Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University
With a legacy dating back to the 1800s, Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is the nation’s most prominent design school. We emphasise connections to industry as well as the power of creative thinking to solve problems. 

Adventure into Design and Creative Technology

Connect, share and challenge your thinking. Work in studios and learning spaces built to reflect the real world of professional design. Collaborate with practising designers and education leaders to master your craft.

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Reach career goals faster
Through hands-on learning, you’ll solve practical challenges that require problem-solving and genuine industry insight.

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Gain insights from creative experts
Our academics are leaders in the creative and design world. With their help, see where the industry is heading.

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Create a strong portfolio
Produce a marketing and merchandising brand pack that will help launch your career. 

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Solve briefs for leading companies
Gain practical experience through internships and get involved by working with industry on live briefs as part of your course.

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Our courses

Undergraduate courses
Begin your design journey with a diploma or bachelor that gives you a foundation in your future field
Postgraduate courses
Expand your abilities and reach the pinnacle of your field with a specialised qualification.
Design short courses
Add to your design skill set or experiment with something new in just one day or one week.
Creative Technology micro-credentials
Stay ahead of the game with these six-week, self-paced courses that give you the technological edge.
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Student showcase

Explore some of the work our students and alumni have created, collaborated on and won awards for.

Why study at Billy Blue?

We help shape the future of the optimists, the rule-breakers and world-changers. At Billy Blue College of Design, you’ll be taught by industry experts who have strong connections to the design world. As you develop your professional identity, you’ll work on real-world projects in class and out, and grow your own network of industry contacts before you graduate.

Billy Blue has a rich history dating back to 1801 when a chatty chocolatier stole a little raw sugar on the streets of Kent, UK.

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Imogen Frost
Graduate, Diploma of Graphic Design
Studying at Billy Blue was a true turning point in my career, as I was surrounded by lecturers and classmates who I believe truly wanted me to succeed.
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A dedicated Success Coach
An ally to encourage, inspire and guide, your Success Coach will help you achieve your goals and create the right trajectory for your career.
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Join Australia's most progressive university
Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success.
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Flexible study options
Customise your course so you can study online, on campus or a combination of both.
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Scholarships

We have a broad range of scholarships available, including the Design Scholarship and the Creative Technology Scholarship, as well as Industry, Indigenous and International Scholarships.

Meet our leaders

Industry leaders and expert educators: that’s who you’ll work with at Billy Blue College of Design.

Darryn Melrose | General Manager | Design and Creative Technology

Darryn Melrose
General Manager, Design and Creative Technology


Darryn joined Torrens University as General Manager Design and Creative Technology in January 2021, having previously served as GM Design and Creative Technology for Torrens University from 2016 - 2019 and Chief Executive of Media Design School (MDS) from 2013 – 2019. MDS is Torren University’s sister institution in New Zealand. Darryn has a strong background in the tertiary education sector in Australia, New Zealand and globally, previously serving as CEO of Whitecliffe College of Arts Design, Fashion and Technology and as a Board Director for Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Outside of education, his breadth of experience spans financial services, FMCG, retail, marketing, telecommunications, and digital sectors. His accomplishments include founding the Digital Leadership Group, elevating AIM Proximity as the second best direct/digital marketing agency in the world in 2009, and leading the world’s first entry by a bank into the energy and telecommunications retail markets. He was also the creator and leader of GlobalPlus, the triple-alliance of Air New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand and Telecom.

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Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology


Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside is the Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology and provides overall academic leadership to staff and students in the vertical. Scott has over 20 years of academic leadership in design across Europe, Asia and Australia with experience leading a number of programs, schools and faculties. Originally from the United Kingdom and trained as Industrial Designer, Scott soon moved into design management gaining a Masters degree in design leadership. He acquired his Phd from the Centre for Studies in Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. Scott is a strong advocate of internationalization, industry engaged teaching, high quality student outcomes and interdisciplinary research. Scott’s own research interests intersect the disciplines of design education, higher education policy, design strategy and innovation.

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Robyn Latimer, OAM
Associate Dean, Design and Creative Technology


In her 25-year design career, Robyn has owned a studio, directed a company and led countless community projects. Having worked in magazines and advertising, she specialised in publishing before progressing to education, which was a natural fit. She advocates for equity of access to lifelong learning and online education. In 2010, Robyn received a NSW Volunteer of the Year Award, and in 2018, an Order of Australia Medal.

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Mark O’Dwyer
Program Director


Joining Billy Blue in 2007, Mark specialises in design thinking, business and Common Core. Mark believes in the power that design thinking has to transform out-moded business models and is constantly expanding the role design entrepreneurship plays within the community at Billy Blue. Former creative director at renowned design and branding agencies including Enterprise IG, Armstrong Miller & McLaren and The Ball Group, Mark has over 20 years’ industry experience directing brand strategy and identity projects from corporate to retail across both print and digital. Mark is a member of the Design Management Institute and has received multiple Australian National Print Awards since 2004.

Our campuses

We offer classes across Australia, as well as online so you can study wherever suits your lifestyle.

  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Online

Torrens University Australia acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. Torrens University Australia respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

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General enquiries: 1300 575 803
Current students: +61 8 8113 7888

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46-52 Mountain Street,
Ultimo, NSW 2007

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Student services hours:
Mon to Thu: 7.30am–7:30pm
Friday: 7.30am–6pm
Saturday: 9am–4pm

Hours during trimester breaks:
Mon to Fri: 8am–6pm
Public Holidays: Closed

Torrens University Australia acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. Torrens University Australia respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

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General enquiries: 1300 575 803
Current students: +61 7 3270 1000 

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90 Bowen Terrace,
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

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Student services hours:
Mon to Fri: 8am–4pm

Torrens University Australia acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. Torrens University Australia respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

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General enquiries: 1300 571 803

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196 Flinders Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Student services hours:
Mon to Thu: 7.30am–7pm
Friday: 7.30am–5pm

Hours during trimester breaks:
Mon to Fri: 9am–5pm

Torrens University Australia acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. Torrens University Australia respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

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General enquiries: 1300 575 803
Current students: +61 8 8113 7888

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88 Wakefield Street,
Adelaide, SA 5000

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Student services hours:
Mon to Fri: 8am–7pm

Hours during trimester breaks:
Mon to Fri: 8.30am–5pm
Public Holidays: Closed

Study wherever and whenever suits your lifestyle needs.

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Industry partners

We are connected to the biggest names in the design and creative technology community, and want to make sure you have the opportunity to connect with them as well.
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Be Good

In all that we do at Torrens University, we are driven by our pledge to fundamentally Be Good. This simple but powerful ethos affirms our commitment to values which are embedded in our DNA. Be Good is the expression of our undertaking to champion the power of people to connect the world for good. It is embedded in all aspects of our work and business. 
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