The Diploma of Graphic Design course has been designed to provide graduates with a broad base of generalist graphic design knowledge and skills suitable both for entry-level employment in the graphic design sector and/or as a platform for further specialised design study at Bachelor level.The course structure is designed to interweave theory, practice and connection, with each of these themes in turn representing distinct modes of thinking, enquiry and knowledge acquisition in relation to graphic design. Students explore underpinning theoretical bodies of knowledge as a source of ideas and methods (theory informing practice); students engage in practice both as a means of skills acquisition and as a crucial mode of thinking (practice not only informed by but informing theory); students make connections, both with the history and contexts of graphic design and with industry mentors and communities of practice. The course aims to develop graduates who are; intellectually curious, rigorous independent thinkers, ethical and reflective practitioners with a commitment to lifelong learning.
Throughout, students will have the opportunity to engage with authentic learning experiences and assessment tasks grounded in industry practice.
Graduates will acquire skills in research and problem-solving that they will be able to use to maintain and develop their professional disciplinary currency once in the workplace. Their disciplinary and academic knowledge base will also provide a platform for further undergraduate study in graphic design-related fields.
Imagine your way into a lasting design career
Graphic design is a rewarding career powered by your imagination. With the right qualifications and hands-on experience, you can transform fantastic concepts into visual reality.
This design course will give you key conceptual and technical skills to do just that. By enhancing your design awareness and combining problem solving and technical skills, you will be equipped to respond to the requirements of a fast paced, visually-literate society.
Build Skills and a Professional Portfolio
This design course provides you with the qualification and skills you need to explore graphic design and respond to an ever-increasing visually literate society.
You’ll learn about design history and principles, ideas generation, brand identity, typography, design research, user experience and more. You’ll also learn how to use industry standard graphic design software. The design work you do throughout your study contributes to a professional portfolio – your passport to a serious design career.
Nationally recognised and highly respected, learning with Billy Blue provides you with comprehensive skills, know-how and confidence for a successful and dynamic career in the Graphic Design space.
Billy Blue has a long history delivering Graphic Design qualifications. Our courses are industry revered and have been anchored in innovative, work integrated, commercially relevant applied learning since inception, with an outstanding employment record for our graduates who are enjoying career successes both nationally and internationally.
You’ll practice as an informed, cutting-edge designer with in-demand skills – and a professional-calibre portfolio to land serious work in the ever exciting, always evolving creative industries.
Get a career in:
The Diploma of Graphic Design provides graduates with a range of technical, creative and conceptual skills and the capability to seek junior level employment in either generalist or specialist graphic design or visual communication roles, including:
- Packaging Design
- Junior Art Direction
- Computer Finished Art
- Web design
- Branding and Identity design
- Environmental and wayfinding design
- Magazine and publishing design
They can expect to undertake these roles either within a multidisciplinary or specialised design studio, as either permanent employees or on a freelance basis. Alternatively they may be employed as an in-house specialist working for organisations based within any of the following sectors: advertising, print/production, government departments, education/training, marketing or architectural visualisation.
|Full-time Blended**Blended – face to face on campus plus facilitated online (no more than 25% online)||Full-time: 1.5 years. Accelerated: 1 year . Part-time: 3 years maximum|
|Upfront paymentThis means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.Further information within this Course Information Sheet||Practical assignments, research projects, presentations and reports|
|Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia||092483C|
|Torrens University Australia Ltd||For details, refer to the website. website.|
|Qualification Title||Diploma of Graphic Design|
|Study Options – Domestic Australian students||Full-time Blended*
*Blended – face to face on campus plus facilitated online
|Study Options – International students|
|Start Dates||February, June, September
For specific dates visit the website
|Payment Options – Domestic Australian students||Upfront payment
This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.
FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.
Further information within this Course Information Sheet
It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
|Payment Options – International students|
|Course study requirements||Each subject involves 8 to 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 5 to 7 hours self-directed study.Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.||Assessment|
|Provider||Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).||CRICOS Course Code|
|Provider obligations||Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015||Accrediting body|
|Course Fees||For details, refer to the website.
|Any other fees|
Essential requirements for admission: No additional requirements
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
|Applicant background||Trimester one / Full year intake |
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||13||6%|
|(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:
· Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
|· Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
|· Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
Notes: “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.
|Applicants with higher education study
|· A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider
· Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider
|Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study||· A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)
· Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)
|Applicants with work and life experience
|Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:
· broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR
· formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR
· written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success; OR
· discipline specific portfolio (art and/or design).
|Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent
(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)
|Completed year 12 or equivalent. No minimum ATAR required.|
|English Language Proficiency
(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)
|Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5|
ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2019]
|(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)||ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *[NB: Raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR]
|Highest rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Median rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Lowest rank to receive an offer||N/A|
Notes: * “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made
Other admission options
Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.
