Studying with CATC Design School

An award-winning school

CATC Design School (RTO 0269) is a specialist design college with a reputation for delivering award-winning graduates.

Some of the awards and competitions CATC Design School graduates have won include:

  • Interior Decoration Student of the Year (awarded by Design Institute of Australia) – 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2002
  • Graduate of the Year (awarded by Design Institute of Australia NSW) – winners & finalists 2015, 2012, 2011 & 2010
  • Vocational Student of the Year (awarded by Queensland Training Awards) - Brisbane 2007 (finalist), Gold Coast 2006 (finalist)
  • Southern Cross Packaging Awards Shortlist – 2011 & 2010

How do I enrol?

If you’re ready to start, get in touch with your SEEK Learning Consultant, who can:

  • Discuss study and payment options with you.
  • Assist with the enrolment process and save you time.
  • Give you information on start dates and study materials.

What do my course fees cover?

Your course fees will include tuition and student support, and you will be enrolled for the maximum duration of the course. You may need to pay for some study materials relating to your specific course.

How to succeed at studying online

Studying online gives you the flexibility to fit your learning to your lifestyle. To study online successfully, you need to:

  • Get organised by designating a study space free of distractions and set it up so you have all your study tools close to hand.
  • Schedule your study in chunks during the week and stick to these times like any other appointment. If you have to cancel this time, reschedule it back in your diary straightaway at a different time, so you don’t fall behind. Letting others know when you will or won’t be available can also help you stick to your schedule.
  • Make sure you put important dates in your diary, such as when you are going to submit assignments, sit tests or organise a work placement.
  • Communicate regularly so you don’t feel isolated. Contact your teachers by phone or email, and connect and chat with teachers and other students through CATC Design School's online learning portal.
  • Stay motivated by heading to SEEK Learning's Facebook or Twitter page, checking out our YouTube channel, or visiting our blog Course of action when you’re in need of inspiration or information.
  • Ask for help when you need it. There’s plenty of support out there, from friends and family, to your teachers and student support resources – you just need to ask!

Resources required

Students studying at CATC (full time, part time or online) are required to have a computer throughout their studies. On-campus students are required to have a laptop, Online students - a laptop or desktop computer as well as a printer, scanner and phone. 

Minimum recommended hardware specifications:

  • 8GB 1600MHz RAM (minimum)
  • 500GB hard drive (or higher)
  • 2GB graphics processor (or higher)
  • 1TB external portable hard drive (minimum)

MAC (preferred)

  • 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Retina display (suggested)
  • Mac OS X Mavericks (or more recent)


  • Multicore Intel processor (Dual core i5 minimum) or AMD processor: 2.6GHz or better
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Windows8.1 or more recent recommended)

Software requirements

  • Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition) including Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator & InDesign 
  • Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite)

If you are studying online you'll also need a video camera, speakers and microphone (either built in or external).

CATC students are eligible for substantial discounts for laptops and design software through their provider. 

All students must purchase the Art Kit, comprising a range of art materials, tools and equipment. Students will be provided with details of required materials, tools, and equipment at offer stage and will be required to have equipment for course commencement day 1.

For students undertaking either of the Photography courses there are some additional minimum resources you'll will need to complete your course. You’ll need a digital SLR camera with manual settings and general photographic accessories such as hard drives for image asset storage, card readers, standard lens, memory cards, battery charger etc. equipment specifics are outline below.

Minimum recommended photography specifications:

  • DSLR Camera body: preferably Canon or Nikon
  • Short zoom lens, such as:
  • For full frame sensor cameras: Canon 24 -70mm f2.8 USM lens or Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 ED lens
  • For reduced frame sensor cameras: Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens or Nikon AF17-55mm f2.8 ED-IF AF-S lens Nikon AF17
  • Tripod such as Manfrotto 190 XB
  • Camera Flash, such as Canon 430EX/580EX or Nikon SB700/SB900


  • Radio transmitter and receiver for camera flash
  • Hot shoe flash adaptor (only if your camera does not have sync lead connection)
  • 2GB – 8GB Flash Card
  • Card reader
  • 5 Way collapsible reflector (5 Way – 105cm)
  • Polariser filter
  • Shutter release cable
  • Padded camera + lens bag
  • Lens cleaning brush
  • Lens cleaning tissue
  • Photographic printing – as required

There is an Exhibition subject (assessment requirement) as part of the course, which requires photo media production, students should prepare for approx. $200 as an additional cost of student Exhibition. 

For more information about these requirements, speak to your SEEK Learning Consultant.

Withdrawing from a VET diploma

If you decide to stop studying your diploma, you’ll need to formally withdraw from the course.

To withdraw, you’ll need to complete an Application for Withdrawal and email it to Student Services.

Sydney Student Services
Phone: (02) 9251 0029

Brisbane Student Services
Phone: (07) 3270 1000

Melbourne Student Services
Phone: (03) 9670 4026

Online Student Services
Phone: (02) 8913 5376

Contact details for Student Services can also be found in the Student Portal.

CATC will notify you of the outcome of your application by email within 10 business days.

Withdrawing before a census date

To avoid incurring a VET FEE-HELP debt or to receive a refund, you will need to email your application form to Student Services on or before your census date. CATC will provide you with your census dates when you enrol.

Withdrawing after a census date

If you withdraw from your course after the census date, you will incur a VET FEE-HELP debt. If you paid your course fees upfront, you will not be eligible for a refund.