Design

Master of Design (Advanced)

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What is a Master of Design?

A Master of Design encourages designers, developers, technologists, programmers, artists and teachers to explore the space between design, project management and business disciplines. It offers the high-level knowledge to successfully implement design practice and principles to various societal needs. At the same time, it introduces cutting-edge technologies, systems and applications. Complete the standard Master of Design in 18 months or the Advanced Masters in two years.

The course is blended with online and face-to-face subjects, providing a flexible learning environment. In the core subjects, you’ll explore conceptual challenges and questions of visual expressions to develop useful, usable and appropriate designs for good. You’ll explore aspects of the user experience, the role of design in humanising information, and the aesthetic and practical dynamics of effective communication and branding in the international industry landscape. With a variety of electives to choose from, you can design your course to suit your interests. You’ll extend your managerial skills and practice; build your understanding of strategic processes; use creative tools and design research; discover the convergent space between disciplines; and explore the latest design theory, practice and innovation.

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Learning outcomes

  • Develop your understanding of strategic processes, creative tools and design research.
  • Discover the shared space between disciplines.
  • Extend your managerial skills and practice in real-world environments.
  • Explore the latest design theory and innovations in your chosen area.
Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Duration
2 years full time
Start date

30 May 2022

12 Sep 2022

31 Oct 2022

Fees

This is an AQF Level 9 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.

* For more details on international student study options.

Broaden your career options
Explore the connected space between design, project management and business systems.

Learn from related electives
Access subjects from our Graduate Certificate in UX and Web Design.

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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. Capstone project: 6 hrs facilitated study and 14 hrs self-directed study per week. Major project (Advanced): 12 hrs facilitated study and 28 hrs self-directed study per week.

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.

Complete 2 core subjects and 2 electives to graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Design
Complete 5 core subjects and 3 electives to graduate with a Graduate Diploma of Design
Complete 7 core subjects and 4 electives to graduate with a Master of Design
Complete 8 core subjects and 4 electives to graduate with a Master of Design (Advanced)

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives

5 Core subjects

  • Design Identity | DSGN6026
    This subject introduces students to philosophical and theoretical lenses for interpreting the various contexts of reception within which their designs will be encountered, engaged with, experienced or consumed. Design Identity, focuses specifically on ‘the connections of text as a stimulus to design approaches and understanding but more importantly on new ways of seeing. In this subject students engage with texts that are, or have been, influential in shaping ways in which designers and design theory engages the worlds that designed things enter into and subsequently re-define. A range of differing texts, including theoretical, literary and designed texts, and texts utilizing different media, are introduced and explored.
  • Design Context | DSGN6027
    This subject provides a suite of cross disciplinary, practice based topics for designers in the areas of, time, space, motion and interaction. Designers will explore conceptual challenges and questions of visual expression in the quest to develop useful, usable and resonant designs for good. This will include understanding and articulating ‘user experience’, the role of design in humanizing information, the aesthetic and conceptual dynamics of effective communication, branding and communication within the international industry landscape.
  • Design Futures | DSGN6028

    This subject introduces designers to research methodologies as a basis for identifying problems which can be the catalyst to bring about change. Students gain skills in the analysis of research data using grounded theory and phenomenography, in addition to visual research methods used as a foundation for creative and design solutions inherent in cross-disciplinary creative practice.

    By means of reflection, analysis and contextualising an identified culture—their own or others— and by drawing on its philosophies, typical behaviours and patterns, designers explore, elicit and assess problems to instigate creative group projects. The design practices foster understanding of, and connection with, the contexts that designed things participate in, enrich and often transform. The additional emphasis is on problem identification that informs and leads to enhanced futures based on successful creative outcomes.