- Through a TAC – http://www.uac.edu.au/
- Via direct application to the institution
You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.
Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.
- Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
- Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
- Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.
Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.
For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.
Where to get further information
|The course structure comprises 11 core subjects and 1 elective over
Levels 100 and 200 as follows:
|Level 100||10 core
|Level 200||1 core subject|
The course structure is based on a standard duration of three study periods (each of 12 weeks duration – 12 teaching weeks).
Four subjects are undertaken in each study period (a total of 12 subjects).
To qualify for Diploma of Graphic Design, a students must complete a minimum of 80 credit points.
The inclusion of a Level 200 subject from the Bachelor of Communication Design into the course architecture provides students with the opportunity to explore conceptual and physical design solutions with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility within a graphic design discipline. The inclusion of this Level 200 subject ensures graduate employability outcomes can be met by this course.
|Subject details||Recommended Study Pattern|
|Subject title, descriptor||Full-time||Part-time|
|DGDDD100 Digital Design Foundations
This subject introduces a core set of industry-standard specialist design software tools. The emphasis of this subject is on building a comprehensive familiarity with these tools and features so that their application becomes second nature and can be treated as part of the overall creative tool kit.
Students will work through a range of small exercises to cement their learning and to build their working knowledge by experimenting with the different tools and techniques. Students will then combine these tools and techniques to explore print and screen-based projects and in doing so, become aware of how to create flexible visual outcomes not wedded to single-use mediums.
|Trimester 1||Trimester 1|
This subject explores the history and origins of typographic communication, from Cuneiform through to contemporary digital type. It introduces the fundamental principles and terminology relating to typography, including letterform structure, classifications of faces and styles, typesetting. Students will work with specialist software to create and manipulate type, and will start to formulate their own set of strategies for effective use of typography as an element of graphic design.
|Trimester 1||Trimester 2|
This subject explores elements and principles of design through the medium of analogue and digital illustration. It identifies the difference between drawing, art and illustration as well as exploring additional opportunities that exist through animated, illustrative components.
Students are encouraged to develop an individual approach by researching and studying specific techniques, imitating various approaches to find their own voice.
|Trimester 1||Trimester 2|
|DGDSB100 Symbols and Branding
This subject introduces semiotics and identity design. Students explore the history of symbols and ways of categorising them. They are then introduced to logos, exploring elements and categories of logo design including word-marks, symbols and monograms. Students work through the process of developing an identity, with attention to simplification, process and documentation. Throughout, students will be required to focus on audience interpretation and seeing how the customer sees.
|Trimester 2||Trimester 3|
|DGDFA100 Finished Art (Pre-requisite: HDGDDS12 Design Software)
This subject develops effective finished art techniques, including pre-press, printing and file management. Students will develop an awareness of paper stocks and finishes, and an understanding of the specific requirements for working with different materials and processes. They will be required to conceptually develop and design a professional piece, taking into account how it will be produced, learning how to choose the best print process and to take advantage of the affordances of specific processes and materials. The subject also explores some of the less common areas of finished art, including environmental design and large-scale printing.
|Trimester 2||Trimester 3|
|DGDPM100 Publishing and Media
This subject develops students’ understanding of typographic convention in both traditional and contemporary applications. Students will use their understanding of basic typographic formatting, page composition and layout to explore advanced typographic setting, work flow and content editing across print and digital platforms.
Students will also explore the role of typographic narrative within the sequenced delivery of information across a variety of environments. They will be challenged to consider the ‘voice of type’ and develop a greater appreciation and understanding of how content is read and viewed in traditional and non-traditional mediums.
|Trimester 2||Trimester 4|
|DIG103A Interaction Design (Recommended HDGDDS12 Design Software and DCX101 Design Context are completed prior to enrolment into DIG103A)
This subject continues the exploration of the theory and practice of interaction design for digital media. The subject covers core research and concept development methods for interaction design. Students will focus on interpreting and structuring information content for interactive non-linear presentation and delivery, and will also focus on visual aspects of interface design and the ways in which visual design affects end-user experience.
|Trimester 3||Trimester 5|
|DGDFI100 Form and Insight
Form and Insight is a theoretical and practice-based subject that encourages consideration to audience, purpose and context. It introduces students to traditional and non-traditional, digital, 2D and 3D design with a strong emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility.
|Trimester 3||Trimester 5|
|DGDPP100 Portfolio and Professional Practice
This subject challenge student to consider their professional identity before developing strategies and portfolio tools to promote themselves to clients and the wider design industry.
