Provides students with advanced technical and conceptual skills in design, and uses digital media as both a production and a creative tool.
In the latter stages of the course, students will focus on an advanced design application through the production of a major piece of work that will fuse contemporary studio-based practice and theory with rigorous critical analysis.
Students will be introduced to design thinking as a means of exploring ways of investigating and understanding complex challenges and user-focused methods of generating ideas. Students will be encouraged to view the design process as a collaborative activity that generates innovation through making and prototyping.
The course will appeal to non-design related practitioners and graduates who wish to upgrade their practice by including design skills as the means to understand and apply the role of empathy in user-centred innovation.
Academic Admission requirements (Band 6)
Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:
Bachelor degree; or
Equivalent prior learning including at least five years of relevant professional experience.
English Language requirements (Band 4)
English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:
IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience; or
Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.
Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley
Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley
Year 1 - Semester 1
Effective Communication in Professional Contexts
Media and Society in a Globalised World
Advertising and Brand Awareness
Year 1 - Semester 2
Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches
What is Design For?
Year 2 - Semester 1
Design Case Studies
Project Development and Management
Year 2 - Semester 2
Masters Project 1
Masters Project 2
Course Learning Outcomes
Apply advanced design research processes and methods to investigate, evaluate, and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories in inter-disciplinary design projects.
Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative contributions to inter-disciplinary design practise or scholarship.
Reflect critically on advanced design philosophies, principles, methods, and processes, to demonstrate mastery of interdisciplinary design practice or scholarship.
Use high-level self-management skills to initiate, plan, and execute a substantial design project.
Employment opportunities include assisting organisations, companies, and communities to innovate through building empathy, understanding stakeholders' needs, co-creating possibilities with stakeholders, and developing socially, environmentally and financially sustainable solutions.
Possible future job titles
UX Designer (User Experience Designer), Service Designer, Social Designer, Design Strategist.