8 creative industry courses you can enrol in right now

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Mid-year intake is a great excuse to swap out of that course you hate and into something you love.

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled 8 creative courses you can enrol in this year, from styling to fashion business and graphic design.

Your calling awaits.

Australian Style Institute
Location: Melbourne, Sydney, online
Known for:
Fashion styling
Next enrolment date: May 21

Australian Style Institute is home to some of the most comprehensive fashion styling courses around the country. Providing three levels of study – Certificate of Professional Styling and Image, Advanced Certificate of Creative Fashion Styling and Masters of Advanced Professional Styling – ASI’s curriculum is flexible and largely based online, attracting students from all over. These experience-centric programs produce industry-ready stylists, employed across editorial, TV, branding and more.


Location: Melbourne
Known for: Music, art and entertainment
Next enrolment date: Closes June 1

Collarts is a champion of creativity, providing real pathways into the arts sector. The independent tertiary college offers courses across content creation, journalism, entertainment and music, and has most recently launched a Fashion Marketing degree. Lessons are delivered by expert industry leaders, and students are given hands-on opportunities in the real world. Think work experience programs with Laneway Festival, BIGSOUND, SYN, Paradise Festival and more.


Fashion Equipped
Location: Online
Known for: Fashion business consultancy and mentoring
Next enrolment date: May 21

Fashion Equipped delivers a collaborative online learning platform for fashion startups. Its Start Your Fashion Business Programme provides guidance on planning, launching and growing your business, led by founder Elizabeth Formosa. In 12 weeks, you’ll cover funding, branding, product development, sales, marketing and more via video-guided mentorship and live group coaching calls. Gain access to fashion industry knowledge and the networks required to successfully launch and grow your business.


Australian Academy of Modelling
Location: Melbourne, online
Known for: 
Professional model training
Next enrolment date: June 30

For budding models looking to take the next step, Australian Academy of Modelling is here to help. The institution helps students produce a professional portfolio, as well as providing personal development skills necessary to make it in the industry. Students can look forward to photoshoots, runway training and confidence-building workshops, all delivered in small class sizes by industry experts.


Orana Fashion Business College
Known for: Fashion business and styling
Next enrolment date: July 2018

If international buying trips and industry projects with Westfield sound appealing, Orana Fashion Business College is one to consider. The college offers accredited diplomas and certificates across all facets of fashion business – entrepreneurship, styling, marketing, communications and more. Its sister company, Orana Creative, produces styling concepts for Westfi eld, giving students access to industry experience from the outset. Unlimited internships are part of the package, while annual trips to the US and China are a bonus.


Box Hill Institute
Known for: 
Fashion design, fashion merchandising, visual merchandising
Next enrolment date: 
July 2018

Box Hill Institute offers a range of industry-recognised creative courses, from degrees to diplomas and more. The institute produces award-winning students and is about to open an emerging designer studio at its Box Hill campus. Guaranteed internship programs and collaborative industry projects are part of the curriculum, while small class sizes are a bonus. Prospective students can head along to a mid-year info night on June 7.


Australian College of Professional Styling
Known for: 
Fashion styling
Next enrolment date: Enrolling now

Looking to learn at your own pace? The Australian College of Professional Styling offers a flexible online course in the comfort of your own home. The curriculum is delivered over 12 or 24 weeks, but you have up to two years to complete your studies. With almost a decade of fashion training expertise under its belt, the college has produced many accomplished stylists. This comprehensive course is all you need to launch a successful career.


Shillington Education
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Known for:
 Graphic design
Next enrolment date: 
June 4, 2018

Whether you’re looking to upskill, start a graphic design business or learn from the ground up, Shillington is the perfect place to launch your creative career. Students with no prior experience will graduate with a polished portfolio showcasing their best work, along with all the necessary skills to impress on the job hunt. The college also has international campuses in New York, London and Manchester, meaning study abroad options are abundant.


This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 179. You can read it here

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