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JMC Academy



A leading Australian creative industries education provider, JMC Academy has been teaching students for over 35 years. Supporting students to discover rewarding careers and explore their passions, the institution is committed to providing its students with a unique and stimulating learning environment.

With inner city locations across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, JMC Academy facilities include professional recording studios, cinema standard cameras and much more. In addition to its industry relevant facilities, JMC offers international students the chance to transfer between campuses during their studies.

As the only Australian institution to be a member of the Berklee College of Music Global Partners, those who attend can benefit from being led by talented and experienced professionals. With a focused effort on the promotion of peer to peer cross-discipline collaboration, JMC Academy provides students with ‘real life' creative industry experiences from their first day.

Students of JMC can benefit from several scholarship opportunities on offer. Eligible bachelor and master's students may also qualify for a two-year post-study work visa in Australia upon graduation.

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What's new

What's new

COVID-19 updates for international applicants

  • Temporary tuition discounts

In light of the temporary move to remote learning, all international undergraduate students commencing study will receive a significant tuition discount for the June and September 2020 trimesters. Commencing master's degree students will receive a discount for the first two semesters of study, August 2020 and March 2021.

  • English language entry requirements

JMC Academy is currently accepting the IELTS Indicator, Duolingo and TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition tests to meet the English language entry requirement.

Industry internships

JMC Academy regularly partners with various events and companies to provide internships for its students. Recently, students interned at major Australian festivals including Snowtunes, Australian Music Week, BigSound and Woodford Folk Festival. Students have also interned at various broadcasting companies, artist agencies, record labels, television networks, major film productions and sporting events. More information about internships can be found on the JMC Academy website.

Globally connected

JMC Academy is well connected to the industry globally and offers students study tours to Los Angeles for film, and to Japan for Anime/Manga classes and J-Pop industry exposure. Students can also apply for the student exchange programme to spend one trimester at Fontys University, Netherlands.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

JMC combines classroom learning and practical sessions to help students develop the right mix of skills needed for employment once they have graduated.

Students benefit from accessibility to facilities and lecturers which facilitates an optimum learning experience. JMC Academy has small class sizes that rarely exceed 25 students. The teacher to student ratio in practical classes is as low as 4:1. JMC lecturers are highly experienced and accomplished and students are encouraged to explore the JMC Academy faculty profiles on the JMC website.

JMC also offers industry-standard facilities, industry partnerships, and a curriculum designed by industry experts which undergoes regular review to ensure it is up to date with industry changes and trends in Australia and internationally.

JMC Academy takes student ambition and talent seriously, and provides the kind of environment where students can ignite their creative spark.

Student Speak

''Wonderful teachers. A great opportunity.'' - Nicolas, Colombia

''I've been enjoying my experience at JMC Academy. We have small class sizes, which means the lecturers can pay more attention to each student, so it is easier to ask for help when you need it. My teachers have been really helpful and I think I've been given more support than I would get in a large university.''- Clarissa Audrey, Indonesia

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Study options

Study options

JMC Academy generally has three intakes for all undergraduate programmes that it offers in February, June and September every year. Study options are offered in the areas of:

Contemporary Music

With a focus on performance, students are trained to become well-rounded musicians able to make a living from music.


With focussed songwriting tutelage, JMC Academy also helps students explore music distribution, the monetisation of channels, copyright in the music industry, co-writing, collaboration and more.

Audio Engineering & Sound Production

Students get skilled in many areas of sound and audio to enable them to move into many different roles.

Entertainment Management

JMC Academy helps students graduate with a strong working knowledge of management in the field of the creative industries, including film and TV production management, international touring principles, major festival events management, international licensing and branding.


Students will explore visualisation and drawing techniques, specialise in 3D animation, investigate motion design, and learn to use industry-standard software.

Game Design

Students will study the latest in virtual reality technology and learn how to take their game concept to the next level.

Film and Television

Students gain practical experience in various film making roles, including directing, cinematography, multi-cam, scriptwriting, art direction, and more.

Digital Design

Using design and technology, students will learn how to solve problems, both current and future, and create social change led by design.

