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Master of Design (Advanced)

Billy Blue College of Design

This is an accelerated postgraduate program that’s custom-designed to have you quick in, quick out. That doesn’t mean it’s a rush-job production line. Instead, it’s built to engage designers, developers, technologists, programmers, artists and teachers to explore the convergent space between design, project management and business systems. Oh, and to creatively shape technologies, systems and applications. Design thinking is being used in almost every industry you can imagine, and this course helps mould you into the kind of person these businesses want – clever, creative and commercial. Possibly even well dressed, but that’s more on you than us.

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

  • Sydney
  • 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: 1 year
  • Full-time: 1.5 - 2 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?

Average salary earned by a Creative Director.

$116 000*


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

  • Managerial roles in Design agencies/other organisations
  • Creative business founder / owner
  • Creative leader or director
  • University Lecturer

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.



Want to progress to senior roles within the design industry worldwide? Become an entrepreneurial, successful problem solver who can create and contribute to a variety of design solutions? Then this program is for you. The course delivery is blended with online and face-to-face subjects, providing a flexible learning environment, because we know you’re working in demanding roles that also take up your time. In the core subjects, you’ll explore conceptual challenges and questions of visual expressions in your quest to develop useful, usable and appropriate designs for good. You’ll explore aspects of the user experience, the role of design in humanising information, and the aesthetic and practical dynamics of effective communication and branding in the international industry landscape. With a variety of electives to choose from, you can design your course to suit your interests. Led by highly regarded design professionals, you’ll extend your managerial skills and practice; build your understanding of strategic processes; use creative tools and design research; discover the convergent space between disciplines; and explore the latest design theories, practice and innovation. You’ll graduate with skills and knowledge that will take your career to the next level, no matter what field you’re in. And if you wish, you can enter or exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Design.


  • Extend your managerial skills and practice
  • Understanding of strategic processes, creative tools and design research
  • Discover the convergent space between disciplines
  • Explore the latest design theory, practice and innovation

What you’ll study

To qualify for the degree of Master of Design you must complete satisfactorily a program of study that comprises all core subjects and four optional subjects. A combined total of 120 credit points is required including a Capstone project. The Master of Design (Advanced) requires all core and 5 optional subjects - a combined total of 160 credit points to be completed which includes a Major Project. Electives can be taken from the elective list.

Graduate Certificate

Requires two core and two elective subjects.

Graduate Diploma

Graduate Diploma Requires 5 core and 3 elective subjects from the level 8 elective bank. You continue with an additional 3 core subjects and 1 elective from the level 8 elective bank after completion of the Graduate Certificate.

Master of Design

In total 7 core subjects are required and 4 electives including one elective from level 9. Level 9 subjects are DSGN6030 Design & Economics and DSGN6032 Capstone Project.


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 chose to do my Diploma of Graphic Design at Billy Blue because the teachers were industry professionals, not just teaching theory and I’m now working as a mid-weight graphic designer as part of a cross-channel marketing design team.”

Daniel Clarke - 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.

Completion of a Bachelor level degree or Postgraduate study at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider AND

  • Written proposal AND
  • Portfolio of relevant work from area(s) of expertise AND
  • Resume AND
  • Selection interview

Special Entry Requirements: Students without an Undergraduate degree may be admitted with:

  • A minimum of 6 years relevant professional experience AND
  • A written Proposal AND
  • A portfolio of relevant work from area(s) of expertise AND
  • A Resume AND
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation AND
  • *A selection interview.
  • Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent; and
  • Design portfolio of experience; and
  • Written proposal; and
  • Interview; and
  • Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) 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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Frequently asked questions - MASTER 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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