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FAQ


Are the Academy's courses recognised by the Government?

Yes. The Academy is an approved Higher Education Provider and is on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Our courses are nationally accredited by the Commonwealth Government's Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

How will an Academy course help me get a job?

Increasingly employers expect job applicants, even for entry-level positions, to have an undergraduate degree. The Academy's courses have been specifically designed to increase graduates' employability by incorporating input from industry and employers through the Academy's Industry Advisory Panels, and by including on-the-job work placement units to build students' practical experience and networks prior to graduation. Furthermore, the programs are taught by people currently working in the industry, who can offer the best guidance about getting established.

What is the advantage of doing a degree course instead of a diploma?

There is research evidence to show that degree graduates get job offers sooner and often at higher pay rates. The main difference in course content is the emphasis on conceptual and organizational skills in the degree.

Unlike diploma graduates, students who complete the BDA are immediately eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia.

How is the BDA different from other Bachelor degrees?

The BDA is the equivalent of a 4-year degree offered in 3 years or even 2 years (fast-tracked) in terms of contact hours, meaning more face-to-face learning and more value for your tuition dollar. Tutors are highly qualified practicing artists, designers or theorists. The BDA's complementary, integrated study streams ensure students gain a comprehensive, fully rounded understanding of art and design. The cross-discipline studies reflect real professional life in the creative industries.

Do you offer work experience as part of the course?

The Professional Placement Program (work experience) is an integral part of the Bachelor of Design Arts, enabling students to complement their studies with on-the-job experience. 

How large are the classes?

The Academy was established largely to provide an alternative to university education where large classes are common. Class sizes at the Academy are usually smaller; occasionally one or two part-time students are added to the class.

Is attendance monitored?

Yes. We believe attendance of 80% is optimal. Students whose attendance is affected by circumstances beyond their control may apply for Special Consideration.

I'm not sure if I’m ready for higher education. What if I need extra help?

Because of its size and specialisation, the Academy is well adapted to supporting students, academically and in many other ways. As a result, the Academy has a consistently high progression rate - around 90% - which is higher than most universities. For further information see our Academic Support and Personal Support pages.

What if I change my mind about my preferred major study?

The BDA is flexible enough to allow students to change their major study at the end of Semester 1 without any time penalty. After that, you can still change your mind, although this may require additional study time.

What if I want to extend my studies?

The Bachelor of Design Arts offers the option of undertaking a Double Major. This allows you to undertake two complete major study programs, developing your versatility and skills set. If you decide on this option early in your enrolment, the Double Major can be completed within a single extra year.

Some Academy graduates wish to continue their studies at post-graduate level. As the Bachelor of Design Arts is accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework, all other Australian higher education providers and universities will recognise the attainment of the degree in determining eligibility for higher degrees.

Former Academy students have gone on to undertake post-graduate studies in areas including Arts Management, Teaching/Education, Multimedia Interactive Design, Animation, Curatorship, and Commerce.

What do I get when I finish my course?

A nationally accredited and recognised qualification from an international-standard institution. Plus membership of the Academy’s International Alumni, a growing network that includes members of top creative studios, Oscar-winning graphic designers, buyers for fashion houses, artists represented by major galleries, arts administrators, as well as freelance professionals.

What if I don’t finish my course?

Even with the Academy's support systems, students sometimes require time off during their studies due to personal difficulties or other reasons. At any time after commencement you may apply for Leave of Absence, for a period of 6-12 months, and be guaranteed a place in your course when you return. Leave of Absence extensions may also be granted, depending on your circumstances. International students should be aware that Leave of Absence may affect your student visa and can only be granted in compassionate and compelling circumstances. Information about these circumstances, and the evidence required to prove them, is available at Part D, section 13.2 of the National Code.

If you decide to leave the course after successfully completing two years' full-time study, you can apply to receive an Associate Degree of Design Arts.

Even if you leave without completing any official qualification, you are still entitled to an official Statement of Results, recording the results for any units you undertook during your enrolment.

If I am enrolled in an undergraduate program at another institution, can I undertake units at the Academy as part of my degree?

If permitted by your home institution's policies, and if you meet the Academy's enrolment criteria, you may be allowed to undertake one or more units at the Academy towards your degree. First consult your home institution; if they allow you to go ahead, contact the Admissions Team on admissions@academyofdesign.edu.au

Why study at the Academy?

  • Small class sizes mean more personalised attention from tutors
  • Our academic staff are highly qualified practicing artists, designers or theorists
  • Everyone at the Academy is studying art and/or design which translates into a very creatively charged atmosphere
  • The Academy is small and friendly, providing a nurturing environment for its students to thrive creatively. The result is a student progression rate around 90% and a higher Australian Graduate Survey Overall Satisfaction Rate than most universities.
  • The Academy has a global reputation. It is part of the LCI Education Network and also has affiliations with major art and design schools worldwide. It was the first independent Australian higher education institution to be invited to join the prestigious group Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.

Where can I find out more about the Academy?

External information can be found on:

The Academy is a member of the Australian Council for Private Education & Training (ACPET) and subscribes to the ACPET Code of Ethics.  This code affirms the professional standards expected of education and training providers.

How do trimesters work?

From 2018, an academic year (January – December) will be divided into three twelve weeks study periods, called ‘trimesters’. The Bachelor of Design Arts can be undertaken in two or more years: 

  • Three years - the program is delivered over three years to students studying full-time; OR
  • Two years - Students can accelerate their studies by taking extra units and complete sooner, potentially in two years, rather than three; OR
  • Longer than three years - Students can choose a lighter part time workload, to balance study with work or personal commitments (6 years)
Students studying a regular full-time load over three years can undertake 10 units per academic year; or accelerate their studies by taking 15 units per academic year with a fast-tracked degree over two years. 

How will trimesters benefit students?

Our trimester calendar has a number of benefits. It allows students to set the pace of their own study (see above). Our international LCI Education partner campuses already run on a trimester system. By shifting to trimesters, students can take full advantage of our global connections and seamlessly join a trimester abroad.  

Domestic students - how will trimesters affect my Centrelink payments?

Your Centrelink payments will not be affected as long as you continue to enrol in full-time study.  For Centrelink purposes, to be classified as a full-time student you are required to enrol in a minimum of three units per trimester.  Anything less than three units per trimester is deemed by Centrelink as part-time.

Refer to the Centrelink website for details about your eligibility for Student Income Support (https://www.humanservices.gov.au/)

International students –will trimesters affect my visa requirements?

No. Providing that you continue to study your program full time, that is, the completion date of your program does need exceed the end date on your study visa.

Will I be able to study part-time under a trimester system?

Part-time study will be dependent on unit availability and offerings. Part-time study will not be available to domestic students who require Centrelink support or international students who need to comply with student visa requirements.

Current students - How will trimesters affect my current or pending ‘Leave of Absence’?

The introduction of trimesters will not affect your current Leave Of Absence. It will only affect your return date.  You will be able to determine which trimester you will be returning to by consulting with Student Services. 

How can I find out more about the Academy’s courses?

Specific enquiries can be directed to the admissions office at: admissions@academyofdesign.edu.au