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At Virtu Institute you will study face to face and online and be able to complete any aspect of your learning. Access to an up to date computer, a basic set of office and design software programs and good internet connectivity is all you will require to technically support your study.

Most of Virtu’s courses require minimal entry qualifications and Making an Application on the Virtu website will take you through our step by step enrolment procedure which can be undertaken immediately.

At Virtu we TEACH…! you are not left to learn on your own, you will not be confused by technology… instead you will be nurtured through each subject along with other students in your virtual class, you will learn from your teachers and your colleagues and you will learn from guest lecturers.

Our study year is divided into eight (8) eleven (11) week terms commencing at roughly 6 week intervals offering students 8 start times in a calendar year.

 
Statement of VET Tuition Assurance

  • Under the provisions of Schedule 1A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and Chapter 3 of the VET Guidelines Virtu Design Institute Pty Ltd trading as Virtu Institute (Virtu) must comply with the VET Tuition Assurance requirements. This is to protect VET students in the event that Virtu ceases to provide a VET course of study in which a VET student is enrolled. The meaning of ‘ceasing to provide a VET course of study’ is set out in the VET Guidelines. A copy of these is available from: http://www. comlaw.gov.au/Series/F2012L02569.
  • In the event that Virtu ceases to provide a VET course of study in which a VET student is enrolled the VET student is entitled to a choice of:
    • an offer of a place in a similar VET course of study with another provider (Second Provider) without any requirement to pay the Second Provider any VET tuition fee for any replacement VET units (this is known as the “VET Course Assurance Option”);
    • OR

  • a refund of their up-front VET tuition fee payments and/ or a re-crediting of any FEE-HELP balance for any VET unit of study that the VET student was enrolled or commences but does not complete because Virtu ceases to provide the VET course of study of which the VET unit forms part (this is known as the “VET Tuition Fee Repayment Option”).
  • Virtu has met the VET tuition assurance requirements as specified in the VET Guidelines through its current membership of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme (ACPET ASTAS-VET). Contact details for ACPET are:
    Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
    PO Box 551, East Melbourne, VIC, 8002
    Ph: 1800 657 644 Fax: (03) 9416 1895
    Email: acpet@acpet.edu.au
    For further information please download the document Virtu VDIPP20313-Statement-of-VET-Tuition-Assurance from the link:
    Click here to download

Resources to be provided by the Student
Prospective students of Virtu are informed in all pre-enrolment documentation that study is IT intensive and to participate in these study programs, students will need to have:

  • A functioning and monitored email address
  • A modern computer with Microsoft office or equivalent programs (word processor, spreadsheet, email and digital slide show). Computer brands and operating systems are not important in the Virtu Institute environment
  • Broad band internet access (300 kpbs is a minimum requirement)
  • A web cam
  • A video capable device (Most smart phones will suffice, more advanced video cameras may also suit) and a digital camera
  • A scanner/printer device capable of scanning and printing A4 size documents and images (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
  • Relevant software to download PDF assignment tasks and to upload video
  • Sufficient IT skill sets to operate in an online environment, to be able to research online, to be able to download documentation, to be able to upload documents, pictures and video in a suitable definition to be legible.

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Your Virtu life, study and learning are hosted by a sophisticated student portal supported by a comprehensive Student Information System and a state of the art Learning Management System (LMS). The Virtu systems are available 24/7 and if you have a problem Virtu maintains 24/7 email hotline.

Virtu will offer the following additional learning opportunities to students experiencing problems with their study:
1. Tutorial support is available from Virtu Course Coordinator,
2. The LMS allows for one on one interaction and emails further supporting the student.
3. Diverse staff allows for students to be potentially spoken to in their first language by either a Lecturer or a senior design professional.
4. Students can defer or delay their participation into another course.

Our bookshop provides you with the additional learning support materials and resources that you require for your study and our Course Coordinators are there to help you resolve any problems.






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Additional Resources for Interior and Graphic Design Students
• Specific Design Software such as Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Vectorworks, Fireworks, and or equivalent programs or open source software such as GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, AutoCad and Scribus.

Additional Resources for Fashion Design Students
• A dress form to create and display garments
• A domestic sewing machine and an overlocker sewing machine for finishing garments (overlocker machine is optional but encouraged for professional finishing)
• Iron and iron board
• Pattern making tools and equipment
• Sewing tools and equipment





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