Academy of Design Australia

Founded in 1998, the Academy of Design Australia (ADA) offers a unique Bachelor of Design Arts that allows students to take major/sub-major combinations in a range of creative fields, including Communication Design, Fashion & Costume Design, Filmmaking & Photography, Graphic & Digital Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts. By learning in a vibrant and creative environment dedicated to Design Arts, Academy students are nurtured to exceed the expectations of industry and stand out from the crowd.

The Bachelor of Design Arts (BDA) was developed for exclusive delivery by the Academy of Design, in conjunction with creative industry leaders. It is the only such degree offered in Victoria and offers a range of features, including:par -the equivalent contact hours to a 4-year degree, completed in 3 yearspar -an integrated program that provides a balance of major, sub-major, core, contextual and professional studiespar -work experience in the design industry from second year of study

In 2015, the Academy of Design Australia became the 22nd campus in the LCI Education network, allowing students and staff to connect with a 12,000-strong creative network around the globe. ADA offers the opportunity for students to undertake part of their studies abroad.

The ADA campus is centrally located in the vibrant Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The area is a well-known creative hub, surrounded by art galleries, fashion houses and design studios, which provide many local professional placement opportunities for students. At the start of the 2018 academic year, the Academy will move into an impressively remodelled, heritage-listed building nearby. It features state-of-the-art facilities including an art gallery and film making suites.

The Academy of Design Australia has 250 students, who are taught by industry leaders. Our unique approach creates a personalised environment where budding creatives can flourish.

Provider CRICOS: 02201G

Entry requirements for Academy of Design Australia

To apply for the Bachelor of Design Arts you must apply directly.par 1. Academic Entry: Year 12 Australian Secondary Education qualification with an ATAR of 60 or equivalent; OR Equivalent; OR A Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree qualification.par 2. Creative Entry: Having prior industry/work experience, and/or completed or partially completed subjects or courses of a degree, associate degree or diploma from an accredited institution; OR Submission of a design portfolio (6-10 pieces of original creative work), or participation in pre-selection kit and a successful entrance interview.par 3. Additionally for International Applicants: Equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5.

Transfering your previous study credits

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which a student's life experience and work history are measured against the content of the course in which they have enrolled. If prior learning is relevant to that course, students may be exempt from some units. Should their RPL application be successful they will receive an ungraded pass in those units.

Students applying for RPL will be required to show where their prior learning and/or experience may be relevant. They may also be requested to attend an interview to discuss their application and, in some cases, to undertake a test to assess their existing knowledge and skill levels.
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