Diploma of Design

CRICOS 094008C
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Billy Blue College of Design
Diploma of Design | Torrens University

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.


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.

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Vogue Australia partnership

We’ve partnered with industry leaders including Vogue Australia, to offer you internship, mentoring and scholarship opportunities.

Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Online
Course duration
1 year full -time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated
Start date
19 Feb 2024
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

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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Explore a range of design careers
Hone your core design skills while exploring a variety of specialist areas in Graphic Design, Fashion, Interiors, Motion Design or Web.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your learning materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Join a community of award-winning designers
Our graduates are recognised by industry and highly sought after, even before completing their studies.
See the work of Billy Blue College of Design's amazing graduates.
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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: $82,500 - $98,703
  • Graphic Designer
    Average salary: $74,990 - $108,751
  • Interior Stylist
    Average salary: $80,625 - $85,000
Charlotte Davey - Diploma of Design student testimonial
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.
Charlotte Davey
Graduate, Diploma of Design

Subjects and units

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

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

  • Core
  • Electives


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


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


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. 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.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

Need more help?

Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Diploma courses ( 2 options )
    • Diploma of Design

      CRICOS 094008C

    • Diploma of Graphic Design

      CRICOS 102489K

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  • Bachelor of Communication Design

    CRICOS 090295A

    24 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    3 years full time, 6 years part time, 2 years accelerated

    Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    View course


  • Graduate Certificate of Design
    4 core subjects
    On campus | Online | Blended
    6 months full time, 1 year part time

    Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

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  • Master of Design
    9 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    Master of Design (Cognate) 1.5 years, Master of Design (Non-Cognate) 2 years full time, part time options available

    Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    View course

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.

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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International


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


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


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


An equivalent overseas higher education qualification or equivalent


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

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways


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.


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 or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • 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?
  • 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?

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