduate studies
Masters and PhD candidates and graduates are eligible for some of our programs. Please contact Helpmann for eligibility details.

Eligibility requirements vary for our each of our support programs. Please refer to the specific program information for further details about your eligibility to apply.

As of March 2019, the following additional courses are now eligible for Helpmann support. All applicants from the following courses are required to submit a letter of approval from their Head of School with their application. Applications from students or graduates from these courses will need to demonstrate a clear artistic outcome.

Adelaide College of the Arts (TAFE SA)

  • Advanced Diploma in Screen & Media
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) offered in conjunction with Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design) offered in conjunction with Flinders University

Flinders University

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) offered in conjunction with TAFE SA
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design) offered in conjunction with TAFE SA
  • Bachelor of Media Arts:
    • Specialisation in Creative Writing
    • Specialisation in Drama
    • Specialisation in Screen & Media
    • Specialisation in Visual Arts
    • Specialisation in 3D Media
  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Arts Enhanced Program for High Achievers:
    • Specialisation in Creative Writing
    • Specialisation in Drama
    • Specialisation in Screen & Media
    • Specialisation in Visual Arts

University of Adelaide

  • Bachelor of Media
    • Specialisation in Popular Music
    • Specialisation in Sonic Arts
    • Specialisation in Photography
    • Specialisation in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts
  • Diploma in Music (Music Production)
  • Diploma in Music (Commercial Music and Song Writing)

University of South Australia

  • Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature)
    • For students taking Screenwriting and Stagecraft streams only
  • Bachelor of Design (Illustration & Animation)
  • Bachelor of Media Arts
  • Bachelor of Art & Design (Honours)

For more information:
Contact Helpmann Academy (08) 7320 3330 / [email protected]