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Bachelor Of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)

Billy Blue College of Design

Funny story: this blurb was written by a network of AI spiders crawling the web for the best way to convince you to do a Bachelor of Software Engineering. Nah, not really. But one day that could be a reality. You could build a system that generates course guide information, putting the human writer out of work and – WAIT A MINUTE. Ahem. What you’ll actually be doing, you monster, is a combination of technical stuff like computer vision, natural language processing, speech recognition and machine learning, as well as the more ‘human’ topics including ideation, design thinking, project management and interpersonal communication.

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

  • Sydney, Melbourne
  • Available as blended
  • Available online

start dates


  • 10 hours per subject, per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed.

course duration

  • Full-time accelerated: 2 years
  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time available

Why Study at Billy Blue

The big difference at Billy Blue is that you’ll start working in your industry from day one – getting real experience, learning from real industry professionals and making real industry connections. Plus, we have university accreditation and a commercially focused educational philosophy.

What can you expect when you graduate?

The average salary earned by a Graduate Software Engineer.

$60 000*


You’ll have a variety of career options, including:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Computer Vision Engineer

Innovative Learning

We want you to feel, see and be heard. We think that students learn faster and progress through material quicker in smaller classes. Our ‘Blended’ study options mean that you can also study on campus and online during your course.



The tech industry is changing by the minute; concepts and technology we could only have imagined a couple of years ago are now part of our daily lives. Recognising that we’re working in a dynamic technology landscape, we have created the Bachelor of Software Engineering: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in collaboration with IBM, building a powerhouse of skills, future thinking and market insights.

Founded on extensive industry consultations, we’ll offer you a range of technical subjects with a focus on the major areas of AI – from Natural Language Processing to Robotics. Harnessing your own creative talents and expertise, and led by industry professionals, you’ll identify and solve complex artificial intelligence software engineering problems. You’ll develop skills that are increasingly the mainstay of software engineering. Also, while the course is founded on strong traditional and cutting-edge software engineering know-how, such as programming, maths and statistical knowledge, you’ll also investigate ethics, social responsibility and cognitive psychology throughout your studies.

You’ll graduate with the in-demand skills of ideation, design thinking, project and time management, and interpersonal communication. Working in teams, you’ll develop collaboration, negotiation and research skills that you’ll take with you to the professional environment, where teamwork and leadership are core to this industry. On graduation, you’ll be ready to lead teams yourself and manage exciting creative AI projects. And you’ll be on your way to working at the forefront of AI, anywhere in the world.


  • Awareness of the software engineering body of knowledge with a view towards ethics of practice in a global and sustainable context
  • Communicate proficiently in the context of software engineering across a variety of audiences utilising appropriate tools and interfaces

What you’ll study

You’ll need to complete 19 core subjects and 3 elective subjects.


Pair your core subjects with your choice of elective and specialised units to begin to build a course based around your specific interests.

How you’ll study

Fit everything in with our flexible course options. You can study when it suits you online or on campus.

How Much

Find out more about course fees and financial support – and for personalised advice, just ask.

How can I pay?

Can I apply

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Year 12 or equivalent OR speak to a Course and Career Advisor for special entry.

  • A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider OR
  • Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider
  • A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO) OR
  • Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

You can apply through Special Entry;

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • Broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; AND
  • A discipline specific portfolio; AND
  • A recommendation letter from 2 most recent employers
Full admissions criteria
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent.

International students seeking student visas must comply with regulations from the Department of Home Affairs.

Ready to apply

Applying to Billy Blue is easy. Pick your start date, decide how you’d like to study, then apply online or give us a call and we’ll do it for you.

International students

We prepare international students with the skills and knowledge to be employment-ready, communicate and collaborate with diverse cultures and graduate with a perspective to gain global learning experiences.

More Information

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Yes, all Billy Blue qualifications are accredited by Torrens University Australia and nationally recognised. In addition, Billy Blue’s close industry links ensure that your Billy Blue qualification is highly respected within the design industry.

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

Billy Blue Bachelor Degree courses are eligible for FEE HELP (Australian students only). FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

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