Welcome to CATC Design School.
Established in 1982, CATC DESIGN SCHOOL (previously known as Commercial Arts Training College) is now one of Australia’s largest private vocational design schools with courses available in the fields of graphic design, interior design, multimedia and photography.
CATC Design School is a recognised Vocational Education Provider that offers you more than just an education. We’re passionate about your success – and want you to stand out from the competition.
We have campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, all specifically designed as studio spaces (as opposed to classrooms).
Our focus is on helping you become the very best designer you can be. If you’re looking for a creative career, you’ve come to the right place. With a little help from us, we’ll equip you with the skills to transform you into a qualified designer with excellent hands-on, industry-relevant skills.
We’re committed to developing your skills as an individual and we recognise the importance of finding work when you graduate. With industry practitioners as lecturers, strong industry connections and a dedicated focus on portfolio development, completing these courses will position you as a highly-qualified and sought after graduate.
Become a CATC Design School student and you’ll experience an interactive, energetic and creative learning environment. You’ll mix with industry professionals, supportive staff and like-minded design students.
When it’s time to leave the College, you’ll be an inspired, confident and committed individual, with a valuable set of skills and contacts.
When you study at CATC Design School, we go out of our way to provide you with the complete student experience. Whether it’s lecturers, career advice, portfolio development or access to jobs, you’ll benefit from a great support network.
You don’t need any specific experience to study at CATC. What we are looking for are creative individuals with a passion for design. Our career-oriented courses give you every opportunity for technical, creative and business advancement.
Why Choose CATC?
Here are some of the reasons why students choose to study with us:
- Relevant industry approved courses
all courses are nationally-recognised and have been developed with extensive input from the graphic design, multimedia and interior decoration and design industries. By interacting with employers and industry leaders we find out what skills they demand, and tweak our courses accordingly.
- Learn from industry professionals
our educators have extensive industry experience and keep up-to-date with their professional development requirements. They can’t wait to teach you how to think creatively and help you reach your maximum potential.
- Building your design network
you’ll have opportunities to establish a strong industry network and set up lifelong relationships with fellow designers. As a result, many students start freelancing while studying, and even set up their own design companies.
- Creative learning environment
as well as learning from teachers with industry experience, you’ll work with fellow students in large, open design studios where music, colour and social interaction inspire creativity.
- Award-winning graduates
our graduates are both highly regarded and sought-after designers. They are recognised and winning prizes at the most prestigious design competitions, from the DIA Australasian Student Design Competition and the GOTYA (Graduate of the Year Awards) to the Dulux Colour Awards and the Desktop Create Awards.
- Exciting career opportunities
thanks to excellent industry recognition, our talented grads have landed roles in leading companies like IKEA, Walt Disney, Saatchi and Saatchi and Volcom. Many have set up their own design agencies, or work in art studios, interior design companies, advertising agencies and production houses.
- Flexible study options
we understand that life can get busy – and that’s why we provide flexible study options. To suit your lifestyle, you can study part-time, full-time or via online distance education.
- Study now and pay later
VET FEE-HELP assists eligible students undertaking certain courses to pay for all or part of their tuition costs. To be entitled to VET FEE-HELP, students must be an Australian citizen or the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa and be resident in Australia for the duration of their studies. VET FEE-HELP is approved for Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses in Graphic Design and Interior Design.