Schools Directory

Every year, we get asked which are the best design schools to go to, so this year we decided to do something about it! Here’s a list of all the schools in our TDK cities, with our picks at the top. Also check out the winners of our annual TDK Awards, 2014, 20152016 and 2017. Good luck!

Our picks:

Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane: Certificate IV in Design
London/Manchester: Certificate of Completion (Commercially-Driven Portfolio Course)
New York: Certificate of Completion (Commercially-Driven Portfolio Course), licensed by the United States Department of Education

Want to study Graphic Design but don’t want to waste 3 years of your life? As longtime friends of TDK, Shillington delivers the goods again and again—just check out the awesome graduates and teachers we’ve featured on the site over the years! Shillington moves fast and mentors students to work smart like industry designers—following clear design processes and meeting tight deadlines. Before long, you’ll be thinking like a designer and tackling creative briefs—experimenting with idea generation, jumping onto the computer and creating a polished portfolio you can be proud of. Choose between full-time (3 months—hard core, but get it DONE) and part-time (which we recommend—you can keep your day job, study two nights a week, have a beer afterwords and graduate at the end of the year into a brand new creative career).

Featured Shillingon graduates: James Eagle, Jennifer Denning, Owen Fisher, Ryan Benison, Sinead Murphy, Mira Mayne, Luke Day, Maria Nilsson, Brandon Mcintosh 
Featured Shillington lecturers: Autumn Studio, Shanti Sparrow, Adam Busby 
Winning Shillingon graduates: 2016 Winners, 2017 Winners


Billy Blue College of Design / Torrens University
Qualification: Undergraduate Degree in Communication Design, Higher Education Diploma in Graphic Design.
Campuses: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Online

If you’re on the younger side of 21, and you’ve got some time up your sleeve, we’d recommend a degree at Billy Blue. BB Sydney has been ticking along for a looooooning time with some mega awesome grads – over 20 years! – and they’ve recently added some sexy new campuses to Brisbane and Melbourne, plus you’ve also got the chance to study online if that suits better!

Featured Billy Blue graduates: Benjamin Smith, Gabby LordEmilyn OuchFoster Type, Jerome Lousick, Robbie North, Sam Watson, Wendy Mhlongo
Featured Billy Blue lecturers: Daniel Dittmar, Nowhere Famous, Cutts Creative
Winning Billy Blue graduates2016 Winners, Rachel Peck

Qualification: Associate Degree, 24 months (Awarded by The University of Tasmania’s College program)
Campuses: Hobart, Launceston

If you want to take your design education seriously – and get seriously inspired at the same time –  then we’d recommend an Associate Degree at Foundry, in beautiful Tasmania. Take two years to deep-dive into design while taking a creative retreat. Foundry is fast becoming the go-to for industry-relevant creative education in Australia, with its national guest speaker program, The Wild program, annual visits from global industry leaders and a growing international reputation. Studying in Tasmania also means the air is cleaner, the wilderness is closer and the design scene is booming. You can’t go wrong.

Featured Foundry Lecturers: Matt Leach, Andrew Johnstone, Jesse Hunniford,
Foundry Guest Lecturers: Gemma O’Brien, Chris Doyle, Frankie Ratford, Mike Tosetto, Nick Hallam, George Rose

Pumphouse School
Qualification: Industry relevant courses (Non-Accredited)
Campuses: Newcastle (Australia)

If you were going to pick your favourite local industry legends, throw them together and dream up some awesome courses, Newcastle’s Pumphouse School might be what you come up with. With courses like ‘Design Your Own Children’s Book’, ‘App Design’, ‘Brush Script Lettering’ or just ‘Adobe Basics’, each course is taught by awesome industry folk who know what it takes to get hired. This school is perfect for graduates wanting to specialise in a specific area – the train to Newcastle is worth every second!

