O-Week is just around the corner at Collarts and we can't wait! Like any new experience, you may be feeling overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and nervousness. So if you're a new student (or currently considering studying with us), you might be wondering: what happens after I've enrolled? Aside from the communication you've received from our Future Student Team, here's your handy guide on FAQS about getting started at Collarts in 2020.
HOORAY! I'M ENROLLED. WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Firstly, congrats! You should have received an email confirming we have received your enrolment forms, along with the timeline of when you will receive everything such as: a Confirmation of Enrolment, Student ID Number, FEE-HELP form, student portal login details, and orientation information. Once you’ve enrolled, you don’t need to do anything until you are prompted via email. You’ll receive regular updates from us leading up to orientation and the start of classes, and can contact us at any time with questions.
SO WILL I NEED TO PURCHASE ANYTHING FOR CLASS OR ORIENTATION?
Before beginning classes, you do not need to purchase anything—phew! Collarts supplies all textbooks free of charge via our online portal and eResource library. During the first week of classes, you will receive your student ID card which will allow you to purchase necessary items with a student discount. Your teachers will let you know if there is any software, equipment, or art kits required for your course and when they need to be purchased. Some courses do have requirements listed on our website, however, we recommend waiting to buy anything until after you have received your student card for discounts and instructions from your teachers in the first week.
UM, HOW DO I APPLY FOR FEE-HELP AGAIN?
If you are an Australian Citizen and qualify for FEE-HELP, you will be able to use HELP to defer payment of your course. Select the ‘Pay by FEE-HELP’ box on your enrolment offer and provide your Tax File Number. A personalised email from eCaf will be sent to you shortly after your enrolment is processed. You may complete it before orientation or during the orientation FEE-HELP session—this is super handy if you're unsure on anything. If you want more information, click here or contact our Student Services team.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY TIMETABLE?
In the week before O’Week, you will receive an email from IT with your login details for MyCollarts. MyCollarts is a student portal that will contain all of your study and timetable information. Once you have set up your login, you will be able to access your individual timetable.
SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME STUDY?
Full-time for Audio Engineering, Music Performance, and Music Production is 16 contact hours. All other courses are 12 contact hours a week full-time. Part-time is anything less than full-time contact hours. Bear in mind that going to part-time will extend the amount of time it will take to finish your course. If you would like to go part-time, select on your enrolment forms ‘part-time’ under Part D. You will be placed into a full-time timetable automatically, and during orientation or in the first three weeks of classes, you may adjust your timetable to suit your schedule.
However, it should be noted that this is for contact hours only—study hours outside of class are up to the individual student. Collarts recommends anywhere from 3-6 hours a week per subject of study time outside of class. A full-time degree is a commitment in its own way, so be prepared to have fluctuations in your study load throughout the trimester.
WHAT'S CENSUS DAY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Census Date is the final day of the trimester you can make a change to your enrolment. You may change from full-time to part-time and vice versa, adjust your timetable, or defer or withdraw with no financial penalty—which is why it's super important. Census Date for Trimester 1 is Friday the 21st February, with the cut-off time at 5:00pm. Any adjustments must be submitted before cut-off to be eligible. After Census Date, all enrolments are finalised until the next trimester.
WHEN IS O-WEEK AND WHEN DO CLASSES START?
Please see the academic calendar given to you at your interview, and has been emailed to you with your offer for all important trimester dates. Orientation is the week prior to classes and you will only need to attend your course day (one day) during O-Week. You will be notified of which day your course orientation is and do not need to attend the other days during O-Week.
WHAT EVEN HAPPENS AT ORIENTATION? DO I REALLY NEED TO ATTEND?
Yup, you must attend Orientation! It is compulsory for all new students (and it's super fun). On the day, you will have your Student ID photo taken and receive a key pass for campuses. You will meet the Head of your course as well as the coordinators and other faculty members. You’ll also get a rundown of the campus, where to find things, and who to speak to for help with timetables, extensions and special considerations, library use, academic tutoring, counselling services, IT assistance and more.
In addition, you will also be shown how to login to your student portal, access your student emails and receive your individual timetable. And most importantly, you will meet the other new students in your course, especially at our O-Week Party! (PS. You don’t need to bring anything to orientation as we will provide you with notebooks, pens, and lunch that caters for most dietary requirements.)
I'M MOVING INTERSTATE OR FROM THE COUNTRY. DOES COLLARTS OFFER HOUSING?
Because we are a small school, we don’t offer on-campus housing at this time. However, we are listed on the Student Housing Australia website under ‘Collarts – Australian College of the Arts”. A list of available student housing in surrounding areas is listed at varying price points. Many of our students who are from regional areas, interstate or overseas prefer to live in share houses when possible. New students are welcome to join the Collarts Common Room on Facebook up to 3 weeks prior to classes to reach out to find other students who are also looking for housing. The Flatmate Finder website is also a great resource for students new to Melbourne.
WHAT CAMPUSES WILL I BE STUDYING AT?
We have four campuses, all within walking distance with ample public transport. But FYI, the Wellington Street Campus in Collingwood is the main campus. Most courses will have at least one day of classes from Wellington St, and some will have classes at our other campuses.
Once again, welcome to Collarts! We hope you enjoy doing what you love with our committed team of industry leaders, staff and peers. If you haven’t finished enrolling yet, please follow the steps in your Application Tracker to ensure you don't miss out.
If you have any other questions that are not listed, the Collarts website has even more information regarding your courses! You can also read our student FAQS page here, or email the Future Student Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 818 717 for further assistance.