JMC Academy

JMC Academy

As Australia’s leading and most experienced creative education provider, we have been nurturing passionate creatives for over 40 years with fully accredited, industry-leading degrees and diplomas. Our unique, hands-on approach to creative education, along with our world-class facilities, inspire exploration, collaboration and innovation. It’s why we are ranked #1 for Student Satisfaction and Skills Development among all private creative institutions in Australia (QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey: 2020, 2021).

Co-curricular projects and programs

JMC Academy’s curriculum has been developed with a focus on emerging industry trends, professional development, collaboration and networking. Our programs are unique in combining essential critical thinking with the project-based work and practical experience critical to industry. Students from all departments have the opportunity to work together and apply their skills on collaborative projects. Students are also able to build and apply their knowledge abroad and create global networks through our study tours and exchange opportunities.

Learn from the experts

All JMC Academy courses are designed and taught by leading and award-winning industry experts alongside academics to ensure you graduate with contemporary best practice, ready to hit the ground running as a confident creative leader of tomorrow. Our student and career support programs ensure you develop a professional approach to your career development from day one.

World class facilities

When you choose to study at JMC, you gain access to a wide range of world-class facilities and industry-standard software, all included in your tuition. Professional recording studios, post-production suites, digital media and animation labs, film and television studios and an on-campus auditorium are just some of the facilities you’ll have access to during your time with us.

Internships

Our formal internship program allows you to engage in real 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. Read about our alumni and where their JMC studies took them.

How to apply

Apply directly to JMC Academy. Do not apply through UAC.

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

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.

General information for JMC Academy

Courses available

Undergraduate

Location

Sydney
561 Harris Street, Ultimo
NSW 2007, Australia

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Important dates

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