  • Social Enterprise | DSGN6031
    The theoretical base of this subject focuses on developing the students’ understanding of the fundamental contemporary theories of social entrepreneurship and a variety of applicable business models. The course will explore cross discipline material encompassing design, business and technology and how to acquire and combine knowledge and skills in all 3 areas to amplify the potential for success in 21st century society. At the core of this subject will be a focus on customer experience design, both theory and skill, and why user centric principles are increasingly used in business today. Students will explore the application of entrepreneurship business strategies and apply this knowledge in a philanthropic context and come up with solution to a real world problem they can execute to the pitch ready stage for investment. The project will entail some type of ‘design for good’ aspect in either a profit or non-for-profit business model. Students will be expected to think critically as they evaluate complex ideas and learn the patterns, frameworks and mechanics or storytelling, behavior design, game design and platform design.
  • Research and Innovation | DSGN6029
    This subject culminates in a synthesised project proposal as foundation for the Cap-stone Project. Consideration of ethics and approaches to potentially sensitive research are identified before approval of the research approach by the University Ethics Committee. During this subject designers develop and consolidate their understanding of research practices as well as findings in order to thoroughly analyse and review collected information gathered without any demographic constraints. The proposal stipulates the problem and the solution as it appears, the research focus group (if any) as well as the type of research to be conducted. Creative and societal innovation founded on research but also reflexive practice is to be considered in the proposal for the Capstone Project. At the end of this subject designers will have proposed the foundations of a self-initiated project that exhibits a sophisticated understanding of contemporary design practice based on triple line philosophy: 1) environmental sustainability; 2) social, ethics and creative responsibility combined with; 3) financial responsibility.
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3 Core subjects

  • Design and Economies | DSGN6030
    The practice of design has always been profoundly shaped by the particular economies in which it has been embedded. The demands placed on both human and non-human ecologies by 20th century growth-based economies, are evidently unsustainable. Increasing acknowledgment of ecological stress upon the planet, in tandem with the economic instability of the first decades of the 21st century, have given impetus to a rethinking of our assumptions about the economy. Over the past decades a number of critical thinkers have proposed new approaches to the economy. What are the implications of these potential economies for design? How might more sustainable approaches to the economy open up new possibilities for design? What might be the role of design in the transition to a different economy?
  • Capstone project | DSGN6032
    The final subject requires students to execute, finalise and present their self- initiated project exhibiting a sophisticated understanding of contemporary design practice, whilst addressing the university ethos. Central to the project will be evidence of critical analysis and reflexive and reflective practice, social engagement, in addition to the use of refined visual language in its execution with particular industry relevancy for which their project is intended. Students must draw on the philosophical, practical, methodological, theoretical and technical tools they have gathered over the duration of the degree to complete a successful project. Students are individually mentored through this project by a supervisor with complementary practice-based research expertise. Projects can be static or interactive, print or digital, objects or installations, and could incorporate sound or moving image, but could also be a systems design of a problem. Students must complete all other required subjects before undertaking the Capstone project.
  • Major project (Advanced) | DSGN6033
    The Major Project builds upon the Capstone project enabling students to develop and apply strategic processes, creative tools and research for innovation in design and to independently apply highly specialised knowledge of professional managerial or project management practice creating a truly interdisciplinary perspective while engaging with the industry.
Choose 1 elective subject from the electives tab.
Electives available to students may be chosen from the elective bank below. Choose 4 electives
  • Interface Development | DID600A
    This subject introduces the practical and conceptual skills and knowledge required to design and produce online user interfaces. Students learn how to use compliant standards- based markup and scripting language to develop interfaces. The subject covers concept development, prototyping, development, testing and troubleshooting concepts and techniques typical to interface development. Students also learn how to produce animated elements suitable for online interactive media.
  • User Experience Design | DID602A
    This subject develops conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in experience design for interactive and online media. Students will use common experience design research methods to analyse audience and content requirements. Students will work through concept development, prototyping, validation and testing phases to improve and refine a user experience design in relation to the requirements of a specific client brief. Throughout students will develop their knowledge and skillset in terms of creating usable and user- centred interactive design experiences.
  • Multi-Platform Experience Design | DID603A
    This subject covers the scoping, planning, design and delivery of a continuous multi-platform user experience design project. As part of this project, students will develop and integrate promotional and social media strategy. The subject explores agile and iterative design and project management methodologies, and the use of scenario/story-based analysis to inform the design and development of interactive features. The subject also develops and extends students’ skillset in terms of usability testing and validation processes.
  • User Experience Management and Systems | DID601A
    This subject covers the use and customization of content and technology systems for the delivery of online content. Students learn how to generate flexible design solutions to present and manage complex and variable content. The subject introduces online content management systems and specialist development tools, and students will learn how to use and customize these systems and tools to meet specific design and project requirements. Students will also learn about hosting platforms, performance measurement and metrics systems for online content.
  • Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000
    This course provides students with a grounding in the principles of project management, its methods and contemporary standards associated with managing diverse projects. Students in this course are introduced to the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to manage projects (including IT projects) successfully throughout a project life cycle, and to the language used by practitioners in conjunction with the terminology recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students explore the project management knowledge areas and process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) guide. Students also examine the ways these two dimensions of project management interact in initiating (scoping), planning, executing (launching), monitoring and controlling, and closing a project. The subject provides students with opportunities to also examine the challenges of project management and the professional traits that project managers are associated with.
  • Management Perspectives | MGMT6012

    Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this unit. This unit helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations. The unit also focuses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others. The course introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis.

    We recommend you complete this subject towards the beginning of your MBA. The unit challenges you to think differently about your organisational experiences, to look at them through a variety of lenses, and to explore different ways by which you can influence people within the organisation and have an impact through your function as a manager. A key skill underpinning this is the ability to receive and respond to feedback, to look at data in a number of different ways to find alternative meanings and create different patterns of behaviour. The book ‘Images of Organisation’ explores the notion of the organisation through a range of metaphors; by exploring these metaphors you can gain different insights into your organisation and start to play with different interpretations and understandings of how we experience the world.

  • Dynamic Leadership | MGMT6000
    Being an effective and genuine leader in a dynamic era requires an understanding of leadership concepts, how leaders think and act, and how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organisation. Being a dynamic leader also demands a strong set of competencies such as motivating self and others, leading creativity in an organisation, cultural intelligence, and navigating ambiguity. This subject provides students with a foundation of leadership theory, styles and approaches, and an opportunity for students to access and build on their own leadership styles throughout the course, developing their personal sense of social justice in the workplace as they progress their course. As such, the subject introduces students to reflexive research methodologies and the concept of the lived experience as a research method.
  • Management Information Systems | MGMT6013
    The use of control of manipulation and presentation of data in organisations is becoming increasingly important in the management of stakeholder expectations. This subject explores the role of managing information systems, the impact of technological change on the management of information, and the risks associated with poor information management. Students work with case studies and scenarios to develop strategies for reviewing management information systems in their own contexts.
  • Organisational Best Practice | MGMT6014
    Benchmarking and the ability to collect, analyse and present benchmarking data to influence organisational decision making is a core competence for many organisations. This subject develops students’ analytical skills and understanding of benchmarking processes and procedures before supporting them in a benchmarking exercise of their own.
  • Design Thinking for Education | DTE401
    Design thinking is an approach to innovation that involves identifying ‘problems’ or issues in a particular context, considering those who have a stake in these problems/issues, and designing a range of possible solutions that are then tested and refined in practice. In this subject, students will explore the concepts and processes of design thinking, including the origins of design thinking and its use across a range of disciplines and contexts. Following these general processes, students will then engage in a design thinking process to identify and address an issue within their own professional context. Through this design thinking process, students will engage in reflection and analysis of their professional skills, knowledge and judgement, and ultimately arrive at an advanced understanding of their roles as innovators and leaders in education.
  • Technology and Education | TED403
    This subject challenges students to engage with a diverse range of educational technologies with a view to critically examining the relevance and application of such technologies within their professional context. More broadly, students will engage critically with the discourses surrounding technologies in education, refining their skills of critique and analysis to articulate the principles through which educators might make informed decisions about the effectiveness and appropriateness of specific technologies for learning. The subject will provide students with the opportunity to consider specific technologies that are relevant for their professional setting, for example technologies to engage students with Autism, and/or technologies relevant to the teaching of particular disciplines.
  • Contracts and Procurement | PROJ6004
    Procurement and contracts are integral to successful project management. In this course, students learn about planning for purchases and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contract administration, and contract closure. Students learn how to approach key issues with regard to short and long‐term contracts, and small and large contracts. Topics covered include the examination of procurement strategies, responsiveness, and supplier‐client relationships. Students will also examine tendering, bidding and order management processes, relevant legal and commercial implications, as well as managing the relationship between buyer and seller, assessing vendor performance, contract change control, and conflict resolution.
  • Project, Portfolio and Program Management | PROJ6018

