Whitehouse Institute of Design

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Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia
Established 1988
Type RTO
CEO Ian Tudor
Students 470
Location Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
Campus Urban
Affiliations Accademia Italiana Arte Moda Design in Florence, University for the Creative Arts
Website whitehouse-design.edu.au

The Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia (known colloquially as Whitehouse) is a private art and design college with campuses in inner-city Melbourne and Surry Hills, Sydney. It was established in 1988 by Leanne Whitehouse.[1] The institute offers Master of Design (M.Des.) and Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) degrees,[2] as well as various vocational education and training (VET) courses and diplomas, including in "design fundamentals", fashion design, millinery, interior design, "visual merchandising", and marketing.[3] The M.Des. degree was first offered in 2014.[4] The institute's Melbourne campus has hosted several seasons of Project Runway Australia.[5]


The school was attended by Frances Abbott, daughter of the Prime Minister of Australia, Liberal Party politician Tony Abbott (who was opposition leader at the time of her attendance). She studied through the assistance of an occasional "chairman’s scholarship" (worth approximately $60,000) that was awarded in 2011 by the founder and owner of the Whitehouse Institute, Leanne Whitehouse.[6]

Other notable alumni include:


  1. ^ Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia: Universities Admissions Centre.
  2. ^ Courses: Whitehouse Design.
  3. ^ Vocational Education and Training (VET) Qualifications: Whitehouse Design.
  4. ^ Step up your creative career with Whitehouse's new Master's course: Vogue Australia.
  5. ^ Whitehouse | Home of Project Runway Australia: Whitehouse Design.
  6. ^ "Frances Abbott's classmates angry that they could not apply for scholarship". The Guardian. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Munro, Kirsty. (3 May 2007). "Runway success". The Sydney Morning Herald. p16.
  8. ^ a b De Lore, Amy. (8 October 2007). "Fashion design is not for dummies". The Sydney Morning Herald. p6.

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