Portfolio and Practice also explores the structure of studios and agencies within the design industry. Students develop an understanding of how the industry works; from day to day running of a studio to the many other professions they will need to work with. They will build an awareness of graphic design career paths and salaries, and develop the skills required to operate a freelance graphic design business.
Students also investigate trends and emerging technologies that could affect or create opportunities building entrepreneurial attitudes to assist career sustainability.
|Trimester 3||Trimester 6|
|DGDVL100 Visual Language of Design
In this subject students will study the history and evolution of art and design acknowledging the major influences and commentators of the industry.
The introduction of essential fundamental design principles and elements build to a comprehensive understanding, enabling students to start seeing and thinking like a designer. Students will be challenged to develop visual solutions to design problems and acquire the knowledge, skills and perspective necessary to identify and articulate techniques and concepts exhibited in design work.
This is followed by an in-depth look at the design process from receiving the brief up to the client presentation and reflection on success of project.
|DIG104A Motion Design
This subject introduces the foundational theory and practice of motion graphic design and live action camera production. The unit introduces basic skills in concept development, asset creation, 2D animation and compositing suitable for motion graphic production. The process of developing a live action video piece is also introduced, from pre-production through to post-production, and including fundamental sound design principles. Students will gain basic skills in camera-based production including basics of lighting, sound recording and editing.
|WIL100 Work Integrated Learning
This subject is designed to provide students with professional experience in an area related to their field of study or the career they are working towards. Within the framework of an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client, students will learn how to unpack a defined challenge into achievable outcomes and use this framework to guide the creative process and final deliverable.
Students will develop presentation techniques and objectively respond to constructive criticism and feedback. This experience will enhance work-ready skills and allow students to see first-hand how their learning translates into practice.
|CIN100A Data Visualisation
This subject introduces students to the theory and practice of Information Design. Students will visualise both quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources via linear and non-linear typography, signs, icons, pictograms and mapping techniques. They will explore theories and practical approaches that examine instructional systems, methods to convey instructions and complex information systems. Working individually students are required to research a number of given topics. They will analyse and process this information within the context of the LATCH organisational system, demonstrating their knowledge via the design of a series of visual graphics that dramatise both the research they have conducted and the skills they have gained.
|DPPICC100 Camera and Capture
This subject aims to introduce students to the foundations of photo imaging and to develop comprehensive technical skills of operating a digital camera and build experience in taking pictures under a range of conditions. A percentage of time is devoted to students receiving feedback on their recently taken images and learning to give constructive criticism to their peers, enabling them to start seeing and thinking like a photographer. Students are also introduced to primary principles of moving image/video creation.
|DPPILL100 Light and Lighting
In this subject students are introduced to the properties of light and its evaluation, measurement and control in photo capture. Students learn basic techniques of lighting, including how to identify and manipulate the colour, quantity, and quality and direction of light. Insights into the emotive nature of lighting will be gained, giving students the skills to creatively modify and apply light in a range of studio and location settings for both Photography and video.
|DPPICO200 Commercial Photography
In this subject students are introduced to the main genres of commercial photography. Students consider how to interpret, plan and execute a commercial brief in the context of a client’s needs and expectations. Building on DPPILL100 (Light and Lighting) students further develop their lighting skills for a range of commercial applications.
BBCD delivers this course at the following campus locations:
- Sydney: Level 1, 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW Australia 2007
- Melbourne: 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
- Brisbane: 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Campus Facilities and Services
All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.
Facilities and Services include:
- The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
- Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
- Student wireless access throughout the Campus
- Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
- Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
- The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.
The service includes:
- Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
- Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
- Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities
Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.
Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises. All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.
Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you. Coaching can take place online, or on campus. Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.
Billy Blue College of Design
at Torrens University Australia
Back in 1987 (before Photoshop existed) Sydney design agency Billy Blue Creative was looking for some fresh creative blood to work on their clients’ projects, so they took the only logical step: to open a design school.
