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The following information on LCAD course fees and material costs has been provided as a general guide only. All fees are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Please note that fees are adjusted on an annual basis.

Local Students (Full-time)

If you are a local student looking to study a LCAD course full-time then the following information is relevant to you. Should you require help understanding course fees then you can contact LCAD direct on +613 9495 6622 or email admin@lcad.edu.au

How much are full-time fees?

Tuition fees for full-time study for local students can be downloaded here. As you will read, fees are provided for a range of study load options and trimesters.

What constitutes full-time study?

Full-time study is considered 5 study units per week, per trimester. There are 15 study units in a Diploma qualification.

Which fees apply to me?

We appreciate that there are a number of factors that will determine your final course fees and material costs. To ensure you have the most accurate information, we suggest that you contact LCAD direct on +613 9495 6622 or email admin@lcad.edu.au to discuss your individual circumstances.

When are fees due?

There are three methods of paying your fees. Please read each option carefully to determine which is relevant to you.

1. For students using VSL and paying your student contribution by Trimester Instalment option, your payments are as follows; The 1st trimester instalment is due when you enrol in your course and when you return your Acceptance Form to LCAD. The 2nd of instalment of AUD450.00 is due at Orientation (1 week before classes). The 3rd and final instalment of AUD430.00 is due on the 1st of the following month and at least one month from the previous instalment payment. Please note that invoices will not be issued for instalment reminders.

2. For students using VSL and paying your student contrition by Trimester, your Student Contribution of AUD1,330.00 is due when you submit your course Acceptance form.

3. If you are not using VSL and paying your student contribution by trimester instalment, your payments are as follows; The 1st instalment of AUD400.00 is due when you submit your course application form. The 2nd instalment of AUD1,500.00 is due at Orientation (1 week before classes). The 3rd instalment of AUD1,500.00 is due on the 1st of the month at least one month later. The 4th instalment of AUD1,500.00 is due on the 1st of the month at least one month later. Please note that invoices will not be issued for instalment reminders.

How much are course materials?

Depending on your course, subjects, and study load there may be an additional materials requirements. Full-time students will typically need to outlay approximately $100-$250 at the start. A Materials List is given at Orientation. Photography and Graphic Design students are recommended to have their own Digital SLR Camera with video function and tripod (highly recommended but not essential).

What is the full qualification fee?

The Diploma or Advanced Diploma full qualification fee is AUD14,700.00 (local students)

What is the fee per study unit?

Each qualification is made up of 15 study units. Full local students, tuition fees per study unit are AUD980.00

What is the General Service Fee?

The General Service Fee is AUD300.00 and is included within your fees.

When is the Census date?

Census Dates for each study unit at LCAD is available to download here. Please make sure that you are aware of the Census dates. Students may opt to withdraw from studies before Census date without incurring a debt.

Are tuition fees protected?

VSL students’ fees are protected by the Government’s own fees protection scheme. Students paying upfront and not deferring to VSL are not charged more than AUD1,500 a month which is deemed not payment in advance and therefore does not require a fee protection arrangement. Students will not lose money if LCAD is suddenly unable to offer the student their studies.

What is a VET Student Loan (VSL)?

The Commonwealth capped study assistance scheme - Vet Student Loans (VSL) may be used to cover all or part of the student’s tuition fees. Students enrolled in the Diploma of Graphic Design or the Diploma for Visual Art can have all their tuition fees covered by VSL. Students enrolled in the Diploma of Photography or the Advanced Diploma for Visual Art can cover approximately 80% of their tuition fees. Students can also elect to put less onto VSL if they choose to.

How do I apply for a VSL?

LCAD helps students to apply for VSL. Qualification for VSL requires that the student be an Australian citizen, and in some cases, a New Zealand citizen, and that they have not used all their loan credit. Prior completed study does not preclude applicants, nor is it means-tested. Documents required to process a VSL include your birth certificate or passport, change of name certificate (if required), your Tax File Number, your Unique Student Identifier (USI), your high school certificate or your last education certificate, Certificate IV or higher (or CSPA test pass), and your completed Enrolment Details form. For more information please see Student Loans - understanding VSL here or by visiting Study Assist here.



Local Students (Part-time)

If you are a local student looking to study a LCAD course part-time then the following information is relevant to you. Should you require help understanding course fees then you can contact LCAD direct on +613 9495 6622 or email admin@lcad.edu.au.

How much are part-time fees?

Tuition fees for part-time study for local students can be downloaded here. As you will read, fees are provided for a range of study load options and trimesters.

What constitutes part-time study?

Part-time is considered between 2 and 4 study units per week (full-time is 5 units) per trimester. An individual study unit is one class per week. Each study unit is completed over one trimester. There are 15 study units in a Diploma qualification. The length of time a part-time student can take to complete a qualification is dependent on the number of study units enrolled in. A part-time student could effectively do 2 study units over one day or 4 units over 2 days, timetabling permitting.

Which fees apply to me?

