JMC Academy

JMC Academy

As Australia’s leading institution for the creative industries, JMC Academy has nurtured thousands of passionate creatives for over 40 years with fast-tracked degrees and diplomas in the fields of audio engineering, music, entertainment business, film and television, design, games and animation. JMC also offers a Master of Creative Industries for those wishing to progress onto postgraduate study.

At JMC we believe creative education requires a unique approach and this is where the JMC student learning experience is different. Our world-class studios, student spaces and hands-on practical learning inspires creative exploration, collaboration and innovation.

All courses are designed and taught by leading and award-winning industry experts, alongside academics, to ensure students graduate as highly skilled and confident creative leaders of tomorrow.

Our student support and professional development programs are a huge part of your learning at JMC from day one, ensuring you develop the soft skills, networking and critical thinking you need to make it in any career you choose.

Real-industry collaboration

A campus full of like-minded passionate creatives leads to limitless creative possibilities. From designing a music score for our filmmakers or a soundscape for our game developers, to managing an artist or band, working on joint projects across different disciplines provides a realistic simulation of work in the creative industries and beyond.

Internship program

Our formal internship program allows students to engage in industry placements across established national and local companies including major recording studios, commercial radio and TV networks, advertising and design studios, major labels, festivals and major sporting events.

Launching your career sooner

Every creative journey is unique, which is why we give you the opportunity to tailor your learning and choose electives which may be outside of your immediate course. No need for multiple degrees: we want to give you the most efficient and effective learning outcome to have you out there working sooner.

Admission criteria for domestic students

For admission into an undergraduate course at JMC Academy, domestic applicants must:

  • be a minimum of 17 years of age
  • have completed an application form
  • complete an interview with a student admissions adviser
  • complete an audition (Music Performance and Songwriting students only)
  • submit a creative portfolio (for Animation, Game Design and Visual Communication applicants only).

For more information about interviews, auditions and creative portfolios, visit the JMC website.

Additional requirements for undergraduate programs

All domestic applicants seeking placement in JMC Academy undergraduate programs must have a proficiency in English, or be over 21 years of age, or have satisfactorily completed one of the following:

  • Year 12 in the Australian school system
  • equivalent with a Senior Secondary Certificate pass in General English, or
  • Certificate IV (or above) for bachelor program applicants or Certificate III (or above) for diploma applicants.
Alternative entry pathway into undergraduate programs

Applicants for alternate entry must either:

  • demonstrate high likelihood of successful completion of studies with evidence provided in writing and demonstrated at interview. Individual conduct at interview must show strong evidence of aptitude with supporting evidence of prior vocational studies and/or relevant creative and/or workplace experience, which will be used to ascertain suitability for entry to a diploma course, or
  • have obtained a Certificate III at JMC Academy.

On successful application for alternate entry, students will be allocated to the diploma course, which forms the first two trimesters of the degree program. Upon completion of the required 48 credit points of study for the award of the diploma, students may subsequently articulate into the relevant bachelor degree.

International undergraduate admission requirements
  • Proof of English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent.
  • Evidence of successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified).
  • Attend an interview in person or online.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age on commencement of studies.
  • Contemporary Music applicants must undertake an audition. Audition videos/online links are accepted for applicants living overseas or interstate.
  • Songwriting applicants may undertake an audition or submit a folio. The folio can consist of song lyrics, charts, recorded original songs or other relevant items as discussed with the admissions officer.
  • Animation, Games and Design applicants are required to prepare a portfolio of sample work/drawings.

Domestic students have the option of paying tuition fees prior to the commencement of each trimester or deferring payment through FEE-HELP. To be entitled to FEE-HELP, you must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

Unless applying for FEE-HELP, tuition fees are due four weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Payment for all fees is in Australian dollars and payment can be made by cash, credit card or cheque made payable to JMC Academy.

Located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, JMC campuses in are based in the most creative, culturally diverse inner-city precincts. All campuses are situated close to entertainment venues, design studios and galleries and are easily accessible by public transport. The Sydney campus is in a purpose-built, three-level campus in Ultimo, within the central Sydney education hub.

JMC provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at each campus, including professional recording studios, surround sound mixing, digital and analogue recording consoles, post-production suites, digital media and animation labs, film, television and rehearsal studios, on-campus auditoriums, green screen studios, digital editing suites and professional cameras and lighting.


Accommodation is not available on campus, however International Services can refer international students to suitable accommodation options that are close to the campus.

Student support

JMC provides free counselling and academic assistance to all students throughout their journey. Services include library research assistance, ESL support, exam preparation, career development, academic writing and study skills, time and stress management and much more. In addition to the existing counselling services available, students can access the TalkCampus app, which provides free 24/7 instant online support for your mental health.

To support international students with their studies, JMC provides a foundation course before studies commence, plus orientation guides, academic support staff and counsellors, and ongoing English language support.

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561 Harris Street, Ultimo
NSW 2007, Australia

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