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Collarts (Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd) is an education leader in the design, entertainment and communication sectors. It is based in the heart of Melbourne's creative scene, offering study options across four inner-city campuses based in Fitzroy and Collingwood.

It focuses on creating pathways into the creative sector, delivering industry-based learning combined with professional and personal development.

Collarts is well reputed for its high quality of tertiary education and is committed to industry connection, cultural relevance, and agility. This makes it popular for students looking to get the best career start into the creative industry.

Collarts has amazing facilities, including recording studios, post-production studios, an auditorium, materials library, mac labs, and pc labs.

The college operates on a trimester schedule, having the year split into three study periods known as trimesters. Owing to this structure, students can choose to graduate from their bachelors in a two-year Accelerated or three-year Standard delivery mode of study.

Students will also be given support with improvement of academic skills, wellbeing and counselling.

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What's new

What's new

Collarts recently launched its School of Communication, which introduced Marketing, Creative Writing, and Advertising to its study portfolio. The school offers students the opportunity to make a career in the communications industry.

What's on offer at the school:

  • A creative writing graduate diploma and graduate certificate to teach students all they need to know about storytelling, writing, editing and publishing.
  • A marketing degree and diploma to equip students with media and communications knowledge and highlight the importance of critical thinking and digital marketing.
  • An advertising program that can be taken as a bachelor's degree or a diploma and produces work-ready communication specialists in line with industry standards and expectations.

Professor Tim Moss, Dean of Collarts shared, "Launching the School of Communication at Collarts is an exciting moment for us. This is the first time that Collarts has offered postgraduate course options, and the move to communication also enables us to take our existing focus on high-quality, industry-connected creative courses into a new field of study. We firmly believe that at the heart of success in industries such as advertising and marketing is the ability to approach any task with creativity and curiosity. We can't wait to see graduates in communication set out on that path with the ‘creative edge' that comes from studying with Collarts.''

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Listen to what students have to say!

''Collarts is located in the best spot for the music and entertainment industry. In the Collingwood and Fitztroy area, where you can find plenty of nice music venues with live performances and the best is that there is something for every taste.'' Sara Lina Nielsen/ Collarts Music Performance Student

''Collarts has been an amazing journey for me. The support and encouragement that I have received from staff and students alike is rare and unlike any other community that I have been a part of. I am never discouraged whenever I share crazy ideas.'' Sarah Baradhi /Collarts Audio Engineering Student

''What I love the most about my course and Collarts is how much I have improved my skills and the progress I have made since I started. The environment is very encouraging and makes me work harder, as I am constantly surrounded by amazing talented people who take music seriously and share the same passion as me.'' Jeronimo Sanchez/Collarts Music Performance Student.

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Department structure

Department structure

Collarts offers the below study options across its three main schools which focus on different aspects and areas within the creative arts.

School of Design

Bachelors and diplomas are offered in the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Fashion Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Design (Fashion & Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Animation and VFX
  • Bachelor of Photography

School of Entertainment

Bachelor and diplomas are offered in the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts ( Audio Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music Production)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management)
  • Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Comedy)
  • Bachelor of Screen and Media

School of Communication

Post-Graduate Diploma, Bachelors and diplomas are offered in the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Arts ( Digital and Social Media)
  • Bachelor of Marketing
  • Bachelor of Advertisement
  • Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing
  • Diploma of Entertainment Journalism.

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Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent.
  • IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent PTE or TOEFL equivalent is also accepted.
  • Applicants of the Diploma of Entertainment Journalism and Graduate Diploma need to have an IELTS band of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Students must be age 18 or above by course commencement date.
  • Audition/ interview/ portfolio or essay depending on the course.

For more information on how to apply, students can visit the website.

Application process

Collarts welcomes applications from around the world. If international students fulfil relevant entry requirements, they must complete the online application form. Collarts' staff members will then contact students for further processing of the application.

If the application is successful, students will be sent an interview, or audition/ portfolio request. If successful, a conditional letter of offer will be sent.

Tuition Fees

Fee per year at Collarts:

AUD $35,694 in a 2-year accelerated mode

AUD $23,796 in a 3-year standard delivery

  • Most Diplomas and Post-Graduate Diploma: 2/3 Trimesters (AUD 23,796)
  • Except Diploma of Entertainment Journalism: 3 Trimesters (AUD$ 35,694)
  • Animation & VFX: 3/4 Trimesters (AUD$ 35,694)
  • Bachelor's Degree: 6/9 Trimesters (AUD 71,388)
  • Double Degree: 9/12/14 Trimesters (AUD 107,082)

Students are encouraged to visit the Collarts website for more details on admissions.

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Students learn across four inner-city campuses located in Fitzroy and Collingwood.

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Wellington ST Campus

The brand-new Wellington campus is home to state-of-the-art recording studios and performance equipment, as well as an auditorium, computer labs, classrooms, post- production facilities, rehearsal rooms, library and study areas.

Cromwell ST Campus

The Cromwell St campus is based in Melbourne and provides a learning environment that is inspiring with studio-style classroom spaces, an industry-standard computer lab and a library.

Brunswick ST campus

The campus based in Fitzroy is positioned such that it is in the heart of the live music scene in Melbourne. It features rehearsal rooms, ultramodern music studios and offers students high quality instruments and recording equipment.

George ST campus

Based in Fitzroy, this campus offers students excellent facilities and classroom spaces. Fitzroy's artistic community inspires students with its picturesque views.

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Career support

Career support

Collarts students are given the opportunity to gain real-life industry experience throughout their studies and are equipped with sought-after and employable skills upon graduation.

Some examples of industry opportunities open to students throughout their studies include:

  • Work placements working alongside experienced industry professionals at major Australian events and festivals, including Melbourne Fashion Week and UNIFY.
  • Jobs working with a national premiere tour merchandising company.
  • Internships with well-known brands, record labels and management companies across the bustling city of Melbourne.
  • Broadcasting experience – students have the opportunity to broadcast on the regional youth radio station, SYN FM.
  • Recording experience – students can create a professional music recording and gain valuable music production experience.

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