2018 was a huge year at Collarts. From opening a brand new campus to incredible student opportunities that stretched overseas, this year was one of our busiest and most rewarding yet.
Digesting our favourite moments beyond our blog, 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 newest course offerings to our industry partnerships, we're super excited and proud to share the achievements of our community, welcoming the challenges of another new year.
Launching our new courses in Animation & VFX and Interior Design
We were absolutely stoked to announce our new courses this year, including Animation & VFX and Interior Design. Celebrating our commitment to the entertainment and creative industries, Animation & VFX also marked our first online-only course offering, with Interior Design serving the options of on-campus, online and mixed.
Opening our new primary Wellington St Campus in time for Open Day
Announcing the big move in May, it was surreal to pack-up our previous primary campus and move into the heart of Melbourne's vibrant arts community. Now located at 208 Wellington Street in Collingwood, the move marked a brand new chapter in Collarts' history, and brought about a new wave of state-of-the-art facilities just in time for Open Day
Passionate about connecting students to the industry, it was only natural that our international exchanges do the same. For Damielou Shavelle, Jerry Agbinya, Ruby Bourne and Riley Catherall, flying overseas to Popakademie Baden-Württemberg (University Of Popular Music And Music Business) in Germany was an opportunity to not only travel Europe, but learn hands-on alongside industry experts. You can check out the highlights in both blog and vlog format here!
Partnering up with UNIFY Gathering for the very first time
Joining UNIFY Gathering for the first time as their Exclusive Education Partner, our exclusive partnership created unique student-only opportunities, with students being able to learn hands-on in a music festival environment with industry leaders, local and international artists, and the community spirit of the hardcore and punk scene right at their fingertips. We'll be doing it all again next year—and you can help us celebrate by winning a double pass here!
Getting hands-on at another fantastic Laneway Festival
We joined St Jerome's Laneway Festival for another fantastic year immersed in live music, art and culture. With a handful of students getting hands-on in everything from audio engineering to artist liaison, the festival was full of opportunities for our students to get real industry experience at one of Melbourne's iconic events.
Going regional with the unique A Hitch To The Sticks
Dallas Frasca—a music teacher at Collarts and rock legend in her own right—launched A Hitch To The Sticks Music Festival, a curated experience focusing on the unique dynamic of band-tour-meets-VIP. Personally guided by Dallas, our students worked closely with the festival team to capture content, liaise with artists, assist in event management and more.
A very special and deeply personal NAIDOC Week
As part of NAIDOC Week, we had guest lectures by Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta fashion designer Lyn-Al Young and Yorta Yorta artist, DRMNGNOW. Celebrating their creativity, culture and history, the lectures gave a great insight into the storytelling that inspires their work in Fashion and Music.
Becoming part of the Collingwood community at Peel Street Festival
Supporting the Collingwood community, we teamed up with Peel Street Festival. Bringing together the locals just around the block near our Wellington St Campus, our students got to experience working at a boutique, independent festival to deliver content creation, live sound, and much more. You can see the full gallery here—or our fave, the dogs of Peel Street.
Another spooky and exciting Halloween Party
Students from all cohorts came together for Collarts’ beloved Halloween Party! Kicking off at the Brunswick St Campus, students were treated to epic makeup and an exclusive interview—led by Entertainment Journalism student Jemma Hollway—with duo HABITS. With pizza and drinks underway, students headed to The Evelyn Hotel to experience a showcase of work by Music Production students and HABITS.
Our exclusive (and often secretive) pop-up store collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Courtney Barnett and P!NK
It was a huge year for exclusive pop-ups at our Brunswick St campus, with artists including Ed Sheeran, P!NK, and Courtney Barnett using the space to promote their latest albums and tours. At the heart of each activation, our students had the opportunity to work in the retail space that was open to the public and experience what happens at pop-up stores behind the scenes.
Our very own student-made video game dedicated to Collarts
How much do you love your classes, peers, and teachers? For Audio Engineering student Sarah Baradhi and recent Audio Engineering graduate Michael Barbagallo, their passion for Collarts took a creative turn and materialised into their very own video game. Read about and play Collarts: The Game here!
Serving looks 'Through The Looking Glass' for Melbourne Fashion Week
Partnering up with Victoria’s iconic Melbourne Fashion Week, students from Fashion Marketing and Content Creation, along with Interior Design students from Mercer, collaborated on ‘Through The Looking Glass', showcasing their work in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.
All the best from Drexel and Belmont
It was an amazing year for international exchanges with Drexel University and Belmont University! One of our favourite moments was when 11 Entertainment Management students joined us from Belmont, along with four students from Communication University of China (Beijing), for a very special group project. Teaming up with Collarts own EM students and staff from each college, students participated in a special research project on the problems and solutions around concert ticket reselling, presenting their findings to Live Nation and Mushroom Group!
A dazzling Industry Launch Party for our new campus
We officially cut the ribbon on our brand new Wellington St campus at our Industry Launch Party! Inviting teachers, creative industry professionals and alumni, guests gathered for the Industry Launch Party in Collingwood. Including performances by Collarts students and more, the night marked a new chapter for the Collarts community.
Celebrating powerful women with Her Sound Her Story
Combining their work in filmmaking and photography, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and Michelle Grace Hunder presented their 70-min doco 'Her Sound Her Story' at Collarts. With an exclusive screening, the film looked at the personal experiences of women in all aspects of the Australian music industry. Discussing the impact of the film since its theatrical release, the session was a celebration of the incredible women in all aspects of the industry.
And of course, all our student-only parties that brought people together
There's nothing like a Collarts party, in our humble opinion! From our incredible tropical O-Week Party celebration to our exclusive student-only events featuring artists like Kira Piru, HABITS, Stonefield and more, 2018 was definitely a huge year for celebrating our community and connection new and exisiting students.
Thank you for another incredible year at Collarts! If you want to experience these highlights, jump on our Instagram and view our Stories, organised for your convenience. If studying at Collarts interests you or if you're wanting to learn more, check out our courses here. Applications for 2019 are now open!