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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 courses.

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.




→ Direct Applications Close: Friday 18th September


→ Orientation: Monday 7th September – Tuesday 8th September
→ Classes Start: Thursday 10th September
→ Last Day of Classes: Wednesday 2nd December
→ Examination Period: Monday  7th December to Friday 11th December
→ Results Due: Monday 14th December


→ Census Date for Trimester 3, 2020: Wednesday 30th September
→ Census Date for CERT IV for Trimester 3, 2020: Monday 21st September


→ Open Day: Saturday 29th August (Register Here)





VTAC Applications Open: Monday 3 August 2020
VTAC Timely Course Applications Close: Wednesday 30th September 2020
VTAC Late Course Applications Close: Friday 4th December 2020
VCE Results and ATAR Released to Students: Wednesday 30th December 2020
Change of Preference Deadline for January Offers: 12pm, Monday 4th January 2021
January Offers Released: Thursday 14th January 2021
→ Change of Preference Deadline for February Round 1: 12pm, Thursday 21st January 2021
→ February Offers Round 1 Released: Monday 1st February 2021
→ Direct Applications Close: Friday 5th February


→ Orientation Week: Monday 25th January to Friday 29th January
→ Classes Start: Monday 1st February
→ Last Day of Classes: Friday 23rd April
→ Examination Period: Monday 26th April to Monday 3rd May
→ Results Due: Friday 7th May


→ Census Date for Trimester 1, 2021: Friday 19th February
→ Census Date for CERT IV for Trimester 1, 2021: Monday 8th February


→ Open Day: Saturday 16th January (Register Here)
→ Graduation: Monday 19th April





→ Direct Applications Close: Friday 28th May


→ Orientation Week: Monday 17th May to Friday 21st May
→ Classes Start: Monday 24th May
→ Last Day of Classes: Friday 13th August
→ Examination Period: Monday 16th August to Monday 23rd August
→ Results Due: Friday 27th August


→ Census Date for Trimester 2, 2021: Friday 11th June
→ Census Date for CERT IV for Trimester 2, 2021: Monday 31st May


→ Open Day: Saturday 15th May (Register Here)





→ Direct Applications Close: Friday 17th September


→ Orientation Week: Monday 6th September – Friday 10th September
→ Classes Start: Monday 13th September
→ Last Day of Classes: Friday 3rd December
→ Examination Period: Monday 6th December to Friday 10th December
→ Results Due: Friday 17th December


→ Census Date for Trimester 3, 2021: Friday 1st October
→ Census Date for CERT IV for Trimester 3, 2021: Monday 20th September 


→ Open Day: Saturday 28th August (Register Here)



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

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.

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.

When is the latest I can apply?

We recommend applying for your course of interest as soon as the applications for your intake are open—right now if you're interested in the next intake! Applications usually close at least a week prior to classes beginning. However some courses are more competitive than others and places will fill up quickly and may close earlier. It will take some time to complete the admissions process after submitting an application so apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Admission Criteria

Admissions Policy for Domestic Students

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 course-specific Admission Criteria on the individual course page.

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for Collarts' Bachelor Degrees, you need to have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Interstate or New Zealand equivalent to VCE ie. HSC, QCE, TCE, WACE, SACE, NTCE, ACT Year 12 Certificate, or NCEA (New Zealand)
  • Overseas Secondary Year 12 Equivalent

To be eligible to apply for Collarts' Diplomas, you need to have successfully completed ONE of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Year 12 Senior Level
  • Interstate or New Zealand Vocational Equivalent to VCAL ie. QCIA
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Interstate or New Zealand equivalent to VCE ie. HSC, QCE, TCE, WACE, SACE, NTCE, ACT Year 12 Certificate, or NCEA (New Zealand)
  • Overseas Secondary Year 12 Equivalent

If none of the above qualifications have successfully been completed, applicants must be 20 years of age or older with 2 years of work experience to apply.

Collarts does not have subject prerequisites and does not require a minimum ATAR rank.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Collarts actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Collarts recognises that there is inequality in education opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. While there is no specific reduction in entry criteria, Collarts supports and encourages applications from within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.  At the time of your application, if you would like to identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, depending on your circumstances, we may be able to provide specific study support once enrolled.


Wondering what makes us different from a public university? Read about The Collarts Way Difference here or discover below your fee-paying options and criteria.


All higher education courses offered at Collarts are supported by the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP program for eligible students. This means there are no upfront payments for courses for those using FEE-HELP. 

