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GET FAQ’ed at LCI Melbourne…

What are the questions on your mind when you want to study art and design at Australia's leading institute...?

Browse below or download our GET FAQ’ed Info Pack here to have all of your questions answered!

WHAT IS DISTINCTIVE ABOUT LCI?

LCI has led the change in Australia with an art and design degree that enables options – a true collaborative degree where students can curate their own preferences and pathways. 

Often students are unsure where their creative strengths should be focussed. At LCI we give you an opportunity to workshop your creative skills and explore opportunities not available in singular degrees or in the schooling system. 

You can also mix disciplines throughout the program, work closely and collaboratively with your creative peers and even finish up with a double degree (in only 3 years) across creative specialisations.

At LCI we have a personalised approach to your education, you are not just a number to us. 

  • Our staff are mentors finding the strengths in each individual and cultivating these so students find their fortes
  • We have intimate class sizes – lots of one-on-one engagement so we find your strengths and develop them
  • We know our students, as an artist or designer you will have particular ways of creating and we get to learn these with you, developing your style of working
  • We are about flexibility and options, we listen to your needs regarding workloads, concerns and then help you curate your own career path
  • You are passionate about a career in a creative field
  • You want to create amazing work
  • You want to be with other creative minded people just like you
  • You are excited about the endless opportunities the world of creativity can offer
  • You can't wait to be in a place where you can focus on what you really want to do
  • You need to have a creative spirit we help you discover how and where to take it
  • You need to have an enquiring mind
  • You don’t mind being challenged
  • You love the joy of innovation

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT I WILL STUDY...

The LCI Bachelor of Design Arts (BDA) offers an exceptional and unique education by allowing you to explore the creative disciplines and discover your strengths. The BDA offers a blend of studio-based classes where you explore, experiment and create concepts in your preferred major and sub major areas.

You can explore across your creative loves or focus on one area. We help you discover, develop and springboard into careers that work for you.

Why is it exceptional and unique? Imagine what you love, test it, try it, blend it. Any of our major areas can be explored and combined: fashion, costume, visual arts, photography, film, digital design, graphics and interior design.

Discover more about our BDA here.

LCI academics are practising artists and designers leading in their respective fields –– they are mentors in the classroom and icons in the industry. Our academics are globally recognised as experts, with a passion for developing future artists and designers. 

LCI Melbourne is truly global, with 23 campuses over 5 continents we have an amazing support network for you to virtually connect to or spend time at any of our global sites. Consider spending a trimester away in Montreal, Barcelona, Costa Rica or many of our creative hotspots across the globe. 

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHEN AND HOW I WILL STUDY...

LCI Melbourne has smaller cohorts to allow us to specialise but we are part of a significant global organisation, with approximately 20,000 students across our network. 

This is a perfect combination – we have a personal approach combined with large scale business expertise that provides amazing infrastructure and state of art resources. 

A visit to our amazing campus right in the heart of Collingwood will show you we have the best creative campus and facilities for an independent design school.

LCI wants you to join industry and explore your passion without delay. Instead of stretching 6 semesters over 3 years with tediously long breaks we fast track the experience as if you were already in industry (where you will be expected to be fast and fabulous). 

Six innovative trimesters in two years that are dynamic and maintain the momentum of your creative development. No boring breaks!

At LCIM you will have 50 credit points in a fulltime load split across major studio-based classes (we call them workshops and laboratories), professional units and context units.

Generally, for a full time load you will have 15 hours in class activity and then allow approximately 20 hours a week for student directed additional work at your own pace. You will have 2 to 3 days per week on campus – although you can always hang out when you don’t have formal classes and use the resources and space.

YES! We offer flexible and tailored options to suit you. You should note however part-time study will not be available to domestic students who require Centrelink support or international students who need to comply with student visa requirements.

Even with LCI Melbourne's support systems, students sometimes require time off during their studies due to personal difficulties or other reasons. At any time after commencement, you may apply for Leave of Absence, for a period of 2 to 3 trimesters. 

**This may be different if you are an international student because of visa requirements. Chat to our Student Services Team here if you want further advice.

If you decide to leave the program after successfully completing 4 trimesters full-time study, you can apply to receive an Associate Degree of Design Arts.

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LIFE AFTER LCI…

With a vast array of industry networks in Australia and overseas, LCI is the institute in touch with the creative fields. We open our little black book of contacts to support our students in professional placements, industry projects and kickstarting your careers.

The creative industries are thriving, major business operations now seek out experts in creativity to lead divisions (places like Deloitte, KPMG and Price Waterhouse Cooper now have Creative Directors). 

During 2020 and 2021 in Victoria, the creative industries rose above the pandemic to make significant contributions to the economy. Our friends at Creative Victoria shared the statistics: 171,149 people are employed in creative industries across design disciplines aligned to what we teach at LCI. At least 1 in 10 people in Victoria work in design related fields – that is significant.

Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t get a career in the area that you love!

