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A playground for movers and shakers and a pathway to the real world of design. Welcome to Billy Blue College of Design – a dynamic and exciting world where ideas, artistry, and communication collide and multiply; where hard thinking and persistence meet craft and skill. Choose from a variety of courses in Communication Design, Branded Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, 3D Design and Animation, UX and Web Design and Film and Video Design.

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Undergraduate

Bachelor's Degree, Higher Education Diploma

key study outcomes
Create your own fashion label
Design, production and branding of garments
Create and brand a range of design solutions
Understanding the integrity and positioning of a brand
Forecasting, project-management and drawing skills
Understanding of latest software
Ideal for:
Those looking to launch their own range of garments or for a world-class career as a Brand Fashion Designer, Buyer, Merchandise Planner or Product Developer.
key study outcomes
Undertake real-life industry experience
Identify strategic business opportunities
Graduate with a shining portfolio
Ideal for:
Students struggling to decide whether to pursue a career in the creative or business industries or have dreams of wanting to start your own creative business.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Online study available

Full time 4 years or Accelerated 3 years or Part time 8 years part-time

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Undertake real-life industry experience
Identify strategic business opportunities
Graduate with a shining portfolio
Ideal for:
Students looking to graduate as a highly qualified designer with in-demand skills, a professional-calibre portfolio and the chance to complete work experience in a professional studio.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 3 years or Accelerated 2 years or Part time Options Available

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Skills in modelling, rigging, animation, texturing, lighting and compositing
Real world briefs
Knowledge of industry creative processes
Opportunity to intern with a professional 3D design and animation studio
Ideal for:
Students looking for a career in 3D design or animation for film, TV, games, advertising, information/education and beyond.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 3 years or Accelerated 2 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Broad and flexible hands-on design skills
Knowledge of design, film, TV and animation
Briefs and creative processes used by industry
Enriched creativity and storytelling
Opportunity to intern with a professional motion design studio or production house
Ideal for:
Students looking for a career designing and producing content for film, TV, games, advertising, information/education and beyond

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney

Full time 3 years or Accelerated 2 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
User experience design knowledge
Graphic and interface design
Strong storytelling skills
Craft compelling interactive experiences
Opportunity to intern in a professional digital studio
Ideal for:
Those looking for a career in one of the fastest growing (and most career-rich) sectors of the global economy where design, media, and technology interact.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane

Full time 3 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Skills to work with the ever-changing drivers of commercial environments
Theoretical and practical elements of commercial interiors
Make commercial environments a reality
Understanding of spatial environments
Ideal for:
Those looking to work in architectural or interior design practices designing everything from cafes, hotels, restaurants to exhibitions and corporate environments. Or, work in industry designing video game interiors, virtual worlds and animations.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Online study available

Full time 3 years or Accelerated 2 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
User experience design knowledge
Graphic and interface design
Strong storytelling skills
Craft compelling interactive experiences
Opportunity to intern in a professional digital studio
Ideal for:
Students looking to gain the skills and creativity to respond and adapt to the future challenges of sustainable residential design for 21st Century housing, high-rise living, mobile, multi-purpose and adaptive reuse environments.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Online study available

Full time 3 years or Accelerated 2 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Design fundamentals
Visual communication vocabulary
Theory and practice of moving image and 3D design production
Discover how branding shapes the nature and role of design practice
Create brand collateral that delivers results
Ideal for:
Those with or without a design background looking to gain some knowledge and skills in design without committing to studying a full degree. Those students who want a “taster” program allowing them to sample various specialisms prior to articulating to a degree, should they wish to continue.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 1 year or Accelerated 7 months or Part time 2 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Essential digital design skills
Graphic design and 3D design skills
Digital video, motion graphics, web and interactive design knowledge
Experience in animation, interaction design and motion design
Ideal for:
Students looking to decide where to focus next, and which specialist digital media design degree to undertake, or as a stepping stone into junior or entry-level role in a digital studio or production house.
key study outcomes
In-depth knowledge about design history and principles
Ideas generation, brand identity and typography skills
Design research and user experience skills
Graphic design software knowledge
Professional portfolio
Ideal for:
Those wishing to gain practical skills and knowledge to start a career in design or stand out as a creative thinker when applying for other roles. This is an ideal starting program for students wishing to articulate into a degree program later.

On campus Wakefield Street Campus, Adelaide, Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Fortitude Valley Campus, Brisbane, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Online study available