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 enrolment at Collarts, all eligible students will receive an eCaf form from the ATO via email to apply for FEE-HELP. Each student will need a TFN or TFN application receipt to apply. FEE-HELP application forms need to be submitted prior to census date. Students will only incur debt for subjects they are enrolled in after census date. 

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



Skills First is a Victorian Government program that helps people access vocational education and training. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training. Collarts offers government-subsidised places for the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40118.

You can check if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place by using the government’s online Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.



2020 FEES

You can see the full 2020 Fees Schedule here. 

2021 FEES

You can see the full 2021 Fees Schedule here*

*Please note: In late 2020, the Australian Government announced an extension to the FEE-HELP loan fee reprieve for private higher education students to 30 June 2021. The reprieve is effective for the February and May 2021 intakes. This means that your debt for any classes you take during these terms will only be your 2021 course fees. This applies to new and current students.


UNIT - $2,430
→ TRIMESTER - $9,720 (full-time study load)
→ DIPLOMA - $19,440 (two trimesters full-time study load)
→ DIPLOMA (ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM + ANIMATION & VFX) - $29,160 (three trimesters full-time study load)
→ BACHELOR - $58,320 (six trimesters full-time study load)
→ DOUBLE DEGREE - $87,480 (nine trimesters full-time study load)

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

The total cost for the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration in 2020 is $10,225.75. If you are eligible for Victorian Skills First funding, up to $7,695 of your course can be covered, resulting in a total course cost of $2,560.75. Click here for more information on fees and fee assistance for the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.


If you elect to pay your fees upfront, are an international student, or ineligible for FEE-HELP, you may pay the course costs by EFTPOS, direct deposit or credit card. Students will receive an invoice prior to classes beginning each trimester.
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.

Getting To Collarts

Set across FOUR 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.

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.

EXchange programs &

experience scholarSHips

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

Our Opportunities Include:

  • Songwriter Week at Popakademie in Manheim, Germany.
  • Semester Exchange with Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.
  • Collarts Music: Career Start Scholarship - having your music professionally recorded and produced.
  • Two-week exchange with Communication University of China, Beijing; Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee; or Inland Norway University.
  • Experience working at Falls Festival, Unify Gathering, Groovin' The Moo, Melbourne Fashion Week, Ego Expo, Denfair and more.
  • BIGSOUND Conference in Brisbane, QLD.
  • Working with Music Victoria.

Many of our programs also have additional scholarships available to students who may use them to financially assist with the cost of being involved with these opportunities. Scholarships are only available to current students applying for selected programs. Applications open at various times throughout the year and will be announced to all students. Talk to us to find out which opportunities and scholarships you might be eligible for.


Collarts does not provide accommodation to students. However, we are able to provide information about sources of student accommodation and can recommend the following as a guide to finding short and long-term accommodation in Melbourne.

Student Notice Board

Displays ‘wanted to share’ or ‘accommodation available’ especially late January and early February. 

Homestay Network

This is a network of accommodation provided by host families in Melbourne. We have provided a number of web links if you are interested in homestay accommodation. These agencies are privately owned and operated and it is the responsibility of each student to assess the homestay facilities as suitable for their needs:

Hostels & Boarding Houses

Hostels and boarding houses are listed in the Yellow Pages Online. Similar accommodation listings can be found under ‘Accommodation Available’ in the various local and Melbourne newspapers. Youth Hostels Australia has a large accommodation network across Australia

Flats, Units & Houses

Comprehensive listings for flats, units and houses for rent through real estate agents are found on:

It is also advisable to contact real estate agents in preferred suburbs.

Share Accommodation

If you want assistance in finding a room-mate, visit websites such as Flatmates, Flat Mate Finders, or Gumtree.

Victoria has well defined tenancy laws that support the rights of landlords and tenants.  For more information go the Consumer Affairs Victoria website, or if you are experiencing a problem with your landlord, call them on 1300 55 81 81 (or +61 3 8684 0735).  The Tenants Victoria can also help.


Health & Wellbeing

If you are struggling with a personal matter or worried about anything – whether it relates to your study or not – knowing there’s someone you can talk to can really help.

The agencies listed in the Useful Contacts section below provide free, anonymous and confidential services.

Collarts also offers students access to free and confidential appointments with our Wellbeing Support and Counsellor.  You'll find more information regarding this service on this page.

