& TRIMESTER DATES
The Bachelor of Arts 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.
The Diploma of Arts for Music, Audio 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.
TRIMESTER THREE 2017
Orientation Week 5 September — 7 September
Trimester Three Teaching Period 11 September — 1 December
Examination Period 4 December — 11 December
Census Date 29 September
TRIMESTER ONE 2018
Orientation Week 29 January — 2 February
Music Theory Bootcamp date TBC
Trimester One Teaching Period 5 February — 27 April
Examination Period 30 April — 9 May
Census Date 23 February
TRIMESTER TWO 2018
Orientation Week 21 May — 25 May
Trimester Two Teaching Period 28 May — 17 August
Examination Period 20 August — 28 August
Census Date 15 June
TRIMESTER THREE 2018
Orientation Week 10 September — 14 September
Trimester Three Teaching Period 17 September — 7 December
Examination Period 10 December — 14 December
Census Date 5 October
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 Laneway Festival or Paradise Festival
- Attending the Big Sound Conference in Brisbane
- Attending the Face the Music Conference in Melbourne
- 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 the Collarts Registrar.
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 (03) 9281 8888.
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.
Current year 12 students
If you are currently in Year 12 you must apply via VTAC.
Once your application has been received, our Future Student Team will contact you to arrange a suitable interview and/or audition time.
Non-Year 12 students
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:
- Recent secondary education
- Work and life experience
- Higher education study
- Vocational education training (VET) study
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 at least one original piece
- 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 for each Collarts course is different, and also varies depending on the candidate’s background, qualifications and previous experience.
Collarts domestic admissions policies and criteria:
- Collarts Domestic Admissions Policy (overall)
- Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management)
- Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production)
- Bachelor of Arts (Content Creation)
- Bachelor of Arts (Music Production)
- Bachelor of Arts (Music)
- Diploma of Arts (Audio Production)
- Diploma of Arts (Content Creation)
- Diploma of Arts (Entertainment Management)
- Diploma of Arts (Music Production)
- Diploma of Arts (Music)
- Diploma of Entertainment Journalism
- Double Degree: Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management) + Bachelor of Arts (Audio Production)
- Double Degree: Bachelor of Applied Business (Entertainment Management) + Bachelor of Arts (Music)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK
We welcome applications from international students at Collarts. Please see our International Student Guide for detailed information about admission processes, enrolment, fees, campus details and information about the college’s policies and procedures.
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) and is the private institution version of the HECS-HELP system. For more information about FEE-HELP and eligibility criteria, see the Australian Government Study Assist website, or check out this blog post which explains the essentials.
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.
2017 fee prices
Fees are $2,075 per unit, which is $8,300 per trimester for a full-time study load. The total cost for our diplomas (two trimesters of study) is $16,600 with the exception of the diploma of Entertainment Journalism(three trimesters of study) which is $24,900. The total cost for the two-year (six trimester) degrees is $49,800. You can see the full 2017 Fees Schedule here.
2018 fee prices
Fees are $2,180 per unit, which is $8,720 per trimester for a full-time study load. The total cost for our diplomas (two trimesters of study) is $17,440 with the exception of the diploma of Entertainment Journalism (three trimesters of study)which is $26,160. The total cost for the two-year (six trimesters) degree is $52,320. The total cost for the double degrees (nine trimesters) is $78,480. You can see the full 2018 Fees Schedule here.
GETTING TO COLLARTS
55 Brady Street, South Melbourne
Monday – 8.30am-10pm
Tuesday – 8.30am-10pm
Wednesday – 8.30am-10pm
Thursday – 8.30am-10pm
Friday – 8.30am-10pm
Saturday – 9am-5pm
Sunday – 9am-5pm
Our largest and primary campus offers music rehearsal rooms, mac computer labs, multiple recording studios, class rooms, a large auditorium, library, communal areas and study spaces.
55 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD
Monday – 8.30am-5pm
Tuesday – 8.30am-5pm
Wednesday – 8.30am-8:30pm
Thursday – 8.30am-9pm
Friday – 8.30am-5pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed
This campus is generally used for larger classroom-based learning and is utilised by Entertainment Journalism and Entertainment Management students. The campus offers classrooms, mac computer labs, green screen room, library, a common area, outdoor balcony overlooking Swanston St. and study spaces.
209 Brunswick St. Fitzroy VIC
Monday – 8.30am-8:30pm
Tuesday – 8.30am-8:30pm
Wednesday – 2-5pm
Thursday – 8.30am-8:30pm
Friday – 8.30am-4pm
Saturday – 10-4pm
Sunday – Closed
Our brand new campus in the heart of Melbourne’s music scene offers a constantly changing, open-to-the-public art gallery featuring art from local artists and musicians, work from Collarts’ private collection, and key pieces showcasing great moments in music history. There is also a live performance space for students and local musicians alike. This campus features numerous rehearsal rooms and is our primary music performance campus.
Public Transport Options
South Melbourne Campus Public Transport
Train: The closest train station is Southern Cross. This station is about a 10–15 minute walk from the campus.
Tram: The 109 Port Melbourne tram from Southern Cross station (on the corner of Collins and Spencer Streets) will take you to Montague Street (get off at Stop 126), which is a short walk from the Collarts campus. The tram ride takes eight minutes and the walk from the station to the college takes seven minutes.
Bus: Take the route 235 bus towards Fisherman’s Bend from Southern Cross Station and get off at the Ingles St/Normanby Rd stop. Brady St is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop
Melbourne CBD Campus Public Transport
Train: The closest train station is Flinders Street. This station is a 5 minute walk from the college.
Are there parking facilities available to students?
Tram: The 11-City Square/Swanston St (Melbourne City) stop is in front of the college. There are a number of trams that stop here, including numbers: 1, 16, 3/3a, 6, 64, 67, 72, 8 and 5.
Bus: Take the following bus route numbers towards the City and get off at Melbourne Central which is a 10 minute walk to the city campus on Swanston St. Bus Numbers: 200, 207, 250, 251, 302, 303, 304, 305, 309, 318, 350, 905, 906, 907, and 908 all stop at Melbourne Central.
Fitzroy Campus Public Transport
Train: The closest train station is Parliament Station. This station is a 18 minute walk from the college. Collingwood Station is a 23 minute walk to the college.
Tram: The number 11 tram runs up and down Brunswick St. The Collarts stop is Stop 15 – Bell St/Brunswick St. You may also take the 96 tram that runs up Nicholson St and use stop 14 – Murchison St/Nicholson St and it is a 6 minute walk to campus. The 86 tram runs through the city, the closest stop is 13-Brunswick St/Gertrude St and is an 8 minute walk to college.
Bus: The route 200 and 207 buses stop on the corner of Brunswick St and Johnston St which is then a 5 minute walk to campus.
Are there parking facilities available to students?
Street parking is available on the streets surrounding the South Melbourne campus. There is very limited parking near the CBD campus and paid parking surrounding the Brunswick St. Fitzroy campus.
Can I receive a discount on public transport if I study at Collarts?
Yes, once you are enrolled at Collarts you can apply to receive a student concession card. You can find out more information on the Public Transport Victoria website.