Welcome to the Leading Creative industries Education Provider [ Established Since 2002 ]. We are a college that prides it’s self in staying ahead of the current trends in training and delivery – and providing a dynamic learning environment for all our students.

About us

‘ Your Success is Our Success ‘


The Academy of Design is a private college – founded in 2002 by the Director Rycki Symons who has brought over 25 years of experience in the Fashion Design, Graphic Arts and Photography industries to the Academy of Design.


We are situated in the ‘Heart’ of the Gold Coast at Broadbeach on the Highway & Queen Street Mall in Brisbane. Both campuses offer the best location of the two cities. The Broadbeach precinct defines the attraction of the Gold Coast with the Beach only one block away from the campus and access to the entire Broadbeach shopping precinct.

The Queen Street Mall campus is unparalleled when it comes to location and access to the heart of Brisbane city. It offers students a truly Urban feel and experience that is very different from the Gold Coast Campus.


Since the private college opened it’s doors, it has had enormous success across all areas of the creative training. The Academy of Design has Local, National and International students.

We are constantly developing new programs and extending curriculum to meet with current industry requirements. AOD’s signature to success and high quality training is in the focus on ‘Innovation’. This focus continues to win the college awards and recognition within the Creative Industries and also provide opportunities for its current students as well as its graduates.


The Academy of Design’s specialization in the Creative Industries has proved over the years to be a very successful formula: where students are able to study within a creative environments, experience other fields of study during their own studies, understand diversity and innovation across many fields of creative study. Most importantly students are able to integrate and affiliate in projects and assessments from other areas of study on major projects and Industry events. This in its self promotes innovation from students. It pushes many creative boundaries and produces highly professional portfolios for entry into the workforce.



It is now well recognized by industry that the Academy of Design is the leading training grounds for the Creative Industries and continue to offer not only job opportunities, but diverse and varied industry experience.

The college attracts various creative industries and businesses that offer competitions, industry visits and work experience and take part in the assessment process to keep the college and it’s students at the forefront of industry evolution and requirements.


AOD provides a plethora of opportunities for students to excel – through its network of contacts within the industry.

We look forward to meeting with you and showing you a unique training environment and culture that has become the Academy of Design.

 Why choose Academy of Design?


  • Learn from industry professionals
  • Strong industry network
  • Creative learning environment
  • Award-winning graduates
  • National Recognised courses
  • Study 3 days full time study/ 21 hours a week
  • Outstanding Employment Outcomes
  • We enjoy tracking the achievements of students when they leave the college. Our graduates are sought after by local businesses & design studios, and many launch themselves into successful freelance careers. The Academy supports graduates in their professional careers and continued growth in their chosen field.