    This subject consolidates your knowledge of project and program management concepts and introduces Project Portfolio Management. Specific topics include portfolio management lifecycles and frameworks, capability and capacity, project management maturity and change management. You will discuss the influence of the PMO in the successful delivery of projects and programs within the Project Portfolio.

    You will also learn to select projects for inclusion in the portfolio and assess and evaluate the performance of the portfolio of projects and programs. Lastly there will be a focus on how to apply a range of tools and techniques when managing project portfolios, specifically considering strategic management, and benefits to the organisation.

  • Managing Information Systems/Technology Projects | PROJ6012
    In this subject, students explore the interrelationship between technological change and the strategic role that technology plays in sustaining a successful business. Students will analyse professional, technological and organisational challenges - including ethical issues and risks - that impinge on the management of complex technology projects across small, medium and global business environments. They also examine various approaches to planning and delivering IS/IT projects, including Information System Development Methodologies (ISDM), outsourcing, and custom versus off-the-shelf products.
  • Work Integrated Learning | WIL600
    This subject is designed to provide students an opportunity to pursue a significant project in a professional environment in an area related to their specialisation. This will enable students to develop skills that enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and build their career for the future. Work integrated learning broadens the students’ learning environment while they’re studying and allows them to see first-hand how their learnings in their degree translates in practice, as well as how ‘real world’ practice relates to what they are learning at University.

    There are two options available to students: Option 1: Industry placement Students are offered the opportunity to undertake an industry placement at an organisation in a relevant position. This encourages them to build long-term relationships with the industry and provides an opportunity for them to work with and learn from people who may end up becoming colleagues, managers or mentors. It also provides a context in which to enhance their communication skills and work collaboratively in a professional arena. Students will undertake a series of industry-led tasks that are relevant to their field of study in order to understand the key concepts of working in and managing a professional technology team with emphasis placed on the operation of the environment.

    Option 2: Industry Brief Students respond to criteria set within the context of an Industry Project. An understanding of research methodologies appropriate to professional practice and the documentation of personal creative investigation will be explored. Students will also further investigate and examine entrepreneurial and commercial opportunities through collaborative work practice.  Students draw upon the philosophical, practical, methodological, theoretical and technical tools they have gathered over the duration of the degree to complete a successful project. Students are mentored through this project with complementary practice-based expertise. Projects must pertain to the field relevant to their specialisation.

    The subject is delivered from a cross specialisation perspective and draws on both specialised and common industry practices.
  • Blockchain | DTBC400

    This Micro-credential examines the core concepts and principles of Blockchain and of its potential emerging trends in areas such as financial services, smart contracts, supply chain logistics and other fields where an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way may be useful. While not offering an examination of the deeper mathematical and cryptographic principles underlying Blockchain technology, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals and potential impacts of Blockchain to implement a ‘secure by design’ distributed computing system with high fault tolerance. This will provide a deeper understanding of the capabilities and limitations of blockchain technology, enabling students to assess which business problems it can potentially solve.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Cloud Computing | DTCC400

