Studying at Collarts

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Important Dates

Orientation Days,   13th September — 14th September
Trimester Three Teaching Period, 17th September — 7th December

Examination Period, 10th December — 14th December
Census Date, 5th October


Orientation Week Starts, 28th January
Trimester 1 Starts, 4th February

Direct Applications Close, 8th February
Census Date, 22nd February

More information coming soon


Orientation is compulsory for all new students. Each course will have a day where students from the same course will spend time getting to know one another and their teachers.

You will also have Student ID photos taken, have your MyCollarts email and account set up, will learn about your course’s subjects and structure, and hear from the student registrar team about student services that are available.

Check what days you need to attend below.

Date: Thursday 13th September 2018
Time: 10:00am-4.00pm (includes free lunch)
Location: Wellington St Campus, Collingwood

The campus will be open from 10am for students to get ID cards, finalise any outstanding paperwork and get timetables.

The O-Week Party will happen the same evening, immediately after the Orientation day and starting at 4:30pm at the Fitzroy campus. Food and drinks will be provided. 

Date: Friday 14th September 2018
Time: 12PM-3PM
Location: Wellington St Campus, Collingwood

We provide an intensive Music Theory Boot Camp for Music Performance students before classes start. It is a compulsory prerequisite for some students before commencing. 

Need to scrub up on your academic skills before starting your studies this trimester? You’re not alone! We provide an academic study camp for those wanting learn skills for managing their assignments. 

Campus Information and Getting to Collarts

Wellington St Campus

208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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

Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St. Fitzroy VIC 3065

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

Swanston St Campus

55 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3004

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

Cromwell St Campus

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

Public Transport Options

Wellington St Public Transport

  • TRAM

    86 Tram

    • Depart at Hodgson St/Smith St (Stop 18);
    • 5 minute walk from tram stop to campus;
    • Cross the road the at tram stop, turn right down Smith st, then left down Stanley St
    • End of Stanley St, cross Wellington St. Campus entrance right in front.


    12/109 Tram

    • Depart at Wellington st/ Victoria Parade Stop;
    • 10 minute walk;
    • Walk straight down Wellington st (approx 800m) ;
    • Campus will be on your right.

    Parliament Train Station

    • 16 minutes- walk and tram;
    • Exit train station at Nicholson St;
    • Get on the 86 tram;
    • Refer to Tram 86 directions above to complete the journey.


    Collingwood Train Station

    • 12 minute walk;
    • Exit the train station;
    • Cross over Hoddle St;
    • Walk directly up Gipps St;
    • At the end of Gipps St, turn right onto Wellington St and walk for 240m, campus on your right.

    There is limited paid per hour parking along Wellington st and surrounding streets. Coles Smith St (6 minute walk to Wellington st campus)underground parking (Mon-Sun 6am-12am): 90 Minutes free parking when you spend $15 or more at Coles or Liquorland. Or $4.00 per hour, $32 until closing.


    Bicycle racks on campus. Rear entrance to access racks.

    • 10-minute walk;
    • Walk along Brunswick St, turn right on St. David St walk for 500m then turn right onto Smith St, left onto Stanley St.
    • Keep walking down Stanley St and you will see the Wellington St campus at the end of the street.
    • 10-minute walk;
    • From Cromwell St, walk north for 190m then turn left onto Gipps.
    • Walk along Gipps Street for 350m and turn right onto Wellington St. The campus will be on your right after 240m.

Brunswick St 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.


    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. 


    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.

Swanston St Public Transport


    The closest train station is Flinders Street. This station is a 5 minute walk from the college.
    Are there parking facilities available to students?


     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.


    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.

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.


    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).

Are there parking facilities available to students?

There is limited paid per hour parking along Wellington St and surrounding streets. Coles Smith St (6-minute walk to Wellington st campus) underground parking (Mon-Sun 6am-12am): 90 Minutes free parking when you spend $15 or more at Coles or Liquorland. Or $4.00 per hour, $32 until closing. There is very limited parking near the Swanston St and Cromwell St campuses and paid parking surrounding the Brunswick St 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.