Featured Pumphouse Lecturers: Wayne Thompson


Institute of Code
Web Development Bootcamp, Social Media and Content Marketing Bootcamp (Non-Accredited)
Bali, Indonesia

Guys – Bali AND advancing your career? No brainer! IOC’s 10 day web develeopmetn bootcamp will take you from little or no experience to creating your very own beautiful, responsive websites, learning how to use HTML, CSS and Javascript to design, create and build websites from scratch. There is no prior experience or skills required before joining this bootcamp. Would suit a freelance creative, entrepreneur, business owner or marketer. They alos offer a sweet 10 day Socail Media and Content Marketing bootcamp for those keen on becoming a successful social media manager or influencer from experts in the field. Sign up for both we say!


All schools, colleges and universities

Flinders University
Match Studio (Uni SA)
Tafe SA
University of Adelaide
University of South Australia

Creative Circus
Georgia Gwinnett College
Portfolio Center

Media Design School
Otago Polytechnic

University Of Texas

Billy Blue College of Design Brisbane
Bremer Institute of Tafe
Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE
University of the Sunshine Coast
James Cook University
Martin College Brisbane
Shillington College Brisbane
Southbank TAFE
SAE Creative Media Institute
JMC Academy

Canberra Institute of Technology
The Australian National University-School of Art
University of Canberra

Columbia College Chicago
DePaul University
General Assembly
Illinois Institute of Technology
Loyola University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Experience Institute
University of Illinois at Chicago

Design and Arts College NZ
University of Canterbury (UC)

Art Institute of Colorado
Emergent Digital Practices at University of Denver
MSU Denver

Institute of Art Design & Technology
Dublin Institute of Design

Dunedin School of Artsite / Twitter / Instagram
Otago Polytechnic

Gold Coast:
Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
Kingscliffe TAFE
QCA / Griffith

Kansas City:
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City Kansas Community College
The University of Kansas
Wichita State University

Art Institute
Art Centre College of Design
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Otis College of Art and Design

Australian Academy of Design
Billy Blue Melbourne
Billy Blue Online
Deakin University
General Assembly Melbourne
Holmesglen TAFE
La Trobe University
Martin College Melbourne
Monash University
Old School New School
Shillington College Melbourne
Swinburne TAFE
The Gordon, Geelong
University of Ballarat
Victoria University
JMC Academy
SAE Creative Media Institute

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
UWM Peck School of the Arts

Newcastle, AU:
Hunter Design School
Pumphouse School
TAFE Hunter Institute
University of Newcastle

New York City:
Fordham Universitysity
Parsons School of Design
Pratt MWP College of Art & Design
School of Visual Arts NY
Shillington School
Syracruse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts
The Cooper Union School of Artsite

Central Institute of Technology
Curtin University
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch Institute of Technology
Notre Dam
Qantm Perth
Sterling Business College
SAE Creative Media Institute

Chemeketa Community College
Clark College
Lane Community College
Linn Benton Community College
Mount Hood Community College
Oregon College of Art & Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Oregon State University (OSU)
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
Portland Community College (PCC)
Portland State University (PSU)
The Art Institute of Portland (AII)
Western Oregon University

San Diego:
San Diego City College
San Diego Community College District
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego State University School of Art, Design, and Art History
Woodbury University

San Francisco:
Academy of Art
Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts)
California College of the Arts
Dominican University of California
San Francisco Art Institute
University of San Francisco

Art Institute Seattle
Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle Central Creative Academy
Shoreline Community College
University of Washington
Western Washington University
Seattle Pacific University

Academy of Information Technology
Billy Blue College of Design Sydney
Excelsia College
Hornsby TAFE
Martin College Sydney
Raffles Sydney
Shillington College Sydney
TAFE Enmore Design Centre
University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts (SCA)
University of Technology Sydney
University of Western Sydney
JMC Academy
SAE Creative Media Institute

University of Tasmania

University Of Waterloo

Capilano University
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Vancouver Trade School

Washington DC:
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—GWU

Massey University