Billy Blue College of Design
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Billy Blue College of Design



OVERVIEW

Billy Blue College of Design has grown into a truly inspirational space for design education. We are proud to claim an iconic and affectionate place in the hearts and minds of the design community.

For more than 20 years, Billy Blue College of Design has been producing some of Australia’s most creative and successful design graduates.

Originally founded by industry professionals, Billy Blue is a creative hub where current practicing professionals come to teach and meet with students and staff.

Don’t expect to relax when you walk through our doors. There is always something happening and students are constantly challenged and inspired by our staff, their classmates and the environment that they design, live and study in. It’s more like the real world of a design studio than a classroom. This is why Billy Blue grads are so sought after by industry. That’s the Billy Blue experience.

At Billy Blue we don’t work in a theoretical vacuum. Our qualifications, whether vocational courses or higher education bachelor degrees, are born out of our original mission of ‘design education for designers by designers.’ At Billy Blue we proudly produce ‘thinkers who can do’.

We are always looking for unique individuals to nurture and mentor. Working in design is much more than just making pictures. It’s a demanding and exhilarating life-choice where we work with clients and project objectives to create potent and memorable design outcomes. It’s much more than art. It’s about creating the opportunity to design no matter the discipline. We are always moving towards the industry as it exists, responding to the social and commercial reality of the time.

Some of the reasons why students choose Billy Blue include:

  • Blue College of Design is renowned for achieving extremely high employment levels (90%+ success rate) in the fields of graphic design, advertising, digital media design and publishing. We’re proud to have provided top personnel for design firms and agencies around the globe.
  • We’ve been around for 22 years and are well recognised as one of Australia’s leading design colleges.
  • Our motto is to produce ‘thinkers that can do’ so we equip you with the right skills to become a winning designer.
  • From the moment you step inside the college, you experience a strong creative culture, a campus which has been purpose designed for you.
  • You’ll be taught by industry experts because we believe the best people to teach you are those who are actually working in the industry now.
  • Through the Project Studio you’ll work on ‘live’ projects with external clients in your second and third years. This unique environment allows you the freedom to create, experiment and explore. You work in teams and are managed and mentored by lecturers within a commercial capacity.
  • Throughout your studies, you’ll mix with industry professionals, so you’ll leave the college with valuable industry experience and contacts.  
  • Campus life is like no other. The exterior walls of Billy Blue show how much we love design. This could be the only college in the world to win an award at the New York Type Directors Club for signage design (created by Billy Blue Creative). We’ve also won awards for the graphics on our classroom doors, some of which were designed by our own students. The popular interior graffiti wall is a work-in-progress, as it is a public space for unstructured creative expression.
  • We have bona fide internship, work experience and scholarship agreements with Landor, Hulsbosch Communications, Frost Design, Futurebrand, Pearshop, Powerhouse Museum, Leo Burnett Digital and The Hub Agency, to name a few. We provide you with every opportunity to carry out work experience, and graduates with a professional portfolio with your own personal business card and letterhead. We also have a graduation exhibition that is well subscribed to by top professionals in the design and advertising industries.
  • As a Billy Blue student, you have the opportunity to study abroad and complete part of your design course at the prestigious Berghs College of Communications in Stockholm, Sweden. The international perspective that this experience provides is invaluable to you becoming a highly sought after designer in leading studios around the world.



LOCATIONS/CAMPUSES


Sydney campus


Northpoint,  171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW

This campus is a fantastic, fun and interactive place to study. Located in the heart of North Sydney’s central business district, the campus is spread out over three floors of the Northpoint building, allowing you to mix with students from Billy Blue and our partner colleges.

Our campus is located in North Sydney, a lively and sophisticated business district just a few minutes from central Sydney across the famous Harbour Bridge. If you feel like a break, head to the student chill-out area. Or if it’s information you need, our campus Resource Centre includes updated volumes, free catalogues and electronic database access to leading online journals. It’s packed full of books, magazines, publications, CDs and DVDs.

Additionally, our Resource Centre includes the latest Apple iMac computers and students can access our wireless network on campus. Printing and copying is available to students Campus facilities are open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm Friday, and 10am to 4pm Saturdays during the semester.

The exterior walls of Billy Blue show how much we love design. This could be the only College in the world to win an award at the New York Type Directors Club for signage design (created by Billy Blue Creative). We’ve also won awards for the graphics on our classroom doors, some of which were designed by our own students. The popular interior graffiti wall is a work-in-progress, as it is a public space for unstructured creative expression.

Brisbane campus

The Gantry, Unit 2, 10 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

The Brisbane campus is situated in Fortitude Valley and spreads over 1800 square metres. Access to the Brisbane campus is easy with students coming and going via bus, train, City Cat or ferry. The closest train station is Fortitude Valley and is approximately 250m walk from the campus.

This modern campus was completely refurbished in October 2008 to include custom built classrooms and computer facilities. It has a warm, engaging atmosphere, thanks to its brightly coloured interior which students find very appealing. And classrooms are designed as studios to keep in line with CATC’s teaching and learning culture.


COURSES


You can choose to study full or part-time on campus (in Sydney or Brisbane) or via facilitated online study (anywhere in Australia). Basically there’s no need to come into a classroom at all if your locality or situation don’t allow. You can design a study program that suits your own individual needs.

Courses available for study include:

  • Bachelor of Applied Design (Communication)
  • Bachelor of Applied Design (Branded Environment)
  • Bachelor of Applied Design (Digital Media)
  • Bachelor of Applied Design (Commercial Interiors)
  • Bachelor of Applied Design (Residential Interiors)
  • Bachelor of Applied Design (Branded Fashion)
  • Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Diploma of Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Production)
  • Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Higher Education qualifications:

Minimum of 18 years of age prior to course commencement with completion
of Australian High School Year 12 and an ATAR of 63.40/UAI of 60+ (or equivalent) or Mature age (aged 21 or over) entry with relevant work experiences and Submission of a design portfolio (6–10 pieces of original creative work) and Personal or phone interview (where possible)

and

IELTS 6.0 (academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each band if English is not your first language.

Vocational qualifications:


Minimum of 18 years of age prior to course commencement with
satisfactory completion of year 11, year 12 or equivalent

or

Mature age (aged 21 or over) entry with relevant work experiences and
IELTS 5.5 (academic) or above if English is not your first language.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


Sydney campus:


Northpoint, 171 Pacific Highway
North Sydney, NSW Australia 2060

Brisbane campus:

The Gantry, 10 Costin Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006