    This Micro-credential explores core concepts of Cloud Computing. Students will be introduced to cloud service infrastructure, architecture and cloud economics. They will be exposed to different cloud facilities including storage services, database services, computing services, security measures, networking basics and content delivery. Additionally, scaling and monitoring will be examined in order to perform load balancing tasks for an effective cloud architecture.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Cybersecurity | DTCS400

    This micro-credential introduces key concepts of Cyber Security such as confidentiality, integrity and availability. Students will explore the scale of the Cyber Security challenge globally, including the social factors informing individual, organisational, and international attitudes towards Cyber Security. Recent trends impacting the threats and vulnerabilities that are having a global impact and causing business disruptions are examined. Globally recognised frameworks that businesses employ to address Cyber Security exposure are explored and potential solutions addressing organisational Cyber Security issues are analysed.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence | DAAI400

    This Micro-credential introduces students to the areas of Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. They will gain insight into basic knowledge representation, problem solving techniques and explore data science processes, data ingestion, cleansing, and transformation fundamentals that turn data analytics into insights to drive decision making. Students learn techniques and best practices in the analysis of data sets which are useful for crucial organisation decisions. They will explore how data and tools can be used to solve complex, real-world business problems through the application of machine learning, algorithms and other Artificial Intelligence techniques. Students are also challenged to understand the ethical and privacy issues related to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Data Science Essentials I | DSE500-MC1

    Data Science Essentials I introduces students to the rapidly growing field of data science providing an overview of the fundamentals. Students will acquire knowledge to identify and propose solutions to problems in different business and organisational contexts. In addition, students will be introduced to various concepts, techniques, processes and the common tools used by data scientists to gather and analyse data.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Data Science Essentials II | DSE500-MC2

    DSE500-MC2 - Data Science Essentials II examines various processes used to identify different patterns in collected data and how to construct data sets to solve distinct data science problems. Students will further develop data into different models, evaluate these models and use them to create stories. In applying this knowledge to different domains, students will also deploy the models created and refine them based on feedback. Students are further challenged to rationalise ethical and privacy issues related to data science.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Human Centred Design for Software Engineering I | HCD402-MC1

    This micro-credential explores several non-technical aspects of software development, especially pertaining to human behaviour and interactions to emphasise the human aspects of technology. The micro-credential covers the basic theories of knowledge, human cognition, ethical and moral values, creative aspects of the human mind and social interaction among human beings through a technological context. Students will use their existing knowledge and specialised skills to help formulate and suggest innovative solutions to problems that affect diverse societies.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Human Centred Design for Software Engineering II | HCD402-MC2

    This micro-credential helps students further explore several non-technical aspects of software development. Continuing from Human Centred Design – Micro-Credential 1, this subject dives further into the Human-Centred design space. The content covers the more advanced concepts of differing knowledge, human cognition, regional ethical and moral values, and creative aspects of the human mind and how different contextual instances shape design at a higher level. Students will use their existing knowledge, prior experience in Human Centred Design – Micro Credential 1, and specialised skills to help research and develop innovative solutions to problems that affect diverse societies.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Secure By Design I | SBD403-MC1

    This micro-credential deals with integrating the entire development lifecycle of IT systems in a secure environment through secure design methodologies, software development models, architecture design and industry Secure by Design standards such as OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project).

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Secure by Design II | SBD403-MC2

    This Micro-credential continues the integration of the entire development lifecycle of IT systems in a secure environment through further investigation of secure design methodologies. Continuing from Secure by Design Micro-credential 1 — Micro-credential 2 explores concepts such as secure failure, domain-driven design, and common cyber-attack techniques. This Micro-credential continues to explore the construction of security as a component of IT systems.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • The Internet of Things | DTIT400

    This Micro-credential introduces the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) and of the underlying connections between people, process and platforms that can drive the digital transformation of organisations. Students will be introduced to the key technological components underpinning IoT and how their implementation can serve a business strategy by increasing organisational efficiencies, improving coordination and driving productivity. Students will gain the capacity to articulate how key IoT technologies can improve organisational productivity and add value, to recommend strategies for developing the necessary skills and foundational capabilities to support the implementation of IoT technologies within an organisation and to create a road map for the implementation of IoT in a business context.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Agile Mindset | DTAM400

