After the intensity of exams and the unveiling of your results, receiving your First Round Offer through VTAC can be a life-changing moment. Whether it makes your heart sing or lead you to contemplate your choices, Change of Preference is an excellent time to reflect everything you’ve worked towards regardless of the news. Although a brief window to make a decision, Change of Preference allows you to rethink your study options in 2018 and the direction of your future career path, acting as a safety net to ensure that you have made realistic decisions based on your results.
Here at Collarts, we’re passionate about encouraging students from every background to pursue what they love and consider the industry they want to be part of. Offering Diplomas and Bachelor Degrees in Music, Audio, Entertainment Management, Entertainment Journalism, Content Creation and Fashion Marketing, we think Change of Preference is an excellent time to reconnect with the avenues you want to specialise in during and beyond studies.
When it comes to Change of Preference and accepting your offer, things can get a little overwhelming, but don’t stress—we’ve simplified everything you need to know so that you can get the most out of the opportunity!
I received an offer from Collarts. What do I need to do now?
First of all, congratulations! When First Round Offers arrive, just follow the steps VTAC supplies you when accepting your offer. If you’re accepting your offer with Collarts, do it as soon as you possibly can. This means we’ll have you enrolled and ready to go for O-Week, and send you a heap of information before the trimester starts so you can be as prepared as possible. If you have any problems though, contact our Future Student Team and they’ll help you put your best foot forward.
I didn’t receive an offer from Collarts. What happens now?
If you applied to Collarts and didn’t get an offer on the First Round through VTAC, don’t stress. It probably means that you didn’t preference Collarts high enough, or you haven’t had an interview or audition yet. Here’s what to do! Change of Preference opens on the 17th of January at 10am and while you can’t delete or replace your First Round Offer, you can take control of your next offer by changing your preferences to secure a spot in the next round. Once you’ve changed your preferences, our Future Student Team will get in touch to organise an interview or audition. If it’s all a bit confusing, or you think that you should have been eligible for an offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch because we definitely want to hear from you.
Wait, what is Change of Preference?
Change of Preference is a period of time allotted to you if you’re considering a change of preference in your study options after receiving your First Round Offer. With no costs involved—as long as you pay your course application processing fee—you can change your preferences as much as you like within the specified periods. By changing your preference list, you can essentially bump your choices up or down, and you can add, remove or replace your choices during this time to reflect your new study preferences. For example, if you didn’t get your first preference during First Round Offers, Change of Preference allows you to reconsider or reshuffle your options based on your ATAR results or a change of mind.
Is ATAR everything when it comes to Change of Preference?
It depends on your aspirations and study preferences. Here at Collarts, it helps to know that we don’t actually base our applications off ATAR scores. We base applications off an interview/audition process and successfully passing Year 12, so regardless of your score you have a chance to do what you love. That means, if you’re considering joining the Collarts community, Change of Preference is an ideal time to apply for an interview or audition to be considered for a spot in our 2018 intake. Of course, other study options will vary in their own individual application process, so check-in with the expectations around your preferences and take them into consideration.
How do I change my preferences through VTAC?
After you receive your First Round Offer through VTAC, the following day is when Change of Preference opens. VTAC is your best walkthrough guide for detailed explanations on making changes and how they impact your course choices. It may sound daunting, but Change of Preference has been made really simple by VTAC and can be done with a few simple steps by logging on and following VTAC’s prompts.
What if I want to pop Collarts on my list?
If you want to pop down Collarts on your Change of Preference list, our Change of Preference page will be your greatest resource. It has everything you need to know if you’re considering placing Collarts in your preferences. These steps include:
1. Ensure you’ve completed or booked an interview/audition with us as we do not base offers off ATAR scores. If you’re unsure, contact us immediately or complete the form on our Change of Preference page.
2. Log into your VTAC account and open your preference list.
3. Order your course preferences. If you would like to study at Collarts, the only way to ensure your full enrollment offer is that we are on your VTAC list.
4. Submit before 29 January at 4pm. First Round VTAC offers will go out on Tuesday 16th January for 2018, with Second Round Offers to be released on Friday the 2nd of February. On that note, Change of Preference is opening on the 17th of January at 10am.
Okay cool, but how should I order them?
While receiving your results and First Round Offer can stir up many feelings, don’t make the mistake of listing your preferences in the order you think you will get into them. Your preferences should reflect your courses in order of desire so that those processing your application can see what you’re really passionate about. By ordering your courses by order of preference, you allow a higher chance for your offer to be the one you really want and not second or third best. But keep in mind, you need to always check course selection criteria as some courses may have already been filled or closed.
I’ve been offered something during First Round Offers, but now I’m not too sure.
One of the great things about First Round Offers is that you don’t have to accept them. According to VTAC, once you have received an offer you cannot delete that course from your preferences, however, you can move it up or down your list, or choose not to take it. What this means is that you can change the order of your other preferences or add new courses. Adding new courses is a powerful decision as it lets those processing your application know that you’re serious about joining that course. At Collarts, we welcome new applications and are more than happy to answer your questions if you decide to place us somewhere in your preferences.