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Ultimo Campus, Sydney

46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo, NSW



What to expect

Still deciding which creative course or career to aim for? Spend a day with us, at Uni, and discover what a day in the life of a design or gaming student is REALLY like. Our workshops are free, and an ideal way to get a feel for what you like, what you don’t like and where you might see yourself in the future. You won’t know until you try!

On the day you will:

  • Participate in a workshop of your choice run by our talented University design & gaming lecturers.
  • Get a glimpse into our classrooms, and tour the campus
  • Hear from students about their experience studying with us
  • Enjoy a free lunch to keep those creative juices flowing

Workshop Types:

  • Communication (Graphic) Design Workshop
    In this workshop participants will explore what a typical day is like for a Communication (Graphic) Designer. You’ll learn about the role of a designer in modern society as well as take part in an activity to design a logo.

    Kuen Kam has been a lecturer at Billy Blue for over a decade. His specialties involve Branding, Packaging and Publication. With over 20 years studio experience, Kuen worked as a senior designer in both national and international award winning design agencies before forming his own design studio working with some of Australia’s biggest clients.Working with young designers, helping them discover their individual identities, mentoring and developing their portfolios as they commence their work in the design industry is what he enjoys the most.
  • Interior Design workshop
    In this workshop participants will look at the role of the Interior Designer and how architects and designers communicate design ideas for unbuilt projects. Using the montages of Mies van der Rohe as inspiration, we will create a room design from found magazine images to convey mood, colour and inspiration.

    Lisa Hoelzl has been a lecturer at Billy Blue College of Design for 6 years, teaching a variety of subjects within the Interior Design Degree and Diploma programs. She originally studied and worked in the field of Commercial Interior Design and enjoyed 10 years working for the renowned global furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, before starting her own business called the Bakehouse Studio Marrickville. Lisa has also published two books on making art from recycled and found materials (Found: The Art of Recycling, 2012, Found & Made: The Art of Upcycling, 2014). A lover of learning in general, she has degrees in Interior Design and Marketing from UTS, a Masters of Visual Arts and a Masters of Teaching from Sydney University.

  • Branded Fashion workshop
    In this fashion design workshop participants will look at different ways fashion designers design clothing and develop ideas. We will touch on collage, mood boards and draping directly on the mannequin. Combining different design methods and thinking outside the box will result in innovative and creative collections.

    Pirra Griffiths is a lecturer in the Branded Fashion degree at Billy Blue. Pirra is passionate about working towards sustainability in fashion and beyond, as well as promoting ethical manufacturing in fashion. Inspired by the challenge of balancing function and aesthetics as well as creativity and commerciality, Pirra draws on her extensive industry experience whilst teaching. Actively involved in a number of projects around sustainable fashion and waste reduction, she is also Designer and Founder of her ethically and environmentally aware Swimwear and Activewear label, Allerton Swimwear. Pirra lectures has obtained B. Design in Fashion and Textiles (Hons) at UTS. She has also worked at some of Australia’s leading Swim and Resort brands before starting her own.
  • Photo Imaging Workshop
    In this hands on workshop experience, participants will look at different lighting techniques and how we visualise the world through photography.

    Noel Mclaughlin is a lecturer at Billy Blue and has an extensive background in Photography that has taken him to the US, UK and across Europe. He has worked with a multitude of subject genres including automobile, landscape, fashion, still life to name a few. Along the way he has worked with a range of people and technology that make photography one of the most exciting professions in the commercial world.
  • Digital Media Workshop
    The Digital Media workshop will explore 3D through Maya software. This workshop provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the Digital Media industry and focused areas such as 3D Animation pipelines, Interaction Design, Film and Video Design.

    Rosaline Babayan is a lecturer at Billy Blue and 3D Animator and who started her career in 2005, working in Australia, New Zealand, and USA. She has been animating and motion-capture editing on a number of projects in advertising, TV series, Games, Music Videos, 3d exhibitions and architectural pre-visualisations, and, multi award winning TV series such as, Kung Fu Panda, ‘The legend of Awesomeness’, Monsters vs Aliens and PS3 Games such as LA.Noire.
  • Games Workshop
    In this workshop participants will dive into the texturing of a game resolution 3D model with Substance Painter. They’ll learn the same PBR workflow that studios use right now to produce triple-A titles.

    Danny McGillick has worked as a character artist in games and programming in interactive media for.. many many years. He uses ZBrush, Substance, Maya, Photoshop and 3D Coat to create high and low res characters for games.
  • Creative Technology Workshop
    Join our creative technology workshop where you can build a Watson Translation Chatbot with IBM. This workshop is a fun introduction to artificial intelligence and cloud computing combining IBM’s Watson Assistant and Watson Language Translation.

    David Provest is a Client Technical Leader for IBM Global Markets

To register:

Please fill in the form, per person. Places are strictly limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment!

Please note:

Please select ‘Design’ under ‘Faculty’ on the form. The ‘Area of Interest’ you choose on the registration form will determine which workshop you are placed into on the day.

We’ll get in touch to confirm your place and send you a reminder closer to the date

Suitable for:

High School students in years 10-12 AND anyone interested in learning more about a career in either Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion, Photography, Digital Media or Gaming .

What to bring: Just yourself, all materials will be supplied.