Diploma of Design

  • Awarded by

    Billy Blue College of Design

  • Qualification


  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1 year full -time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated

  • Start Date

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  • Location

    NSW | VIC | QLD | Online

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Junior Graphic Designer | Graphic Designer | Brand Identity Designer | Interior Designer | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Start your career in the design industry with a Diploma of Design, delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia.

    This 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.

    DIA-recognised course

    This course is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, giving you confidence that your education is of the highest industry standard.

    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.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible for this course, students need to have:

    • Completed Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent, OR
    • Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above, OR
    • Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification, OR
    • Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.
  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing the Diploma of Design qualification delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, you will cover four core and four elective subjects:

    Core subjects

    • Design Context
    • Design Studio 1
    • Design Studio 2
    • Work Integrated Learning

    Elective subjects

    • Digital Design Foundations
    • Visual Language of Design
    • Typography
    • Finished Art (pre-requisite DGDDD100 Digital Design Foundations)
    • Design Drawing
    • Interior Design Practice
    • Construction and CAD
    • Joinery and Finishes
    • History of Interior Design and Decoration
    • Systems and Documentation 2 (Residential)
    • Fashion Illustration
    • Introduction to Branded Fashion Technical Drawing
    • Fashion vs Clothing
    • Introduction to Shape and Form (Co-requisite FA108A)
    • Fashion Studio Practice (Pre-requisite FA107A)
    • Motion Design
    • Psychology of Moving Image
    • Interaction Design
    • JavaScript Fundamentals
    • Animation Principles
    • Beyond the Creative Industries
    • Digital Portfolio and Showreel
    • 2D Asset Creation
    • 3D Asset Creation
    • Game Design Principles
  • Why Billy Blue College of Design?

    Billy Blue College of Design is the design and creative technology faculty at Torrens University Australia, and home to the industry’s best and brightest. They’re known for our engagement with industry and employability focus, with courses developed in collaboration with industry leaders.

    You'll study in iconic, inspirational spaces where ideas flourish, and our educators are adventurous and eager to share their craft, and industry contacts. During your studies, you’ll master the practical skills you need back up your imagination and gain the commercial skills you need to scale up your career.

    Best of all, university admission needn’t be a worry. You don’t need an ATAR to study with Billy Blue, just a passion to learn, and that hard-earned work-life experience counts too.

    You’ll benefit from the dedicated support of Course Advisors and Success Coaches, who can help you navigate your career dreams and study goals.

    And, with all your course materials online, and the option to study full or part-time, on-campus, online, or a blend of both it's all about flexibility.

  • Where will this course take you?

    On completion of this course, delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, you will gain a nationally recognised Diploma of Design qualification. Successful completion of the course will ensure that you have the skills and knowledge required to start performing to your best in your chosen design field, be it fashion design, communication design, digital media design, interior design, and game design and development.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in Design could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Design Assistant, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, UX Designer, Fashion Designer, Interior Designer.

  • Let's talk price

    Total cost for this course is $27,240 (8 subjects at $3,405 per subject).

    Students may be eligible for scholarships covering up to 30% of the fee, making the discounted fee $19,068.

    Billy Blue College of Design offers a number of easy payment plans or the ability to pay per subject or per semester as you go.

    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.

    Please enquire for further details.



    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $48,361 (2022-23 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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