Screen & Media

Students get to engage in projects from conception to production, to form required foundational skills while exploring numerous industry topics.

Creative Industries

JMC Academy offers the Master of Creative Industries degree which focuses on developing market leaders and creative entrepreneurs for the future.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate programmes

International students must provide a senior secondary school certificate and prove their English proficiency with a minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall, with no single band below 5.5, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Students must be above the age of 18 when they begin their chosen programme. Music Performance applicants must undergo an audition.

Songwriting students must also undergo an audition or submit a portfolio demonstrating their work.

Animation, Game Design and Digital Design students are also required to submit a portfolio.

Students must arrive at JMC Academy at least one week before course commencement to participate in orientation. Students should also take into consideration the time it will take for the processing of their visa.

Alternative admission

Students who did not complete high school can choose to gain entry onto a diploma course, and progress to a bachelor's degree programme on completion.

The options are:

  • JMC Academy Certificate III in Screen and Media
  • Foundation Studies pathway
  • Mature age entry

Postgraduate programmes

Master of Creative Industries applicants are required to have a recognised, completed bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study or a bachelor's degree in an unrelated line with experience and other qualifications.

They must prove their English language proficiency with an IELTS band score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Interviews with the international and academic staff will be held and students may be requested to submit their portfolios.

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JMC Academy Sydney Campus

This is a state-of-the-art facility based in Ultimo, central Sydney. It is closely located to Darling Harbour and the Sydney Entertainment and Exhibition Centres.

JMC Academy Melbourne Campus

This campus is based in a historic district of South Melbourne, just a short tram ride from train stations. It is ten minutes from Melbourne's arts precinct comprising major Australian arts venues and companies.

JMC Academy Brisbane Campus

This is a new, custom built campus based in South Brisbane. It is just a few minutes from Queensland's State Library, Art Gallery, Museum, and Performing Arts Centre.


JMC Academy is committed to providing students with state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch facilities at its campuses for the best study experience.

The institution is home to a wide range of facilities including:

  • Professional cameras and lighting
  • 5.1 surround sound mixing
  • Professional recording studios
  • Post-production suites
  • Digital and analogue recording consoles
  • Film and television studios
  • Digital media and animation labs
  • On-campus auditorium
  • Green screen studios
  • Professional, fully-fitted rehearsal studios
  • Digital editing suites

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

JMC Academy offers international students three streams of undergraduate scholarship opportunities. These partial scholarships can award students up to AUD 18,000. All bachelor's degree applicants are eligible to apply across the campuses in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney.

Applicants are required to meet the regular international entry requirements along with the programme specific requirements.

  • Film and Television Scholarship

Students can be awarded up to AUD 18,000 over the course of their study, with AUD 3,000 for each trimester. This is for students looking to enrol in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film & Television).

  • Student Ambassador Scholarship

Students can be awarded up to AUD 18,000 for the course of their programme with AUD 3,000 for each trimester. This is for students of any bachelor's degree from JMC Academy.

  • Online Ambassador Scholarship

Students can be awarded up to AUD 18,000 for the course of their programme with AUD 3,000 for each trimester. This is for students enroling in any bachelor's degree from JMC Academy.

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Ultimo New South Wales 561 Harris Street
South Melbourne Victoria 169-171 Bank Street
South Brisbane Queensland 75 Grey Street
Established in 1982 by John Martin Cass, JMC Academy was originally founded in Sydney to meet the demand for qualified professionals in the entertainment technology industry. From day one, the academy broke ground as Australia's first private college to qualify for accreditation in the fields of Audio Engineering, Digital Television and Digital Multimedia. The institute offers wide range of Degrees and Diplomas in Music, Song writing, Audio Engineering, Film and Television Production, Entertainment Business Management, Digital Design, 3D Animation and Game Design.

With advanced-design campuses, ongoing technology upgrades, a dedicated team of academics and industry professionals, and a network of international master class lecturers, JMC Academy is committed to ensuring its graduates make their own indelible mark on industry.

The campuses are located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and are close to great cafes, bars, galleries, museums and entertainment venues, so students can stay up-to-date, and connected to the things they love. JMC technology and equipment is world-class.
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