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What will I learn?

A Diploma of Design lets you a sample a range of specialist areas within design, such as graphic design, digital design, video production, interior design and fashion. It builds a foundation in the design industry, typically over one year of full-time study, with guidance from industry professionals and collaboration with other students. A Diploma of Design provides accreditation for either further study or a career in the design field.

While building valuable design experience and technical know-how, you will also collaborate in dynamic learning environments and design studios, exploring such topics as client needs, problem solving and the nature of trends. The Diploma of Design has been developed to provide a broad sample of different design specialities for people with or without a background in design. Our extensive selection of elective courses give you an introduction to topic areas such as Branded Fashion Design, Communication Design, Digital Media Design, Interior Design, and Game Design and Development. This design diploma provides full credit as a pathway into the more advanced courses, so you can specialise and choose your direction after sampling everything the Diploma of Design has to offer.

Learning outcomes

Build a foundation of general knowledge that will serve you across all disciplines.
Work with an array of media and tools in a range of styles.
Experiment to discover your own personal design aesthetic.
Discover the specific areas of design you wish to pursue further in your study.

Career opportunities

This foundational introduction to the profession allows you to choose a direction for further study and for your future career in design across a variety of industries.

Career paths

Finished Artist
Interactive Designer
Graphic Designer
Interior Stylist


  • Interior Design
  • Branded Fashion Design
  • Communication Design
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Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$30,880.00 (16,63,793) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected May 2023


Fortitude Valley Campus

90 Bowen Terrace,



4006, BRISBANE, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$30,880.00 (16,63,793) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected May 2023


Flinders Street Campus

196 Flinders Street,



3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Australian Year 12 or equivalent

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic: Overall 5.5 with no skills band less than 5.0; Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL) – Paper Based Test: 525; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet Based Test (iBT): 46-59 (minimum 14 in writing); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 43 (no skill score <35); Cambridge English Requirements (B2 First = First Certificate Exam and C1 Advanced = CAE): Overall Cambridge English Scale score of 162, achievable in B2 First or C1 Advanced; Occupational English Test (OET): D.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Torrens University Australia

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