When I was finishing Year 12 and looking at higher ed, it seemed all that anyone was interested in was degrees like Law, Medicine or Engineering. These traditional uni pathways seemed to be the only pathways, regardless of whether you were interested in things like music production or game design. Luckily, legends like JMC Academy know that the conventional uni path doesn’t work for everyone. So, they offer legit degrees in the creative industries that will get you 100% ready to land a job once you graduate. Check ‘em out:
1. Digital Design
If you’ve got a tonne of great ideas and want to be able to make them happen in the digital space, then the JMC Academy Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) is what you’re looking for. It’s a super hands-on course so you’ll be able to flex your creativity (75% of the degree is based on prac). You’ll learn design fundamentals, software skills and design communication but there’s no exams–you’ll be assessed through things like proposals, presentations and demonstrations just like you would in a digital design based job.
Possible jobs: Digital producer, app designer, UX designer, web designer, point of sale designer, exhibition designer, 3D visualizer, design entrepreneur, user experience designer and media artist.
2. Audio Engineering & Sound Production
The Bachelor of Creative Technology (Audio Engineering & Sound Production) is perfect for anyone keen on producing, mixing and mastering sound for the musicians and the music industry. If you’re a muso, then this course includes classes on how to produce your own beats, but if you’re not musically gifted, don’t write yourself off! The Bachelor of Creative Technology has basic music theory included in the curriculum, so you definitely don’t have to be a musician to get ahead in this degree. Plus, JMC have some of the best audio facilities in Australia, and they’ll get you into the studios right from the get-go.
Possible jobs: Music producer, studio owner, production coordinator, sound effects editor, music editor, stage technician, sound designer or radio content producer.
3. Game Development
Game development is a growing industry and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Game Design) will get your career in gaming started. With a focus on art, design and animation (another creative course JMC offers) this course will give you the chance to learn the fundamentals of game design, as well as the practical knowledge to implement these ideas. You’ll get hands on experience using industry software, be able to access JMC’s industry connections and get the chance to intern at top game development agencies. Basically you will have everything you need to land a job after you graduate.
Possible jobs: Game designer, game producer, creative director, concept artist, character artist, animator, modeller, technical director, interface artist or story writer.
4. Entertainment Business Management
Keen to represent major artists or be in charge of making massive gigs or festivals happen? A Bachelor of Entertainment (Business Management) can help you get there. With a specific focus on events, music or entertainment this degree isn’t your average events management course. A normal course in this area would give you a wide knowledge of operational, business and marketing skills, but the JMC Bachelor of Entertainment takes a specific creative industries approach. Their degree focuses on arts management areas like events, touring and festivals, and there’s a big emphasis on quality internships. In short, you won’t be stuck in a classroom – you’ll be out applying your skills in real-world situations.
Possible jobs: Festival organiser, social media strategist, media publisher, music production manager, sales director, label manager, event manager, promoter, booking agent or artist manager.
A Bachelor of Music specialising in Songwriting will teach you everything you need to know about song writing and launching a successful career in the industry. Whether you’ve got the voice to back it up or not, this degree will teach you how to write music and lyrics. You’ll develop your skills through instrument studies, producing demo recoding’s and having your songs performed (either by yourself, or by on campus ensembles). Plus, JMC Academy knows the music industry is constantly evolving, so they’ll teach you all the basics when it comes to industry software and digital tools so you’ll know what you’re doing when you head into the workplace.
Possible jobs: performing songwriter, lyricist, composer, staff writer, advertising creative, music producer, music publisher or music teacher.
If any of these courses sound like they’ll be perfect for you, or you just wanna know more about degrees in the creative industries, head here and chuck your details in and our mates at JMC Academy will help you out.