Billy Blue College of Design

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Billy Blue College of Design is an Australian private design college[1] focused on teaching a combination of design disciplines[2] including Digital Media, Branded Fashion, Interior Design and Communication Design.[3]

The college is named for Billy Blue, a figure in Australian colonial history.[4]

The college is owned by education provider Think Education, itself part of the Laureate International Universities group. Think Education was previously owned by SEEK Learning.[5]

Other Think colleges include: APM College of Business and Communication, CATC Design School, William Blue College of Hospitality Management, Southern School of Natural Therapies, Australian National College of Beauty, Australasian College of Natural Therapies and Jansen Newman Institute. Together these colleges have in excess of 10,000 students enrolled.[6]

History[edit]

Billy Blue College of Design began in 1977 as 'Billy Blue' - a magazine publishing colloquial Australian writing. The magazine was started by Ross Renwick and Aaron Kaplan.[7]

As time passed, various companies used the studio that produced the magazine for their own needs and in 1980, a consultancy, Billy Blue Creative, was formed and won multiple awards before it ceased operation in 2009. The studio’s work covered all aspects of visual communications including brand creation and implementation, corporate and marketing communications, multimedia and web-based projects, signage and exhibition graphics as well as advertising and publishing.[8]

In 1987, unimpressed with the standard of design graduates in Sydney, Renwick decided to use Billy Blue Creative to open a modest design school and train aspiring designers who would eventually come to work in the studio. A crowd of about four was expected; sixty-six students enrolled and there was a long waiting list.[9]

Courses[edit]

The college offers bachelor's degree courses specialising in Communication Design, Digital Media Design, Commercial and Residential Interior Design and Branded Fashion, as well as a Diploma of Digital Media. The college also offers various short courses, including a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals.[10]

Campuses[edit]

Billy Blue College of Design has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.[11] In 2014, the college relocated two of its campuses to new sites in Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) and Sydney (Ultimo). Ultimo campus and its builder, JDV Projects, were recognised by the New South Wales Master Builders Association in December of that year by receiving an Excellence Award for ‘Best Interior Fitout’.[12]

The Ultimo and Melbourne campuses are shared exclusively with partner college CATC Design School, while Brisbane is also shared with CATC Design School as well as Think Education partners Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Australian National College of Beauty, APM College of Business and Communication and William Blue College of Hospitality Management.

The college also offers its Bachelor of Interior Design (Commercial) course in Perth, Western Australia, through the Central Institute of Technology.[13]

Awards[edit]

Billy Blue College of Design has produced several award-winning designers, including in the Southern Cross Packaging Awards[14] and Staron Design Awards.[15]

Design Industry Connections[edit]

Part of the college’s niche is strong engagement with the wider design industry, including numerous guest speaker appearances hosted at its campuses or as part of public design events.[16] Speakers have included notable design professionals Chris Doyle,[17] Stefan Sagmeister,[18] and Justin Fox,[19] among others.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Jen. "University admissions centre opens doors to private college applications". www.smh.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Art & Design Education Resource Guide". www.dgdesignnetwork.com.au/. DG International Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billy Blue College of Design". www.theloop.com.au. The Loop. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Park, Margaret (2005). "Blue, William (Billy) (1767–1834)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "SEEK". www.theage.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "About Us". www.think.edu.au. Think Education. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Surfie caught the art business wave". www.smh.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Surfie caught the art business wave". www.smh.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Surfie caught the art business wave". www.smh.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Courses". www.billyblue.edu.au. Think Education. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Campuses". www.billyblue.edu.au. Think Education. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Excellence Awards". www.mbansw.asn.au. Master Builders Association of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Billy Blue College of Design". www.centra.wa.edu.au. Central Institute of Technology. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Winning! 2014 Southern Cross Packaging Awards Ceremony". www.think.edu.au. Think Education. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Creative Concepts By Students of Billy Blue College of Design!". https://staronsolidsurfaces.wordpress.com/. Retrieved 28 April 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  16. ^ "Be a Guest Speaker". www.billyblue.edu.au. Think Education. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Profile". www.christopherdoyle.co. Christopher Doyle. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Stefan Sagmeister for Billy Blue College Of Design". www.jamesbraund.com. James braund. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "About". www.justinfox.com.au. Justin Fox. Retrieved 28 April 2015.