The AICD student experience

Students comment on their AICD learning experience

"I studied the Diploma of Visual Arts at AICD, with an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. My teacher’s extensive visual art and design knowledge, including currency in the Graphic Design industry, greatly assisted me to obtain the necessary technical skills. Her creative direction was an asset to completing our projects, always introducing fresh new ideas. I am thankful for the teacher’s friendly and ‘always-ready-to-assist’ nature. During the Covid19 pandemic, we transitioned from campus classes to an online environment. This was a difficult time, however my teacher continued an organised class structure and was always available to assist, making sure our deadlines were met. Thank you for your continued support and for always inspiring us with our creative pursuits".
- Zdenka Mendez, former AICD Diploma of Visual Arts student

"I have studied several creative courses with the Australian Institute of Creative Design and I want to recommend the experience to anyone wishing to build skills and progress their creative career. The quality of the teaching and the welcoming campus environment makes learning easy . There is so much support provided, not only during the course but also after completion. For me, learning with AICD was a wonderful experience. My talent was really brought to life and my confidence was nurtured through the guidance and support of outstanding, experienced and caring teachers".
- Deanne Skehan, Former AICD creative student

"I studied the Diploma of Fashion Styling with AICD. I could not have imagined how studying with AICD would help me find my calling. The course equipped me with the knowledge, skills and confidence to find work with established, professional fashion stylists and photographers. The practical aspects of the Diploma of Styling allowed me to put my skills into action via creatively directed photo shoots and practical coursework, while building an awesome portfolio. I learned how to be a personal stylist, to identify body shapes and advise on figure flattering styles".
- Alison Dunlop, former AICD Diploma of (Fashion, Image and Media) Styling student

"I was two months into a University course when I realised I needed a more hands-on creative, practical approach to develop my skills, knowledge and understanding of the fashion industry. I moved my studies to the Australian Institute of Creative Design and this offered me invaluable industry knowledge and a real world experience. During the first six months of my study with AICD, I learned the core fundamentals and theories related to the business side of the Fashion Industry. Topics covered were marketing, designing, production documentation, trend forecasting, buying, visual merchandising and many more. Although my focus was the business side of fashion, I undertook basic sewing and pattern making, necessary skills for building in-depth knowledge of fashion business transactions and decisions. I developed my personal identity, industry footprint and portfolio with creative direction from AICD teachers. Through my studies with AICD, I had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals, buyers and wholesalers which helped me build industry contacts and networks. Through the college, I competed in a visual merchandising industry competition and achieved an invaluable visual merchandising internship. Through this internship and work experience, I was received a job offer from Forever New as their visual merchandising and stock assistant".
- Jade Fook, former AICD Fashion Student.

"I was pursuing a Bachelor Degree at Univiversity, however after one year I found that my real interest lay in design and in particular Interior Design. I did a lot of research and eventually chose to study with the Australian Institute of Creative Design. I had no idea what to expect of the Interior Design course, but I was so pleased to spend the first several months of the course gaining an understanding of the core elements and principles of design. The latter part of the course was devoted to putting my new skills and knowledge into practice in industry focused scenarios and work on client briefs and presentation boards. I found my career path, which is redesigning and redecorating residential homes. The practical approach of the course, industry exposure and the invaluable experience of the Interior Design teachers cemented my knowledge of the industry. Apart from learning, the best part was meeting new people and creating new friendships".
- Margie Rose, former AICD Interior Design student

Students comment on their AICD learning experience

Zdenka
Zdenka
I studied the Diploma of Visual Arts at AICD. The teacher’s extensive visual art and design knowledge, including the Graphic Design industry, supported me in gaining the technical skills. The expert creative direction recevied was an asset to completing projects. The teacher introduced fresh, inspirational ideas. During the Covid19 pandemic, we transitioned to online. This was a challenge, but the teacher continued the organised class structure and was available to ensure deadlines were met and guide us in creative pursuits.
Zdenka Mendez, AICD Diploma of Visual Arts graduate
Natasha
Natasha Greenaway
I studied the Diploma of Visual Arts with the Australian Institute of Creative Design was fantastic. Our teacher was always there to help us with learning the various software (Photoshop etc.) and to support us in coming up with solutions to design problems. We were pushed to do our best creative work, inspired by our classmates and our motivated teacher.
Natasha Greenaway, AICD Diploma of Visual Arts graduate
Alison
Alison
I studied the Diploma of Fashion Styling at the Australian Institute of Creative Design. The course gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with established, professional fashion stylists and photographers. The practical aspects of the course allowed me to put my skills into action in creatively directed photo shoots and practical coursework, while building an awesome portfolio.
Alison Dunlop, AICD Diploma of (Fashion, Image and Media) Styling graduate
Hana
Hana
I am so grateful to have studied the AICD Diploma of Visual Art: Surface Design. The endless encouragement from supportive, experienced teachers helped me gain knowledge, skills and confidence to design my first streetwear collection. I remember the joy of learning the Adobe creative software and the wonderful experience of creating and installing my art for the launch of our online student exhibition, Ever Evolve. My Maori heritage has inspired designs for a children’s swimwear collection and I am currently producing artwork for an original ‘hoody’ prototype.
¬Hana Pernich, Diploma of Visual Art graduate
Tamlyn
Tamlyn
As a fine artist and Graphic Designer, l had always separated my works in graphic design and visual art. Studying the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals with the Australian Institute of Creative, l soon learned to love combining my work in both disciplines into beautiful Surface Pattern designs. l then enrolled in the AICD Diploma of Visual Art. I now enjoy creating my original watercolors and incorporating these in repeat pattern designs for production on various surfaces, including fabric. Thanks to my studies at AICD, I developed the skills and confidence to launch my online shop TamlynG and I currently work as a full-time designer.
Tamlyn Geiger, AICD Diploma of Visual Arts graduate
Jade
Jade
Needing a hands-on, creative, practical approach to develop my skills and understanding of the fashion industry, I moved my studies from university to the Australian Institute of Creative Design (AICD). There I gained industry knowledge and real-world experience, learning the fundamentals of marketing, designing, documentation, trends, buying, visual merchandising and more. My focus was fashion business, but learning sewing and pattern making gave me a deeper understanding of the fashion industry. I developed my portfolio and won an internship, leading to a visual merchandising job offer.
Jade Fook, AICD Fashion Business graduate