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Macleay College


Macleay College has campuses in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, offering bachelor’s degrees and diploma courses, as well as graduate certificates for students wishing for an intimate learning environment while still obtaining a university qualification. The institution is well-recognised for its courses and teaching, and achieved 90.5% for Teaching Quality, above the national average of 80.9%. Students can study programmes in the areas of advertising & media, digital media, business, marketing, journalism and accounting.

Students at the institution learn from industry professionals in small classes of no more than 25 students, allowing for lecturers to focus on the individual needs of each student. Unlike a typical university course, Macleay College offers a hands-on teaching experience, with a focus on practical work involving projects and work briefs mirroring the workplace. Students also work on real briefs with industry clients, and everyone undertakes an internship as part of their course.

Throughout their time at the institution, support is available for students to help ensure their time there is as stress-free as possible. This includes a confidential counselling service on both campuses, which is free of charge. There is also academic support in the form of free workshops in areas such as essay writing and study tips. 

Students only attend class three days a week, making it possible for them to have the flexibility to study or work during the rest of the time. While they are in college, students are encouraged to get involved in activities after class, which range from pizza and movie nights to barbeques. Both campuses also have student zones and cafes, as well as a well-stocked library and Mac and PC labs are also available.

CRICOS: 00899G

Learning by doing

Be it pitching business ideas to entrepreneurs, recording a radio ad in the studio or writing a story in the Newsroom - students learn by doing at Macleay. The curriculum is as hands-on as it gets. For the most part, studies will be centred around project-based learning, including working on authentic real-life projects with peers in a creative learning environment.

Job ready graduates

Macleay’s lecturers are all working in, or have worked in, the industry that they are teaching in. They bring the latest trends and insights to the classroom every day to ensure that students are job-ready upon graduation. Having active professionals lecturers brings with it the advantage of industry networks. Over the years, many of Macleay’s teachers have introduced students to their future employers or supported connections to get graduates one step closer to their dream role.

Positive education

Macleay adopts the principles and practices of positive education. The emphasis is on teaching students how to adopt a growth mind set and capitalise on their strengths. Students develop skills that support relationship development, enhance personal resilience and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

A different schedule

No matter what the course, classes are held over 3 set days each week. This leaves students at least 4 spare days to study or work. Recognising the need for a healthy work/learn balance, Macleay strives to help students juggle different schedules via this timetable.

Macleay College offers diploma and bachelors courses across the following areas:

Advertising & Media

Advertising & Media courses train students in the techniques of developing and managing creative campaigns across a range of job roles and mediums from print, to TV, radio, podcasting, as well as online, digital and social media. 

Digital Media

Digital Media courses train students to create content such as digital photos, online videos, digital marketing campaigns, social media projects, interactive websites and mobile apps for a range of digital and social media platforms.

Business & Marketing

Macleay College fosters a unique entrepreneurial approach to those studying Business and Marketing via interactive presentations and industry specific case studies. Theory is brought to life through work on practical business projects, in addition to work placements in industry. The diplomas and bachelor degrees offer specialisations in public relations, event management, sports business, marketing and travel and tourism.


Macleay College’s Journalism courses focus on teaching digital reporting skills across the key disciplines of investigative journalism, international journalism, television reporting, audio journalism and photojournalism. Students work on real stories in a real newsroom across all media platforms, taught by industry experts that are up to date with the latest trends and are well-connected in the industry.


Accounting is the oil that keeps the wheels of business turning, which means the opportunities available to students are almost endless, whether working for a travel company or with new cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Graduating with a Macleay College Diploma gives students an industry entry level qualification and just as importantly, a pathway into a degree.

The 2017 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results have once again revealed that Macleay College is well above the national average for overall quality of educational experience.

Macleay College hires industry expert teachers who develop innovative courses, focus on project-based learning with real-world experience and positive education. Industry experts bring real-world experience to Macleay College. This is reflected in the 2017 QILT results. Macleay College received 90.5%, well above the national average of 80.9% for teaching quality.

Recently, Macleay‘s Advertising & Digital Media faculty has welcomed three new industry experts to its teaching staff as part of its commitment to industry-focused learning.

Class sizes at Macleay College are capped at 25 students, allowing for higher participation rates and engagement amongst students. All lecturers know their students on a first name basis and spend time offering support to each individual student based on their needs. For these reasons, Macleay College received 84.9% for learner engagement while the industry average was 64.1%, and 86.5% for student support, well above the national average of 72.2%.

Every student at Macleay College undertakes an internship as part of their course. They also work on live industry briefs and meet leaders in their industry, all allowing them to develop current industry skills. The outcome of this is evident in the QILT results - Macleay College received 91.1% for skills development, whilst the national average was 81%.

International students applying for a place at Macleay College must be above 18 years of age and have qualifications equivalent to an Australian Year 12 with the required entry grade, along with proof of English language proficiency comparable to Academic IELTS 6.0, with no band less than 5.5.

Students from countries where English is not the first language must be sufficiently competent in the English language to participate effectively in their course of study, and must produce a certified copy of their English proficiency scores with their application. Requirements for programmes offered under the different fields vary accordingly, as follows:

Advertising & Media Programmes

  • IELTS Band Score 6.0
  • Cambridge CAE Range 52-57
  • Pearson Academic range 48-52
  • TOEFL iBT Range 60 - 78

Business (Diploma Programmes)

  • IELTS Band Score 6.0
  • Cambridge CAE Range 52-57
  • Pearson Academic range 48-52
  • TOEFL iBT Range 60 - 78

Business (Degree Programmes)

  • IELTS Band Score 6.0
  • Cambridge CAE Range 52-57
  • Pearson Academic range 48-52
  • TOEFL iBT Range 60 - 78

Journalism Programmes

  • IELTS Band Score 6.5
  • Cambridge CAE Range 58-66
  • Pearson Academic range 56-60
  • TOEFL iBT Range 79 - 93

Applicants are also invited to an interview as part of the final application process.