Cultural Selective Entry


​​​​​​​​​Brisbane State High School has a strong tradition of excellence in the arts. Students can apply for Selective Entry for either:

  • Instrumental Music (orchestral instruments only - not piano, guitar or harp)
  • Visual Art

Year 7, 2022 Selective Entry Enrolment Information Session

On Tuesday 9 February 2021, an Enrolment Information Session was held at Brisbane State High School for parents and guardians of students enrolling in Year 7, 2022 via Selective Entry.  For more information, download the Year 7, 2022 Selective Entry presentation (PDF, 4MB).

Cultural (Instrumental Music) Selective Entry

Applications for Year 7, 2022 are now closed.

Submit the Information and Audition Registration Form - Instrumental Music (PDF, 290KB) form to apply for Cultural (Instrumental Music) Selective Entry. This form provides information on the enrolment and audition process for the Cultural (Instrumental Music) category.

It is important to note; the need for numbers of students and instruments required varies each year. 

A non-refundable and non-transferable Processing Fee of $420.00 applies for all Cultural (Instrumental Music) Selective Entry Applications.​

Year 7 minimum requirements

  • AMEB Grade 6 for violin
  • AMEB Grade 5 for flute
  • AMEB Grade 4 for most other instruments.

Years 8 -11 minimum standards 

Applications for Years 8 - 11, 2022 open Monday 2 August 2021 and close on Friday 10 September 2021.

Cultural (Instrumental Music) Selective Entry applications for entry in Years 8 - 11 must be of an exceptional standard. For example, the minimum standard for Violin is AMEB Grade 8 or equivalent, for entry into Years 8 - 11. 

Applicants should demonstrate outstanding technical and musical abilities and a commitment to future improvement on their instrument. Students should also demonstrate a commitment to ensemble performance and be prepared to prioritise school Instrumental Music Ensembles as their primary school based extra-curricular activity. Priority will be given musicians playing an instrument where there is an identified need within the BSHS Instrumental Music Program.​

Entry to the school through the Cultural Selective Entry category for Year 8 – 11 is very limited and heavily oversubscribed for 2022.

Please email our Enrolments Office via for the minimum standard prior to submitting an application. 

Cultural (Visual Art) Selective Entry

Applications for Year 7, 2022 are now closed.

Students must submit a folio of 10 works that best demonstrate their artistic ability. The work should be no larger than A3 size (photographs of larger works, 3D and sculptural work and USB's of time-based/digital media work may be included in the folio).

Folios will be assessed on a student’s:

  • analytical and interpretative drawing skills (ability to draw from life and to express and interpret through the drawing medium)
  • experimentation with concepts, subject matter or materials (willingness to go beyond the standard convention of the medium and strive for innovation and originality)
  • ability to interpret, express and communicate ideas (clarity and intent of ideas and aesthetic achievement).

Students in Year 6 applying for Cultural (Visual Art) Selective Entry into Year 7 may also be required to attend a workshop to demonstrate their skills. ​​

A non-refundable and non-transferable Processing Fee of $420.00 applies for all Cultural (Visual Art) Selective Entry Applications.

​Submitting your application

1. Before you apply

Before you start the application, please ensure that you have reviewed the following​ documents:​

2. Completing an application

Enrolment application packages must include the relevant supporting documentation.

Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

3. Submitting your application

Enrolment applications can be submitted via email or post.

Enrolment applications for Cultural (Visual Art) Selective Entry are required to be emailed to prior to the submission of a folio of 10 works. The portfolio of original works is required to be submitted to H Block Reception prior to the closing date. ​

Email | Scan and save all enrolment application paperwork in original format together with the required supporting documentation as a PDF file. Reduce the size of the application package to a .zip file format before emailing, if necessary.

Email to:

Mail | Post your completed enrolment application package to:

Brisbane State High School
Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets​​​​
South Brisbane Qld 4101

Brisbane State High School cannot accept any responsibility for documents sent by mail.

Original documents  included in the application (not inclusive of art portfolios)​ can be returned by post if the application includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope.​ (recommended)

For further information regarding Cultural Selective Entry enrolment, please contact the Enrolments Office.

​Email Correspondence​​

Please ensure you check your Spam/ Junk / Clutter or Promotions folders in your email to ensure you are receiving all communications from the school. ​​​​​

Contact our Enrolment Office:

Submit an enrolment enquiry via our online form

Phone: +61 7 3291 4111 

Email: ​

Last reviewed 10 September 2021
Last updated 10 September 2021