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Excelsia College
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Motto Transforming lives through excellence in higher education
Type Private
Established 1989
Director Dr Greg Rough
Students 531 (2009)
Location Sydney, NSW, Australia
33°51′28.58″S 151°8′50.74″E / 33.8579389°S 151.1474278°E / -33.8579389; 151.1474278
Campus Urban, parks
Affiliations CCCU
Website [www.excelsia.edu.au]

Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) is a tertiary education provider in Sydney, Australia offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in counselling, performing arts (drama and music), and teacher education.



Excelsia College was founded in 1989 as Wesley Institute on the premise that synergies generated from blending visual, performing, and other forms of applied arts with theological and biblical studies can inform, enrich, innovate, transform and empower Christian life, leadership, ministry and service in a variety of professional, community, educational, artistic and other situations. The Institute has been a highly successful pioneer in designing and implementing academic courses predicated on creative ministry concepts, and its models have been adopted by other Christian education providers.

In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Performing Arts, the college also offers postgraduate qualifications in Counselling and Pre-service Teacher Education which have each extended the scope of Christian provision in these professions in Australia.

Government accreditation was granted in 1992.

On October 4, 2013 the Board of Trustees for Indiana Wesleyan University voted to acquire Wesley Institute, to create the IWU's first international campus.[1] In early 2015 Wesley Institute changed its name to Excelsia College as they continued their vision in becoming Australia's first Protestant Christian University.

Together with Indiana Wesleyan University, they are part of a global Christian learning community. With 32 years of experience in Christian higher education in Australia, and IWU's 96 years of experience in Christ-centred education in the US and global markets, together the partners are well positioned to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Faculties and Courses[edit]

Faculties and courses as of 2015 include:[2]
* Associate Degree of Music
* Bachelor of Music
* Master of Music (Performance, Contemporary Composition, Arts Management)
* Diploma of Dramatic Art
* Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Performance, Production, Theatre Practice)
* Graduate Diploma of Counselling
* Master of Counselling
* Master of Teaching (Secondary)
* Master of Teaching (Primary)

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