Design course guide

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Published:  September 13, 2011
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Design course guide

From communication design to digital media to interior design, ff you are looking to study design in 2012 or know someone who is looking to, take a read through the list of Australian institutions below who offer design related courses (both full-time and part-time options included).

This is just a selection of design related courses in Australia. For more listings, check the Tertiary Admissions Centre in your state.

Billy Blue College of Design
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane
billyblue.edu.au
Always challenging convention, Billy Blue welcomes you to a like-minded community where a common thread connects us… A thread of lasting personal and professional fraternity born out of a common pursuit of excellence. A place where future networks are fused, where a devoted group of educators and designers inspire and ignite our passions. Who is Billy Blue? Billy Blue is you. Got ideas? Join us.

• Bachelor of Design (Communication Design): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Design (Branded Environment): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Design (Commercial Interiors): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Design (Branded Fashion): full-time – 3 years

CATC Design School
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast
catc.edu.au
Established in 1982, CATC Design School is now one of Australia’s largest private design schools specialising in skills-based learning for careers in the creative industries. Our focus is on helping our students become the very best designers they can be. By this we mean we’re committed to helping you develop your skills as an individual. By nurturing the craft of design, design itself takes you places, and at CATC we look forward to this adventure with you.

• Diploma of Commercial Arts (Graphic Design): full-time – 1 year, part-time – 2 years, online – 2 years
• Diploma of Commercial Arts (Interior Decoration & Design): full-time – 1 year, part-time – 2 years, online – 2 years
• Diploma of Photoimaging: full-time – 1 year, part-time – 2 years, online – 2 years
• Certificate III in Commercial Arts (Interior Decoration): part-time – 1 year
• Certificate III in Commercial Arts (Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing): part-time – 1 year

Deakin University
Faculty of Arts and Education
Melbourne, Geelong, Warrnambool
deakin.edu.au/arts-ed
Deakin offers programs in the Creative Arts, and across disciplines that are vital to making Australia an equitable, humane and innovative society. Our Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design) enables you to develop practical and theoretical skills in visual communication design. This course offers a dynamic combination of contemporary design theory with specialised studio practices and practical outcomes in a variety of design disciplines.

• Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Media and Communications: full-time – 3 years
(part-time options are also available)

Holmesglen
Chadstone, Moorabbin, Waverley
holmesglen.edu.au
Holmesglen provides students with an education for the new world. Students are trained with the latest industry equipment – so they’re work-ready upon graduating. Also, our teachers are from the industry – so they know what they’re talking about. At Holmesglen, we’re about more than just text books. We encourage and assist students to enter industry competitions – and because they have real skills, they win too.

• Certificate IV in Design (Graphic Design or Fashion Illustration): full-time – 1 year (Graphic Design),
full-time – 6 months (Fashion Illustration)
• Diploma of Graphic Design: full-time – 2 years
• Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design: full time – 2 years
• Bachelor of Fashion (Apparel Engineering and Design): City campus, full-time – 3 years
• Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design Practice: part-time – 1-2 years depending on units undertaken per year

Qantm College
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth
qantm.com.au
Qantm College is a global leader in creative digital media education, providing government-accredited courses in animation, games design, games programming, interactive digital media and graphic design. Qantm College offers an innovative and interactive learning experience through its unique specialist courses that have been designed to align with current industry demands.

• Bachelor of Creative Media (Major in Graphic Design): full-time – 2 years
• Bachelor of Creative Media (Major in Interactive Media): full-time – 2 years
• Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Major in Animation): full-time – 2 years
• Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Major in Games Design): full-time – 2 years
• Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Major in Games Programming): full-time – 2 years

SAE Institute
Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth
sae.edu
SAE Institute is Australia’s definitive creative media educator. Specialising in audio, film and electronic music production, SAE is committed to producing talented and passionate future professionals through courses that inspire artistic independence and encourage creative confidence. SAE’s unique education provides a hands-on, interactive training experience where you can connect, collaborate and create with like-minded classmates and merge your creative passion with tangible learning outcomes.

