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What could be more exciting and rewarding for a creative person than to have the chance to experiment with every avenue of design? If you have a flair for creativity but can’t decide between graphic design, digital design, video production, interior design, or fashion, this foundational introduction to the design profession gives you the opportunity to choose options for further study and for your future career.

You can sample from two to four of these specialist areas: Branded Fashion design, Communication Design , Digital Media Design, or Interior Design. You’ll be guided by design industry professionals and collaborate with other imaginative and talented students.

The Diploma of Design from Torrens University Australia  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!

Career Outcomes

As a graduate, you'll have a wealth of career opportunities available to you:

  • Designer
  • Finished Artist 
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interactive Designer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      7 months Accelerated: 7 months

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    80 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Studio
  • Design Context
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Typography
  • Developing Visual Vocabulary
  • Thinking Visually

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

CRICOS: 094008C

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29400 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    24000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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2021 Standard Subject Fee

  • Domestic: $3,000.00 AUD
  • International: $3,675.00 AUD
2021 Indicative Annual Fees
  • Domestic: $24,000.00 AUD
  • International: $29,400.00 AUD 

Living costs

  • Melbourne, Australia

    1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Sydney, Australia

    1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Brisbane, Australia

    1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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