Full time Full-time: 1 year or Part time Part-time: 2 years maximum

key study outcomes
New and emerging technologies
Apply research skills to test and evaluate user experiences
Working virtually in a team, independently and in leadership
Insights in the user experience design
Communication skills necessary to transfer complex knowledge and ideas
Ideal for:
Those wishing to gain practical skills and knowledge to start a career in interior design or stand out as a creative thinker when applying for other roles. This is an ideal starting program for students wishing to articulate into a degree program later.
key study outcomes
Identify and explore your own personal style and build a professional portfolio;
Explore both still image and video formats
Learn real workplace skills so you have the confidence to manage many types of photography assignments from start to finish.
Ideal for:
Those wanting to gain practical skills using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere, and equipment like DSLR cameras, studio lighting, video rigs and more, whilst exploring still and video formats. This course provides the opportunity to identify and explore your own personal style, build a professional portfolio learn real workplace skills so you have the confidence to manage many types of photography assignments from start to finish.
key study outcomes
Awareness of the software engineering body of knowledge with a view towards ethics of practice in a global and sustainable context
Communicate proficiently in the context of software engineering across a variety of audiences utilising appropriate tools and interfaces
Ideal for:
People who are interested in the interaction between humans and computers and want to create products and systems for the future to change the world.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 3 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Understand software engineering body of knowledge with a view towards ethics of practice in a global and sustainable context
Apply creative skills to identify and solve complex commercial software engineering problems innovatively with independence.
Apply coherent and advanced knowledge from the domain of cloud computing and DevOps in diverse contexts including social impact, emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.
Ideal for:
People who are interested in getting into a future proof job that involves computing, design thinking, ideation, project & time management, and interpersonal communication across different subjects.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 3 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Collaborate on projects with fellow students including problem based solutions for gaming
Group Capstone project where you’ll develop a game in a similar environment to a studio
Have an understanding of the history of video games as creative technologies and as cultural artefacts
Develop enhanced skills in 2D, 3D, animation, environment art, character art, user experience in games
Develop electronic games across multi-platforms including online, mobile and console
Ideal for:
Those wanting to create breathtaking environments and characters for one of the biggest industries in the world.
key study outcomes
Become a specialist software engineer who develops solutions and computer programs to activate computer game interaction
Use Unity and Unreal – the two main engines for game development to build high-quality 3D and 2D games
Collaborate on projects with fellow programmers and game artists to create a commercially viable game from concept to live prototype
Ideal for:
Those wanting to become a software engineer with practical skills and experience in game development across multiple platforms including PlayStation.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Online study available

Full time 3 years or Part time 6 years

International Students Welcome

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Postgraduate

Master's Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate

key study outcomes
New and emerging technologies
Apply research skills to test and evaluate user experiences
Working virtually in a team, independently and in leadership
Insights in the user experience design
Communication skills necessary to transfer complex knowledge and ideas
Ideal for:
Working professionals who wish to become more digitally savvy to the extent that they understand the design principles and user experience testing associated with website design and development.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney

Online study available

Full time 6 months (2 trimesters) or Part time 1 year (4 trimesters)

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Evaluate design from an interdisciplinary perspective
Analyse design issues
Develop new strategies
Application of research and theory
Ideal for:
Experienced designers who want to explore their craft at a higher level and progress to more senior roles within the design industry worldwide.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney

Full time 6 months or Part time 1 year

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Evaluate design from an interdisciplinary perspective
Analyse design issues
Develop new strategies
Application of research and theory
Ideal for:
Experienced designers who want to explore their craft at a higher level and progress to more senior roles within the design industry worldwide.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney

Full time 1 year or Part time 2 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Extend your managerial skills and practice
Understanding of strategic processes, creative tools and design research
Discover the convergent space between disciplines
Explore the latest design theory, practice and innovation
Ideal for:
Experienced designers who want to explore their craft at a higher level and progress to more senior roles within the design industry worldwide.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney

Full time 1.5 years or Accelerated 1 year or Part time Options available

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Extend your managerial skills and practice
Understanding of strategic processes, creative tools and design research
Discover the convergent space between disciplines
Explore the latest design theory, practice and innovation
Ideal for:
Experienced designers who want to explore their craft at a higher level and progress to more senior roles within the design industry worldwide.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney

Full time 2 years or Part time 4 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Master and synthesise cognitive, technical and creative skills
Plan, manage, execute and communicate in a team environment
Ideal for:
Professionals seeking to upskill for improved career prospects and specialise in the field of AI.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 2 years or Part time 4 years

International Students Welcome

key study outcomes
Demonstrate an awareness of the software engineering body of knowledge with a view towards ethics of practice in a global and sustainable context.
Apply coherent and advanced knowledge from the domain of cloud computing and DevOps in diverse contexts including social impact, emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.
Ideal for:
Professionals seeking to upskill for improved career prospects and specialise in the field of Cloud Computing & DevOps.

On campus Ultimo Campus, Sydney, Flinders Street Campus, Melbourne

Full time 2 years or Part time 4 years

International Students Welcome

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Josie Harvey - Bachelor of Communication Design

Design

Billy Blue College of Design

“There was a lot of hesitation going into a formal college after a painful university experience of observing a huge disconnect between what was being taught and the working world. I chose Billy Blue because when I walked in, their branding was relevant. Someone sat down with me and got straight to the point, and it was the only course I found where I could get the ropes of design studying in person and in one year. Also, the small classes were taught by lecturers who simultaneously work in the industry as well as teach. Not only do they know my name, they know my work and genuinely care about my success as a designer. It struck a good balance between real world and still giving really decent support.”

Josie Harvey | Bachelor of Communication Design

Design

“This course is so practical! Everything I’m learning, I’m applying directly in my internship and I can see how it all works together.”

Leah-Jane Musch | Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design

Design has rightfully taken its place as one of the most in-demand professions in the world.

Good design makes life better and, at Torrens University Australia, our design graduates are award-winners, trend-setters and trailblazers across all areas of design. Billy Blue College of Design has grown from a magazine into a studio, into a leading design educator, and it’s now a partner with Torrens University Australia. It offers industry-recognised design courses across Communication Design, Branded Fashion Design, 3D Design and Animation, User Experience and Web Design, Film and Video, and Interior Design. Every year it yields more and more award-winning students and graduates who enjoy a high employment rate. For our Adelaide students, the Bachelor of Media Design in collaboration with Auckland’s esteemed Media Design School, offers a gateway into an exciting creative career.

Thanks to these excellent partnerships, Torrens University Australia is able to offer a variety of design courses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland. Students can choose from the best Bachelor, Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Master degrees, and complete a design course in just one trimester.