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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.


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 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.


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.  

Upfront 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.

2019 Fee Prices

Fees are $2,270 per unit, which is $9,080 per trimester for a full-time study load. The total cost for our diplomas (two trimesters of study) is $18,160 with the exception of the diploma of Entertainment Journalism (three trimesters of study) which is $27,240. The total cost for the two-year (six trimesters) degree is $54,480. The total cost for the double degrees (nine trimesters) is $81,720. You can see the full 2019 Fees Schedule here.

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.


South Melbourne Campus

55 Brady Street, South Melbourne

Opening hours:
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.

City Campus

55 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD

Opening hours:
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.

Fitzroy Campus

209 Brunswick St. Fitzroy VIC

Opening hours:
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.

Collingwood Campus – Cromwell St

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

Opening hours:
Monday – 9am-5pm
Tuesday – 9am-5pm
Wednesday – 9am-5pm
Thursday – 9am-5pm
Friday – 9am-5pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Our Collingwood campus is based in the interior design hub of Melbourne, surrounded by interior designers and showrooms. With studio-style classroom spaces, our light-filled campus is an inspiring learning environment. This campus is shared with Mercer School of Interior Design who deliver vocational education and training in interior design and decoration under the registration of Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd (RTO 0109).

Collingwood Campus – Wellington St

208 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Opening hours:
Coming soon

Collarts is thrilled to announce that in September, our brand new premises at 208 Wellington Street, Collingwood will open. Marking a new chapter in history for Collarts, the college will move further into the Fitzroy and Collingwood area, diving into the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant arts community.

Sharing the news with students this morning, Ben O’Hara, the Dean of Collarts, was elated at its potential to inspire students. “The creative spirit of these suburbs is the perfect place for Collarts and our students. To some extent, we’re already there, with existing campuses in Collingwood and Fitzroy, but by the end of 2018 the relocation will be complete.” Read the full news piece here.

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.

Collingwood Campus – Cromwell St Public Transport

Train: Leave North Richmond train station and go straight up Victoria Parade, turn right onto Cromwell street, walk up Cromwell street until you cross over Langridge street, and then on your left is a sign for “Mercer School of Interior Design” (Collarts share with Mercer) and you made it! You can also walk from Collingwood Station.

Tram: Take the 12 or 109 tram to the Hoddle street stop and walk up Victoria Parade (away from Hoddle
street). Turn right at Cromwell street and walk up Cromwell street until you cross over Langridge street, and then on your left is a sign for “Mercer School of Interior Design” (Collarts share with Mercer).

Collingwood Campus – Wellington St Public Transport

Coming soon

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 Melbourne CBD and Mercer campuses and paid parking surrounding the 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.