Academic Entry

To apply for the Bachelor of Design Arts, you must apply directly to LCI Melbourne via two entry routes; Academic Entry or Creative Entry

About the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.  LCI Melbourne uses ATAR for admissions through the Academic Entry process. 

How is the ATAR calculated?

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre uses Victorian Certificate of Education results issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to calculate the ATAR.  The ATAR is developed from an aggregate produced by adding a series of subjects (further details available here)

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is a process through which you can declare personal circumstances that may have affected your education performance.  This process can be used to adjust your ATAR and may vary depending on the severity of your circumstances. A full SEAS eligibility list is available here. The adjustments are made to your combined study scores and your ATAR is recalculated. 

What are adjustment factors?

Adjustment factors can be considered for a range of circumstances such as performance in relevant VCE subjects, living or attending school in an area defined by the institutions. Adjustment factors can be different for each institution and often for each course at the same institution. This means that a student’s selection rank can be adjusted for each course listed in their course preferences. For Year 12 students who have adjustment factors, their selection rank for each preference = ATAR +adjustment factor. If you need further information on adjustment factors contact the LCI Melbourne Admissions Adviser.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

All applicants in this category who have completed VCE, Interstate Yr12 an International Baccalaureate (IB) or equivalent international qualification must have achieved a minimum ATAR of 60 (or equivalent).

Applicants currently completing Year 12

All Australian states and territories (except Queensland) use the ATAR to rank Year 12 students for higher education admission. Applicants applying through Academic Entry need to achieve an ATAR of 60 or above. For Queensland applicants, the Overall Position (OP) score will be converted to an ATAR equivalent to assess eligibility for admission.

Australian Year 12 students must provide a Predicted ATAR to receive a conditional offer. Conditional offers are followed up after ATARs are released.  At this stage, and on the submission of evidence to show an actual ATAR of 60 or above a unconditional letter of offer will be provided.  If this ATAR threshold is not achieved then the applicant can choose to proceed under a Creative Entry application.

Applicants with higher education study

If an applicant has been admitted to any Australian Higher Education Institution within the past two years and has completed any credit point units then the Higher Education admission process is deemed to have occurred.   An offer letter will be issued on the provision of appropriate statement of results.  

An applicant’s study load may be reduced depending on the amount and discipline area of study that has been completed, refer credit transfer for further information.

Applicants having completed VET studies

An applicant that has completed any VET Diploma (AQF level 5) will be admitted to the Bachelor of Design Arts on the provision of the appropriate evidence.

An applicant’s study load may be reduced depending on the amount and discipline area of study that has been completed, refer credit transfer for further information.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

Australian applicants with overseas qualifications who wish to be assessed for entry to the course via Academic Entry are required to submit their qualification/s and/or evidence of past study. This will assessed for equivalence to the AQF.

How to Apply

International Applicants

In addition to meeting one of the criteria above, international applicants who wish to apply to the LCI Melbourne course via Academic Entry, must hold the equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5. LCI Melbourne considers completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program equivalent to senior secondary matriculation. International qualifications are assessed for equivalence to the AQF.

How to Apply