LGBTIQ+ Support at Collarts

Collarts celebrates its diverse community of students and staff. We know that people who identify as part of the LGBTIQ+ community or people of diverse sexualities and genders face a range of unique challenges. We acknowledge the need to actively and positively support this diversity and the importance of providing a safe and welcoming environment for all staff and students.

A list of resources that you might find helpful for accessing support or building inclusion and promoting involvement at Collarts or the community are listed below:

A counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. Provides nation-wide telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities and lived experiences.

Minus18 is Australia's largest youth driven organisation for LGBTIQ youth. Minus18 provide incredible social events, dance parties and resources for LGBTIQ youth all over Australia.

Organisation Intersex International Australia is an independent support, education and policy development organisation run by and for people with intersex variations or traits. Oii focus on human rights, bodily autonomy, self-determination and on evidence-based, patient-directed health care.

Wellbeing Support & Counselling

All current Collarts students can access free and confidential appointments with our Wellbeing Support and Counsellors. Our counsellors are able to assistance with many issues, including:

  • concerns about course or study-related issues (concentration, motivation, exam anxiety)
  • difficulties in relationships with significant others (family, partners, friends)questions of identity, self-esteem and confidence
  • feelings of depression, anxiety and fear loss or trauma
  • alcohol or other drug related problems
  • stress or conflict at home, work or University
  • coping with disabilities, health problems or mental illness
  • sexuality, sexual identity and coming out

Some of the benefits of counselling can be:

  • having support following a crisis or trauma
  • sharing your thoughts and feelings with a trained person
  • developing strategies for problem solving, decision making and change
  • identifying and building on your strengths
  • looking at alternative ways of behaving or thinking
  • becoming clearer about your concerns and direction


Careers Support

Collarts has a dedicated Career Pathways Department ready to assist students and alumni with anything related to careers and jobs. We offer support and assistance with job and internship applications, resumés, cover letters, professional branding (including social media profiles), career advice, interview prep and networking.

In addition to our dedicated careers support, industry awareness team, lecturers currently working in their fields and our multitude of event & festival partnerships, we offer multiple opportunities necessary for getting started in the creative industries.

Students and alumni can also access the Career Ready Hub, a one-stop resource to help the Collarts community tackle the job market, including information on internships, portfolios, interviews, and more. For further help, contact Student Support at to book a one-on-one appointment either in-person or online.


Respect. Now. Always.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment is not ok, and Collarts is committed to preventing sexual misconduct in its physical and virtual environments. Click here for more details.

Useful Contacts

Lifeline: 13 11 14 - Telephone counselling (Available 24 hours, 7 days)

Suicide Helpline: 1300 651 251 (Available 24 hours, 7 days)

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 - Counselling, advocacy and referral

Directline: 1800 888 236 - Drug and Alcohol counselling (Free, anonymous and confidential - 24/7)

Griefline: 03 5596 7799 - Bereavement support (12pm - 3am)

Mensline: 1300 789 978 - counselling and referrals for men

WIRE: 1300 134 130 - Support and referral for women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people (Free and confidential)

Nurse on Call: 1300 606 024 - expert health advice (24 hours, 7 days a week)

City of Yarra Child Care: (03) 9205 5555 - Child care centres near Collarts campuses

In an EMERGENCY call:  000 or 112 from a mobile phone


Collarts provides access to a range of physical and online library resources, services and facilities across two sites, as well as off campus. With a Design Library at Cromwell St and a space dedicated to music and performance resources at Wellington St, Collarts is committed to providing all students with constant opportunities to discover, access, use, create and share knowledge. Online services have been curated in response to student need and include highly regarded research and learning databases such as JSTOR, Informit and Linkedin Learning.

Academic Skills

Collarts offers support and guidance in a variety of academic areas such as essay writing, referencing, research techniques, time management, planning, presentations, and critical reflection. We also offer support in developing learning habits that align with what research shows the most successful students apply in their studies. Students can also receive guidance in using online tools for writing feedback, managing references and creating a personalised research compendium. Meetings are available in one-on-one sessions in person, online, or via email. Individual courses also offer subject-specific tutoring.

Handbooks, Policies, Rules

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 Higher Education Student Handbook here.

You can view or download the VET Student Handbook here.

For Higher Education Policies and Forms, click here.

For RTO Policies and Forms, click here.

To view our Governance Chart, click here.


Application to Withdraw and Cancel Enrolment

Formal Grievance Form

Application to Appeal

Tuition Fee Refund Form