The Academy of Design offers a supportive, friendly learning environment. Class sizes are kept small to facilitate optimum learning. Our tutors get to know each student and are readily able to monitor class attendance and academic progress, intervening promptly with remedial measures to get students back on track should problems arise.
When necessary, students experiencing difficulties that are affecting their studies can access confidential personal counselling funded or subsidised by the Academy. These difficulties may relate to personal, health, relationship or academic issues.
Our administration staff members are caring professionals interested in the welfare of the students. They can refer students to appropriate facilities and services offered in the campus vicinity. The International Student Coordinator liaises with the Academy’s international students and provides information, advice and referrals regarding health cover, accommodation, enrolment or any problems they might have adjusting to life in Australia.
Students are welcome to talk through money management and debt management strategies with the Academy’s Business Manager. Scholarships or low-interest loans are available to help relieve financial difficulties.
The Academy does not have its own on-campus student accommodation, but there are several housing and accommodation options available within 10 minutes by public transport. Students can choose to:
For information on renting consult the Consumer Affairs Victoria Guide.
Melbourne, capital of the state of Victoria, is a friendly, cosmopolitan city with a multicultural population of over 3.6 million people living and working harmoniously.
Melbourne is generally considered the cultural capital of Australia, constantly celebrating its diversity with art exhibitions, theatre, festivals and sporting and cultural events, including:
The Yarra River and its adjoining parklands border the CBD. Commuting cyclists heavily use the river bicycle path during the week, recreational riders at weekends. The riverbank is a popular place for a barbecue or picnic while watching boats and rowers cruising up and down. Downstream, on the western edge of the city is the still-evolving Docklands precinct. Its apartments, offices, restaurants, marinas and Telstra Dome sports stadium have injected vitality into this formerly neglected part of the city.
Love it or loathe it, Federation Square, opened in 2002, has become Melbourne's public plaza. Everyone has an opinion on its striking architecture. The square is the focus for an array of activities, usually free, including theatre, rallies, dancing, concerts and screening of sports events happening elsewhere in the city. Located here are the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (NGVA) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Melburnians are sports mad. International sporting events staged here include the Australian Tennis Open, the Australia Formula One Grand Prix, international cricket (the Boxing Day Test at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground is not to be missed!) and the Melbourne Cup now attracting international hopefuls in pursuit of the lucrative prize purse. On Monday mornings from March to September people gather to dissect the weekend's round of the Australian Rules football competition and criticise the umpiring if their team has lost.
Melbourne CBD has hidden secrets. Its network of back lanes branching off the main city streets conceals a plethora of treasures: funky bars, restaurants, live music, local designer fashion and galleries. It's here that the after-dark action happens. Pick up a Hot Spots booklet from the Visitor Information Centre, at Federation Square to find out what's on where.
A short tram ride away are the trendy shopping and cafe strips of Brunswick Street, Gertrude Street, Chapel Street and bayside St Kilda. Sit with a caffe latte at one of the kerbside cafes and watch the passers by - a favourite Melbourne pastime - and you will be regarded as a local! Great places for cash-strapped students are the markets around town. Check out the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne, Prahran and Footscray markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, cheeses, cheap clothing, cookware and almost everything imaginable.
Areas around the inner city are popular with students seeking accommodation. Consider sharing a house or flat with other people to keep rent affordable. Carlton, Fitzroy, Footscray, Brunswick, Richmond, Collingwood offer options that are easily accessible by public transport to the rest of the city and the Academy campus. Suburbs further out generally offer lower density housing and cheaper rents.
Melbourne is a diverse, friendly city with lots to offer. You will enjoy discovering it for yourself! Below are some useful websites to help you get started.
Visit the following websites for information on living and studying in Melbourne:
Information about daily news in Melbourne can be read in the two national daily newspapers or viewed on the national television stations: