Advice for students, staff and the community regarding AIM and COVID-19
In line with other higher education institutions in Australia, the Australian Institute of Music is committed to containing the further transmission of COVID-19 and protecting the wellbeing of our students.
It is critical that members of the AIM community remain as safe as possible, while ensuring minimal disruption to teaching and learning activities.
AIM transitioned to remote teaching and learning on the 23rd March 2020 and has been conducting classes successfully online. As of 20th July 2020, plans to provide students and staff with the option to complete selected units on campus will be available in our September intake.
Our Sydney campus remains open for those students who wish to utilise on-campus resources with social distancing rules and a vigorous cleaning schedule in place. Currently, the Melbourne campus is closed due to lockdown requirements in Victoria. We are continuously monitoring the situation in Melbourne with an aim to reopen our facilities to current students and staff only once it is safe to do so.
To see AIM’s COVID health and safety protocols, please click here.
It is important that all AIM students monitor their AIM student emails regularly for important updates and adjustments.
At this stage, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 from any AIM staff or student at either of our Melbourne and Sydney campuses.
Up to date information for current AIM students can be accessed on SharePoint
Up to date information for AIM staff can be accessed on SharePoint
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THERE IS AN OUTBREAK AT AIM?
Students and staff will be contacted immediately with appropriate advice via email, SMS, social media and via the AIM website.
AIM is committed to supporting all staff and students in the event that there is a Coronavirus outbreak that affects our ability to deliver learning and teaching.
There are no reported cases from AIM staff or students on either campus.
All students and staff have been informed that they should stay home if they feel unwell or feel uncomfortable attending campus. AIM has implemented several online adjustments to learning and teaching which means we are able to accommodate our AIM community in this situation.
IS AIM STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO STUDY IN 2021?
Yes! AIM is pleased to announce that students are able to commence or continue their studies online.
AIM successfully transitioned all programs and units of study online and this method of teaching will continue until restrictions have eased.
In our September intake for 2020, AIM has introduced blended learning for selected units which are taking place on-campus at a students discretion (Sydney only). These units will also continue online for those wishing to remain at home.
For information regarding how to apply, Enquire Now.
CAN I STILL VISIT AIM?
At this stage, we are offering scheduled campus tours in Sydney by appointment and with strict attendance numbers in place. To schedule a time to check out our campus, send us an email or call 02 9219 5444.
In the meantime, if you are based in Melbourne or you are overseas or interstate, we'd be more than happy to have a chat with you about our facilities and courses.
Are all courses continuing in Study Period 3 2020?
Yes, all courses will run and every unit that normally runs will do so in Study Period 3.
How will the units run?
All units at the Australian Institute of Music are running in either online mode online or blended delivery mode in Study Period 3. Importantly, all units can be undertaken online with no reduction in teaching and learning quality.
What about performance styled units such as Major Study and Ensemble? Will they be online?
Local and International students will be able to undertake these units via our Microsoft based online platform 'Teams' and will still have regular lessons and even ensembles. We are successfully running these units online right now and we are achieving some great results.
I want to wait until I can have face to face lessons for practical units! Is this an option?
Yes it is. We understand if you would rather wait for practical classes. You can commence studying now by doing the theory and scholarship units online only, and take up the practical units when you can travel to Australia.
I hear that some countries are discouraging international students from returning. Is this the case in Australia?
No, every part of the Australian tertiary education industry, from government level down to individual institutional level is committed to welcoming back our international students as soon as possible. The government is trialling the safe return of international students right now on a small scale and if successful we hope it will be extended to institutions such as ours quickly. We miss our international students and are excited about the prospect of their return as soon as possible.
If I start online will it change my ability to apply for a post study visa to remain in Australia?
The Australian Government are considering granting post study work visas to students who commence their studies in their home countries. This is not yet confirmed but is being actively considered.
Will Australia be safe once the restrictions are lifted?
Yes. Australia is overwhelmingly a safe destination and the Australian Institute of Music is proud of its status as a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Like any country, Australia has its share of anti-social individuals, but these incidents are extremely rare and strongly condemned at every level of society. You will be warmly welcomed once you arrive here!
What about COVID-19?
In relation to COVID-19, Australia has a very low infection rate and we are mostly successfully containing it. Australia is doing as well as the very best countries in the world. We continue to actively monitor the virus and take vigorous steps to prevent its spread.
Feeling worried or concerned? That's ok. We are still here and we are able to answer any questions you may have. The situation is changing and evolving everyday, but we will attempt to provide updated details as best as possible.
Please feel free to give us a call and we will do our best to provide you with some answers.
Questions and enquiries may be submitted by clicking here, or by phone:
Sydney: +61 2 9219 5444
Melbourne: +61 3 8610 4222
For current information regarding the situation in Australia, please also refer to The Australian Government Website.