Master of Communication Design

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of Communication Design

RMIT University

Master of Communication Design

This program focuses on design application, theory, new technologies and global business practices as they relate to the communication design industry.

The face-to-face aspect of this program is delivered in a dedicated real-world design studio called 'The Works', a collaborative design consultancy housed within RMIT. The Works' mission is to provide an educational environment that facilitates your engagement with entrepreneurship through design. Through this immersive studio environment you will develop, design and create participatory design projects with business, the community and government. Projects range from small communication design artefacts to strategic design thinking that engages community.

You’ll monitor and evaluate current trends in the communication design discipline with a focus on collaborative studio practice and design entrepreneurship, while studying with students from other disciplines.

Upon graduation you’ll be an advanced creative practitioner, able to critically engage with communication design practice in the broader context of the global media and communication industry and interdisciplinary practice. You’ll be prepared for professional and leadership roles in communication design studios, digital and web design consultancies, in-house design studios within business entities and community organisations.

Graduate Diploma exit points are available.

Learning and teaching

This program focuses on teaching students in a design studio format to provide a real-world learning experience. Teaching staff is experienced in design and education and will also assess written work and projects produced by students.

All programs are delivered in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

The Works studio accessed by students in this program provides opportunities to engage with real clients in a collaborative and ideas-based environment, on projects that reflect current social and economic issues.

This program fits the current approach and philosophies around ‘design thinking’.

In this unique environment students will explore relevant and contemporary social issues. These ‘themes’ will contain a client-based output or communication objective, allowing students to explore, research and understand cultural behaviours and contexts.

The Master consists of 144 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points).

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Applicants with a minimum of 3 years work experience or professional practice in a related field may also be considered.

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2018
1,5 year
Full time
Start date Jan. 2018
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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