International Applications and Fees

In the Australian higher education sector, an ‘international' or 'overseas' student is a person who:

  • is not an Australian citizen; and
  • is enrolled, or will enrol, in a course of study with a higher education provider, but does not include:
  • a person entitled to stay in Australia, or to enter and stay in Australian without any limitation as to time
  • a New Zealand citizen, or
  • a diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative.

Click here to download the Application form for international students.

We are unable to enrol international students under the age of 18.

2018 annual tuition fees - full time - International

COURSE* + Major Study Indicative 
3 years (Full-time) 2 years (Accelerated)
Bachelor of Design Arts - Communication Design major $27,580**
Bachelor of Design Arts - Fashion & Costume Design major $27,580**
Bachelor of Design Arts - Filmmaking & Photography major $27,580**
Bachelor of Design Arts - Graphic & Digital Design major $27,580**
Bachelor of Design Arts - Interior Design major $27,580**

Bachelor of Design Arts - Visual Arts major


*The CRICOS course code for all programs in this table is 058836K

**Based on a study load of 10 units per year (Full-time, 3 years)

***Based on a study load of 15 units per year (Accelerated, 2 years)

  • Total annual fee includes administration, services and tuition.
  • Fees for units should be paid in advance at the start of each Trimester, before commencement.
  • Students cannot attend classes before payment of fees, and results are not issued to students with outstanding fees.
  • Where an international student wishes to withdraw from a course after the course has commenced, the Academy will be entitled to 10 weeks’ notice or, in lieu of notice, the equivalent of 10 weeks’ fees.
  • Trimester fees are refundable if the student does not commence the Trimester.
  • In the case of provider default, course fees will be refunded within 14 days from the default date in accordance with the provisions of the ESOS Act 2000 and ESOS Regulations 2001. Provider default includes:
    • the provider does not commence delivering the course,
    • or the course ceases to be provided before it is completed,
    • or the course is not provided in full.
  • Students undertaking non-standard study loads will be charged proportionally.
  • Fees for subsequent years may increase.
  • Fees are shown in Australian dollars.

The ESOS Framework is a set of legal regulations related to international students studying in Australia on student visas. It sets guidelines and minimum standards to protect you as a student as well as protecting Australia's reputation for providing quality education and support services.

You can find more information here.


The studios at the Academy of Design provide materials for students to study using a range of communication design, fashion & costume design, filmmaking & photography, interior design, graphic & digital design, and visual arts media. The computer labs are equipped with industry-standard computing equipment and software. The Academy has strict rules in respect to the proper use of its resources and equipment, and students are required to sign agreements to that effect. Students provide their own personal material requirements such as colour markers, folios and USB flash sticks. Students must also pay for printing and photocopying of their own work. You should budget on paying $300 to $500 AUD per year (3 year full-time degree) for studio materials and production costs. Students are given a list of Prescribed Texts at the start of each trimester. These are essential. (Each unit also has a Recommended Reading list, though it is not necessary to purchase these titles.) You should budget on paying $120 AUD per trimester for textbooks.

Details for Electronic Funds Transfer

Please refer to your Tax Invoice, issued by ADA, for your fee payment information.  Details you will need to make an Electronic Funds Transfer are below:

  • Bank Name: HSBC
  • Account Name: ADA Designated
  • BSB: 343 001
  • Account: 433 051 002
  • Reference: Student No. (as specified on Invoice) or Student Name
  • Beneficiary Name: Academy of Design
  • Address: 
    Level 7, 20 Otter St
    Collingwood, Victoria
    Australia 3066

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