Master of Professional Design

General

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Program Description

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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.

Course Entry

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.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM5160 Effective Communication in Professional Contexts 20
CMM5165 Media and Society in a Globalised World 20
CMM5170 Advertising and Brand Awareness 20

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RES5115 Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches 20
DES5310 What is Design For? 20
VIS5110 Visual Communication 20

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DES5102 Design Thinking 20
DES6010 Design Case Studies 20
DES6020 Project Development and Management 20

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CCA6240 Masters Project 1 30
CCA6250 Masters Project 2 30

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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