Collarts (Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd) is a dynamic independent tertiary education college full of passion, individuality and opportunity. Focused on creating real career pathways into the creative sector for students, Collarts delivers industry-based learning coupled with strong personal and professional development.
Throughout our 30-year history as an education provider, Collarts (formerly AusMusic) has gained a reputation for delivering high quality, tertiary education, with a distinct ability to always be at the forefront of contemporary culture. Our commitment to industry connection, agility, and cultural relevance makes it a popular choice for students wanting the best start to a real career in the creative industry.
We offer fully accredited Bachelor Degrees or Diplomas in:
Being an independent tertiary college allows Collarts to offer a more specialised experience than a traditional university. Students are taught by industry leaders who have collectively worked with the world’s best music acts, produced and recorded award-winning albums, managed some of Australia’s best-known events, and created editorial and creative content for some of the world’s leading media outlets.
By offering a hands-on, collaborative approach to learning, our college strives to support those who want to succeed in the creative and entertainment industries, both nationally and internationally. Throughout their education, students are given opportunities to gain work experience at music festivals, entertainment venues, recording facilities, radio stations, and with brands and organisations at the forefront of contemporary culture. As part of each degree, students also undertake a comprehensive work placement.
For eligible Australian citizens, course fees at Collarts are supported by the Australian government’s FEE-HELP scheme. FEE-HELP is the independent college equivalent of the more widely known HECS scheme. For students, this means no upfront tuition fees, and as with HECS, re-payments for tuition fees are made slowly through the tax system — but only after surpassing a certain salary threshold. Learn more about fees here.
Collarts works on a trimester schedule, which means we divide the year into three study periods (called trimesters) instead of two (semesters) like most universities. Because of this trimester structure, students can graduate with a Bachelor’s degree after two years of study. This also means that students get fewer holidays than they would have under a traditional university semester structure, with approximately two-week breaks in between trimesters and a summer break of 6 – 7 weeks. Learn more about course duration here.
Collarts provides on-campus courses in Melbourne, Australia. Our students enjoy learning across four incredible inner-city campuses, located in Collingwood, Fitzroy, and the Melbourne CBD. Our primary campus in Collingwood includes classrooms, state-of-the-art music studios and post-production rooms, a live performance auditorium, Mac-Labs and rehearsal spaces suitable for all of our cohorts. The Fitzroy campus features 9 sound-proofed rehearsal spaces and 2 music studios for music performance and music production students to use. Our CBD campus includes classrooms and Mac-Labs as well as a television studio for our entertainment journalism, entertainment management, and content creation students. Learn more about our campuses here.