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The Story of Billy Blue

Billy Blue College of Design

A humble beginning

In 1987, design agency Billy Blue Creative (which blossomed from the infamous Billy Blue Magazine) decided to open a tiny design school to train young creatives to work on their clients projects. They expected four people to apply but 66 turned up and a waiting list began.

While the agency was dissolved in 2009 (the surf was up) Billy Blue College of Design went on to continue launching the careers of thousands of design graduates who push boundaries and challenge conventions (and that’s before breakfast). In 2015, Billy Blue College of Design teamed up with Torrens University Australia which means all students will graduate with a university qualification. Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, which means as a student you are now automatically connected with over 80 institutions world-wide, including business schools from around the globe.

Thinkers who can do

Billy Blue Creative was famous for its unconventional, non-conformist, yet commercially relevant approach. This philosophy underpins the applied learning ethos Billy Blue College of Design is known for today.

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The original Billy Blue – Australia’s first entrepreneur

William (Billy) Blue plays a colourful role in Australian colonial history. He came to Australia as a convict and eventually became one of the country’s first entrepreneurs by pioneering Sydney Harbour’s ferry service becoming the nation’s first tour operator. William then built his own pub called The Commodore Hotel, which to this day can still be found at its original location on Blues Point Road. It is rather fitting that his name lives on – not only through the landmarks and streets named after him in North Sydney - but also through the Billy Blue College of Design and William Blue College of Hospitality Management, which produces the hospitality and tourism entrepreneurs of the future.

A vibrant reputation in the design world

Billy Blue College of Design is known for its extremely high employability rate across a variety of design disciplines, including branded fashion, communication design, digital media design and interior design.

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Connected to the design industry

When you study at Billy Blue, you become part of our legacy. Industry professionals and entrepreneurs founded the college originally, and today it remains an active creative hub where friendly lecturers teach and mentor students. We have strong relationships with the design industry and you will work on real world projects with real clients. Bachelor Degree students can also apply for Industry Internships giving you an amazing advantage in the workplace.

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