Australian Academy of Design
Australian Academy of Design
Founded in 1998
Head of institution
Director Robert Treseder
220 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne, 3207 Melbourne, Australia
Phone +61 3 9676 9000
Fax +61 3 9676 9066
Cumulus Contact person
Academic Secretary Andrew Morgan
PO Box 5200, South Melbourne, 3205 Melbourne
Phone +61 3 9676 9000, Fax +61 3 9676 9066
Contact person for inquiries on study programs
Cameron Jenyns, Coordinator of Studies
phone: +61 3 9676 9000
Other contact persons
The mission of the Australian Academy of Design is ‘to offer a high quality alternative to traditional tertiary education in the Arts’.
In order to realise this mission, the AAD has set two primary goals: to build the distinctive character of the Academy; and to enhance our national and international reputation for academic excellence and leadership.
These goals are to be attained 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;
• 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; and
• encouraging scholarship in teaching.
These policies seek to build upon past aims and objectives, which included fostering close cooperation with the community, industry, commerce and government, and anticipating and responding to their needs through research, consultancy and continuing education; developing a spirit of community embracing students, staff and alumni; and equipping its graduates with the depth of education, the breadth of vision and the personal qualities needed to contribute to the development of a prosperous, equitable and just society.
The Academy has formalized memoranda of understanding with the following international institutions: BAU Escola Superior de Disseny, Barcelona, Spain; Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands; Utrecht School of Art, Netherlands; Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; Instituto Europeo di Design (I.E.D.) Barcelona, Spain; Instituto Europeo di Design (I.E.D.) Milan, Italy.
These affiliations have been developed primarily to facilitate student and staff exchange programs, and encourage collaborative research and the exchange of information and materials that are of mutual interest.
The Academy is a not-for-profit organisation and is included on the Commonwealth Register of Cultural Organisations.
The Academy’s governing body, the Senate, is comprised of recognized leaders and innovators in art, design and marketing fields (supplemented by experts in law, accounting, marketing and public relations). The President of the Senate is Ken Cato, one of Australia’s most prominent designers.
The Academy has established affiliation agreements with Griffith University, Queensland, and Charles Darwin University, NT, for the purpose of offering master degrees in art and design, and developing joint research and exhibition programs. It is intended that these affiliations will be extended into collaborative benchmarking projects. The Academy was previously affiliated with Charles Sturt University for the purpose of offering CSU degrees between 2001 and 2006.
The Academy fosters links with industry via its program of guest lecturers, its professional practical placement program, and sponsored competitions. It also encourages input from the design industry via its Industry Advisory Panels, comprised of current practitioners and professionals, who assist in regularly reviewing the content and delivery of Academy courses and offer advice on course development.
The Academy plays an active role in community cultural development through its Clement Meadmore gallery, which features regular exhibitions of work by emerging and established artists, and through its engagement with community and cultural groups such as the Chamber Made Opera ensemble, the Goethe-Institut, ARLIS (the Art Libraries Society) and Books Illustrated
The Academy’s focus is on an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree in Design Arts, with major studies programs in Advertising, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Photo Media and Visual Arts. Our future focus will be on extending the Academy’s range of educational pathways through the development of an Honours program and postgraduate courses.
Faculties and departments
Australian Academy of Design (as a whole)
Bachelor level programs
Bachelor of Design Arts (Advertising)
Bachelor of Design Arts (Fashion Design)
Bachelor of Design Arts (Graphic Design)
Bachelor of Design Arts (Photo Media)
Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Arts)
The estimated duration of all of the above is 3 years / 6 semesters full-time, or equivalent part-time study. Each program includes provision for students to change their major study area and to exit after 2 years / 4 semesters (or equivalent part-time study) with an Associate Degree of Design Arts.
Master level programs
Research activity and main areas
Individual academic staff members are actively engaged in research in design-related fields.
Doctorate level programs
Subject areas for exchange students
Exchange students may apply to study in any of the Academy's programs: Advertising, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Photo Media, Visual Arts.
The exchange period is usually one semester but may be extended to two semesters. Exchange students are expected to have completed one year of study in their home institution and achieved a Credit average or better.
Autumn Semester: 1 January.
Spring Semester: 1 June.
Autumn Semester (Semester 1): late February until end of June.
Spring Semester (Semester 2): start August until late November.
Cost of living per month (studying and living)
The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship advises that the basic monthly cost of living in Australia is A$1500.
- Bachelor: 270
- Master: n/a
- Doctorate: n/a
- 2 - 5 incoming
- 3 outgoing
- n/a other (continuing education, post-experience courses, other)
- n/a Professors
- n/a Lecturers
- n/a Other permanent teachers
- 25 Part-time teachers