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Design Studio Sessions (Short Courses)

Billy Blue College of Design

Upskill in downtime with Billy Blue Studio Sessions

Do you work in design, communications or marketing and want to broaden your range of creative skills? Do you need to get out of a creative rut or need some fresh thinking to help you find direction? Explore our range of creative short courses taught by industry professionals. All classes are small, hands-on, practical and designed to take your creativity to brand new heights.

Where?

 

Billy Blue College of Design (Sydney campus)
46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo, NSW

When?

 

Daytime sessions:

Saturdays: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Week-days: 10.00pm to 4.00pm

 

Contact

 

Customised training for your team
If your staff need training in a particular topic that’s covered by our short course program, we can run a private session! Please contact the Studio Sessions team on 02 9492 3297 or email studiosessions@billyblue.edu.au.

CourseDurationDatesClass TimesCost 
Adobe After Effects 3 Consecutive days
3 Consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
11 – 13 Dec 2017
5 - 7 February 2018
21 - 23 May 2018
3 - 5 September 2018
10 - 12 December 2018
10am - 4pm $792 BOOK NOW
This course is a great introduction to Adobe After Effects, so you can create compelling motion graphics and visual effects. You will learn a comprehensive set of tools for compositing, animation and effects. After thoroughly exploring the fundamental concepts and features needed to use the program you will be able to apply these skills to motion graphics production and broadcast design.
Adobe CC Advanced
(Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign)
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
31 Jan - 2 Feb 2018
28 Apr, 5 & 12 May 2018
30 May - 1 Jun 2018
28 Jul, 4 & 11 Aug 2018
12 - 14 Sept 2018
27 Oct, 3 & 10 Nov 2018
10am - 4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am - 4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am - 4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
$792 BOOK NOW
So you know how to get around the Creative Suite, but not exactly sure how to turn out great design solutions in quick time? Billy Blue’s Adobe CC Advanced is a great way to learn how to make the most of the powerful tools in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign so you can creatively produce exciting design solutions within tight time-lines.
Adobe CC Basic






(3 days – Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign)
















1-day Adobe CC Photoshop Basic:


















1-day Adobe CC Illustrator Basic















1-day Adobe CC InDesign Basic

3 Saturdays
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
18, 25 Nov, & 2 Dec 2017
11-13 Dec 2017
15 - 17 Jan 2018
5 - 7 Feb 2018
24 Feb, 3 & 10 Mar 2018
7, 14 & 21 April 2018
14 - 16 May 2018
28 - 30 May 2018
16, 23 & 30 Jun’18
7, 14 & 21 Jul 2018
28 Ju, 4 & 11 Aug 2018
27 - 29 Aug 2018
10 - 12 Sep 2018
6, 13 & 20 Oct 2018
27 Oct, 3 & 10 Nov 2018
24 Nov, 1 & 8 Dec 2018
10 - 12 Dec 2018

18 Nov 2017
11 Dec 2017
15 Jan 2018
5 Feb 2018
24 Feb 2018
7 Apr 2018
14 May 2018
28 May 2018
16 June 2018
7 Jul 2018
28 Jul 2018
27 Aug 2018
10 Sept 2018
27 Oct 2018
24 Nov 2018
10 Dec 2018

25 Nov 2017
12 Dec 2017
16 Jan 2018
6 Feb 2018
3 Mar 2018
14 Apr 2018
15 May 2018
29 May 2018
23 Jun 2018
14 Jul 2018
4 Aug 2018
28 Aug 2018
11 Sept 2018
13 Oct 2018
3 Nov 2018
1 Dec 2018
11 Dec 2018

2 Dec 2017
13 Dec 2017
17 Jan 2018
7 Feb 2018
10 Mar 2018
21 Apr 2018
16 May 2018
30 May 2018
30 Jun 2018
21 Jul 2018
11 Aug 2018
29 Aug 2018
12 Sept 2018
20 Oct 2018
10 Nov 2018
8 Dec 2018
12 Dec 2018
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm

9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm

9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm

9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm







$792
















$286


















$286
















$286
BOOK NOW
The Adobe CC Basic short course is hands-on and gives you the chance to work to a design brief to understand the core tools and functions of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Become comfortable with basic graphic design concepts and the fundamentals of printing. Explore how the applications within Creative Suite interact with each other and get to know the interface and learn how to customise Creative Suite to your liking.
Adobe CC Intermediate



3 days – Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign










1-day Adobe CC Intermediate Photoshop









1-day Adobe CC Intermediate Illustrator









1-day Adobe CC Intermediate InDesign
3 consecutive week-days
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive week-days
13-15 Dec 2017
24 - 26 Jan 2018
24 Feb, 3 & 10 Mar 2018
7, 14 & 21 April 2018
23 - 25 May 2018
16, 23 & 30 Jun 2018
7, 14 & 21 Jul 2018
5 - 7 Sept 2018
6, 13 & 20 Oct 2018
24 Nov, 1 & 8 Dec 2018
13 - 15 Dec 2018

