Short Courses at JMC Academy Sydney

Want to dive deeper and explore your passion?

If you’re the type of person who thinks outside the box and wants to discover your creative side and unlock the possibilities of a career in one of the many growing areas in the Creative Industries, then challenge yourself to take this next step. Book any one of the many short-courses available at JMC this January.

Take on a 2 to 5 day Short-Course in any of the following areas:
Animation, Audio Engineering + Sound Production, Contemporary Music Performance, Digital Design, Film, Television + Content Production, Game Design and Songwriting. 

Early Bird 15% discount applies until midnight 14th December 2018.

Why not bring a friend along and receive 25% off? Those booking 2 or more places in 1 Short Course will receive this exclusive discount (until sold out).

Check out the Short Courses available below...

Character Design ⬇

Learn how the character creation process works and develop your own character!

2 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th January 2019
Early Bird ticket price: $255 (15% discount)
Bundle ticket price: $225 (25% discount) - valid when you purchase 2 or more tickets

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Introducing the typical pipelines for conceptual and technical execution of characters in game and animation studios, this intensive studio based workshop will explore the character art process, from concept design through to the creation of 3D models.

DAY 1 has a design centred focus, using traditional tools to explore the fundamentals of character conception and design. Content will include:

  • Developing character concepts

  • Push, turn, and refine character designs

  • Body language, posing and expressions

  • Force and line of action

  • Scene composition for storytelling

Participants will explore character design from reference gathering, thumbnailing and roughs, through to refinement and presentation.


DAY 2 has a digital focus, learning the tools and processes to develop a character concept into a 3D character model for production. Content will include:

  • Character pipelines for games and animation

  • Character modelling and sculpture

  • Character setup for animation

  • Developing materials and textures

  • Finishing and presenting characters

In this practical session participants will develop their Day 1 material further, exploring mesh creation and sculpture for characters.

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Introduction to Visual Design ⬇

Discover visual communication!

3 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th January 2019
Early Bird ticket price: $382.50 (15% discount)
Bundle ticket price: $337.50 (25% discount) - valid when you purchase 2 or more tickets

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The Digital Design department at JMC offers a short course that covers the fundamentals of visual communication and introduces students to the principles of design, applied across different media, from print magazines to digital interfaces. Composition, layout, typography, colour and light are some of the topics discussed throughout the course. Students will explore how different elements work together to create aesthetically pleasing designs and learn to put these principles into practice to tell an impactful story.

DAY 1: 

  • Introduction to visual communication
  • Visual thinking basics
  • Elements of visual design: colour, line, form, type, texture, negative space, etc...
  • Design principles: Gestalt theory, balance, hierarchy, contrast, unity, etc…
  • In practise: paper to screen


DAY 2: 

  • Semiotics
  • Visual storytelling 
  • Developing brand identity and vision
  • In practise: Ideation workshop


DAY 3: Project Work

  • Group research and brainstorm
  • Concept development
  • Implementation
  • Pitch

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Pop Songwriting + Production ⬇

Write, record and mix an original song!

4 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January 2019
Early Bird ticket price: $510 (15% discount)
Bundle ticket price: $450 (25% discount) - valid when you purchase 2 or more tickets

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JMC will be providing the opportunity for Songwriters, Producers and Instrumentalists to work together in small groups of 4 and as individuals to write, record and mix an original song. On the last day of the Short Course the completed songs will be played to a panel of industry professionals who will provide feedback on the final song. 

DAY 1: Introduction to songwriting – song analysis, harmonic progressions, form, groove.

Morning Session - Classroom
Introduction to concepts of songwriting:

  • Form/Structure – how these are applied to pop songwriting
  • Melody and Harmony – how these work together


Afternoon Session – Classroom / Rehearsal Rooms

  • Lyrics: concepts, lyrical hooks, lyrical development
  • Groove: writing to a groove, how does melody change based on groove?


DAY 2: Working with Ableton Live as a songwriting tool – loops, rhythm section. 

