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Billy Blue College of Design

Study a design course in Australia

Talented design students from all over the world who are an important addition to Billy Blue’s College’s culture and community.

International students living in Australia can either attend our Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane campus. We welcome applications from international students who meet entry requirements and have the appropriate Australian Visa.

Entry requirements

Visit the Entry Requirements page for full details on requirements to apply as an international student.

Design courses offered to international students

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Students from overseas are welcome to Apply Online. To protect international students, Department of Education (DOE) uses the ESOS Framework to regulate education for overseas students.

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Billy Blue college of design tuition fees

Billy Blue tuition fees are available by contacting a Course and Careers Adviser.

Study an English course to help with your design studies

You can improve your English with our English Direct Entry course. The course helps you improve your English within the subject area you are interested in, and also build up a foundation of knowledge and vocabulary that will help you succeed in the design industry. You will also get additional study support for the remainder of your course at Billy Blue making this a valuable investment for now and in the future.

Under 18 years of age?

Under Australian law, a person becomes an adult at 18 years of age. This means that overseas students younger than 18 years must have a guardian during their period of study in Australia. Guardianship arrangements can be made through our Homestay provider, Meridian Services. Students under 18 must not change accommodation or any other welfare arrangements without consulting the College. This is a requirement of the Australian Government. Please contact a Course and Careers Adviser for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have previously studied or worked in the design industry, you may be eligible to receive a subject exemption that can potentially shorten the length of your Billy Blue degree. Read more about recognition of prior learning.

Billy Blue College of Design has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our Bachelor Degrees based on the criteria you are able to meet. Explore your pathway options

If you have met the ATAR (or equivalent) entry requirement for the course, you do not need to submit a design portfolio.

If you cannot meet the ATAR requirement and do not have a portfolio, you will then need to show evidence of undertaking prior industry/work experience OR have completed or partially completed study from an accredited institution to gain entry into the course. Please contact one of our Course and Career Advisors for more information on 1300 851 245.

We offer several entrance pathway options for students who have not completed a High School Certificate or equivalent. For some courses entry can be achieved by undertaking a Diploma course first (pathway criteria applies), and on successful completion of the Diploma you can then credit this study towards completion of a degree. For other courses we have created pathways with one of our partners - CATC Design School. CATC is a successful vocational sector design school where students graduate with excellent hands-on, industry relevant skills. Mature aged students (aged 21 or over) are also welcome to apply directly to Billy Blue based on work experience and an existing portfolio. Read more about recognition of prior learning. For more information on the CATC Design School pathway or about applying directly please ask a Course and Careers Adviser.

Visit our Portfolio Requirements section for guidance on what to include in your application portfolio.

If you are an eligible Australian student fee-help is available for all Bachelor Degrees so you can defer your fees and pay later. International students need to pay each trimester in full before it starts. Learn more about fees here. The only course that fee-help is not available for is the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals. Students need to pay for this one-trimester course in full before it starts.

Yes, most definitely! Up to 85% of our graduates end up working in the design and creative industries. While you are studying you will get the chance to gain real work experience, and when you graduate you will have a professional portfolio and be prepared for the workforce. We also have a graduation exhibition that is well attended by top professionals in the design and creative industries. In fact, students have been known to get a call from a prospective employer within weeks of the graduate exhibition.