About Us

About Us

Our Mission, Goals and Objectives

In 2015, the Academy of Design Australia became the 22nd campus in the LCI Education network allowing the students and staff to become part of a 12,000 strong creative network around the globe.

2016 was a big year for the Academy of Design when we moved to Collingwood. We are currently located in a temporary campus in Otter Street before we relocate to a new campus in Oxford Street once fit-out is complete.

The Academy of Design’s mission is to offer a high quality alternative to existing tertiary education in the Arts in universities.

In realising this mission, our goals are to:

  • Build the distinctive character of the Academy, and 
  • Enhance our national and international reputation for academic excellence and leadership.

We intend to build the distinctive character of the Academy by:

  • Offering innovative specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programs relevant to the needs of graduates and industry.
  • Encouraging students seeking a career in the Arts to access programs through multiple pathways.
  • Creating a supportive learning environment by provision of appropriate student support services.

We intend to enhance our national and international reputation for academic excellence and leadership by:

  • Developing knowledge and skills in students which foster their creativity and innovation
  • Promoting a global perspective among students and building their determination to strive for international recognition and excellence.
  • Embedding nationally and internationally marketable skills within the curriculum.
  • Attracting and retaining high quality teaching staff.
  • Encouraging scholarship in teaching.

Our History

In 1998 the Academy was founded as the Australian Academy of Design by Professor Robert Treseder, and was inaugurated by the Australian Academy of the Arts.

It was recognised as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No.4656) in 1999 by the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE). In 2001 the Academy was registered on Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS No. 02201G).

Between 2001 and 2006 the Academy offered bachelor and master degrees through an affiliation agreement with Charles Sturt University. In 2006, OTTE recognised the Academy as a Higher Education Provider able to offer bachelor degrees in its own right. The same year OTTE accredited the Bachelor of Design Arts, which was developed in association with the Australian Academy of the Arts. The degree, offered exclusively by the Academy, features major studies in:

  • Communication Design (formerly Advertising)
  • Fashion & Costume Design (formerly Fashion Design)
  • Filmmaking & Photography (formerly Photo Media)
  • Graphic & Digital Design (formerly Graphic Design)
  • Interior Design (new in 2016)
  • Visual Arts

The Academy had a change of status from a company limited by guarantee to a company limited by shares. This conversion took place on 12 May, 2016.