• Bachelor of Audio Production: full-time – 2 years
• Bachelor of Film Production: full-time – 2 years
• Diploma of Sound Production: full-time – 1 year, part-time – 2 years
• Certificate III in Music (Electronic Music Production): part-time – 6 months

Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Design
Melbourne
swinburne.edu.au/design
At Swinburne you can study design from certificate through to PhD. Our degrees are flexible so you can tailor them to suit personal preferences – like combining communication design with advertising, psychology or something else. Industry experience is built into our courses, with additional opportunities such as our accredited professional placement program, international study tours and exchanges to really give you an extra edge on graduation.

• Bachelor of Design (Communication Design): 3 years (4 years with Honours)
• Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design): 3 years (4 years with Honours)
• Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business: 4 years
• Master of Design (Communication Design): 1.5 years
• Master of Design (Design Anthropology): 1.5 years

University of Canberra
Canberra
canberra.edu.au
The University of Canberra specialises in preparing students for their future careers. Through a mixture of theoretical learning and practical hands on experience, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge sought after by employers. Students benefit from access to state of the art facilities designed to give students work-related experiences. This includes our National Media Centre with fully equipped design studios.

• Bachelor of Graphic Design: full-time – 3 years,
• Bachelor of Industrial Design: full-time – 3 years
• Master of Digital Design: full-time – 1.5 years
• Master of Industrial Design: full-time – 2 years
• Master of Interior Architecture: full-time – 2 years
(all courses available part-time over a 20 semester period)

Charles Sturt University
Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga
csu.edu.au
Charles Sturt University (CSU) focuses on educational programs that prepare graduates for work. We offer practical, hands-on courses to help you develop valuable skills for new employment opportunities. CSU offers courses on campus and via distance education. We deliver nearly 400 courses to around 35,000 students in Australia and around the world and are well-known for providing exceptional education delivered by dedicated professionals with practical and relevant industry experience.

• Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Visual Effects): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design): full-time – 3 years, part-time – 6 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) / Bachelor of Business Studies: full-time – 4 years, part-time – 8 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Photography) / Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design): full-time – 4 years, part-time – 8 years

Curtin University
Perth
humanities.curtin.edu.au
With more than 100 courses available on campus or online, and with nine locations across Australasia, Curtin University in Perth is WA’s largest university. Understanding the needs of employers, Curtin offers a range of courses that have a practical and applied focus. Students are exposed to industry and business via work placement and internships during their degree, equipping them with essential skills to be effective in the workforce.

• Bachelor of Arts (Creative Advertising and Graphic Design): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design Studies): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Photography and Illustration Design): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art): full-time – 3 years

Design College Australia
Brisbane
designcollege.com.au
Design College Australia is all about a career in visual communication, specialising in graphic design, multimedia and photography. However, Design College Australia not only equips students to gain a job in the creative arts industry, it also enables them to complete a Bachelor degree through its university pathway.

• Cert IV in Visual Communication: full-time – 1 year
• Diploma in Visual Communication: full-time – 1.5 years
• Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication: full-time – 2 years
• Cert IV in Photoimaging: full-time – 1 year
• Diploma in Photoimaging: full-time – 2 years

Grenadi School of Design
Melbourne, Bairnsdale
grenadi.vic.edu.au
Established in 1995, Grenadi School of Design is a boutique design college offering courses in graphic design, web design, multimedia and business. Courses are developed and delivered by industry professionals. Student support is for life through the Grenadi Job Skills program, Grenadi Job Bank and Designer Point website membership. At Grenadi we say, “Design is not just a career it is a way of life.”

• Advanced Diploma of Advertising and Graphic Design: full-time – 2 years, online – 3 years
• Diploma of Advertising and Graphic Design: part-time evenings – 3 years
• Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts (Multimedia): part-time evenings – 1 year, online – 1 year
• Certificate II in Printing & Graphic Arts (Desktop Publishing): evenings – 8 weeks, online – 16 weeks
• Certificate in Web Design: evenings – 8 weeks, online – 16 weeks

Monash University, Faculty of Art & Design
Melbourne
artdes.monash.edu
The Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, is a place of excellence and innovation across art, architecture and design. With courses at Caulfield and Gippsland, the vibrant faculty is at the forefront of education in the creative arts and design disciplines. The faculty fosters a spirit of enquiry and collaboration, and is widely respected for its excellence in education, practice and research.

• Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication): full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Industrial Design: full-time – 4 years
• Bachelor of Multimedia and Digital Arts: full-time – 3 years
• Master of Design: full-time – 1.5 years, part-time – 3 years
• Master of Design (by Research): full-time – 2 years, part-time – 4 years

RMIT University
Melbourne, Brunswick, Bundoora
rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
RMIT is at the forefront of media and communication education, research, and practice. It is committed to building an internationally oriented, industry relevant and intellectually vibrant community of educators and creative practitioners. RMIT offers industry-focussed degree programs, with an emphasis on preparing graduates for the long-term challenges of maintaining creative and socially valuable careers. We also offer Master and Diploma pathways.

• Diploma of Interactive Digital Media: full-time – 1 year
• Bachelor of Arts (Photography): full-time – 3 years
• Master of Advertising: full-time – 1.5 years, part-time – 3 years
• Master of Communication Design: full-time – 1.5 years, part-time – 3 years
• Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design: full-time – 1 year, part-time – 2 years

St George College – School of Fashion, Fine Art & Graphic Design
TAFE NSW Sydney Institute
stgeorgedesigncollege.org.au/web
The St George College School of Fashion, Fine Art & Graphic Design is located in the leafy suburb of Kogarah, ideally situated within close proximity to coffee shops, restaurants, bus and rail transport. A studio-based environment is supported by state-of-the-art computer and print facilities with a strong emphasis on typography, illustration, web, branding and environmentally sensitive and sustainable design.

• Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design: full-time – 3 years
• Diploma of Graphic Design & Communication: full-time – 2 years
• Graphic Design foundation (Cert IV): part-time – 2 years
• Advanced Diploma in Creative Product Development: full-time – 6 months
• TVET Design Fundamentals: part-time – 2 years

Shillington College
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
shillingtoncollege.com.au
Shillington students graduate with a strong knowledge of design theory and an outstanding portfolio of commercial work, created using industry standard software and to realistic industry deadlines. Although the full-time course is just three months, students complete approximately 50 briefs over 520 hours. Shillington also run a Masterclass in Sydney and Melbourne for practising graphic designers wanting to refine their skills and improve their portfolio.

• Certificate IV (Graphic Design): full-time – 3 months, part-time – 1 year
• Masterclass: part-time – 16 weeks

Tractor Design School
Sydney
tractordesignschool.com.au
Replacing teachers with mentors, classrooms with studios and theory with practice. Tractor is run and taught by industry leading designers to give the best 12 graduates in the country everything they need to get a job and excel in the best studios and agencies in Australia.

• Tractor Graphic Design Short Course: part-time – 10 weeks

University of Tasmania
Hobart, Launceston, Burnie
utas.edu.au
UTAS has two art schools, the Tasmanian School of Art on the beautiful Hobart waterfront, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts based at the thriving Inveresk arts precinct in Launceston. Many of the academics teaching at both schools are renowned practicing artists. Both schools are further enriched by visiting artists and scholars, exhibition spaces within the schools and high-quality studio facilities.

• Bachelor of Visual Communication: full-time – 3 years
• Bachelor of Fine Arts: full-time – 3 years
• Master of Visual Communication: full-time – 1.5 years
• Graduate Diploma of Fine Art and Design (specialisation): full-time – 1 year
• Diploma of Fine Arts and Design: full-time – 1 year

University of Technology, Sydney
Sydney
dab.uts.edu.au
The UTS School of Design’s innovative and respected design courses place a strong emphasis on the role of design in contemporary society through research, investigation and practice. UTS’s long-standing collaboration with the design industry, strong international focus, expert lecturers and cutting-edge facilities equip students with the skills, experience and creative thinking needed to join the design community and to develop a professional network before graduation.

• Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication: full-time – 4 years
• Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design: full-time – 4 years
• Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media: full-time – 3 years
• Master of Design: full-time – 1.5 years
• Master of Animation: full-time – 1.5 years

This is a selection of design related courses in Australia. For more listings, check the Tertiary Admissions Centre in your state.

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