Academy of Design Australia

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Academy of Design Australia
Established 1998
President Coralie Morrissey
Dean Terese McAleese
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Campus Collingwood

The Academy of Design Australia (formerly Australian Academy of Design) is a small design school based in Collingwood. A Government-recognised Higher Education Provider (HEP), it is one of only two Australian higher education institutions to deliver a Bachelor of Design Arts,[1][2] and offers major studies in Communication Design, Fashion & Costume Design, Filmmkaing & Photography, Graphic & Digital Design, Interior Design and Visual Arts.


The Academy was inaugurated by the Australian Academy of the Arts in 1998.

In 1999 the Academy was recognised by the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE) as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and the following year it was included on the Commonwealth Register of Cultural Organisations.[3]

Between 2001 and 2006, the Academy delivered undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through an affiliation with Charles Sturt University. After this it was registered as a Non-Self Accrediting Higher Education Institution, able to offer degrees in its own right. This coincided with the accreditation of the Bachelor of Design Arts, developed in association with the Australian Academy of the Arts, which is now offered exclusively by the Academy.

Since January 2016, The Academy of Design currently resides in a temporary residence, shared with Melbourne Polytechnic on Otter Street, Collingwood, after previously residing in Port Melbourne for seventeen years. The Academy of Design plans to move to a new, purpose built, permanent residence in Oxford Street, Collingwood in early 2018 which is currently under construction.


The Academy has international study agreements with a number of international design institutions, including Utrecht School of the Arts, Northumbria University, Politecnico di Milano and Design Academy Eindhoven.

The Academy of Design is set to open a brand new, state of the art campus on Oxford Street Collingwood in January 2018, offering top quality resources to students in all areas of the Bachelor of Design Arts studies.

Alumni include Bundit Puangthong (shortlisted for the 2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize[4]) and Michael Halford (a member of the Animal Logic visual effects team who worked on Oscar-winning film Happy Feet[5]).

In 2011 the Academy was invited to join Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. It is only the fourth Australian institution to receive such recognition, and the first non-Government funded institution.[6]

IN 2015, the Academy of Design Australia became the 22nd campus in the LCI Education Network.


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Coordinates: 37°49′43.2″S 144°56′28.4″E / 37.828667°S 144.941222°E / -37.828667; 144.941222