The Bachelor of Design Arts offers the option of completing with a Double Degree. This allows you to undertake two complete major study programs, developing your versatility and skillset. If you decide on this option early in your enrolment, the double major can be completed within a single extra year.

We also have amazing pathways with our global network – imagine finishing with an international master’s degree!

I AM NOT SURE WHAT I WANT TO DO AT TERTIARY…

Oh, LCI is made for you! In your first trimester of the degree it is all about exploring different creative workshops called space, image, message and body. 

LCI provides the platform for speculation and fun while discovering areas where you can shine. We then discuss with you, your areas of strength and possible pathways of specialisation you can take in the degree.

Because of its size and specialisation, LCI Melbourne is well adapted to support students, academically and in many other ways. As a result, LCI Melbourne has maintained a consistently high ranking (over 90% for our student support) in the National QILT Survey – placing us higher than most universities and in the top ten independent institutes in Australia.

I NEED MORE INFO…

Specific enquiries about our creative programs can be directed to our Future Student Team at: applications@lcimelbourne.edu.au.

We have created a handy info pack with all of our FAQ's that you can pass along to any family, friends or teachers. Download the GET FAQ'ed INFO PACK here.

LCI Melbourne is an approved Higher Education Institute and is on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Programs for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Our programs are nationally accredited by the Commonwealth Government's Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). 

We are also part of the National Government Student Experience Survey called QILT that compares all Higher Education Institutes and Universities (who participate). LCI ranks above the national averages across all areas of the QILT Survey.

External information can be found on:

QUESTIONS ABOUT JOINING THE LCIM COMMUNITY

We accept applications all year, right up until the start of each trimester provided there are still places available.

Best to check out all the details on our how to apply page and if you need more info chat to our Future Student Advisors at applications@lcimelbourne.edu.au.

Please see our Interview & Portfolio Guide, which contains information about our selection criteria and the ideal contents of a portfolio. At LCI we are interested in your creative ideas, we love seeing sketch books brimming and even the quick back of a napkin sketches – bring them all we get as excited as you do! 

If some of your work is unavailable (for example, it is currently being marked for your Year 12 results), we simply recommend that you bring in examples of the best work you can access.

LCI Melbourne holds free folio advice and presentation consultations to help you select and present your work in the most effective way. To make a personalised appointment please chat to a Future Student Advisor here.

Yes, our Future Student Advisors are available to chat. If you cannot touch base during normal business hours, we are also happy to talk after hours and on weekends. At LCI we understand that creativity doesn’t sleep. 

We don’t believe in bots, automated phone menus or virtual queues, so when you contact our Future Student Team here you’ll speak to a real person!

We welcome all students to apply for an LCI Melbourne scholarship. We are looking for students who want to make an impact and are poised to thrive in their creative studies to apply for our scholarship program.

There are two scholarship types available:

  • Creative: Covering 15% of your full-time tuition fees, with selection focused on portfolio and academic performance.
  • Indigenous: Covering 50% of your full-time tuition fees for students who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Yes. If you are a mature aged student, had experience in creative industries and you can demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and experience required to satisfy the specified unit outcomes, you will be granted recognition of prior learning.

Yes. If you successfully completed studies at another recognised institute, you will be able to apply for credit at LCI Melbourne. LCI will look at aligned unit learning outcomes and the Australian Qualifications Framework level of your previous studies to determine which units you will receive credit for.

For more information chat to a Future Student Advisor at applications@lcimelbourne.edu.au.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or you have a permanent residency visa, you are classed as a domestic student.

**Please note however, that unless you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent 'humanitarian' visa, you will not be eligible for FEE-HELP and will have to pay your tuition fees up-front.

All other applicants are considered international students and should apply as per the international students page of our website or reach out directly to our Future Student Team at applications@lcimelbourne.edu.au.

Yes of course. LCI Melbourne students who have accepted an offer, paid the administration fee and commenced classes, are eligible to defer for 12 months. Applications to defer must be made on the official ‘Deferral or Leave Application Form’, which is emailed or submitted in person to the LCI Melbourne Student Experience Team.

Students will be notified in writing as to whether the application to defer has been accepted or denied. There are restrictions and you need to do this before the Census cut-off date. Reach out to our Student Services Team here to find out if you are eligible.

QUESTIONS ABOUT $

LCIM accepts payment in person via credit card at the LCI campus, please visit the student experience team at the front desk. Alternatively, you can transfer through electronic fund – contact our friendly Future Student Team for our bank transfer details.

Yes, at LCIM if you are an Australian fee-paying student (full-time or part-time) you can access the Government Loan Scheme FEE-HELP to pay your tuition fees if you are undertaking an accredited program. 

Check out the Government’s Study Assist website to get more information about FEE-HELP.

Domestic students have the option and international students are required to pay upfront fees. To find out what this means please go to our Fees page or chat to our Future Student Team at applications@lcimelbourne.edu.au.

For a run-down of the LCI Melbourne fees for all programs, pop over to our Fees page.