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Academic Calendar

Course Duration & Trimester Dates

The Bachelor degrees at Collarts are offered over six trimesters and can be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study. Full time study generally requires students to be on campus 3–4 days a week, with the exception of our online-only Bachelor of Animation and VFX degree.

The Diplomas for Music Performance, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Content Creation, Interior Design, Fashion Marketing and Entertainment Management are offered over two trimesters of full-time study, or can be completed in four trimesters of part-time study.

For the Diploma of Arts in Entertainment Journalism, full-time study is three trimesters, or can be completed in six trimesters of part-time study. Full time study generally requires students to be on campus 3–4 days a week.


Orientation Week, 9th September — 13th September
Trimester 3 Teaching Period, 16th September — 6th December

Certificate IV Applications Close, 9th September
Bachelor & Diploma Applications Close, 
20th September
Census Date, 4th October



VTAC Applications Open5th August 2019

For VTAC key dates click here

Orientation Week, 28th January — 31st January
Trimester 1 Teaching Period, 3rd February — 24th April

Direct Applications Close, 7th February
Census Date, 21st February



Collarts focuses on giving students real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. We provide a wide range of experience-based scholarships for Collarts’ students that enrich their study experience and connect them with the industry they want to work in. Collarts supports students in a variety of ways, from overseas exchange programs, to international summer camps, interstate conference attendance, sought-after internships and hands-on experience at major festivals.

Some of our scholarships include:

  • Taking part in an intensive International Summer Camp, Band and Business Camp, or Songwriter Week at Popakademie, Germany. Learn more;
  • Spending a Trimester studying abroad at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. Learn more;
  • Having your music professionally recorded and produced with the ‘Collarts Music: Career Start Scholarship’;
  • Experience working at Falls Festival, Groovin The Moo, Melbourne Fashion Week and more;
  • Attending the Bigsound Conference in Brisbane and other Melbourne conferences;
  • Undertaking a major internship with Music Victoria.

Application criteria and times vary depending on what is available at the time of your study. Talk to us to find out what experience-based scholarships you might be eligible for.

Recognition of Prior Learning

What is RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is designed to recognise and acknowledge current knowledge, skills, attributes that students may have gained through previous study or work experiences. Collarts will grant course credit in Recognition of Prior Learning if the student is assessed to meet the requirements set by the college. For more information, see the Collarts Recognition of Prior Learning for Admission or Course Credit Policy documentation.

How do I apply for RPL?

Applicants who are seeking course credit for Recognition of Prior Learning should download and complete the Application for Course Credit in Recognition of Prior Learning form. Please email this completed form, along with any documentary evidence in support of the application to Collarts Support.

What are the benefits?

RPL enables students to reduce their course loads by not repeating subjects that they already have knowledge and experience in. RPL also allows students to reduce financial costs of repeating subjects they may have already completed at a different educational institute.

For more information about Course Credit and RPL, you can email the college or call us directly on 1300 818 777.

Student Handbook

The student handbook contains details about our college including: our mission and vision, campus information, enrolment details, program and assessment details, as well as our policies and procedures. You can view or download the Student Handbook.


Application to Withdraw and Cancel Enrolment

Formal Grievance Form

Application to Appeal

Application Process

Current Year 12 Students

If you are currently in Year 12 you must apply via VTAC regardless of whether you live in Victoria or a different state.

Once you have submitted a Collarts course into your VTAC preferences, our Future Student Team will contact you to arrange a suitable interview and/or audition time. Make sure your details are correct!

Non-Year 12 Students

If you’re not currently in Year 12, you may apply directly on our website or via VTAC.

Once your application has been received, whether direct or via VTAC, our Future Student Team will contact you to arrange a suitable interview and/or audition time.

This application process applies to all non-year 12 candidates, including (but not limited to) those with:

  1. Recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)
  2. Higher education study
  3. Vocational education training (VET) study
  4. Work and life experience

What happens at your Interview?

