Are you sick of staring at the office wall, Snapchatting another cup of coffee when the boss isn’t looking? Is it time for a change in career? New intakes and open days are coming up around Sydney for specialist education providers. We got the lowdown from a few of them on how they’ll help you ‘get smart’ – because you don’t want to be looking back in a few years’ time thinking, “Missed it by that much…”


AIM delivers cutting-edge education for a diverse career in the Australian music, entertainment and performing arts industries. With a reputation as a leading independent education provider, AIM’s music and performing arts courses in Sydney and AIM Melbourne deliver accredited music tuition and unique industry-relevant programs.

Beginning as the Sydney Guitar School in 1968, AIM now offers the most diverse range of music diplomas, music degrees and graduate music studies available anywhere in Australia.AIM also offers acting and theatremaking through dramatic arts, AIM High senior secondary HSC studies, individual music lessons and short courses.

AIM also opened its first ever Melbourne campus in 2014 with purpose-built facilities, designed with the ultimate creative space in mind for music and performing arts education. AIM Melbourne is centrally located in the CBD, one block from Southern Cross Station and close to trams and Flinders Street Station. The campus features music production studios, ensemble rehearsal rooms, individual private lesson studios and a brand new, world-class performance venue.

Each undergraduate and graduate music course at AIM has its own head of department, staffed with professional music, entertainment and performing arts teachers. In addition, AIM has a full-time student services support team, marketing/admissions team, web team, digital marketing team & purposed music library.

Get Smart: what do I learn?

AIM students can individually tailor their studies to integrate performance skills, business management, marketing, individual instrument or voice lessons, audio and sound engineering, music production and many more specialised units. Some students also undertake industry placements as part of their course.

Sell it to us:

With professional facilities, performance spaces, industry standard music production studios, and industry staff on hand, students can develop the confidence and skills needed to pursue a successful lifelong career in the music industry, performing arts and wider entertainment fields.

Where: 1-55 Foveaux St, Surry Hills

Next intake: Monday September 8

Open Day: Saturday August 16, 10am–3pm

Phone: 02 9219 5444




SAE Creative Media Institute Sydney, located in the heart of the city, has been custom-built to suit the needs of the students. The campus boasts a large and diverse student community and a staff of dedicated, knowledgeable professionals committed to best-practice teaching and learning.

Offering government accredited degrees, diplomas and certificates in audio, film, animation, gaming, design and web and mobile, SAE courses are designed to give students the best advantage in their creative career with hands-on learning, experience in industry through internships, interdisciplinary collaborative projects and practice-based course delivery.

Get Smart: what do I learn?

The campus is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including ten audio studios including Neve and SSLK and six live recording spaces; multiple editing, mixing and mastering suites; more than 30 learning spaces throughout; fully equipped computer labs; green screens and cutting-edge equipment; and Oculus Rift virtual reality and 3D gaming.

SAE is also proud to have staff and lecturers who are professionals in their chosen industry. SAE offers one-on-one attention and collaborative learning opportunities; industry standard, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities; specialist master classes; links with Studios 301 (Australia’s premier recording facility); an active and welcoming Student Representative Council; and strong ties to IGDA, the peak games development body.

SAE internships are a major initiative embedded across all degree disciplines that provides students with valuable industry experience. Developed with industry partners, SAE internships make students work-ready to enter into a career with relevant skills and industry connections. The students graduate from SAE with a wide range of skills in order to get the job and have the competitive edge they need for the creative industry.

Sell it to us:

SAE Creative Media Institute – part of education group Navitas – is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries and has been setting this benchmark since 1976. SAE now spans across 53 campuses in 27 countries.

Where: Level 1, 11 York St, Sydney

Next intake: September 2014

Open Day: Saturday August 23, 11am–3pm

Phone: 02 8241 5300




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AFTRS – Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast school – is introducing a bold new undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Screen) degree in 2015.

The new Bachelor of Screen Arts is all about preparing creative people to be nimble operators for a platform agnostic world and fuses both deep scholarly engagement with the art of storytelling, the history of cinema as well a cross-disciplinary hybrid of subjects that span the full spectrum of screen production.

Get Smart: What do I learn?

The ways stories are told is ever-changing, as platforms and technologies evolve and adapt, but the desire to tell a story is innate to the human condition. Two core subjects, ‘Story’ and ‘The History of Film’ underpin the entire degree and are complemented by other subjects and electives, throughout the three-year program providing exciting opportunities to collaborate with other students and to be taught by some of the best screen practitioners, in the best facilities in Australia. Intentionally designed to ‘future-proof’ graduates for a changing and dynamic world the Bachelor of Screen Arts combines critical thinking, creative engagement as students are immersed in the world of storytelling but not limited by technology, where adaptability, resilience and entrepreneurial skills will equip them for a lifelong creative career.

Sell it to us:

Voted in the top 20 film schools in the world by industry bible The Hollywood Reporter (in October 2012), AFTRS presents unrivalled opportunities for students to network and form lifelong professional relationships.

Entry is by merit selection. Applications for 2015 will open in September 2014.

Where:Building 130, The EQ, Moore Park

Phone:1300 13 14 61 or 02 9805 6611


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Bradfield College gives students the opportunity to capitalise on their natural talents and find their own path to the HSC. Students actively take control of the design of their HSC, which allows them to specialise in areas such as music, IT, fashion, hospitality and the performing arts.

Get Smart: what do I learn?

TAFE NSW courses can be integrated with the HSC in subjects such as design, entertainment, IT and music. The campus offers flexible timetables and extended school days to accommodate.

Offering HSC and TAFE courses in dance, film and radio production, music, theatre and more, Bradfield allows students to start their performing arts career early, with work placement and direct pathways to further study.

Sell it to us:

Facilities at Bradfield include a 90-seat performance space, dance studio, music recording studio, five music rehearsal rooms, radio recording studio and edit suite, photographic studio and darkroom, design workshops, fully equipped arts studios, cinema room and student retreat.

Where: 192 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest

Open Day: Thursday August 7, 4:30–7pm

Phone: 131 674


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