Since the announcement of the prospective campus back in May this year, Australian Independent College of the Arts Collarts have finally cut the ribbon on their brand-new campus in Collingwood. Crowds of teachers, creative industry professionals, alumni and emerging students alike gathered earlier this month for the official launch of the state-of-the-art Wellington Street campus. Complete with live performances from talented students Toyah Hoetzel and Mo•Louie, as well as a DJ set from PBS radio presenter MzRizk, the exciting occasion marked the end of the creative institution’s $5.2million expansion and the beginning of a brand-new chapter.
This new Collarts campus is twice the size of its predecessor, and the largest of its four Melbourne locations. Now a refurbished old warehouse, the Wellington Street campus is in walking distance of its brother and sister campuses on Cromwell and Brunswick St. Designed by Gemma Daskalou of Merit Interiors, it boasts state-of-the-art facilities including all-new studios, a critical listening room, three computer labs, more student break out areas, more classrooms, individual tech rooms, a large 110 seat auditorium and a professional theatrette for lectures and film screenings.
“Collarts has a real sense of energy and empowerment. Drawing from the passionate students and staff gives the project a sense of grounding and belonging, allowing for bold statements,” says Gemma Daskalou, Head Designer. “The design is driven around education and designed for the future. The campus needed to be designed in the light of the students who will be occupying it.”
Collarts provides high-quality professional education for over 550 students a year and has a continued focused on growth, offering bachelor, diploma and double degree courses in multiple creative streams including Music, Entertainment, Creative Content, and Design. Acquiring the Mercer School of Interior Design last year, Collarts expanded its courses to include Content Creation, Music Production, Fashion Marketing, Interior Design, and most recently Animation & VFX. Rounding out another massive year, the architecturally designed warehouse campus is sure to continue to expand Collarts’ rapidly evolving disciplines on offer.
Celebrating difference, diversity, eccentricity and quirkiness and providing integrated, socially inclusive education that caters for a diversity of voices, collaboration, reciprocity and learning is at Collarts core, and in doing so, Collarts one of our favourite independent tertiary education college full of passion, individuality and opportunity.
If Collarts sounds like somewhere you belong, check out their official Open Day on Saturday January 19 and/or apply to study at www.collarts.edu.au/apply
Collarts Wellington Street Campus is located at 208 Wellington Street, Collingwood.
Written by Chloe Cicero