5 ways to upgrade your life in Melbourne

It's never too late to learn something new: follow your passion with a short course at the Centre for Adult Education

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The folks over at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) know that you never stop learning. For more than 70 years they’ve been teaching Melbourne everything from dancing to Danish, fashion to financial management. From their central location on Flinders Lane the CAE offers more than 300 short courses that fit around your schedule with weekday, weekend, day and evening classes available. Whether you’re looking to refresh an old skill, upskill for work, or finally follow your passion the CAE has a course to give your life a little more oomph.


Learn a new language

Australia sure packs a lot of languages into the continent, and you can learn those languages at the CAE. With classes for beginners through to expert level, you can brush up on your high school Japanese or get the basics of French before your trip to Paris. There are 25 languages on offer at the centre and each class sticks to a set curriculum to ensure consistent, high quality lessons.

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Pick up the pencil or the brush

Picasso once said that every child was an artist but the short courses at CAE mean that every adult can be too. The centre runs a number of painting and drawing courses designed to take you from stick figure people to oil painting pro in no time. You can learn how to sketch nudes in life drawing, create dreamy watercolour paintings, turn your comic book idea into reality or even learn how to use your iPad as a means of creative expression.

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Work on your words

Shakespeare was right, the pen is mightier than the sword. If you too would like to move others with your words, sign up for a writing or editing short course at CAE. There’s options available for budding novelists, those who want to improve their written communication or poets who aspire to be the next Maya Angelou or Banjo Paterson. You can even sign up for a course that will teach you how to publish and promote your next literary masterpiece.

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Delve deeper into your city

It’s possible to exercise and get educated at the same time – just ask the CAE. Their series of educational walks and talks cover the architecture, art, history and culinary facts about the Melbourne CBD and surrounds. Try one out during a weekend away in Melbourne or sign up for a whole series – the year-round tours are sure to teach you something new about the city.

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Indulge your passion for reading

Love reading? So does CAE. In fact CAE Book Groups is the largest book club in Australia with their team delivering books to bibliophiles across Melbourne, Victoria and interstate. There’s more than 1,000 titles to choose from literary fiction to memoirs and you’ll get the books delivered straight to your door with a specially commissioned reading guide. Get your literary friends together and start your own book club hassle free.

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