Billy Blue Brisbane Campus
Billy Blue College of Design is excited to announce that it has opened the doors to a new campus in Brisbane.
Billy Blue is located in the Think Education campus, a personable multi-campus environment with a creative edge. There is no shortage of up-to-the-minute facilities including a well-supported computer lab and a resource centre soon to be brimming with the latest design books and publications. The campus is generous with its student spaces too and welcomes the buzz of students at most hours.
With over 22 years of history, Billy Blue has built an exceptional reputation for providing students with the knowledge, skills and experience to start their careers in the fields of Communication Design and Digital Media Design and is now giving students from QLD the chance to enrol into one of their Bachelor of Applied Design Degrees.
We’ve started drawing on the walls. Our launch was kicked off by urban wall artist Russell Fenn and a few kind words from Queensland industry leaders Louise Bannister and Claudio Kirac.
The Billy Blue legend is alive in Fortitude Valley.
Fortitude Valley got its name from a settlers’ ship, The Fortitude landing in Moreton Bay in 1849 just 15 years after Billy Blue the legend had passed away.
In 1849 Brisbane was declared a town. Ironically it was named after Governor Thomas Brisbane, then Governor of NSW, the man who pardoned Billy Blue for his Rum running.
The area quickly became a commercial and residential hub and was once a mecca for shoppers attracted by Australia’s largest department stores.
It has evolved into an eclectic, soulful entertainment precinct, in fact the first to be recognised in Australia. Residents here don’t complain of loud music, they’re not allowed to. We thought it sounded like the perfect place for a design college.
The list of great eating and drinking places changes daily but new additions to the club scene include Dreamland, bar xy, and alloneword. Most are 2 minutes walk from Billy Blue.
Chinatown is a few minutes walk away and although it is smaller than Sydney’s you’ll find its markets and cafes will satisfy any asian food desire. By the 1800’s there were 17,000 Chinese workers in Queensland goldfields who have since established a reputation for their cuisines in Brisbane.
We are in good company. Just a few doors down from our Brisbane campus is The Tivoli. A music venue built 1917 in the Art deco style. It is where the cream-of-the-cream artists wish to perform as the theatre has a unique personality and amazing acoustics. In essence it is the music venue.
The showgrounds, (The Ekka):
Literally across the street from Billy Blue are the RNA showgrounds.
The first ‘Royal’ Show was held in 1921, since then, the shortened name ‘Ekka’ has replaced ‘Exhibition’ in the Queensland vernacular, indicating locals’ affection for their annual Show.
Today the Ekka runs for ten days and attracts over half a million visitors every August, keen to experience the Show’s unique mix of entertainment, agriculture and education.
The RNA has unveiled plans to redevelop the Showgrounds into a 365-day-a-year lifestyle and cultural hub.
The entire precinct is about to undergo a 6 billion dollar transformation through the Development Scheme Strategy adding public spaces, improved transport, cafes, cycle paths and more.