Prepare for Diplomas
It is challenging to move away from for studies in a new environment. Don't worry, we are here to help, and we have some useful information to help you get started.
Meet your teachers
The teachers at Monash College are some of Australia's best. They are passionate, experienced and committed to helping you achieve your study and career goals. You can count on their support while you adjust to living and studying in Australia.
Academic Manager, Diploma of Art and Design
Brett Jones (PhD (Fine Art), Master of Design (Industrial Design), Grad-Diploma (Fine Art), Grad-Certificate (Education), Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design), Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art))
Brett has completed higher degrees in Industrial Design and Fine Art, including a PhD from Monash University. His practice-led research is concerned with the textualisation of the found object through processes of rematerialisation. Dr Jones co-founded the contemporary art gallery, West Space in 1993 where he was director and chair until 2008. He has exhibited in various non-profit spaces since 1991, received several government grants, generated and managed more than 20 projects including several international projects, published articles and presented papers at international conferences. He was a lecturer in the Bachelor of Industrial Design, Monash University for four years before taking on the role of Academic Manager, Diploma of Art and Design in 2003.
Teaching and Learning Team Leader – Diploma of Arts
Sarah Huaraka (MA (Intercultural Management), MA (Language and Literature), BA (English))
Sarah completed a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lyon University (France), a Master’s degree in Language and Literature from Reading University (UK) and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Management from SIT in Vermont (USA). Passionate about teaching and learning, Sarah completed her Post-graduate Certificate in Education in 2003 from Greenwich University (UK). She has over 15 years’ experience in teaching and educational leadership, both in TAFEs and at University. Sarah has a strong interest in Foundation studies, TESOL and Teacher training.
Associate Director - Diploma of Business
Karen Demirtel (BCom)
Karen completed her undergraduate degree majoring in Economics, and postgraduate studies in Education, at the University of Melbourne. She worked in the finance sector for some years, and has taught in undergraduate business programs at several universities. Karen has worked in a range of teaching and management roles in international education, and has developed and managed educational programs both onshore and offshore.
Teaching and Learning Team Leader – Engineering, IT and Science
Selvarajah 'Sel' Sathiyakumar (BSc (Honours) – Physics, GradDip in Secondary Education, Masters of Engineering, Master of Education (Specialization in Mathematics and Science education))
Sel has more than 20 years of teaching experiences in higher education and transition education both in Australia and Sri Lanka. He has been working with Monash College Engineering diploma program since 2002 and held different teaching and educational leadership roles. Sel has strong interest in the use of smart technology in teaching and learning.
Planning and managing your time
During Orientation Week all new students will be given an 'Assessment Planner' to assist them with time management. The planner shows all assessment tasks, and their relevant due dates, for each of the units in the Diploma.
The following are sample assessment planners for Diploma of Arts and Diploma of Engineering.
What your timetable might look like
This is a sample timetable for students studying the Diploma of Business (Part 2). The typical contact hour is 5 to 7 hours per unit, per week.
Microeconomics – Tutorial, Classroom 2B
Accounting 1 – Tutorial, Classroom 1A
Management 1 – Tutorial, Classroom 1A
Accounting 1 – Lecture, Lecture Hall 2
Management 1 – Tutorial, Classroom 1B
Management 1 – Lecture, Lecture Hall 2
Microeconomics – Tutorial, Classroom 1B
Marketing 1 – Tutorial, Classroom 1B
Marketing 1 – Tutorial, Classroom 2A
Microeconomics – Lecture, Lecture Hall 2
Management 1 – Lecture, Lecture Hall 1
Marketing 1 – Lecture, Lecture Hall 1
Frequently asked questions
What type of support services are available to Monash College Diploma students?
Diploma students have access to a range of support services including:
- Learning Consultants - provide academic support (language, writing, study skills) to students. You can book a free appointment for a consultation with a Learning Consultant or attend a drop-in session if you have a quick question. Email for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Counsellor - students are able to book a free and confidential appointment to see the Student Counsellor. The Counsellor can assist you with a range of issues including homesickness, feelings of depression and/or anxiety, stress due to personal or academic issues. Email for an appointment: email@example.com
- Teachers - your teachers are a valuable source of knowledge and expertise. It is important to consult your teachers if you are struggling with any class materials. They will be able to offer you additional support and guidance.
Do I need to attend all my classes?
Yes, we expect you to attend all classes. Monash College has an attendance policy which requires a minimum of 80% attendance. If you are unable to attend classes you must provide medical certificates to explain your absence. Students are not eligible to return home for ceremonies or family events during the trimester teaching period.
What are the different Diploma streams?
Diploma of Business:
Business stream -
leads to degree programs at Caulfield, Peninsula and City campus.
Commerce stream -
leads to degree programs at Clayton.The main difference between the business and commerce streams are the maths requirements. The Bachelor of Commerce stipulates a higher maths requirement.
Diploma of Arts:
Sociology stream -
For students considering majors in communication, international relations or media studies.
Psychology stream -
For students who would like to complete a major in psychology.
Diploma of Art & Design:
Industrial Design stream -
Graduate with the Bachelor of Industrial Design and you'll be equipped to develop effective, attractive and marketable products, systems and services, from initial concept to final prototype, and to make designs that can be put into production.
Architecture stream -
Architects combine creative vision and technical expertise to help shape the built environment. Successful architecture can help revitalise a city, make housing affordable or help us live more sustainably.
Interior Architecture stream -
Interior architecture professionals understand how people engage with the world, and how structures, spaces and environments can offer outstanding experiences.
Fine Arts stream -
This course will help launch your career in the visual arts as an artist, commentator or curator. By specialising in Fine Art you can find and develop your own artistic voice, preparing you for a career as a contemporary artist.
Diploma of Engineering:
Engineering stream -
This leads to an Engineering course at Monash University. Part 2 consists of three trimesters over 12 months. During your first trimester you can choose one elective depending on your interests and the degree you wish to apply for. For your second and third trimesters, choose five electives to complete over eight months. You study units such as, Applied Mathematics, Computing for Engineering.
Information Technology stream -
This leads to Computer Science or Information Technology course. Part 2 consists of two trimesters over eight months. For each trimester you can choose two electives depending on your interests and the degree you wish to apply for.
How do I make friends?
Orientation is a great opportunity to make friends with other commencing students. It is important to feel confident in approaching other students and introducing yourself to them. Remember many students are in the same position as you and wanting to increase their friendship circles. Get involved in extracurricular activities and events such as Get Connected program or social sport.
What important dates do I need to be aware of?
Find out date information about orientation, census dates, holiday and teaching periods by visiting our Diplomas dates and fees page.