We appreciate that there are a number of factors that will determine your final course fees and material costs. To ensure you have the most accurate information, we suggest that you contact LCAD direct on +613 9495 6622 or email admin@lcad.edu.au to discuss your individual circumstances.

When are fees due?

Your payment is due when you submit your Acceptance Form to enrol in your course. Any balance of fees, other than instalments, are due to be completed by Orientation, 1 week before study commences.

When are the instalment dates?

The 1st trimester instalment is due when you enrol in your course and when you return your Acceptance Form to LCAD. The 2nd of three instalments is due at Orientation (1 week before classes). The 3rd and final instalment is due on the 1st of the following month and at least one month from the previous instalment payment. Please note that invoices will not be issued for instalment reminders.

How much are course materials?

Depending on your course, subjects, and study load there may be an additional materials requirements. Full-time students will typically need to outlay approximately $100-$250 at the start. A Materials List is given at Orientation. Photography and Graphic Design students are recommended to have their own Digital SLR Camera with video function and tripod (highly recommended but not essential).

What is the full qualification fee?

The Diploma or Advanced Diploma full qualification fee is AUD14,700.00

How much are course materials?

Depending on your course, subjects and load there may be an additional materials requirement. Full-time students will need to outlay approximately $100-$250 at the start of their course. A Materials List will be provided to each student at Orientation. Photography students are highly recommended (but not essential) to have their own Digital SLR Camera with video function and tripod.

When is the Census date?

Census Dates for each study unit at LCAD is available to download here (confirm URL). Please make sure that you are aware of the Census dates as this is when LCAD finalises your enrolment and requires payment. Students may opt to withdraw from studies before Census date without incurring a debt, approximately 3 weeks after the start of the trimester. Some subjects will begin before the start of a trimester period.

Are tuition fees protected?

VSL students’ fees are protected by the Government’s own fees protection scheme. Students paying upfront and not deferring to VSL are not charged more than AUD1,500 a month which is deemed not payment in advance and therefore does not require a fee protection arrangement. Students will not lose money if LCAD is suddenly unable to offer the student their studies.

What is a VET Student Loan (VSL)?

The Commonwealth capped study assistance scheme - Vet Student Loans (VSL) can be used to cover all or part of the student’s tuition fees. Students enrolled in the Diploma of Graphic Design or the Diploma for Visual Art can have all their tuition fees covered by VSL. Students enrolled in the Diploma of Photography or the Advanced Diploma for Visual Art can cover approximately 80% of their tuition fees. Students can also elect to put less onto VSL if they choose to.

How do I apply for a VSL?

LCAD helps students to apply for VSL. Qualification for VSL requires that the student be an Australian citizen, and in some cases, a New Zealand citizen, and that they have not used all their loan credit. Prior completed study does not preclude applicants, nor is it means-tested. Documents required to process a VSL include your birth certificate or passport, change of name certificate (if required), your Tax File Number, your Unique Student Identifier (USI), your high school certificate or your last education certificate, Certificate IV or higher (or CSPA test pass), and your completed Enrolment Details form. Please note that your VSL loan is paid back to the Commonwealth through a tax increase when your salary reaches a certain threshold. For more information please see Student Accessing VSL here or by visiting Study Assist here.

International Students

If you are an international student looking to study a LCAD course then the following information is relevant to you. Should you require help understanding course fees then you can contact LCAD direct on +613 9495 6622 or email admin@lcad.edu.au

How much are my fees?

Tuition fees for international students can be downloaded here.

Which fees apply to me?

We appreciate that there are a number of factors that will determine your final course fees and material costs. To ensure you have the most accurate information, we suggest that you contact LCAD direct on +613 9495 6622 or email admin@lcad.edu.au to discuss your individual circumstances.

Is there an Enrolment Deposit?

Yes. A payment of AUD1,000.00 is required to confirm a student’s course enrolment. The Enrolment Deposit payment is deducted from student’s fees and is not an additional fee.

When are fees due?

LCAD tuition fees are due to be paid in full by Orientation - 1 week before study commences. Instalment payments are strictly due on the 1st of each month following the commencement of each trimester. Invoices will not be issued for instalment reminders. There are 9 instalment payments per year or 3 per trimester.

How much are course materials?

Depending on your course, subjects and load there may be an additional materials requirement. Full-time students will need to outlay approximately $100-$250 at the start of their course. A Materials List will be provided to each student at Orientation. Photography students are highly recommended (but not essential) to have their own Digital SLR Camera with video function and tripod.

How many Study Units are there?

1 year course is made up of 15 Study Units. International fees per unit are AUD1,098.00

What happens if I pay late?

Payments can be made by trimester or monthly instalments. Payments over a week late incur a late fee charge of 5%. Payments over a month late incur a late fee charge of 10%. Credit Card payments incur a 1% charge.

What is the General Service Fee?

A General Service Fee of AUD300.00 is included within the Tuition Fees payment and is non-refundable if student withdraws their enrolment or suspends their course.