About Us

Our Student Body

Students at the Academy of Design come from a variety of backgrounds. Undergraduates include:

  • Students entering directly from secondary schools
  • Mature-age students, many with existing degrees and diplomas, who are studying to change career direction
  • Interstate students seeking an alternative to institutions in their own state and
  • International students taking advantage of the high academic standards and low fees in comparison to European and USA institutions

Our students have featured prominently in prestigious industry awards such as the DIA's Graduate of the Year competition, Fashion Awards Australia, DG Student Design Competition and the Southern Cross Packaging Awards.

Our Graduates

Academy alumni have distinguished themselves by:

  • Establishing successful design businesses
  • Being appointed to highly sought-after positions
  • Exhibiting in, and gaining representation by, established galleries
  • Winning national and international awards, and
  • Excelling in post-graduate studies.

Graduates have provided testimonials that emphasise the benefits of the Academy to them, such as:

  • The differences between the Academy and universities (especially the attention to individual development)
  • The quality of teaching and the value of small class sizes
  • The cooperative collaboration among students
  • The emphasis on successful career outcomes

For example, here’s what Oscar-winning graduate Michael Halford said:

I'm currently in Sydney where I have just landed a job as digital artist with Animal Logic at Fox Studios. Animal Logic is a film visual effects company whose work includes the movies The Matrix, Mission Impossible and Moulin Rouge! ... As you may imagine, I am overjoyed that the effort of study and interview trials at the Academy has paid off and I have been able to secure what is for me the "dream job".