What started as a magazine, blossomed into a design agency, then a school and now a university, created by designers for designers. Today Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is renowned for its pioneering spirit and high employability rate across a variety of design disciplines, including branded fashion, communication design, digital media design and interior design. Courses are developed by some of the industry’s best designers and lecturers who work in leading agencies.
Gain Real Industry Experience
Billy Blue enjoys a strong connection to the design industry, with opportunities to develop as a professional, work in class on real world projects and grow your own network of industry contacts and clients before you graduate.
With internships and work integrated learning programs involving live briefs, students get the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading design firms.
Learn in a Supportive Environment
At Billy Blue you get specialist design courses by designers for designers. Industry experts teach and mentor students, showing them the ropes with industry-relevant skills and super handy career advice.
Billy Blue lecturers don’t just teach; they act as mentors to help you achieve your goals. Committed to your success, your lecturers will work closely with you throughout your study.
Face to Face classes are kept small, with a maximum of 24 students, to ensure that you get individual attention when you need it.
In addition, you have access to industry-standard design computer labs and studio spaces, as well as a well-stocked resource centre to further enrich your learning experience.
Graduate with an Impressive Portfolio …
At Billy Blue, you develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to the industry. You also gain valuable exposure to the industry through the college’s internship program and work-integrated learning initiatives, where you have the opportunity to work on commercial projects with external clients.
You develop a network of contacts and potential clients as well as a professional-calibre portfolio – what every designer needs to land serious work.
Benefit from an award-winning track record
CATC graduates consistently place in and win prestigious design awards and competitions, including:
- 2016 AIPP NSW Student Photographer of the year
- 2015 Capture Magazine Emerging Wedding Photographer of the Year
- 2015 AIPP NSW Gold Award Winner
- 2015 AIPP NSW Silver with Distinction Award Winner (x2)
- 2015 AIPP NSW Silver Award Winner (x4)
- 2014 AIPP NSW Album of the Year Winner
- 2013 AIPP NSW Silver Award Winner
- 2013 AIPP National Silver Award Winner
Is Billy Blue College of Design well known within the design industry?
Billy Blue was created by the industry for the industry, and maintains strong industry links. All lecturers are industry practitioners, possessing inside knowledge and experience that they pass on to you.
The college is respected and renowned in the industry – the clear choice for anyone seeking a career in design.
Can Billy Blue help me find work after I graduate?
The college provides you with the opportunity to seek work experience while you study, and also ensures that you graduate with a professional portfolio that can land you serious work.
Design houses and other employers regularly contact Billy Blue when looking to hire, so job opportunities may be communicated directly to you – even before you graduate.
In addition, Billy Blue hosts a graduate exhibition that is attended by top professionals in the design and advertising industries – students have been known to get calls from prospective employers following the exhibition.
A positive student experience
Torrens University values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints. The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.
Paying for your qualification
We offer two payment options for this course:
If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.
FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.
It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold . Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:
Austudy and Abstudy
or full course and Billy Blue College of Design details go to the college website
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Billy Blue qualifications recognised?
Yes, all Billy Blue qualifications are accredited by Torrens University Australia and nationally recognised. In addition, Billy Blue’s close industry links ensure that your Billy Blue qualification is highly respected within the design industry.
Is Course Credit available?
Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.
Are any payment options or financial assistance available?
Billy Blue Bachelor Degree courses are eligible for FEE HELP (Australian students only). FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
What materials and equipment will I need to provide?
All students are required to bring a laptop to class.
Hardware minimum specs: Mac
» Retina display (suggested)
» Mac OS X Mavericks (or more recent)
» 8GB 1600MHz RAM (minimum)
» 500GB hard drive (or higher)
» 2GB graphics processor (or higher)
» Multicore Intel processor (Dual core i5 minimum) or AMD processor: 2GHz or better.
» Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Windows 8.1 or more recent recommended)
» 8GB of RAM (minimum)
» 500GB hard drive (or higher)
» 2GB graphics processor (or higher)
» Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional and InDesign)
» Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite) 2010 or later version
We recommend students purchase a subscription membership with Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition). We suggest the ‘Complete — Student version’, which is heavily discounted and provides full access to all Adobe applications. At time of writing, it is advertised at $28.59/month.
For more detail, visit Australian Adobe site: https://creative.adobe.com/plans?store_code=au
Please Note: Internet access is required for software activation and validation of subscription, as well as to online services.
Phone: 1300 851 245