The Top Questions To Ask At Collarts Open Day

Aug 19, 2019

After attending any Open Day, you should walk away knowing as much as possible about your study options. Whether it's about course structure or industry experience, you should be evaluating what career you want to achieve.

To make the most of your time on campus this Collarts Open Day, don't walk away feeling unprepared or confused—use these questions to get the answers you need to pick a study option right for you. 

Rebrand Images (13 of 34)Audio Engineering student Callum prepping the stage at UNIFY Gathering 2019.
 
 
How is Collarts iNDUSTRY CONNECTED?

Collarts has always been involved in the Entertainment and Design industries beyond a face-to-face level. Not only are our faculty and sessional teachers experts in their field, but they are also industry leaders who actively work in their community. While you can read up on our faculty here, asking this question also opens up the door to find out more about our partnerships, along with the internships and work opportunities available to you as future Collarts student.

Follow-up questions include:

  • Who is the Course Head and what have they done in the industry?
  • What internships and opportunities are available to me?
  • What sessional teachers will I be learning from?
  • What industry partnerships are Collarts involved with?
  • How will I be connected to the industry?
  • What kind of jobs do graduates get in my course?

 

Rebrand (20 of 21)Content Creation student Jemma interviewing musician Thando at Groovin The Moo Bendigo, 2019. 
 
 
How is the course taught and what will I learn?

If you have one or a few courses in mind, coming to Open Day is the perfect chance to work out what's best for you and your goals. While you may have read online or heard from friends that Collarts is incredibly proactive in how we approach learning, coming along to the Information Sessions on the day will allow you to work out what subjects you will study. This question is super useful when trying to work out if the course is right for you, alongside what is expected of you in terms of assessments and industry placement.

Follow-up questions include:

  • How are trimesters broken down?
  • How are assessments marked?
  • What kind of projects, portfolios or performance will I be working on?
  • Does this course involve industry placement?
  • Why is getting hands-on so important in the creative industry? 

 

Popakademie-Cover-ImageCollarts Music Performance and Music Production students taking tourist pics in Germany (with Music Production Course Head Tommy Rando) during their exchange to Popakademie International Songwriting Week.
 
 
What scholarships are available to Collarts students?

Although we don't offer financial scholarships, we have a rich collection of Opportunity-based Scholarships for students to go interstate, overseas and to experience exclusive events. Asking about scholarships is a great way to get a head start on thinking to the future and how Collarts collaborates with the industry. With a focus on local and international, finding out everything from the application process to timing can allow you to start working on your long-term study and career goals.

Follow-up questions include:

  • What international exchange opportunities could I apply for?
  • How will this scholarship grow my industry knowledge? 
  • What have the students achieved from these scholarships?
  • How does Collarts support students when they go overseas?

 

Entertainment Management - Dogs - August (8 of 11)Entertainment Management students rallied together to host an event called Thoughtful Paws, raising money for the RSPCA and allowing students to pat dogs for a mental health break.
 
 
What support is on offer for Collarts students?

Whether you're returning to study or coming straight out of high school, knowing what support available to you as a student can sometimes be the difference between pass and fail. Before you pick a place of study, there can be a lot of things to get in order and we believe you should be supported through this. At Collarts, our Student Support Team is dedicated to making your life as easy as possible. So we encourage you to ask about how we support students with their mental health, finances, academics, and career-hunting.

Follow-up questions include:

  • What counselling and mental health support is available to me?
  • How does Collarts support students academically?
  • Can someone help me improve my study skills when I start?
  • What happens if I can't submit an assignment on time?
  • What is Special Consideration and who can apply?

 

Rebrand (1 of 1)-8Collarts' Fashion Marketing students hold an ethical clothes swap, with all students invited to get involved.
 
 
WHY IS the Collarts community so special?

One of the best things about Collarts is how frequent students have the opportunity to socialise and interact with each other, staff and industry guests. It really is a big, supportive community that brings out the best. Because our class sizes are small too, this extends right to our teaching, where your teachers will genuinely put your best interest first. If you're tossing up between places to study, ask this question if your learning environment and its relationships are important to you.

Follow-up questions include: 

  • What is on offer during O-Week?
  • Do students from other courses work together?
  • What is your favourite thing about being part of Collarts?
  • Is their opportunities to perform or collaborate outside Collarts with fellow students?
  • Why do you love Collarts?
  • What benefits do Collarts alumni have?

 

Rebrand (6 of 10)New Collarts students during O-Week, getting to know each other.
 
 
IF I WANT TO APPLY, WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

If studying at Collarts is a decision you wish to pursue, our Future Student Team will be available on the day to answer any questions you may have. Whether you're just finishing up high school or planning to return to study, it's a good idea to get a firm understanding on what's required of you in order to apply. By asking this question, you'll know exactly what to expect after you've submitted your application.

Follow-up questions include: 

  • I'm finishing up high school this year, how do I apply?
  • What are the entry requirements for this course?
  • What deadlines should I be aware of?
  • I studied elsewhere, am I eligible to get Recognition of Prior Learning?
  • Do you have any advice for preparing for my interview, portfolio or audition?

 

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