Morning Session – MIDI Labs
Fundamentals of using Ableton Live: 

  • Structuring a session
  • Using Ableton Live functions
  • MIDI mapping


Afternoon Session – MIDI Labs
Ableton Live as a Songwriting Tool:

  • Using loops and samples to create textures over which to map a melody and lyrics
  • Using loops and samples to create originality
  • Using loops and samples to diversify and create new form and structure within a pop song


DAY 3: Rehearse and Record

Morning Session – MIDI Labs

  • Recording audio using Ableton Live
  • Arranging, editing and manipulating recorded audio


Afternoon Session – Rehearsal Rooms

  • Arranging for Live Band - enhancing original tracks
  • Recording with Live Band - recording basics


DAY 4: Mixing + Feedback

Morning Session – MIDI Labs

  • Mixing Fundamentals
  • Mixing


Afternoon Session

  • Playback of tracks
  • Feedback from panel


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Recording + Mixing A Band ⬇

2 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th January 2019
Early Bird ticket price: $255 (15% discount)
Bundle ticket price: $225 (25% discount) - valid when you purchase 2 or more tickets

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This short course is designed to the give the student an active taste of participating in a complete band recording session and mix down utilising world class recording equipment and facilities.

Day 1 will be centred on the recording studio, and students will participate and gain an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Recording console signal flow

  • Microphone selection for specific instruments

  • Setting up instruments in the recording space to achieve the best sound quality

  • Setting up Pro-tools for recording a band

  • Recording a band live

  • Recording overdubs and various takes

Day 2 will be centred on the mixing of the earlier recording session. Each student will then have access to a Pro-Tools setup, and be taken through the basic mixing principles required to complete a well balanced final mix. Areas of focus will be:

  • Setting up a mix session in Pro-Tools

  • Basic editing functions

  • The use of EQ and Compression

  • The use of Reverb and Delay effects

  • Balancing levels of the recorded sounds with volume and automation

  • Concepts of panning and stereo image

  • Basic concepts of mastering

Please bring headphones for the MIDI Lab and an external hard drive, as at the conclusion of the short course, the student may take with them the recording session files and the final mix down, so that they have the opportunity to use this as future portfolio work or simply to take home and work on to further enhance their understanding of the skills obtained.

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Script to Screen ⬇

Make your own film!

5 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th January 2019
Early Bird ticket price: $637.50 (15% discount)
Bundle ticket price: $562.50 (25% discount) - valid when you purchase 2 or more tickets

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In this five day intensive filmmaking Short Course, you'll get creative using the JMC Film and Television Studio’s exciting facilities, developing a short film script from page to screen.

Experienced industry filmmakers and technicians guide students through a series of practical exercises to conquer the major areas of writing, directing, cinematography, and post production - using JMC’s state-of-the-art post-production labs. Learn how to structure, write, break down, and rehearse a short script and to plan a shoot from beginning to end, all the while working with a collective group of like-minds and professional actors. With hands-on experience operating professional cameras and sound, by the end you will not only understand the inside scoop on the inner workings of crew roles and the filmmaking process – but also get to finish a short film.

DAY 1 will introduce students to the form of the short film. What are stories and what makes an audience care? Once the basics have been covered, the brainstorming begins as we come up with our story.

  • Overview of the Script to Screen Short course
  • OH+S
  • Introduction to the short film form
  • Explore conflict, drama, goals and stakes
  • Begin writing script outline

DAY 2 will bring the story ideas from the first day together into a concise screenplay. We will introduce students to the formatting requirements and the writing style for a screenplay. In the afternoon students will get their hands on camera for the first time as we will go over the basics of using a camera, lights and the latest audio equipment.

  • Forming your ideas from day 1 into a concise screenplay
  • Introduction to coverage
  • Documenting camera setups
  • Introduction to camera and lighting

DAY 3 is where the story comes to life. Two professional actors will come into the set to work with our students as we act out our story and get the shots we need for the film.

