Each of our courses are designed to take the most humble beginner to savvy expert through our hands on and practical teaching methods. Studying comes easier to some than others, but with both staff and students happy to help bring you up to speed, work hard and ask for help when you need it, and you’ll be fine. In our experience, passion is more important than experience when studying at AIT.
Of course! We know creative people don’t always rank highly in traditional academic exams. We have a guideline of 60 ATAR for our bachelor courses, but often accept people on the basis of a portfolio and interview. A portfolio is simply a display of your talents, skills and aspirations.
It could be a few photos, a program you’ve designed, some drawings or animations you have created, or anything else along those lines. Our diploma programs have no ATAR requirements and are the perfect stepping stone for you to learn some great new skills before committing to a bachelor degree. If you have any questions about the process, please contact us.
Only those applying without an ATAR require a portfolio. We do love seeing new students showcase their portfolio regardless as our teachers get excited to see the level of talent that will enter their classes.
A strong part of our coursework revolves around the creation of a showreel of professional-level work to impress future employers. While we recommend putting together a digital media portfolio if you’re planning to study the Bachelor of Interactive Media, it isn’t a requirement to be a student here.
Our industry-standard software is cutting edge, and our library has a broad range of e-book titles available on or off-campus, 24/7. Between classes, we have large common areas for you to socialise and collaborate, and a student lounge with cafe-style seating, snack machines and food-preparation areas.
There are several convenient ways to make your tuition payments, such as FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP Assistance (for domestic students only), online banking, bank cheques or in cash.
You may also be eligible to apply for a scholarship! Payment is due before your nominated course start date, and is based on the subjects you take each term. For information on FEE-HELP or VET FEE-HELP, click here. For more information on payment plans, contact a student advisor.
Essentially, interactive media requires audience participation, in contrast to media forms that are much more passive, like conventional television and films. Video games can be classified as a form of interactive media, and video games are quickly becoming some of the most popular entertainment all over the world. Interactive media is still rarely treated as its own industry statistically, so its growth can be difficult to track. However, many of the facets of interactive media are taking off worldwide. Continue reading..
Our focus at AIT is on the practical side of the industry, giving you hands-on experience with the tech and tools you will be using in your future career. Our diplomas are entirely practical, aimed at preparing you for the digital media workforce. On the other hand, if you want to back that practical experience with theory to mould and develop your talents, our bachelor courses combine the two.
Whichever option you choose, you will leave AIT with a solid base in your chosen specialisation, as well as a broader general knowledge across the world of interactive digital media.
AIT’s coursework includes the creation of a portfolio, internships, group projects that simulate real-world situations and challenging assessments that will prepare you for anything the industry can throw your way. We even have a business innovation centre called InnovAIT where you can start your own business under the guidance experienced staff. Our friendly and expert lecturers are happy to support graduates in their job search, supplementing the skills you have learned with valuable contacts and opportunities.
AIT hosts regular industry networking events, and supports all students wishing to extend their learning beyond the classroom walls.
That depends on what you’re studying. Full-time students can expect around 16 hours a week for the Bachelor courses, and it’s 20 hours for the Diploma courses. Obviously that changes if you’re completing your qualification on a part-time basis. For more information, see your course page.
Like you, they are interested in the possibilities of interactive digital media, and may not know exactly what they want to do yet. That’s why courses like the Bachelor of Interactive Media are so good – they offer the flexibility to shape your focus over three years of study. With a range of ages and knowledge backgrounds, our students are happy to share techniques and skills they have discovered.
Some students are straight out of high school and realise they want a more specialised education than a university setting while other students have been in the workforce for many years and are looking to gain new skills, change their career path or receive formal recognition for their digital talents. AIT’s campus has a relaxed and close-knit atmosphere that welcomes you.
University professors tend to be researchers, focused on the theory of a subject. At AIT, our lecturers are all currently practising professionals, more interested in passing on practical knowledge and guiding you with hands-on experience in your chosen specialisation.
In addition, our classes average 12-15 people as opposed to the hundreds than can fill a university lecture hall, so there’s more personalised, individual attention paid to each student. Our community environment and creative atmosphere reflect the fact that teachers and fellow students are always available to swap ideas or help you out.
We are a small but specialises academy that is committed to a personal approach instead of trying to get as many students through the door as possible. You will get motivated by the incredible creative community that is defined by our students and staff.
You can’t put these on FEE-HELP, though, so you would have to pay up-front. If that’s not a problem, go for it!
With many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share, they take an interest in your career and are passionate about ensuring the next generation of professionals are equipped to deal with the challenges of the industry.
They are friendly, knowledgeable and – because of our smaller class sizes – able to give you more personalised attention than you would receive at other learning institutions. That means they’re available to assist you all through the week, whenever you need their support or advice. Check out our teacher bios here.