Applicants for all of our courses must undertake a 30-minute interview. During the interview, we will ask you questions about your knowledge and experience in your field of interest as well as discuss your course choice with you.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to tour the campus;
  • You’ll learn about studying at Collarts;
  • You’ll meet our friendly staff;
  • You’ll be able to ask any questions you might have.

What happens at your Audition?

Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts (Music) must complete an audition as well as an interview. It is expected that applicants have a good understanding of their instrument and applicants would benefit from having some basic music theory knowledge. The audition process will also be discussed when we set up an audition time.

  • You can audition as an instrumentalist (includes vocalists) or as a singer/instrumentalist songwriter
  • You will be required to perform two contrasting works of your choice. If you are applying for the songwriter stream, you must audition with two original pieces
  • You can perform with or without accompaniment or a backing track
  • The college can provide audio playback equipment, a PA, a guitar or bass amp, a drum kit and piano for accompaniment. Let us know if you have any of these requirements.

If you reside outside of Victoria

If you are residing outside of Victoria but would like to apply for one of our courses we can set up an interview via Skype or phone and can organise an online audition if necessary.

Timings for Auditions/Interviews

Auditions and interviews take place throughout the year at your convenience. Contact us on (+61) 1300 818 777 to organise this or fill out our online application form and a member of staff will contact you.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria for each Collarts course is different, and also varies depending on the candidate’s background, qualifications and previous experience. You can see the Admission Criteria on the individual course page.


You can choose from our fee-paying options or if you meet the criteria you can opt to pay for your studies via FEE-HELP.

Higher Education Loan Program

All courses currently offered at Collarts are supported by the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP scheme for eligible students. This means that for students studying under the FEE-HELP scheme, we don’t require upfront payments for course fees.

The Higher Education Loan Program (FEE-HELP) is the private institution version of the HECS-HELP system. For more information about FEE-HELP and eligibility criteria, please check the FEE-HELP Information Booklet or see the Australian Government Study Assist website.

Upon acceptance to Collarts, we will mail all eligible students a FEE-HELP application form that they can fill out and return to us prior to the Census date. Each student will need a TFN to apply.

Note that despite the similarity in name, VET FEE HELP is a distinctly separate government service to FEE HELP and Collarts has not been affected by the 2016 government changes to VET FEE HELP.

Up-Front Fee-paying Students

If you are ineligible for FEE-HELP or you elect to pay your fees upfront, fee-paying students can pay by EFTPOS, direct deposit or credit card. All major cards are accepted.

Tuition Assurance

Tuition assurance protects students in the event a course of study provided by an approved HELP provider ceases to be provided after it starts but before it is completed. For more information about Collarts’ Tuition Assurance, click here.

2019 Fees

You can see the full 2019 Fees Schedule here.

Bachelor and Diploma fees:

  • Unit - $2,270
  • Trimester - $9,080 (full-time study load)
  • Diploma - $18,160 (two trimesters full-time study load)
  • Diploma (Entertainment Journalism and Animation & VFX) - $27,240 (three trimesters full-time study load)
  • Bachelor - $54,480 (six trimesters full-time study load)
  • Double Degree - $81,720 (nine trimesters full-time study load)

The total cost for the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration is $9,950 (on-campus) or $7,500 (online). You can see the 2019 Fee Schedule here.

Click here for more information on fees and fee assistance for the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.

2020 Fees

You can see the full 2020 Fees Schedule here.

Bachelor and Diploma fees:

  • Unit - $2,370
  • Trimester - $9,480 (full-time study load)
  • Diploma - $18,960 (two trimesters full-time study load)
  • Diploma (Entertainment Journalism and Animation & VFX) - $28,440 (three trimesters full-time study load)
  • Bachelor - $56,880 (six trimesters full-time study load)
  • Double Degree - $85,320 (nine trimesters full-time study load)

Collarts reviews its fees annually and course fees may vary from year to year.

Getting To Collarts

Set across three incredible inner-city campuses, Collarts is a dynamic creative space full of energy, passion and opportunity.

Click here for more information on our campus facilities, public transport options and concession, and parking.