13 Dec 2017
24 Jan 2018
24 Feb 2018
7 Apr 2018
23 May 2018
16 Jun 2018
7 Jul 2018
5 Sept 2018
6 Oct 2018
24 Nov 2018
13 Dec 2018

14 Dec 2017
25 Jan 2018
3 Mar 2018
14 Apr 2018
24 May 2018
23 Jun 2018
14 Jul 2018
6 Sept 2018
13 Oct 2018
1 Dec 2018
14 Dec 2018

15 Dec 2017
26 Jan 2018
10 Mar 2018
21 Apr 2018
25 May 2018
30 Jun 2018
21 Jul 2018
7 Sept 2018
20 Oct 2018
8 Dec 2018
15 Dec 2018
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm

10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm

10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm

10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
$792









$286











$286











$286

BOOK NOW
Get to know the deeper tricks and tips within Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign with this intermediate Adobe CC course. It's all hands-on with lots of dedicated time to get you using Creative Suite to its full potential and exploring the amazing possibilities.
Cinema 4D 3 consecutive week-days 11 - 13 Dec 2017
10 - 12 Sept 2018
10am-4pm $792 BOOK NOW
Cinema 4D is most often used by traditional designers wishing to gain 3D animation skills within an easier interface and learning curve than more traditional software such as Maya. It is fantastic for motion graphics, modeling, animation, landscape modeling, and game asset design.
Online Creative Digital Photography (CATC)   TBA 10am-4pm $690 BOOK NOW
Got a shiny new Digital SLR camera? This 12 week online digital photography course gives you the basic knowledge of your camera’s capabilities and helps you pick up some hands-on experience capturing a range of images under different conditions. Perfect for beginners, or people looking to study our Diploma of Photo Imaging (CUV50411).
EDM: Creating HTML Emails 2 Saturdays
2 consecutive week-days
2 consecutive week-days
2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
2 consecutive week-days
2 Saturdays
2 consecutive week-days
2 Saturdays
2 consecutive week-days
25 Nov & 2 Dec 2017
11 & 12 Dec 2017
22 - 23 January 2018
17 & 24 March 2018
5 & 12 May 2018
28 - 29 May 2018
18 & 25 August 2018
3 - 4 September 2018
10 & 17 November 2018
13 - 14 December 2018
9:30am-1:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
$550 BOOK NOW
In this hands-on workshop you will design and put together an effective HTML email newsletter using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. The course covers planning for effective email newsletters, email marketing basics, design constraints, optimising images and managing spam filters. Once you’ve laid out and tested your HTML email, you will learn how to evaluate the email delivery services and make sure your design can be correctly viewed in a variety of email clients including Gmail and Hotmail.
Google SketchUp 2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
2 & 9 Dec 2017
17 & 24 March 2018
5 & 12 May 2018
18 & 25 August 2018
10 & 17 November 2018
9:30am-3:30pm $550 BOOK NOW
This course will teach you how to use Google SketchUp, a fun 3D Cad program that is easy and fast to learn. The course is designed to take you through the program step by step so that you will be very proficient in this free software.
Introduction to Interior Design 3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
24 Feb, 3 & 10 Mar 2018
7, 14 & 21 April 2018
16, 23 & 30 June 2018
6, 13 & 20 October 2018
9:30am-3:30pm $792 BOOK NOW
 
User Experience Design & Research 5 Consecutive Days
5 consecutive days
5 consecutive week-days
5 consecutive week-days
5 consecutive week-days
11-15 Dec 2017
29 Jan - 2 Feb 2018
14 - 18 May 2018
27 - 31 August 2018
10 - 14 December 2018
10am - 4pm $1950 BOOK NOW
User Experience (UX) professionals are fast becoming one of the most sought after individuals in the Digital Media industry. UX designers adopt user-centered methods and processes to design websites, apps and interfaces that are both intuitive and engaging to their users.

