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Torrens University Australia has welcomed students to its new range of Degrees that Work in the fields of Health, Hospitality, Design, Education and Business with a strong emphasis on increasing graduate employability and meeting the needs of future growth industries.

Academics from Torrens University Australia have worked in consultation with industry professionals to develop new programs of study in industries with strong anticipated jobs growth, in addition to providing students with dynamic industry placements, such as with Basketball Queensland, Landor, B&T and Accor Hotels among others.

“Our programs have been created following extensive consultation with industry to ensure we are equipping our students with the specific skills and knowledge required by employers in their chosen sector to boost the employability, and value, of our students after graduation,” explained Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia, Professor Justin Beilby.

“The concept behind Degrees that Work is that they are not just qualifications, but rigorous programs, whether taught face-to-face, online or a hybrid of both, which tackle real-life case studies, involve work placements and are aimed at addressing genuine skills gaps in particular industry sectors,” he added.

The new programs will include online study options for students combining study with work and managing a busy lifestyle, as well as those based overseas and in regional or rural Australia.


There are a variety of new programs available for those keen to work across myriad areas of the health sector. Research conducted by IBISWorld shows that there will be strong demand for health professionals for many years to come with almost 100,000 more employed in Health Services by 2021-22 than there is today.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) at the Australian National College of Beauty, in conjunction with Torrens University Australia, delivers professional scientific training for students keen to work in fields such as pre- and post-operative patient care, as clinic or practice managers, laser technicians, aesthetic clinicians, dermal therapists and industry trainers, among others.

Torrens University Australia currently offers its Diploma and Bachelor of Human Services (Ageing) and Bachelor of Human Services (Disability) to prepare students for careers in two of the nation’s strongest growth sectors. Research suggests that demand for skilled professionals in aged care residential services will increase by 5.1 per cent per annum in the five years to 2017 and continue to grow beyond 2017 with data suggesting 20,000+ jobs in the industry by 2021-22. Evidence also suggests that demand for professionals in community services, including ancillary services to health provision and social assistance programs – such as homes for the mentally ill or victims of substance abuse among others – will rise in the coming years, with a recent report anticipating employment growth in the industry of more than 80,000 in the five years to 2021-22.

Graduates of the programs will be able to embark on careers as team leaders in aged care, community workers and housing officers, among others.

Study options include: 

  • Diploma in Human Services
  • Bachelor in Human Services (Ageing)
  • Bachelor in Human Services (Disability). 

Torrens University Australia also recently launched a Diploma of Sport Development, providing a solid foundation in the necessary skills to work in the health, sport and leisure sector, such as designing and evaluating health promotion strategies and developing solutions to a wide array of challenges in the areas of human nutrition, health and fitness.

Graduates of this program will progress to become sports development managers, competition managers, program developers, talent development managers and sports program co-coordinators among others.

With growth of 9.3 per cent in the Gyms and Fitness Centres industry in the period 2012 to 2017 and growth of 6 per cent in Sports Administrative Services in the period 2010 to 2015, there are likely to be many job opportunities for graduates seeking engaging careers in the sports and leisure industries. 


William Blue College of Hospitality Management is offering a vast array of programs, from introductory diplomas to bachelor degrees in specialist fields aimed to train students seeking employment in the constantly evolving and growing hospitality sector, from hotel and event management to culinary professionals, leaders in the tourism industry, and more.

Employment data corroborates strong growth in the hospitality industries with employment in restaurants increasing by more than 15,000 in the five years to 2021-22. Meanwhile, the catering services industry is likely to enjoy annual revenue growth of 4.9 per cent in the years 2011-12 to 2016-17. 

