Design Industry's University | Torrens University
Every aspect of our Design and Creative Technology courses is led by industry, from the curriculum designed in tandem with leading global organisations to the work experience opportunities available. You’ll graduate with strong skills, studio experience and a network of design professionals.

Hand in hand with the Design industry

Our network allows you to engage with industry at each stage of your studies. We work with influential organisations to understand what roles, skills and experience are in demand now and in the future so we can create relevant curricula.

We also partner with some of the most prestigious organisations from around the world to bring you opportunities to earn invaluable experience, skills and network. This includes exclusive scholarship, mentorship and internship programs with the likes of Vogue Australia, The Iconic, DDB, Society Inc and more.

Industry accreditations and partners

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Adobe affiliation benefits

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

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DIA-recognised courses

Certain courses are recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, so you know your education is of the highest industry standard.

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Vogue Australia partnership

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

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Exclusive Sibella Court ambassadorship

Our interior design courses are built in collaboration with international design icon Sibella Court, founder of Society Inc.

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ACS aligned

Our IT courses are structured to align with the guidelines of the Australian Computer Society, the peak body for the ICT industry.

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IBM Academic Initiative Partner

Our courses are developed in collaboration with IBM, providing access to select software, courseware and key student resources.

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AWS Web Academy Member

Our Software Engineering courses are built in collaboration with AWS, offering the most up to date industry curriculum.

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 PlayStation® First Academic Development Partner

Develop games using the PlayStation® 5 Platform with exclusive access to Professional Development Kits and Tools.

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Ranked top 10 by Career Animation

We have ranked in the Top 10 Animation Schools in Australasia by Career Animation.

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Houdini SideFX certified school

Gain free access to the award-winning industry-standard Houdini SideFX platform.

Learn from industry inside and outside the classroom

Practical industry-ready experience

Across our Design and Creative Technology course range, we offer a variety of work experience opportunities that will see you graduate with a competitive edge and a strong network to start your career.

Live briefs let you solve design challenges for genuine organisations as part of your coursework, while internships give you the chance to put your skills to work alongside clients in a variety of settings such as interior design studios, fashion houses and creative agencies.

Partnering with Torrens University to support the unlocking of emerging entrepreneurial talent into the innovative ecosystem of fashion is a unique opportunity we are thrilled to be engaged with.
Desley Maidment
Co-Founder and CEO, State of Escape

Billy Blue Creative

Billy Blue Creative is an independent design studio housed at our Ultimo campus. Billy Blue Creative offers the chance to liaise with clients and collaborate on real client briefs, all the while being mentored by seasoned professionals and clients working in the industry.

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Featured industry partners

We collaborate with industry-leading organisations to deliver extraordinary programs and initiatives for our students.

Connected to industry

Our industry consultants work directly with our academics and industry organisations to help enrich your learning experience. Industry consultants source opportunities, such as live briefs and internships, and help keep our curriculum industry-relevant, to improve your employability and ensure you graduate with an edge.
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Studying at Billy Blue was a true turning point in my career, as I was surrounded by lecturers and classmates who I believe truly wanted me to succeed.
Imogen Frost
Graduate, Diploma of Graphic Design

Purpose-built environment

With our Design courses, you’ll start working in design environments from day one. Our state-of-the-art campuses are equipped with industry-standard facilities, technology and equipment to emulate professional studios, so you graduate confident whatever the environment.

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Industry-connected Design academics

Our academics are still active in the Design and Creative Technology world, so you know you’re learning skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your career.

Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology
Scott has more than 20 years of academic experience, leading various programs, schools and faculties across Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Michelle Douglas
Michelle Douglas
Associate Professor of Creative Technology
Program Director of Creative Technology Cluster
Dr Michelle Douglas is a senior design academic and consultant with 20+ years' international experience at global institutions across the UK, USA and Australia.

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Scott Skipworth
Program Director, Interior Design
Scott continuously strives for our interior design suite of courses to pulsate with industry relevance and to generate the future of
professional practice. Scott’s academic leadership is informed by his master’s degree from Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology and professional experience with influential New York City and Sydney studios, including Gwathmey Siegel, Ike Kligerman Barkley and fjmt Studio. He is completing his PhD with Torrens University Australia. Through textual research into the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, Scott’s PhD thesis conceptualises the built environment’s Internet of Things (IoT) as newly disseminating human embodiment with empowering, but also some alarming, potentialities.

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Russell Ponting
Program Director, Branded Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Enterprise
Specialising in fashion marketing and branding, Russell has spent more than 20 years in the fashion industry, using his skills as a designer
and educator to empower individuals and organisations to achieve results. Along the way, he has worked with companies such as Globe International and Pacific Brands, managing marketing for an array of youth fashion brands including Stussy, Superdry, Mossimo and Mooks. Russell is passionate about fashion brand development and strategically aligning product and brand to meet consumer need. He is keenly interested in the impact that technology and questions of ethical production and sustainable practice will have for emerging fashion designers as they enter and transform the industry.

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Robyn Latimer, OAM
Associate Dean, Design and Creative Technology
In her 25-year design career, Robyn has owned a studio, directed a company and led countless community projects. Having worked in 
magazines and advertising, she specialised in publishing before progressing to education, which was a natural fit. She advocates for equity of access to lifelong learning and online education. In 2010, Robyn received a NSW Volunteer of the Year Award, and in 2018, an Order of Australia Medal.

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Tony Jan
Associate Professor Tony Jan
Program Director, Information Technology

He holds a PhD in machine learning in network security, a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been
responsible for the accreditation of prominent IT education programs across Australia. With over 20 years’ leadership experience in the education and technology sector, Tony is a member of the Australian Computer Society and is an experienced ACS accreditation review board member. He serves as associate editor for a number of journals and has published over 60 articles and conference proceedings focussed on innovative machine-learning algorithms related to financial data, automated video surveillance, artificial intelligence-driven cybersecurity and automated applications related to Industry 4.0. He has also been involved in ARC Discovery on automated video surveillance systems and a number of industry-sponsored research projects related to face recognition and automated credit risk assessment, received more than $600,000 in homeland security research grants. As a prize-winning teacher and ardent learner, Tony thrives on interactions with students which is demonstrable in having supervised 6 PhD and 20 Masters students to completion.

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Trent Naylor
Senior Learning Facilitator (Course Co-ordinator), Game Design, Development and Programming

Trent is a co-founder of Sydney-based games studio Pygmy Tyrant. He has designed and created gaming content for more than 20 years

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Liam Key
Senior Learning Facilitator, UX and Web Design
Liam has freelanced in industry for the past 10 years, working with clients such as ABC and Queensland Government.
Liam also works as an experimental digital artist producing award winning projects in fields such as post-production, 3D animation, virtual reality, interaction design, robotics, projection mapping, VJing, interactive public installation and is currently focusing on laser light installations.

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Workforce Edge

We work with industry to design creative employer solutions, from bespoke branded programs that let you take a hand in educating the next generation of industry leaders, to customised courses based on objectives specific to your organisation.

We can also help with study pathways and skills development, to help prepare your workforce to meet the demands of the ever-changing world.

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