Where to go to get a head start in the arts industry

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Melbourne Studio of Art

MSA is one of Melbourne’s top art education providers. What has the studio done to enjoy the growth it has? 

Melbourne Studio of Art is Melbourne’s premier private art school. From the beginning we have stayed true to the principle of providing professional standard art classes taught by experienced tutors who are highly regarded artists and have a passion for sharing their skills.

Term One classes for both daytime and evening courses begin early February. What classes do you offer and are there any that suit beginners in particular?

We offer a range of different term classes, including drawing, oil painting, portraiture, watercolour, life drawing, and abstract painting. In addition, we offer one day workshops which are a wonderful introduction to a variety of different art media and processes, specifically designed for absolute beginners.

What should budding artists hope to achieve from their class?

Students who attend our school over a period of time gain art skills they will have for life, from learning about colour, tone and composition to understanding how to create meaningful and well informed artwork. There is also the added benefit of experiencing the psychological benefits of being creative that include catharsis, relaxation and achievement.

If I was a beginner with an interest in art but not sure how to get involved, what advice would you give me?

We welcome new students to come to our studio and take a look around. You can meet our friendly staff and take a look at a class in action. Our Sunday workshops are also a great introduction to our studio and look at a range of different approaches. 


Photography Studies College

Tell us about Photography Studies College.

Photography Studies College is Australia’s oldest independent educational institute for photography. We’re an innovative, multiple award-winning college, offering the highest quality learning experience within an expert and nurturing community. 

Describe a typical Photography Studies College student?

As we offer a range of full and part time courses, our students arrive from diverse backgrounds. Our full-time students are often school leavers who want to make a career of photography and there is a mixture of mature age students as well. They’re open to pursuing their creative passion and are enthusiastic about the many possibilities of a career in photography.

How does the college prepare students for a career in photography?

Through our industry-focused curriculum, mentor program and internships we give our students the skills and confidence to get them job ready. Students become part of an active PSC employment register. Our mentor program connects students to photographers both locally and internationally giving them real life experiences. 

What are you most proud of at Photography Studies College?

We are proud to share that many of our students and graduates continue to impact the world of photography with their achievements both locally and abroad. A recent highlight was when our final year student, James Bugg won Australia’s largest photo prize, the prestigious $50,000 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize for his portrait titled Zach


Australian Institute of Music

What does Australian Institute of Music do that sets it apart from other music education providers?

As Australia’s largest music education provider, AIM has all the tools (equipment/facilities), knowledge (high quality teaching staff) and experience (teachers with in-depth industry backgrounds; practical experience) students need.

If I was unskilled with an interest in music and/or performing arts but not sure how to get involved, what advice would you give me?

Your passion is key – there are a range of different options available including diplomas and short courses, get in touch with an AIM representative who can guide you through the process and give you advice.

What should budding musicians or artists hope to get out of their undergraduate degree?

Not just knowledge and skills in their chosen instrument/major, but also knowledge of how the industry works as well as networking/working together with students from other disciplines to produce music. Our key goal is to make our students as employable as possible by providing them with practical and flexible learning options so they can respond to ever-changing industry conditions.

How do I enroll for a course and are there any general entry requirements?

Head over to our website and fill in the form. Entry requirements vary but most require completion of HSC or VCE and the ability to demonstrate some experience in your chosen major. An ATAR of 70 or above is required for our Bachelor of Entertainment Management.


SAE Institute Melbourne

The SAE Institute has become one of Australia’s leading creative tertiary providers since it was first established in 1976. Sprawling six disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games and Web & Mobile – SAE provides opportunities across accredited certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees and postgraduate programs. Apply for SAE’s February intake now via the institute’s website.

For those interested in film, the 28th Flickerfest takes over Melbourne’s Palace Kino Cinemas on Wednesday February 13. Regarded as the best of the best when it comes to short film, Flickerfest is both Academy accredited and BAFTA recognised. One Australian film to be included within the programme is Commander Sam, a story of astronaut father and daughter duo Neil and Sam whose world is surrounded by space-inspired creations. Sam spends her nights in a spaceship forged from her father’s work van, but after a dangerous close encounter, Sam and Neil’s relationship is challenged. 

The film was written, directed and edited by SAE Melbourne film student Liam Fouracre as the final major project of his studies. Liam led a creative team of SAE students, staff and graduates, including Director of Photography Jordan Montgomery. 

On Thursday February 14, Flickerfest Director & Distribution Manager Bronwyn Kidd will share her expertise in an Australian Film Industry Masterclass at Melbourne’s SAE campus. She will touch on various topics such as: what makes a short film irresistible to Oscar-qualifying film festivals, what are the big Australian festivals looking for and how to get your film out beyond festivals.