Shoalhaven Design School is dedicated to helping individuals and small businesses embrace design and become successful through the application of good design

Whether you want to learn new design skills, further your design skills or studies, change careers or find a design-based job, we pride ourselves in helping you get results. We will help you to succeed through the understanding and application of design skills. We work hard to bring out you or your business’s uniqueness and style.

A Welcome From Our Founder, Luise Grice

Our Workshops

Our workshops enable you to develop the design skills you want – anything from the traditional techniques of sketching and illustration, through to cutting-edge digital technologies that will help you design to succeed. We understand the importance of the handmade and this is considered fundamental to the thinking process especially since we constantly encourage creativity!

“I can’t believe how easy it was! It’s amazing how easy something is when you’re shown. You’re the best!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!”

– Steven White
ABC Journalist


How We Started

Shoalhaven Design School was established to provide quality, short courses and workshops to support the needs of the Shoalhaven region.

Shoalhaven Design School aims to fill the increasing ‘design skills’ gap created through the lack of visual literacy education in our region, and through the visual literacy education funding cuts made to institutions such as TAFE and universities.

“I love to see learners flourish. The most rewarding thing about teaching is when a learner has what I call an ‘ah moment’ – when something has clicked. I am passionate about design and what I do. It has always been important to me to impart what I know to help others succeed”.
– Luise Grice
Owner, Shoalhaven Design School


What We Are Known For

Shoalhaven Design School is known for it’s friendly and supportive environment as well as delivering quality training while providing an enjoyable environment to learn.

We are not affiliated with government nor are we government funded. We are an education provider managed by members of the Shoalhaven community.

Servicing the large and diverse composition of the Shoalhaven region’s 95,000 community members, Shoalhaven Design School offers the Shoalhaven region sound education principles, contemporary training methods and solid qualifications in the web and design industries.

Our Educator’s Experience

We are passionate educators! We have worked for major educational organisations including TAFE NSW, Adobe Systems, Australian Government and local Community Colleges.

Here are some of the roles our trainers have held:

  • TAFE NSW – Training and Assessing – 10 years
    • Information Technology (Web Design, Graphic Design, Visual & Media Arts)
    • Administration (Office Suite, Mac & Apple)
    • Media and Arts (Video Production, Storyboarding, Design, Drawing & more)
  • Adobe Systems – Education and Training – 8 years
    • Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign)
  • Australian Government – Education and Training – 2 years
    • Online Systems
  • Community Colleges and South Coast Correctional Centre – 4 years
    • Course Co-ordination
    • Education and Training (Information Technology & Video Production)

Our Qualifications

We believe education is lifelong. Every year we study subjects that will assist us in keeping abreast with trends and industry standards. Our trainers have honour’s level degrees in Media Arts, qualifications in Graphic Design and Training and Assessment which are utilised daily in our working and personal lives.

Here are some of the qualifications held by our trainers:

  • Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • Honours degree in Contemporary Arts
  • Diploma in Graphic Design
  • Diploma in Web Development
  • Diploma in Multimedia
  • Diploma in Project Management
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

We are also leaders in Adobe Education where we foster creativity with Adobe solutions. We bring fresh ideas and new ways of teaching the creative process and creative expression to our students and colleagues through being involved with Adobe International’s Education Programs. Some of our Adobe qualifications include:

We have successfully exhibited artwork at major spaces including the Deakin University Art Space, Hawthorn Contemporary Art Gallery and the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre. Our designs and photographic work have also been chosen for inclusion in various publications created at CASA House and ANZ Bank. Our trainers have been awarded for outstanding acheivement and excellence while studying at Deakin University. As a result being granted lifetime membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society.


Always enthusiastic and happy to share her knowledge – Anna Glynn, Mulitmedia Artist.

Always enthusiastic and happy to share knowledge!

Your approach is both professional and friendly. You were accessible and supportive. Very knowledgeable. Attuned to my needs. I ended up with a new friend 😁 but besides that I have more confidence. You encouraged me to believe in myself. To go that one step further. There are things I would never have done had… Continue reading I ended up with a new friend 😁 but besides that I have more confidence!

I ended up with a new friend 😁 but besides that I have more confidence!

Luise is an excellent, highly qualified and friendly teacher who genuinely enjoys helping others reach their potential. Luise is also a key figure in Aether Industries’ existence. She helped me to land my first job in web development – for which I’m very grateful! Brett from Aether Industries

I’m very grateful!

I just designed my new fabric for a 40 metre roll in Illustrator. It worked! Am so excited! It’s perfect! Thank You for your wonderful instructions and notes. Deb from DevaalDesign.com.au

Thank You for your wonderful instructions and notes

Can’t believe how easy it was! It’s amazing how easy something is in Photoshop when you’re shown. You’re the best! Steven White, ABC Journalist

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Just opened my business cards….very happy with them. Thanks to all your help! Janelle McCowatt, Owner Bas To Basics

Thanks to all your help

I asked Luise to create options for branding and design for several of my business ventures. The process was highly interactive and engaging  – Luise is very customer and outcome focused, always ensuring I was ‘on board’ with the creative process. In that regard I always felt engaged and had a sense of ownership right… Continue reading THE PROCESS WAS HIGHLY INTERACTIVE & ENGAGING