Student ID Cards

Photos for Student ID cards will be taken at your Orientation Day (see Orientation section on this page for the date). If you miss orientation, ask at the front desk of Collarts South Melbourne campus to arrange having your Student ID photo taken.

Alternatively, be sure to attend the orientation re-cap that will be schedule during the 2nd week of orientation. 

Official Offers & Enrolment Paperwork


Once you receive your official enrolment offer through VTAC from the 17th of January, we will email and post your paperwork to you.

This paperwork includes:
> Enrolment/Offer form
> FEE-HELP form
> FEE-HELP information

You will need to complete all paperwork and either email, post or hand it in within 14 days of receiving it. 

All paperwork will be sent to you with detailed instructions on how to complete it. Please read the instructions carefully. 



If you have had a successful interview/audition, then you should have already received your enrolment forms via email and through the post. If you have not received these, please get in contact with the recruitment team on recruitment@collarts.edu.au or 03 9281 8888. If you have not yet returned your paperwork, please do so as soon as possible to ensure we save a place for you.  Your FEE-HELP will be completed online via a link Collarts will email to you during orientation week. 


If you’re unsure of anything or have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact our student advisors:

Lauren Brookes 
(03) 9281 8815

Jake Ingham
(03) 9281 8801

Claire Cunningham
(03) 9281 8821


You will be provided with detailed timetables during Orientation Week. This is because students will be split into different groups for tutorials, workshops and for music ensemble and tech groups. Below is information about how many days per week each course generally runs:

Audio Engineering students: 
3 days of classes per week

Content Creation students: 
2.5 days of classes per week

Entertainment Journalism students: 
2 days of classes per week

Entertainment Management students: 
2.5 days of classes per week

Fashion Marketing students: 
2 days of classes per week

Music Performance students: 
3 days of classes per week

Music Production students: 
2 days of classes per week

What Do I Need Before I Start Studying?

All students should bring a notebook and pens. You are welcome to bring laptops to classes to take notes. 

Music Students: Primary instrument from week 1 of classes (as appropriate – drums and keys are not necessary). Also bring a manuscript book, notebook and pens.

Audio & Music Production Students: A good set of headphones (over the ear recommended) and a hard drive. A good computer with plenty of storage is recommended but not compulsory. Also bring notebook and pens. 

Entertainment Management: Notebook and pens; laptop optional.

Entertainment Journalism: Notebook and pens; laptop optional.

Content Creation: Notebook and pens; laptop optional.

Useful Contacts for Students


1300 818 777

Academic & Registrar Support

Meg Elliss
Student Progress Coordinator

Sara Dimitriadis
Librarian and Academic Skills Coordinator:

Camille Robinson
Academic Skills Tutor


Student Accommodation

This housing option can be single or shared and is generally more expensive than share houses. These are usually short to long term renting options, most places are fully furnished and many even provide meals. Here are some providers:

Uni Lodge 
Student Hostel Network

Share Houses

The below sites list share houses with rooms to rent.
Share housing is generally cheaper than student accommodation, most places already have some furniture and you meet new people.

Flatmate Finder
FairyFloss Real Estate

Rental Properties

These sites have online listings if you’re looking to rent a property on your own or with friends. Most rental properties will come unfurnished, will require a bond, and you will need to meet certain requirements and sign a lease.


Other Options

Post a Notice:
If you are looking for a room or people to share with others, try posting a notice on the Student Notice board (located at South Melbourne Campus in the common area) or “The Common Room” (our private Collarts student facebook page).

Homestay is a great option if you like a family environment. They can be booked through homestay companies who screen the host families and the accommodation for suitability. Check out www.homestaynetwork.org

Have any other questions?

If you have any questions, contact our student advisory team below:

(03) 9281 8888