You’ll be shown industry best-practices and tools for researching, designing and testing websites.
WordPress Basic 1 Friday
1 Saturday
1 Friday
1 Friday
1 Saturday
1 Saturday
1 Saturday
19 January 2018
12 May 2018
1 June 2018
31 August 2018
22 September 2018
3 November 2018
8 December 2018
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
$286 BOOK NOW
WordPress is the most popular free and open-source blogging tool on the web, and the industry-leading content management system used for small to large websites. Learn how to set up your own website on WordPress.com and be shown how it works, step by step, and get the skills and confidence to manage and maintain sites yourself. Be limited only by your imagination!
CourseDurationDatesClass TimesCost 
Adobe CC Advanced
(Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign)
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
19 & 26 Nov, & 3 Dec
18-20 January 2017
31 May – 2 June 2017
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am - 4pm
$792 BOOK NOW
So you know how to get around the Creative Suite, but not exactly sure how to turn out great design solutions in quick time? Billy Blue’s Adobe CC Advanced is a great way to learn how to make the most of the powerful tools in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign so you can creatively produce exciting design solutions within tight time-lines.
Adobe CC Basic



(3 days – Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign)









1-day Adobe CC Photoshop Basic:









1-day Adobe CC Illustrator Basic








1-day Adobe CC InDesign Basic

3 Saturdays
3 Consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive days








19 & 26 Nov, & 3 Dec
12 - 14 Dec
23-25 January 2017
6 – 8 February 2017
25 Feb, 4 & 11 Mar 2017
18 & 25 Mar, & 1 Apr 2017
22 & 29 Apr, & 6 May 2017
15-17 May 2017
29 – 31 May 2017

Saturday 19 Nov
Monday 12 Dec
Mon 23 January 2017
Monday 6 Feb 2017
Saturday 25 Feb 2017
Saturday 18 Mar 2017
Saturday 22 Apr 2017
Monday 15 May 2017
Monday 29 May 2017

Saturday 26 Nov
Tuesday 13 Dec
Tues 24 January 2017
Tuesday 7 Feb 2017
Saturday 4 Mar 2017
Saturday 25 Mar 2017
Saturday 29 Apr 2017
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Tuesday 30 May 2017

Saturday 3 Dec
Wednesday 14 Dec
Wed 25 January 2017
Wednesday 8 Feb 2017
Saturday 11 Mar 2017
Saturday 1 Apr 2017
Saturday 6 May 2017
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Wednesday 30 May 2017
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm

9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm

9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm

9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
10am-4pm




$792










$286









$286








$286
BOOK NOW
The Adobe CC Basic short course is hands-on and gives you the chance to work to a design brief to understand the core tools and functions of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Become comfortable with basic graphic design concepts and the fundamentals of printing. Explore how the applications within Creative Suite interact with each other and get to know the interface and learn how to customise Creative Suite to your liking.
Adobe CC Intermediate

3 days – Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign


1-day Adobe CC Intermediate Photoshop



1-day Adobe CC Intermediate Illustrator


1-day Adobe CC Intermediate InDesign
3 Consecutive days
3 consecutive days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
14 - 16 Dec
27 – 29 January 2017
18 & 25 Mar, & 1 Apr 2017
22 & 29 Apr, & 6 May 2017

Wednesday 14 Dec
Wed 27 Jan 2017
Saturday 22 Apr 2017

Thurs 15 Dec
Thurs 28 Jan 2017
Saturday 25 Mar 2017
Saturday 29 Apr 2017

Friday 16 Dec
Fri 29 Jan 2017
Saturday 1 Apr 2017
Saturday 6 May 2017
10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm

10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm

10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm

10am-4pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm

$792



$286




$286




$286

BOOK NOW
Get to know the deeper tricks and tips within Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign with this intermediate Adobe CC course. It's all hands-on with lots of dedicated time to get you using Creative Suite to its full potential and exploring the amazing possibilities.
Creating Forms as Interactive PDFs 1 Saturday May 21 9:30am-3:30pm $286 BOOK NOW
Using InDesign you can create simple interactive forms without needing to touch up the PDF document in Acrobat after exporting. You can add simple form elements within the document pages with common field types such as text fields, radio buttons, check boxes, combo boxes, list boxes or signatures. You can also add actions to submit the form by email or to print it. In addition to the basic design, you can also use creative capabilities in InDesign to add a designer touch to your forms.
CourseDurationDatesClass TimesCost 
Adobe After Effects 3 Consecutive days
3 Consecutive days
3 consecutive days
15-17 May 2017
11 – 13 September 2017
11 – 13 Dec 2017
10am - 4pm $792.00 BOOK NOW
This course is a great introduction to Adobe After Effects, so you can create compelling motion graphics and visual effects. You will learn a comprehensive set of tools for compositing, animation and effects. After thoroughly exploring the fundamental concepts and features needed to use the program you will be able to apply these skills to motion graphics production and broadcast design.
Create Interactive Wireframes with Axure 2 Days August 27, 28 10am - 4pm $550 BOOK NOW
The demand for User Experience (UX) designers continues to rise in the Digital Media industry, as does the need to rapidly and accurately design digital products. Product teams now require more interactive design tools to communicate the functionality of a website or app. There is also a trend towards less documentation and more visuals.
EDM: Creating HTML Emails 2 Saturdays
3 consecutive half-days
3 consecutive days
3 consecutive half days
2 Saturdays
3 consecutive half days
3 & 10 Dec
12-14 Dec
23-25 January 2017
23 – 25 January 2017
25 Feb & 4 Mar 2017
29 – 31 May 2017
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-1pm
9:30am-1pm
9:30am-1:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-1:30pm
$550 BOOK NOW
In this hands-on workshop you will design and put together an effective HTML email newsletter using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. The course covers planning for effective email newsletters, email marketing basics, design constraints, optimising images and managing spam filters. Once you’ve laid out and tested your HTML email, you will learn how to evaluate the email delivery services and make sure your design can be correctly viewed in a variety of email clients including Gmail and Hotmail.
Effective website design for small business and sole traders 3 consecutive days 12-14 September 10am-4pm $792 BOOK NOW
 
