A Year In Review: Our Favourite Collarts Moments Of 2017

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As another year passes us by, we’re indulged in the memory of everything 2017 gave us. Through the scope of pop culture, 2017 was the year Get Out confronted us and Fake News entered vocabularies, while Rihanna wasn’t afraid to clapback to the beauty industry. Reflecting on Collarts and our humble beginnings, 2017 saw our community grow bigger than ever before; welcoming many new faces across every course and walk of life.

Digesting our favourite moments, here’s a few hand-picked events that celebrate our ethos, our commitment to students and our ever-expanding connection to the industry. From our intimate Collarts-exclusive workshops to our free summer series The Collarts Sunset Social, we’re super excited and proud to share the achievements of our students and college, welcoming the challenges of another new year.

Music Performance student Dan Vogl was awarded the Collarts Music Career Start scholarship for his song, ‘If I Die’

Music Performance student Dan Vogl received the Collarts Music Career Start Scholarship, professionally developing and releasing ‘If I Die’ that received rave reviews from Triple J, Tone Deaf and more. From organising marketing and press releases through to the development of the song, we connected Dan with a variety of renowned industry legends. Starting with Jesse Hooper (ARIA and APRA songwriting award-winner) and Ainslie Wills, Dan polished up his songwriting and arrangement; UK-based Emmy award-winning producer Guus Hoevenaars (The Pierces, Scissor Sisters) then produced, engineered and mixed Dan’s song. Listen to the final track here.

 Ruby Bourne won the Collart Mix Competition with original song ‘Omnipresent’

Winning the Collarts Mix Competiton, Music Production student Ruby Bourne—recorded under her moniker Ruby Lou—submitted ‘Omnipresent’, a track that stood out for its “originality, composition and mix” as described by Tommy Rando, our Head of Music Production. Through an etheric array of captivating vocals and effervescent textures, ‘Omnipresent’ samples a snippet from Donald Byrd and marks the idea of new beginnings. As part of the Collarts Mix Competiton, students were encouraged to submit an original track of any genre to be judged by a panel for the chance to win a double pass to Drake.

Collarts students got up close and personal, learning hands-on at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

We work exclusively with St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival to provide students with hands-on, backstage work experience in event, artist and tour management, live sound and audio production. For another great year, a handful of students got to work the festival, closely learning with event and artist management staff and live sound engineers to get career-ready. Students expanded their practical experience, knowledge and networks, while completing their degrees in Entertainment Management, Audio Production and Music Performance—it was a great time and a great win-win for all!

Collarts students Nick Rackers and Damien Keating expand their working knowledge with Grid Series

Known also as the Grass Roots Indie Development, GRID Series’ work focuses on teaching essential skills to emerging artists about recording materials, writing songs, performing live and building rapport for respective careers. Learning hands-on under Arik Blum, the founder of GRID Series, students Nick Rakers and Damien Keating worked on real artist sessions with the GRID Series team. Recording at El Perro Productions, the students worked on recording sessions with a handful of Melbourne artists to apply and expand their working knowledge.

The Drexel University Exchange Program had another successful year in the states

The Drexel University Exchange Program had another successful year, with our students experiencing the melting pot of creativity in Philadelphia, USA. Our exchange partner, Drexel University, is ranked in the top 100 universities in the USA; its location often celebrated amongst America’s best cities for live music. Thanks to its vibrant music culture and history, Collarts students made long-lasting and international connections, learning their industry from an international standpoint.

 O-Week celebrations kicked the year off with a big swing

Starting Collarts life for many new students, our O-Week Party served a night of pumped up, swingin’ jazz. Set in the style of a New Orleans style street party at The Night Cat in Fitzroy, new students were invited to flaunt their best-themed clothes as they tucked into free food from Gumbo Kitchen. With a handful of live music performances, the O-Week Party was in the true spirit of Collarts and got students together before classes started.

Dan Sultan, alongside many other guests, held workshops and discussions about their work

Known in the Australian music industry as an ARIA award-winning artist and voice of Indigenous Australians, Dan Sultan dropped by Collarts for an intimate workshop with our students about work ethic and community. Holding a Q&A session about his creative process and his experiences composing as a musician, Dan was one of many industry experts to share their advice for shaping their art and passions. With talks ranging from the difficulties of moving past perfectionism to the best ways to use gender-nuetral language for Mental Health Week, our workshops for our students gave insight into processes and trends beyond class.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) threw their first party, delivering live music and food for Halloween

The Student Representative Council (SRC) of Collarts put together their very first event at the Fitzroy campus, with a successful turnout and plenty of scary sights to be seen. It was a spooky event to be had—with monster makeup, costume runways, trick-or-treat candy and a photobooth. With special DJ, acoustic and drag performances from Collarts students, house party vibes were also ensured as students filtered in and out of the space.

We launched Fashion Marketing for 2018, expanding the Collarts family into the creative world of fashion

If you dream of a career as a Fashion Brand Manager, Visual Merchandiser, Buyer, Fashion Blogger, Wholesale Account Manager, Stylist, Fashion Publicist, Event Manager or Creative Director, then good news—Fashion Marketing has joined the Collarts family for 2018! Announcing the degrees in November, students can now learn the fashion industry in all career-ready aspects, including styling, event management, marketing and business.

Our Fitzroy Campus Carpark has transformed for The Collarts Sunset Social

In December we began our first summer series, presented as The Collarts Sunset Social. Through six weeks of curated live music events and talks—stretching from 2017 into the new year—our Fitzroy Campus Carpark transformed into a social hub of afternoon local food and drinks. With student performances and special guests presented by our partners, each unique event was co-presented respectively by The PushParadise Music Festival, and Swampland.

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