The Whitehouse Difference

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The Whitehouse Difference 

Whitehouse Institute of Design connects with many areas of the creative industries. Our students and graduates have 
access to exclusive national and international industry opportunities, through the Whitehouse connected community. 
Exclusive invitations to industry hosted events such as the Festival des Metiers - a rendezvous with Hermes, or the Naturally Inspiring Seminar of The Woolmark Company provides students with unprecedented insights into the crafting of fine luxury objects as inspiration for their design journey.
Whitehouse participates annually with the Witchery White Shirt Campaign, MSFW (Melbourne Spring Fashion Week) emerging designer runway, Grand Designs Australia design competition to name a few. Our students have interned at and had opportunities with; Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Vogue Australia, RUSSH Magazine, Harrolds, Guess, MJ Bale, Vogue Fashion Night Out, VAMFF (Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival), Sass & Bide, Domayne, CFDA (Council of Fashion Designer of America), MBFWA (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia), Microsoft, Veronika Maine, CUE, Woods Bagot, Hermes, Camilla and Marc and the Australian Fashion Chamber.
Whitehouse students craft creative and luxury outcomes with their design knowledge and production skills. Our students’ work is celebrated through industry events and cultural connections with AGNSW, National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. Students are introduced to the importance of social responsibility as designers. They contribute annually to raise awareness and funds for various organisations such as; Prahran Mission, The Red Cross, HeadSpace, Cure Cancer, ANZGOG (Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group), Safe Steps and the Luke Batty Foundation.

Students are invited to guest lectures that are hosted over both campuses that take place throughout the year. Over the last six months we have hosted guest lectures from Peter Alexander on the Business of Fashion, Richard Nicoll - Building a Fashion Brand and Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Design Centre on Design Innovation. 


International Exchange Opportunities

Whitehouse encourages it students to experience the cultural differences in all areas of design. Students have the opportunity to study abroad for one study period with either University of Creative Arts in London or Accademia Italiana Arte Moda Design in Florence, Italy. No extra fees are required to be paid to undertake this opportunity. This unique experience opens up possibilities to students for international internships and job opportunites. 




Design Central Campuses

Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia, established in 1988 is a leader in design education and has two modern, exciting campuses, centrally located in Surry Hills, Sydney and Melbourne CBD.

Set in the heart of the Surry Hills design precinct, Whitehouse’s Sydney Campus is ideally located near the best supply stores and design studios. The campus has a modern industrial feel, with light-filled studios and spacious auditorium which promotes learning and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, open house and other events.

Whitehouse’s Melbourne Campus was purposefully refitted as a design education facility. Situated on Bourke Street in the centre of the city, it is within walking distance of Southern Cross Station. The campus opened in 2008 in the refurbished Royal Mail Exchange building, is easily accessible for students as well as being in close proximity to art supply stores and Melbourne’s well known cultural precincts. The Melbourne campus was home to both Project Runway Australia and Asia's Next Top Model. 


Design Education Specialists

Whitehouse has been offering design education since 1988. With more than 27 years experience in a range of programs, from short courses, to vocational and higher education courses, design education is what we do best.


Our Teachers

Many of our academic staff are actively engaged in industry practice whilst also teaching. This dual focus allows the teachers to bring their industry insight and current knowledge into the classroom and where Whitehouse students benefit from this very real industry experience. Whitehouse academics encourage creativity and support the development of student’s skills and knowledge in all areas of design, including digital design and hand illustration.


Academic Support

Our timetables are something special. In workshop and class our students have a unique opportunity to get one on one advice and assistance from tutors and lecturers. In addition, we offer academic support in a range of areas including English as a second language, writing as well as academic reading, note taking and research assistance.



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