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Diploma of Software Engineering

Billy Blue College of Design

Our Diploma is the perfect way to gain the technical and theoretical foundations you need to start out in the industry. This is your chance to understand the fundamentals of software engineering and to specialise in either Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing or Game Programming. Graduates will understand the fundamentals of algorithm and data structure design, software engineering project management and ethical development and research practices. From here, you can move directly into a specialised bachelor or get straight to work in the industry.

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 trimesters
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

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 an Junior Software Engineer earns.

$66 000*


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

  • Junior Software Engineer
  • Junior Software Developer
  • App Developer

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 Diploma of Software Engineering qualification is embedded within a suite of courses offering fundamentals in software engineering knowledge and skills with three specialisations available: Game Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing. The structure of these courses consist of a common Software Engineering Core, Specialisation and Elective subjects. This diploma is comprised of software engineering core and elective subjects from the three respective undergraduate software engineering specialisations.
Careers in Information Technology and Design have evolved significantly in the past decade to include new and emerging fields and specialisations that reflect the digital world that we now live in. This diploma offers students an opportunity to explore the field of software engineering, development of fundamental skills for entry level industry, and pursue further higher education study in specialised software engineering disciplines.
This diploma and the offered subjects give students the fundamental skills required for higher levels of education. All subjects are available in online, face-to-face and blended mode, providing flexible options of study to serve the needs of students. Assessments are mapped to the learning outcomes and include examinations, projects, reports, tests and collaborations.


  • Master the fundamentals of C++ and C# programming languages
  • Learn how to construct mathematical solutions to common software engineering problems
  • Understand data structure design and implementation
  • Know the ethical implications of software engineering practices
  • Explore the algorithms of software engineering solutions

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

Our pricing structure is as flexible as our study options, so if you have any questions about how you can pay, we can talk you through the options.

How can I pay?

Can I apply

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

Australian Year 12 certificate (or equivalent)

Applicants with work and life experience

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

  • Relevant work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed, written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospects of success OR
  • Design portfolio (6-10 pieces of original creative work)

Full admissions criteria

  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) 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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