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Level up your life with a short course at CAE

Don’t put off it off any longer – enrol in a class now and start pursuing your passions
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Adult life can sometimes feel pretty bland. It’s easy to fall into a humdrum cycle: get up, go to work, eat a sad desk lunch, go home, sleep. The things that we once loved doing – or the things that we’ve always wanted to try – get overlooked.

We think it’s time you put you and your passions first and the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) is here to help. For over 70 years the CBD institution has taught Melburnians everything from pickling to painting to speaking Polish, with more than 300 short courses to choose from.

Need some inspo? Here are five CAE classes that will help give your life a little more oomph.

Visit CAE's website for the full list of courses and to enrol. 

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Language courses

Vuoi parlare Italiano? Ou peut-être Français? Whatever language you want to learn there’s a good chance the multilingual teachers at the CAE can teach you. All language levels are catered for from beginners to proficient speakers. Brush up on your high school Indonesian, prepare for your trip to Spain or broaden your mind with a course on Ancient Greek. CAE offers 25 languages, with languages added throughout the year.

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Visual art courses

Everyone can make art – sometimes you might just need a little help to find your style. At CAE you’ll be in big, bright studio spaces with all the equipment you need to help kick your creativity into gear. Students can choose from traditional painting or drawing; get messy with ceramics; discover how to write beautifully with a calligraphy class; or even learn the very practical skill of picture framing.

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Graphic design and blogging courses

It’s been a long time since anyone thought being good with computers was ‘geeky’. Knowing your way around Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator is not just for professionals – it’s a great outlet for creativity (and looks pretty good on your CV). Got something to say and need somewhere to say it? CAE also run blogging courses that teach you the ins and outs of WordPress, social media and the SEO beast (that is, learning how to make your content rank well on Google).

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Food and beverage courses

If the best part of your day is breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus all the snacks in between) consider taking your interest in food further at CAE. Book in for a hands-on or demonstration-style cooking class – both are constantly updated to reflect current food trends. You’ll have a professional kitchen to work in while you learn everything from basic knife skills to how to make authentic dumplings and how to cook for those with dietary requirements.

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Home and lifestyle courses

Get a kick out of rearranging your living room? Are you giddy at the thought of spending a weekend in Bunnings? CAE has the home and lifestyle courses that can turn you into the next Bobby Berk. Grow your garden, get your head around renovating, build your own woodfire oven or try your hand at floristry. CAE will even show you how to decorate on a budget (proving that you can have both a nice home and avocado toast).

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