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Mission Statement

Our Mission, Goals and Objectives
LCI Melbourne aims to offer a high quality alternative to existing tertiary education in the Arts in universities.

In realising this mission, our goals are to:

  • build the distinctive character of LCI Melbourne, and
  • enhance our national and international reputation for academic excellence and leadership

 We intend to build the distinctive character of LCI Melbourne by:

  • offering innovative specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programs relevant to the needs of graduates and industry
  • encouraging students seeking a career in the Arts to access programs through multiple pathways
  • creating a supportive learning environment by provision of appropriate student support services

We intend to enhance our national and international reputation for academic excellence and leadership by:

  • developing knowledge and skills in students which foster their creativity and innovation
  • promoting a global perspective among students and building their determination to strive for international recognition and excellence
  • embedding nationally and internationally marketable skills within the curriculum
  • attracting and retaining high quality teaching staff
  • encouraging scholarship in teaching

International Role

LCI Melbourne has formalized memoranda of understanding with the following international institutions: BAU Escola Superior de Disseny, Barcelona, Spain; Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands; Utrecht School of Art, Netherlands; Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; Instituto Europeo di Design (I.E.D.) Barcelona, Spain; Instituto Europeo di Design (I.E.D.) Milan, Italy. These affiliations have been developed primarily to facilitate student and staff exchange programs, and encourage collaborative research and the exchange of information and materials that are of mutual interest.

LCI Melbourne is also part of the LCI Education network which promotes mobility opportunities across its 23 campuses present in 12 different countries.

National Role

LCI Melbourne’s governing body, the Board of Directors, is comprised of recognized leaders and innovators in art, design and marketing fields (supplemented by experts in law, accounting, marketing and public relations). The Board Chair is Professor Warren Bebbington. LCI Melbourne’s Academic Board Chair is, Professor Andrew Flintman.

LCI Melbourne fosters links with industry via its program of guest lecturers, its professional practical placement program, and sponsored competitions. It also encourages input from the design industry via its Industry Advisory Panels, comprised of current practitioners and professionals, who assist in regularly reviewing the content and delivery of courses and offer advice on course development.

The majority of teaching staff have industry background and are highly respected and reputable artists or designers. Staff members have been recognised in awards including the Archibald Portrait Prize, Sulman Photographic Prize, Dobell Drawing Prize and National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award. Other staff have designed or provided art direction for clients including Visa, ANZ, Guiness, the Olympic Games, Ford, Kodak, Vogue Living and the Belvoir Street Theatre.

LCI Melbourne students have won the Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Award, the Southern Cross Packaging Award, the St Kilda Poster Prize, and the ‘Under the Radar’ Short Film Competition. Alumni include members of some of the country's top creative studios, Oscar-winning graphic designers, buyers for fashion houses, artists represented by major galleries, arts administrators, as well as freelance professionals.

LCI Melbourne plays an active role in community cultural development through its gallery, which features regular exhibitions of work by emerging and established artists, and through its engagement with community and cultural groups such as the Chamber Made Opera ensemble, the Goethe-Institut, ARLIS (the Art Libraries Society) and Books Illustrated. Previous event partners include Stanford University’s d.school, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Appeal.

Main Focus

LCI Melbourne’s focus is its Bachelor of Design Arts, the first of its kind in Australia and a Design Institute of Australia Recognised Course. This undergraduate degree has major studies programs in Fashion & Costume Design, Filmmaking & Photography, Graphic & Digital Design, Visual Arts, and Interior Design. Our future focus will be on extending the range of educational pathways through the development of addtional degrees and postgraduate courses.

Faculties and Departments

LCI Melbourne (as a whole)

Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor of Design Arts – Fashion & Costume Design major

Bachelor of Design Arts – Filmmaking & Photography major

Bachelor of Design Arts – Graphic & Digital Design major

Bachelor of Design Arts – Visual Arts major

Bachelor of Design Arts – Interior Design major

The estimated duration of all of the above depends on unit load. Students can take up to 15 units in a year completing the program in 2 years. Typically the degree is completed in 3 years, or equivalent part-time study. Each program includes provision for students to change their major study area and to exit after completing 20 units with an Associate Degree of Design Arts.


Master Level Programs


Research Activity and Main Areas

Individual academic staff members are actively engaged in research in design-related fields.

Doctorate Level Programs


Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Exchange students may apply to study in any of the LCI Melbourne's programs: Fashion & Costume Design, Filmmaking & Photography, Graphic & Digital Design, Visual Arts and Interior Design. The exchange period is usually one trimester but may be extended to two trimesters. Exchange students are expected to have completed one year of study in their home institution and achieved a Credit average or better.

Application Deadlines

Autumn Trimester: 1 January. Spring Trimester: 1 June.

Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

Autumn Trimester (T1): mid February until end of May.

Spring Trimester (T2): starts June until late August.

Summer Trimester (T3): start mid September to early December.

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship advises that the basic monthly cost of living in Australia is A$1500.


Bachelor: 270

Exchange Students

Incoming: 5
Outgoing: 5

Teaching Staff

Professors: 11
Part-time Teachers: 14

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