Breaking into the entertainment industry is tough, but for successful graduates of the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) who have gone on to become household names – The Preatures, Deep Sea Arcade and Casey Donovan to name just a few – the rewards are sweet. From its campuses in Sydney and Melbourne, AIM has been providing innovative education to prepare talented Australians for careers in the particularly tough industries of music, entertainment and performing arts since it was founded in 1968.

Nationally recognised as a leader in performing arts education, AIM has a reputation for offering a diverse range of the highest quality accredited Senior Secondary, Degree, Diploma and Masters courses. Students are equipped with the skills to excel in areas such as contemporary performance, classical performance, audio engineering, composition and music production, musical theatre, theatre performance and acting, arts management and entertainment management, and provided with industry standard facilities.

Preparing the next crop of Australian creative and performing artists

AIM’s COO, Mukesh Chander, says, “AIM is all about preparing the next generation of performing and creative artists by providing opportunities for all students to participate in various creative, management and performing arts activities.”

The opportunities afforded to the next generation of Australian talent at AIM go well beyond stage performance and include dramatic arts and musical creation, behind the scenes roles and studio production.

A whole new world

Mukesh believes the opportunities continue to increase as new technology opens up previously impossible avenues for artistic expression. To complement the creation of new roles within the industry, AIM is responding with new ways to learn and gain valuable experience.

“Virtual and distance approaches to education are fast expanding around the world. Although they cannot replace human experience and contact, they are powerful tools to augment traditional modes of education. They have allowed AIM, a local institution, to become a national and international player,” Mukesh says.

Short courses for lifelong learners

For those who might not be ready to take the plunge into a fulltime course designed to propel them into a career in the spotlight, AIM offers short courses that make learning a continual experience and offer a safe space to test out new skills. From hip hop and rap, to music business, AIM’s short courses leave students with far more than a certificate of completion.


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