Brand new programs for 2017 include:

  • Bachelor of Culinary Management & Associate Degree of Culinary Management
  • Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management); Associate Degree of Business (Hospitality Management) & Diploma of Business (Hospitality Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Event Management); Associate Degree of Business (Event Management) & Diploma of Business (Event Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management)  


Jobs in the creative industries, particularly those pairing technology with design, are poised to perform particularly well in the near future as widespread adoption of digital technology has assisted demand for Specialised Design Services. Advertising and marketing professionals are likely to enjoy very high jobs growth of more than 8,000 additional professionals in the industry in the five years to 2020. The specialised design services industry, incorporating the planning, designing and managing the production of printed materials, digital content, packaging, advertising, signage systems and corporate identification, among others, is tipped to employ more than 25,000 professionals by 2021-22 – an increase of nearly 3,000 since 2010.

“With the exponential growth in digital design and new technology application for design, our design offering is constantly evolving to adapt to the demands of employers in these exciting fields,” said Professor Beilby.

“From diploma courses through to master programs, the Billy Blue College of Design and Media Design School at Torrens University Australia offers an on-trend blend of industry-specific options to equip creative minds with the relevant hands-on skills to secure work in this increasingly competitive sector,” added Professor Beilby,

In 2017, new study options via Media Design School at Torrens University Australia include:

  • Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration
  • Diploma of Photo Imaging
  • Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming)
  • Master of Creative Advertising 


There are few industries experiencing more change than the education industry. To meet the demand for leaders and special educators with the skills to manage change and special education needs, including autism and mental health issues, Torrens University Australia has expanded its postgraduate Education programs. Torrens University is now offering a new Master of Education (Innovation and Change) and Master of Education (Special Education), and graduate certificates specialising in Autism, Innovation and Change, Mental Health, and Special Education.

Demand for special education teachers has grown exponentially in recent years with employment growing from 14,300 in 2005 to 24,800 in 2015. By 2020, it is expected that more than 30,000 will be employed in the occupation. Education advisers and reviewers have also been in high demand, with 26.6 per cent more people employed in the occupation in 2015 than in 2010.

“For existing educators who are looking to take the next step in their careers, particularly in meeting the need for new ways to educate students with special educational needs or adapting the curriculum to the changing realities of tomorrow’s workforce, these new programs are ideal,” said Professor Beilby.

“Graduates of these programs can also pursue advanced career options within the education profession, such as Lead Teacher status and leadership opportunities within schools and other educational establishments. They can progress to further postgraduate studies in related fields of education,” added Professor Beilby.

In addition to the new programs, Torrens University Australia offers:

  • Master of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Master of Education (Reading and Literacy) 


APM College of Business and Communication at Torrens University Australia is offering two new programs for 2017, the Diploma of Event Management (HE) and the Bachelor of Business (Communication and Public Relations). 

“With full-time, part-time and accelerated study options, the Diploma of Event Management teaches students to generate and execute large-scale creative event concepts in a corporate environment, leading to potential careers in conference coordination, event and exhibition planning, event sales and venue coordination, among others,” explained Professor Beilby.

Students of the Bachelor of Business (Communication and Public Relations) program will gain extensive skills in public relations strategy, writing, international media strategy, brand building and audience research, as well as crisis management, ethics, consumer behaviour and corporate responsibility. Graduates will be well-placed to enter an agency or in-house PR environment upon graduation whether in Australia or overseas. 

Enrolments are now open for T2, commencing on 5 June 2017.

Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia offers a range of career-focused undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Business, Education, Hospitality, Design, Health, Project Management and Sports Management for study on-campus, online or a hybrid of both. Torrens University’s campuses can be found in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, and is lead by a team of research- and career-oriented academic staff who, combined with a carefully selected group of global industry partners, help students to bridge the gap between study and work.

Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, with more than 1,000,000+ students at 70 institutions in 25 countries.

Health Services in Australia, IBISWorld.

Aged Care Residential Services in Australia, IBISWorld.

Community Services in Australia, IBISWorld.

Gyms and Fitness Centres in Australia, IBISWorld

Restaurants in Australia, IBISWorld

Catering Services in Australia, IBISWorld

Specialised Design Services in Australia, IBISWorld

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Specialised Design Services in Australia, IBISWorld

Job Outlook, Department for Employment

Job Outlook, Department for Employment

Job Outlook, Department for Employment

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