  • Blocking with actors and camera on set
  • Rehearsal process
  • Directing actors
  • Shoot short film

DAY 4 is when we see the results of our work. We all sit down and watch the footage that was shot on day 3. Now the editing process begins. Students are shown how to set up a project in AVID media composer as we build the film, shot by shot. By lunch time we will have a rough cut of our film and by the afternoon we will have polished and shaped our footage into a dynamic short film. we will reflect on our progress edit and suggest changes.

  • Introduction to editing
  • Rough cut
  • Reflection on progress edit

DAY 5 is when we see shape our project into a final product. We continue our edit through the morning, work on the fine cut and we lock off our edit by lunch time. In the afternoon we will spend some time on some vital post production processes – the colour correction and grade, the sound mix, the addition of music, and the online where all these elements come together. Ultimately we will craft all these elements into a dynamic short film.

  • Editing Recision
  • Fine Cut and Locked off edit
  • Introduction to Colour Correction
  • Introduction to Sound Design
  • Incorporation of Music
  • Online and Delivery

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Studio to Stage ⬇

2 Day Course
9:30am - 4:30pm
Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th January 2019
Early Bird ticket price: $255 (15% discount)
Bundle ticket price: $225 (25% discount) - valid when you purchase 2 or more tickets

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Experience the creative process while being in the driver’s seat during the recording of a music artist/band in the recording studio, then take part in the event designed to launch the recording in a live venue.

Take part in the behind the scenes of this 2 day workshop that will not only give you lot’s of experience, but also teaches you about the creative recording and performing processes and the key people involved behind the scenes. Ie; Sound Engineer, Record Producer, Studio Manager, Session Musician, A&R Manager, Event producer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Live Sound Engineer, Talent Manager.

DAY 1: Record a music artist/band in a recording studio and produce a single for release.

Learn about and take part in the exciting process of creating music content while also discovering some cool behind the scenes careers that exist in music/entertainment

Be part of the creative process while experiencing what it’s like to work in and around a professional recording studio. You will take on the role of either a music producer or a recording engineer while also learning about the recording process and the key people and careers that revolve around this unique and exciting environment. Day 1 will be dedicated to recording and mixing and original song with some serious JMC talent.

Day 1 will include:

  • Studio Tour

  • Studio Equipment

  • Studio Documentation

  • Key people/careers revolving around the studio

  • Being a record producer

  • Being a Recording Engineer

  • Being a Talent Manager/A&R person

  • Record and mix an original song in a professional studio


Day 2: Stage a single launch event in a live venue

Learn about and take part in the evolving world of live events production while also discovering all the cool behind the scenes careers that exist in the events industry

Day 2 you will take part in a launch event designed to showcase the artist and song that was recorded on day 1 in the studio. You will take on the role of either live sound operator, lights, stage management, stage tech or production manager and experience this in a professional auditorium equipped with state of the art sound and communications. You will get to experience the satisfaction of contributing to an exciting live performance/launch event.

Day 2 will include:

  • Event Management basics

  • Setup and Sound Check

  • Live sound/Live Sound Consoles and PA System

  • Lighting for events

  • Stage Management

  • Operate and mix a live performance


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Want to have a chat about what the best short course is for you? Feel free to give us a call on 1300410311

Testimonials from the 2018 Short Courses

"The Audio short course at JMC Academy is a great introduction to seeing a live band recorded, working hands on with the sound files with tutors who know their stuff!. I also appreciated learning what it takes to create truly professional audio. Well worth the investment!" - Robert Vitale

"The course was perfect and very informative. Exactly what I was looking for. The lecturers were highly professional and very helpful at all times going above and beyond what was expected."

"I would highly recommend the character development course to anyone looking to gain insight to the industry and its standards."

"An excellent and informative short course, highly recommended for any aspiring filmmakers." - Kyle Leyden

"JMC was amazing, everyone is so helpful and friendly, course was excellent."

"The JMC Short Course for pop songwriting and production was an amazing opportunity for prospective students to experience and use the facility’s at JMC. I have obtained many new skills from partaking in the course and am more confident in my ability’s as a writer and performer." - Rebecca Good