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Diploma of Design

Billy Blue College of Design

When you’re not sure exactly what you want to do with your 9–5s, or whether those numbers refer to AM or PM, the Diploma of Design is the ideal option. This higher-education diploma lets you mix’n’match from a few different specialist areas and see what works for you. Most importantly, the Diploma of Design provides full credit as a pathway to bachelor courses. This means you can take the time to figure out what you love and / or are great at doing, then pivot into a full degree. Upgrade and specialise… or continue being the kind of sampleplatter creative who can turn their hand to anything and make the rest of us fume with envy behind the smiles that never touch our eyes.

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

  • Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Available as blended

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 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 experiencing, 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 Interior Designer earns.

$80 000*


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

  • Designer
  • Finished artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Interactive designer
  • Interior Designer

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.


"I really enjoyed my time interning at Billy Blue Creative. It was an immensely valuable experience and was the perfect way to end my degree. The internship allowed me to take my understanding to another level.”

Charlotte Davey – Graduate



Brilliant designers, who are both teachers and industry professionals, developed the Diploma of Design so you can gain some knowledge and skill in design without committing to studying a full degree. It gives you a ‘taste’ of different areas of design – and that’s ideal if you are undecided or not sure which area to focus on. You can learn the fundamentals of design and graduate in as little as seven months. In that time, you’ll develop a broad range of skills from many design disciplines. You’ll collaborate with other students and enjoy the dynamic learning environment of the Design Studios. Together, you will explore such topics as the needs of clients, problem solving and trends, while always building your design experience and know-how. The Diploma of Design provides full credit as a pathway into the more advanced courses. This means you can use it as a yellow-brick road towards finishing your full degree. Or you can take what you’ve learned and use it to create some new hybrid discipline the likes of which has never been seen before. Consider the possibilities if you were to study Branded Fashion Design and Digital Media Design, for example – your fashion parades would be amazing!


  • Design fundamentals
  • Visual communication vocabulary
  • Theory and practice of moving image and 3D design production
  • Discover how branding shapes the nature and role of design practice
  • Create brand collateral that delivers results

What you’ll study

You’ll need to complete four core subjects and four 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.

Create something amazing

The great thing about Billy Blue is you don’t have to wait until you finish to produce exceptional work. Take a look at some of our student’s work.


"I really enjoyed my time interning at Billy Blue Creative. It was an immensely valuable experience and was the perfect way to end my degree. The internship allowed me to take my understanding to another level.”

Charlotte Davey – Graduate

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.

Applicants with work and life experience

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level.
  • Work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed, 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

If this course sounds appetising, find out more:

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Frequently asked questions - Diploma of Design

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.

All students are required to bring a laptop to class.

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