Introducing emerging Australian industry stars setting the design agenda for the future

Kathleen Butt portrait

With a legacy dating back to the 1800s, Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is the nation’s most prominent design school that emphasises connections to industry for emerging designers in branded fashion, interior and graphic design, photography, digital media and creative technology.

📸 Hero image work by Kathleen Butt⁣, exhibiting at INTRO 2022

To add to this legacy, Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia champions its fearless graduates by showcasing their work to industry leaders and design aficionados at an annual graduate exhibition.

More than just a graduate exhibition INTRO provides a framework of activity that connects industry, students and alumni, and a space where incredible connections and fledgling relationships can take seed.



What is INTRO?

As a truly national event dedicated to our graduating students and their allies, INTRO is taking place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane simultaneously on Thursday 8 December this year. It is also a celebration of the wider design and creative technology industry for our industry partners.

“INTRO is a showcase of what's been achieved, but more importantly, what lies ahead,” said Nathan Scoular, Academic Director, Industry, at Torrens University. “It's an opportunity for industry, our students, and guests to come together at each of our campuses and collectively celebrate the individual success stories of our students and alumni.”

Professionally, INTRO offers that vital connection and bridge for students transitioning to industry, the perfect way to shine a spotlight on their work, their achievements, and an opportunity to introduce themselves to industry face-to-face at the exhibitions and on a national and global scale via the online website platform.

Elysia Kiernan Cosy Club

Elysia Kiernan - Cosy Club

At Billy Blue College of Design, we have emerging designers taking control of their own professional development in work studios and professional learning experiences that mirror the places in which they will work after they have completed their educational journey with us.

Throughout their journey, graduates have worked with practicing designers and dedicated lecturers to evolve into innovative thinkers, ambitious new design leaders, agitators and game-changers well-prepared to make their mark.

ackson Cowden New World SS23 Collection

Jackson Cowden - New World SS23 Collection


Check out a sneak peek of the work that will be exhibited at INTRO 2022 below.



Virtual INTROs act as an archive and a marker of the evolution of Billy Blue College of Design

Our resilient graduates put their best work forward, in 2020 and 2021, leaving a rich repository of talent.

INTRO 2020 and 2021 live launch events operated virtually due to the pandemic and featured Fredrik Öst, Founder & Creative Director of Sweden’s Snask, and Australia’s own Frankie Ratford, from The Design Kids. In 2020 the live launch attracted a whopping 4500+ viewers on the INTRO website and social media platforms, including people from as far and wide as Indonesia, Sweden, UK, India, Czech Republic, Germany.

Watch the 2020 live launch in full here.

2021 levelled up with Sibella Court, Captain of The Society Inc. and Billy Blue's exclusive Interior Design Ambassador, Liana Rossi, then Head of Content, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Chris Griffiths - Design Director, Frost* Collective, now at Interbrand, as headline speakers.

Are you Industry and keen to join us for INTRO on Thursday 8 December, register here.

If you're just starting your adventure into a design career, visit our Melbourne, Ultimo and Brisbane campuses on Friday 9 December to talk to our Future Student Advisors and to see the work of our graduating students. Register here for Friday 9 December.

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