Yes. Our courses are very flexible, allowing you to sample many different subjects and digital skills before deciding on a specialisation. In addition, we have teaching professionals to offer advice, guidance and access to a host of industry contacts, so you can gain practical experience in a variety of fields to see which one best suits your skills.
Australians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. The Australian Government says that the average international student in Australia spends about $360 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, telephone and incidental costs. Note that individual circumstances will vary by location, course and lifestyle.
A significant component of the weekly living expenses is accommodation. You can choose from a variety of high standard student accommodation available to suit different budgets and needs. AIT Student Services staff can help you find accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to consider where and how you would like to be accommodated in the longer term. Student noticeboards and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and houses for rent. Some accommodation options in Sydney include:
- Homestay (approximately $200 – $280 per week)
- Shared/Rental Apartments (approximately $150 – $300 per week)
Please visit Study In Australia‘s website for the latest living costs of Sydney.
AIT’s Innovative Teaching Style
Some classes are theory based in order to give students the broad knowledge and background information that will improve their ability to think critically. Lecture-based learning is centred on the lecturer providing information to many students at the same time in a lecture room. Students take notes, while the lecturer may use many techniques to provide information: speaking; using slides; using video; using notes etc. The lecturer may call for questions from time-to-time, but the basis of this form of teaching is the lecturer transmitting knowledge one-to-many.
Tutorials are discussion groups, sometimes consisting of all the class-members of a particular subject, usually consisting of smaller groups. The groups of students meet with the lecturer and discuss particular topics; are provided specific information regarding the subject; are able to discuss upcoming assessments etc. The tutorial is an opportunity for the group to receive more interactive guidance from the lecturer.
Many of the Bachelor of Interactive Media subjects are based on the use of software, and labs are classes which take place in computer labs and which use computers. Students are provided individual computers to use for the duration of the class and are given instruction by the lecturer. Students are freely able to interact with the lecturer, and use their computers in order to work on their projects and on techniques which they are learning.
Some classes are based around traditional skills such as drawing, painting or photography. The instruction in these classes is similar to that in labs, but is not based around the use of computer equipment. Students are freely able to interact with the lecturer and work on projects and on techniques which they are learning.
The student will be expected to work largely independently, as projects are based around the principle of the student researching a specific topic, usually of their own choosing. Independent projects are not usually part of a programme of study before a student has reached Level 3 subjects. Students will be provided facilities such as computer equipment and will have access to a lecturer who will provide help and guidance with the project.
Students undertaking Bachelors level subjects are expected to spend a significant amount of their own time working independently. This research is a valuable opportunity to investigate avenues perhaps not covered within the conventional learning framework and also gives the student the opportunity to extend themself. Subject materials will be provided in many subjects with the expectation that the student will become familiar with those materials. There will also be recommended readings, books, online resources and other media with which students will be able to engage as part of their personal research.
Students may in some subjects be given access to lecture and lab material, which demonstrates or replicates class material. These resources are provided via the internet and may be downloaded as podcasts or can be streamed directly to a computer. These can be used as a self-learning resource, to review previous lectures, or as material when a class has been missed.
An internship is an external placement within an industry workplace designated to the student by AIT. Interns will typically spend time in the workplace equivalent to the requirements for a single subject. Supervision will be provided by the workplace and learning will be practical and experiential. Students will regularly report to their Subject co-ordinator. Assessment will be made in consultation with the workplace supervisor. Internships are only offered on a merit basis, to outstanding students.
A lot of educational institutions hand you a qualification after your course…and that’s it. You’re on your own. At AIT, we’re committed to helping graduates find a rewarding career.
To that end, we post daily jobs for alumni, host regular info nights with industry guest speakers and run an annual creative careers expo, with more than 30 professionals talking about industry trends. On top of all that, we regularly liaise with companies to provide internships for current students, regular work experience and project-based activities.
Our teachers are active in the industry and constantly inviting students to events that aren’t publicly advertised. We also provide one-on-one introductions, based on students’ needs, so you can get a foot in the door with opportunities you would otherwise never hear about.
While it is not a mandatory requirement for AIT, it is suggested that you have access to a laptop or PC as this will form one of your key ‘tools of the trade’ when you go out into the industry.
What computer you buy depends entirely on your specialisation and future needs, but generally, if you are buying a new computer, you should get one that is at, or above, the recommended specs for the current Adobe Cloud suite.
- If you own a computer, you should keep it for now. When you know more about the requirements of your specialty, you can make a more informed decision
- Generally, you pay more for laptops with the same power as a desktop. Some students are prepared to pay more because of the convenience.
- Generally buying additional RAM is the most effective way of improving the performance of a new or used computer.
- Mac or Windows? Generally, go with what you feel comfortable with, but be aware that some specialty software only runs on one platform
- Be wary of salespeople, computers generally have moderately spaced price point that they will try and talk you up. Stick to your budget and give yourself a cooling-off period to think about while you check with others if a ‘must have’ feature is of benefit to you.