User Experience Design & Research 5 Consecutive Days
5 Consecutive Days
5 Consecutive Days
12 - 16 Dec
16-20 January 2017
15 – 19 May 2017
10am - 4pm $1950 BOOK NOW
User Experience (UX) professionals are fast becoming one of the most sought after individuals in the Digital Media industry. UX designers adopt user-centered methods and processes to design websites, apps and interfaces that are both intuitive and engaging to their users.

You’ll be shown industry best-practices and tools for researching, designing and testing websites.
WordPress Basic 2 consecutive half days
2 half-days
1 Saturday
2 consecutive half days
15 & 16 December
19 & 20 January 2017
8 Apr 2017
18 & 19 May
9:30am-12:30pm
9:30am-12:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-12:30pm
$286 BOOK NOW
WordPress is the most popular free and open-source blogging tool on the web, and the industry-leading content management system used for small to large websites. Learn how to set up your own website on WordPress.com and be shown how it works, step by step, and get the skills and confidence to manage and maintain sites yourself. Be limited only by your imagination!
CourseDurationDatesClass TimesCost 
Fashion Illustration 4 Saturdays 5, 12, 19, & 26 Nov
22, 29 Apr, 6 & 13 May 2017
10am-3pm $792 BOOK NOW
In this introductory course you will learn how to use a range of techniques to capture inspiration and communicate through fashion illustration so as to demonstrate key elements of fashion design.
CourseDurationDatesClass TimesCost 
Introduction to Interior Design 3 Saturdays
3 consecutive days
3 Saturdays
3 Saturdays
5, 12, & 19 Nov
12 - 14 Dec
25 Feb, 4 & 11 Mar 2017
8 & 22 Apr 2017
9:30am-3:30pm
10am-4pm
9:30am-3:30pm
9:30am-3:30pm
$792.00 BOOK NOW
 
Google SketchUp 2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
2 Saturdays
3 & 10 Dec
18 & 25 Mar 2017
29 Apr & 6 May 2017
9:30am-3:30pm $550 BOOK NOW
This course will teach you how to use Google SketchUp, a fun 3D Cad program that is easy and fast to learn. The course is designed to take you through the program step by step so that you will be very proficient in this free software.
CourseDurationDatesClass TimesCost 

Responsive Website or App?
Creating a Website that Sells
Email Marketing Fundamentals
Facebook for Small Business
Facebook Marketing for Small Business

1 Evening
1 Evening
1 Evening
1 Evening
1 Evening

2 Sept
30 Sept
1 Oct
7 Oct
14 Oct

7 - 8:30pm
7 - 8:30pm
7 - 8:30pm
7 - 8:30pm
7 - 8:30pm

$35
$35
$35
$35
$35
BOOK NOW
Gain control over your digital projects! In this lecture Marek will demystify apps, what they are good for, what to look at when deciding on one and how they compare with responsive websites. No longer will you be wondering if you made the right decision, after tonight you will finally be asking the right questions to get your digital strategy on track. Please join us, learn, contribute, discuss and maybe even have a laugh or two as we delve into "Responsive or App?"

Frequently Asked Questions - short courses

All Billy Blue short courses are taught by leading industry experts who have plenty of stories and experience to share. Teachers are chosen for their subject-knowledge and ability to bring an interesting edge to the topic that makes you think in brand new ways and pushes boundaries.

All of Billy Blue’s short courses have a small design component (after all we are a design school). But the main focus for most courses is giving you the chance to really understand software tools and take them to the next level.

Your course fee covers all session time, course materials, GST and a lovely Billy Blue Certificate for your CV or to cheer up the dreariest office pod.

Why, yes you can! If you book 2 courses you can save some serious cash. NB: Does not apply to WordPress

2 day course + 2 day course = $1000
2 day course + 3 day course = $1220
3 day course + 3 day course = $1450

Or

If you’ve done a short course with us before we will give you 10% off any new bookings. If you’re a Billy Blue/Think College graduate we’ll give you 15%. Current Billy Blue students and AIMIA members get 10% off too. Hugs all round.