University has been around for literally centuries (the oldest one has been around since 859 AD) and while it has done a great job educating people in the past, it can sometimes seem a little stuck in tradition.
Nowadays, there are plenty of other study options around that are much better suited to many of us. They’re great for those of us whose learning styles don’t particularly agree with the conventional approach of university.
If you like to get real hands-on with your studies and learn through practical experience, then you’ll be happy to know that this is what many institutions like private colleges specialise in. But that’s not the only benefit to ditching the traditional uni path and going with an alternative option.
The courses are more specified
Universities are generally pretty massive, which means they have to create courses that can appeal to the masses. While it’s good for educating a large number of people at once, the courses aren’t as specified as smaller institutions and it’s harder to tailor your studies to the specific career you want to get into. For example, in a university course you might study a degree in Communication or Media, but in a private college your degree could be in more niche areas like Film & Television Production, or Entertainment Business Management.
There’s less tradition and more forward-thinking
Many universities have been around for a loooong time, and while curriculums are updated often, sometimes it can take a little while to bring their courses up to speed. Many smaller and newer institutions like JMC are set up with the future in mind, and they build their courses and facilities around the latest technologies and trends.
Less people means more attention
In university, you could be one of thousands of students in your course. But in private colleges, there’s usually no where near as many people, which means you’ll get more attention and support from your teachers and classmates, and your classes will have more of a family-vibe. You wont feel quite so lost in the crowd either, and it might actually be easier to make friends as you’ll be studying with like-minded individuals who are interested in the same things (and could potentially be your industry-peers later in your career – it’s all about that networking!).
There’s more focus on practicality and industry preparation
Many university courses are often criticised for being too theory-based and not teaching enough practical skills that prepare you for employment. JMC specialises in making sure you’re industry-ready when you graduate, and even provides work experience, internships, and introduce you to the leaders in your field. A lot of university students actually end up attending private college after they finish their uni degree, so they can add some more practical skills to their resumes.
You can still get your course funded for you
Okay sure, so one of the benefits of uni is that it has the whole HECS-HELP thing. But you might not know that a lot of private colleges also have their own FEE-HELP that you can access. Like HECS, these are a kind of student loan that mean you wont have to pay for your course upfront, and will only start paying for it when you’re earning over the salary threshold. Plus, there’s heaps of different scholarships out there that could mean part or all of your tuition fees will be paid for you (yaaas).
Keen to know more about studying the creative industries at JMC Academy? Check out our courses in fields like audio engineering, songwriting, film and television production, game development, and heaps more.
Originally written by Blake Shipley of Year 13.