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Master of Design
Master of Design

Master of Design

  • ID:GU610393
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Design, applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor degree in non-related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution

  • OR hold a Bachelor degree or a Graduate Certificate (or higher) in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution - these students will be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing

  • OR hold a Graduate Diploma of Design or a Bachelor Honours degree in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution - these students will be eligible for 80 credit points of advanced standing

  • OR have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to either of the above - these students may be eligible for 10 to 80 credit points of advanced standing

  • AND provide a brief personal statement of 2-3 paragraphs outlining:

    1. Why you want to study a Master of Design and

    2. A description of the research and/or practical projects that you would like to undertake during the study with reference to the courses and topics in the program that attract your interest.

Study option

If you do not meet the academic entry criteria, you may be able to study the Masters Qualifying Program (9354) and qualify for entry into this Masters degree.

English Requirements

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.


Course Information

The Master of Design (MDes) is an exploration of 21st century creative practices suited to current or emerging designers who wish to complement their existing skills with concepts, strategies, and technologies to solve complex problems in business, government and communities.

It offers students the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge on design context and processes in multiple areas including experience design, design thinking, emerging design futures and business and professional practice. These courses are complimented by a range of practical/making courses in the areas of visual communication, prototyping, still/moving image and interactive design. The program gives a broad range of disciplines (design and non-design) the opportunity to upskill and build upon contemporary practices relevant to all designers and equip them with the knowledge base to pursue a major design research project of their choice.

Students will utilise both collaborative and individual working contexts to expand their knowledge of contemporary design processes at professional industry level. They will gain research and critical thinking skills which will be deployed in a major design project in the second year of the program. Graduates will be prepared for practice-led work and/or design strategy and leadership in macro, micro and freelance scenarios.


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Year 1

Students must complete the following courses:


  • Still and Moving Image - 7518QCA

  • Visual Communication - 7152QCA

  • Emerging Design Futures - 7523QCA

  • Design Thinking - 7521QCA

  • Professional Design Practice - 7531QCA

  • Interactive Design - 7515QCA

  • Experience Design - 7522QCA

  • Prototyping - 7524QCA

Year 2

Students must complete the following courses:


  • Design Research Methods - 7539QCA

  • Masters Design Project 1 - 7528QCA_P1

  • Masters Design Project 2 - 7528QCA_P2

  • Presenting Research - 7533QCA

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With a graduate portfolio demonstrating your innovative knowledge and skills, the Master of Design prepares you for future jobs in a wide range of global industries and careers:

  • Experience Design

  • User Experience

  • Service Design

  • Graphic Communication Design

  • Digital Visual Design

  • Product and 3D Design

  • Design Management

  • Design Strategy

  • Creative Technologist

  • Design Research

  • User Research

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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