Design

Diploma of Design

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Billy Blue College of Design
Diploma of Design

What is a Diploma of Design?

A Diploma of Design lets you a sample a range of specialist areas within design, such as graphic design, digital design, video production, interior design and fashion. It builds a foundation in the design industry, typically over one year of full-time study, with guidance from industry professionals and collaboration with other students. A Diploma of Design provides accreditation for either further study or a career in the design field.
While building valuable design experience and technical know-how, you will also collaborate in dynamic learning environments and design studios, exploring such topics as client needs, problem solving and the nature of trends. The Diploma of Design has been developed to provide a broad sample of different design specialities for people with or without a background in design. Our extensive selection of elective courses give you an introduction to topic areas such as Branded Fashion Design, Communication Design, Digital Media Design, Interior Design, and Game Design and Development. This design diploma provides full credit as a pathway into the more advanced courses, so you can specialise and choose your direction after sampling everything the Diploma of Design has to offer.

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Learning outcomes

  • Build a foundation of general knowledge that will serve you across all disciplines.
  • Work with an array of media and tools in a range of styles.
  • Experiment to discover your own personal design aesthetic.
  • Discover the specific areas of design you wish to pursue further in your study.
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Free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence

You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.

Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
1 year full -time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Designed to fit in with you
With a range of electives on offer, you can tailor your course to work towards your career goals.

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

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Upskill and specialise
Learn with the most up-to-date web-design technologies and from academics and industry-leading experts.
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Career opportunities

This foundational introduction to the profession allows you to choose a direction for further study and for your future career in design across a variety of industries.

Potential career paths

  • Interactive Designer
    Average salary: $75,000 - $96,000
  • Graphic Designer
    Average salary: $69,000 - $107,000
  • Interior Stylist
    Average salary: $39,000 - $85,000
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I really enjoyed my time interning at Billy Blue Creative. It was an immensely valuable experience and was the perfect way to end my degree.
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Subjects and units

This course comprises of four core subjects and four elective subject.

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Electives

Requirements

Complete four core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select four electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Design Context | DCX101
  • Design Studio 1 | DSO102
  • Design Studio 2 | DSO103
  • Work Integrated Learning | WIL101

Requirements

Choose four electives.

Elective subjects

  • Digital Design Foundations | DGDDD100
  • Visual Language of Design | DGDVL100
  • Typography | DGDTY100
  • Finished Art (pre-requisite DGDDD100 Digital Design Foundations) | DGDFA100
  • Design Drawing | DDW100
  • Interior Design Practice | BID104A
  • Construction and CAD | DCC100
  • Joinery and Finishes | DJF100
  • History of Interior Design and Decoration | DHI100
  • Systems and Documentation 2 (Residential) | IDR207A
  • Fashion Illustration | FA101A
  • Introduction to Branded Fashion Technical Drawing | FA104A
  • Fashion vs Clothing | FA106A
  • Introduction to Shape and Form (Co-requisite FA108A) | FA107A
  • Fashion Studio Practice (Pre-requisite FA107A) | FA108A
  • Motion Design | DIG104
  • Psychology of Moving Image | PMI100
  • Interaction Design | DIG103A
  • JavaScript Fundamentals | JSF100
  • Animation Principles | ANP100
  • Beyond the Creative Industries | BCI100
  • Digital Portfolio and Showreel | DPO100
  • 2D Asset Creation | ACR101
  • 3D Asset Creation | ACR103
  • Game Design Principles | GDP102

Technology

Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

The big difference at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the design industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.

Gain professional experience

Gain work experience as you complete an industry brief, putting your learnings into practice with guidance and mentoring from practicing professionals.

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

OR An equivalent overseas higher education qualification or equivalent

OR Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent and
Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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