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JMC Academy



JMC Academy (JMC) is a leading Australian creative industries education provider focusing on nurturing and supporting creative talents through hands-on, collaborative programs.

Established over 39 years ago, this Australian institution delivers engaging and technologically sophisticated degrees and diplomas across multiple creative disciplines. This includes: Songwriting, Audio Engineering & Sound Production, Film and Television Production, Entertainment Business Management, Design (Visual Communications), Animation, Contemporary Music Performance, Music Production, and Game Design.

Students are taught by, and collaborate with, industry experts, and use state-of-the-art facilities to explore their interests in an engaging learning environment. Its industry-relevant facilities include professional recording studios, cinema standard cameras, green screen studios and fully-fitted rehearsal studios.

Its programs combine face-to-face classroom learning and practical education in studios. This provides a unique opportunity for students to apply their new skills and knowledge in a simulated work environment. Outside of lectures, students are assisted and encouraged by faculty to make industry connections within the local community.

JMC Academy is renowned for its high-quality programs. Catering to the needs of creative and global industries, JMC was also the first private college to receive accreditation in the fields of audio engineering, digital television, and digital multimedia.

Students benefit from the inner-city locations of JMC's three campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. JMC's campuses are located close to creative and entertainment hubs suitable for both socialising and networking. Students are well connected to several entertainment venues, design studios, galleries, and convention centres.

In addition, international students are also given opportunities to transfer between campuses during their studies.

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What's new

What's new

New Music Production course

As part of the university's mission to provide courses that meet industry demands, JMC Academy has added a new Music Production program.

A hands-on course that involves work on practical assignments, students create music and develop core skills using industry standard technologies.

The course focuses on teaching students how to become musicians and create their artistic style using software, hardware, and other media forms. This includes lessons on essential writing, production techniques and creating musical compositions.

Reduced fees and scholarships for international students

As part of the support program for international students, JMC is providing reduced fees and scholarships for the first two trimesters/semesters of study if they are commencing a diploma, bachelor or master degree in June and September (undergraduate), or August (postgraduate) 2021 intakes. The reduced fees are only available for a limited time, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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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 or self-employment after graduation.

Teaching accredited degrees and diplomas for over 39 years, JMC was also the first private college to receive accreditation in its audio engineering, digital television, and digital multimedia programs.

JMC's courses are designed by industry experts to meet the current needs and demands of the creative and entertainment industries. Classes are kept purposely small, with no more than 25 students and in some cases a 4:1 student to teacher ratio. This encourages close collaboration between students and lecturers, especially for practical classes.

This combination of small classroom learning and practical education in industry-standard facilities and studios prepare students for a real work environment.

Many of JMC's courses can be studied either as two-year accelerated or three-year programs. Students graduate with portfolios or showreels that allow them to showcase their skills to potential employers and stand out in the industry.

Outside of the classroom, students are given exciting opportunities to make industry connections within the local community, take advantage of the academy's multiple business partners, and transfer between JMC's campuses located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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JMC Academy offers hands-on and collaborative creative programs including:

JMC's undergraduate options


Students design and develop animated characters and environments, from initial concept to finished project. This course was developed in association with studio professionals, including experts from Pixar and Animal Logic.

Audio Engineering & Sound Production

Students explore the foundations of sound and music production using studio facilities and collaboration with peers.

Contemporary Music Performance

Teaches students how to write music and hone live music performance skills. Students also receive individual music lessons weekly.

Entertainment Business Management

Students explore a range of business and management skills within the entertainment industry including content production, marketing, business planning, production management, tour management and contract negotiation. Assignments include creating promotional campaigns as well as planning and managing events.

Film and Television Production

Develops the skills required to work on films, television, and large-scale broadcasts. Students learn the art of screenwriting, directing, cinematography and post-production.

Game Design

Combines traditional art practices and animation with modern game design and interactivity. Student can choose majors or minors to specialise in, including composition, virtual reality and motion capture.

Music Production

Teaches the use of technology as a musical tool, and encourages the adaptation of new technologies for music production.

Design (Visual Communications)

Students learn how to create better user experiences through physical, digital or virtual spaces for a variety of platforms and media.


The course assists students to become strong, focused songwriters who can combine ideas and melodies effectively.

JMC's graduate option: Master of Creative Industries

A tailored project-based course focused on developing the creative market leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements differ depending on the course applied for, with some programs requiring auditions and portfolio submissions.

As a minimum, international applicants must be at least 18 years old when they begin the course, have successfully completed senior high school (or equivalent) and meet JMC's English proficiency requirements.

Applicants can take IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson English proficiency tests. Results need to be achieved within two years before studying at the academy.

JMC requires the following as a minimum:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no single band score below 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 73 overall with a minimum writing score of 18
  • Pearson English Test: 50-57
  • Cambridge English Test: C1 Advanced overall score of 169

Applicants who do not have the required high school certificate can attend a JMC pathway course. Upon completion of a pathway program, students can then progress on to an undergraduate degree. Pathway courses include certificates, foundation studies and mature age entry.

Students who complete a JMC Direct Entry Pathway Partner's English for Academic Purposes (or equivalent) will be considered without English proficiency scores.

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Each of JMC's Academy's three campuses has state-of-the-art industry facilities. This provides students with unique learning environments which replicate professional workspaces, so they can put classroom learning into practice.

Its industry-standard facilities include:

  • Animation and digital labs
  • Auditorium
  • Digital editing suites
  • Digital and analogue recording consoles
  • Film and television studios
  • Fully-fitted rehearsal studios
  • Green screen studios
  • Post-production suites
  • Professional cameras and lighting
  • Recording studios

JMC's Brisbane campus has also invested USD 10 million in a modern creative education facility. Spread across eight floors, it boasts a library, multiple study areas, collaboration spaces and break-out rooms. It also has 17 rehearsal rooms across two floors.

The Brisbane campus is also a short distance away from Queensland's State Library, museums, and art galleries as well as a performing arts centre.

Students at the Sydney and Melbourne inner-city campuses are also close to design studios, galleries, a range of dining options and entertainment venues.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

International students are eligible to apply for several undergraduate scholarships at JMC, worth up to AUD 18,000.

In addition to the below requirements, international students also need to meet the entry requirements of their chosen program to be considered for these scholarships.

Film and Television Scholarship

Awards AUD 3,000 per trimester for eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film & Television).

Student Ambassador Scholarship

Worth AUD 18,000 over the duration of study. Recipients of this scholarship will receive AUD 3,000 per trimester. Students across all of JMC's bachelor degree disciplines are eligible to apply.

Merit-based Scholarship

Students achieving strong performance in the first two trimesters of study may qualify for fee reductions in subsequent trimesters, subject to maintaining minimum academic outcomes.

Offshore/Online Master Program Grants

Students commencing the Master of Creative Industries online from outside Australia may be awarded grants of AUD 3,000 per semester, based on a full study load, subject to meeting specific requirements and maintaining prescribed minimum academic achievement.

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