    This Micro-credential introduces the principles of Agile Mindset methodologies for Project Management. Agile Mindset uses an iterative process that breaks down projects into small pieces that are completed in work sessions that run from the design phase to testing and quality assurance (QA). Agile Mindset is a project management methodology that involves securing client feedback in every step of the project development process. Students will critically evaluate a range of Agile Mindset methods and their suitability to particular types of projects. They will examine the processes, tools and artefacts used in Agile Mindset project management and discover which methods are most appropriate to the particular problems to be solved and how they can best contribute to project success.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence | DEST400

    In this Micro-credential students will explore the Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence methodology as a framework for creative problem solving within the context of Digital Transformation. Students will navigate the iterative design process of understanding using the lens of empathy, ideation, development and delivery. This subject encourages students to develop problem solving skills through the application of both creative and critical thinking skills and will explore concepts such as convergent and divergent thinking processes. Students explore the strategic thinking and entrepreneurial skills that are required for successful leadership and implement an effective work practice within an interdisciplinary group, applying the methods, processes, and tools of problem-based learning to demonstrate autonomy, collaboration, and well-developed judgment and responsibility in a Digital Transformation.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

  • User Experience | DTUX400

    This Micro-credential develops conceptual knowledge and skills in User Experience Design. Students will use industry standard User Experience Design research methods to analyse both audience and content requirements. They will examine qualitative and quantitative research methods and will explore personas, mental models, customer journeys and user touchpoints. Students will develop their knowledge and skillset in terms of creating usable and user-cantered design experiences and will gain insight into the processes that lead to improved User Experience and its application in both physical and online environments.

    This elective is a micro-credential worth 5 credit points. Select a second micro-credential elective to make 10 credit points required.

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.
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Gain professional experience
Work on an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client or immerse yourself in an industry internship as part of your course.
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Why study with us?

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. With employability at the centre of everything we do, we offer industry-relevant courses taught by leading experts. Our flexible study options, personalised approach and partnership placements will help you find a career you love.

Connected to industry

Industry professionals and entrepreneurs founded Billy Blue, and today it remains an active creative hub where friendly lecturers teach and mentor students. Our strong relationships with the design industry means you will work on live projects with real industry clients.

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Whichever course you take at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, you’ll be prepared for rapid change by having next-generation technology at your disposal.
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Fees: Domestic students

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Scholarships: Domestic students

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you'll love. The scholarships below span all our courses in Design and Creative Technology and are your chance to work into your chosen field as well as become one of our networked ambassadors.

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
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AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University in a relevant field of study.
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AND basic awareness/familiarity and level of competence at surfing the internet and working with basic software packages.
OR work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level. 

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.

How to apply: Domestic students

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Fees: International students

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

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Scholarships: International students

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.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

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

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  • Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent; and
  • Design portfolio of experience; and
  • Written proposal; and
  • Resume; and
  • Interview; and
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Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more 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.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
    Domestic students:

    Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.

    If you have any difficulty, please contact our Course and Careers Advisors, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.


    International students:

    If you are an international student hoping to begin your studies in Australia, study online, or transfer from another university, you may choose to do so through our Education Agents. Our agents are located throughout the world and will make sure the enrolment process runs smoothly. View the full list of International Education Agents. You can also apply online. For anything else, please contact our International team.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs). 

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has a range of application pathways to help you gain entry into our degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study Pathways or contact our Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?

    Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.

    If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.

    Please speak to our Course and Careers Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.

    For more information, please visit Course credits.

  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

    If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

    You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:

    • Undertake study with an approved provider.
    • Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
      • An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
      • A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
      • Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
    • Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
    • Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.

    For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.

    If you are still unsure, please contact our Course and Career Advisors who can talk you through the information.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.

    Domestic students

    When you speak to our Course and Careers Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.

    International students

    Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or by email.

    For more details, explore our range of scholarships.

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