An Easy Guide To VTAC's Change Of Preference

Dec 12, 2018

After the intensity of exams, receiving your results 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 on 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 2019 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 Animation & VFXAudio EngineeringContent CreationEntertainment JournalismEntertainment ManagementFashion MarketingInterior DesignMusic Performance, and Music Production, 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, 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 didn't receive the results I thought I would. What happens now?

If your results aren’t what you expected, or your ATAR isn’t quite where you wanted it to be, don’t stress. The good news is that Collarts doesn’t take ATAR into account. Here’s what to do! Change of Preference is open on the 14th December at 7am and you can take control of your study options by making sure your preferences are in an order to secure a an offer from your preferred institution (*cough* Collarts *cough*).

If you have already successfully passed the admission’s interview or audition and have received your ‘conditional offer’ email from Collarts, then you don’t need to do anything if your preferences are already in the correct order. This is also your last opportunity to make sure your preferred courses are in the right order. If you haven’t come in for an interview or audition yet, this is the last chance to schedule these! Place Collarts in your preferences and the Future Student Team will get in touch to organise an interview or audition.

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What if I want to pop Collarts on my list?

If you want to pop down Collarts on your Change of Preference list, we can help you out. The following steps include everything you need to know if you're considering placing Collarts in your preferences. These steps include:

  1. Book an interview/audition with us as we do not base offers off ATAR scores. To do so , contact us immediately to secure your appointment by emailing
  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 enrolment offer is that we are on your VTAC preference list.
  4. Submit before 19 December at 12pm. First Round VTAC offers will go out on Tuesday 16th January for 2019, with Second Round Offers to be released on 4 February 2019 at 2pm. On that note, Change of Preference for First Round Offers is opening on the 17th of January at 10am.
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 ATAR. 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. 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 base our applications off ATAR ranks. We base applications off an interview/audition process, portfolios, essays 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 a time to relax knowing your rank doesn’t have an effect on your offer. Alternatively it’s your last chance to quickly secure your spot by scheduling an interview or audition. 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 ATAR, Change of Preference opens at 7am. 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.

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. 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. Good luck!

We hope that helps you navigate Change of Preferences. If studying at Collarts interests you or if you're wanting to learn more, check out our courses hereApplications for 2019 are now open


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