About Us

About Us

Our Mission and History

LCI Melbourne’s mission is to offer a high quality alternative to existing tertiary education in the Arts in universities.

LCI Melbourne is part of the LCI Education Network, allowing students and staff to connect to a 12,000 strong creative network around the globe.

We intend to build the distinctive character of LCI Melbourne by:

  • Offering innovative specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programs relevant to the needs of graduates and industry.
  • Encouraging students seeking a career in the Arts to access programs through multiple pathways.
  • Creating a supportive learning environment by provision of appropriate student support services.

We intend to enhance our national and international reputation for academic excellence and leadership by:

  • Developing knowledge and skills in students which foster their creativity and innovation
  • Promoting a global perspective among students and building their determination to strive for international recognition and excellence.
  • Embedding nationally and internationally marketable skills within the curriculum.
  • Attracting and retaining high quality teaching staff.
  • Encouraging scholarship in teaching.

Our History

In 1998 LCI Melbourne was founded as the Australian Academy of Design by Professor Robert Treseder, and was inaugurated by the Australian Academy of the Arts.

It was recognised as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No.4656) in 1999 by the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE). In 2001 LCI Melbourne was registered on Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS No. 02201G).

Between 2001 and 2006 LCI Melbourne offered bachelor and master degrees through an affiliation agreement with Charles Sturt University. In 2006, OTTE recognised LCI Melbourne as a Higher Education Provider able to offer bachelor degrees in its own right. The same year OTTE accredited the Bachelor of Design Arts, which was developed in association with the Australian Academy of the Arts. 

The LCI Education Network took over ownership of the Academy of Design Australia in 2015.

LCI Melbourne had a change of status from a company limited by guarantee to a company limited by shares. This conversion took place on 12 May, 2016.

The LCI Melbourne name officially came into use in January 2018.