Master Degree in Design Studies in Australia

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Design Studies

A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

Skilled design professionals are needed in many organizations to tool custom solutions for common problems. Because the design field encompasses a broad variety of environments and applications, specialists are needed in small business, large corporations, education, non-profits, and government.

 

Australia has the third largest number of foreign students in the world despite having a community of only 23 million. These are strong academic credentials, but Australian institutions are just as highly ranked as the cities that house them around the native land.

Top Master Programs in Design Studies in Australia 2019

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Master of Design

Media Design School
Campus Full time 30 weeks February 2019 Australia Adelaide

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry. [+]

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry.

Working in a simulated industry environment, our postgraduate students will be challenged to research relevant ideas, problem-solve, and create design solutions in response to a variety of real-world briefs. These briefs require our students to work collaboratively with others in order to create a broad range of digital and creative products, services and approaches across a multitude of media platforms.

This project-based interdisciplinary approach means that graduates will complete the programme with an impressive portfolio filled with practical and relevant work experience to show to their current or prospective employers.... [-]


Master of Two Dimensional & Digital Design

Edith Cowan University
Campus Full time 3 semesters January 2019 Australia Perth

Designed for postgraduate students and industry practitioners who seek to develop skills in the discipline of design, using the digital media as both a production and as a creative tool. It will provide [+]

Master of Two Dimensional & Digital Design

Designed for postgraduate students and industry practitioners who seek to develop skills in the discipline of design, using the digital media as both a production and as a creative tool. It will provide advanced technical and conceptual skills in graphic design in order to further career prospects. Students are offered the opportunity to realise an advanced application of their skills in the production of a major piece of sustained work.

Related careers

Graphic Designer

Related studies

The Graduate Certificate in Two Dimensional and Digital Design and Graduate Diploma in Two Dimensional and Digital Design are also available in this discipline.... [-]


Master of Interaction Design (Extension)

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time January 2019 Australia Sydney

Interaction design is concerned with designing interactive digital products, digital environments, systems, and services that can satisfactorily meet the needs and desires of the intended users. The Master of Interaction Design (Extension) prepares and equips students with an up-to-date theoretical knowledge and requisite practical industry-standard skills in this rapidly advancing field. [+]

While industry demand for skilled interaction designers and various other jobs, such as user experience (UX) designers, service designers etc., is increasing, there is a lack of formal education/training offered by universities in interaction design. This course is designed to provide students with the most current and requisite skills in this fast-evolving field. Graduates possess skills in industrially applicable and cost-effective information environments (i.e. multimedia, interactive systems design and associated information technology). The course provides the industry with graduates who can combine these skills with those of their original discipline in professional applications-oriented settings. The course is committed to producing graduates who have a deep understanding of human-centred approaches to designing digital technologies. This ensures that 'products' created are more likely to 'fit' meaningfully into users' lives because the design process is informed by a deep understanding of people's practices, particular situations and values. The Master of Interaction Design is attractive to different types of learners, namely: those who are currently working in a job that is not related to interaction design those working in jobs closely related to interaction design, and those already working in interaction design-related jobs.... [-]


Master of Interaction Design

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 3 years January 2019 Australia Sydney + 1 more

Interaction design is concerned with designing interactive digital products, digital environments, systems, and services that can satisfactorily meet the needs and desires of the intended users. The Master of Interaction Design prepares and equips students with an up-to-date theoretical knowledge and requisite practical industry-standard skills in this rapidly advancing field. [+]

While industry demand for skilled interaction designers and various other jobs, such as user experience (UX) designers, service designers etc., is increasing, there is a lack of formal education/training offered by universities in interaction design. This course is designed to provide students with the most current and requisite skills in this fast-evolving field. Graduates possess skills in industrially applicable and cost-effective information environments (i.e. multimedia, interactive systems design and associated information technology). The course provides the industry with graduates who can combine these skills with those of their original discipline in professional applications-oriented settings. The course is committed to producing graduates who have a deep understanding of human-centred approaches to designing digital technologies. This ensures that 'products' created are more likely to 'fit' meaningfully into users' lives because the design process is informed by a deep understanding of people's practices, particular situations and values.... [-]


Master of Animation and Visualisation

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time 1 year January 2019 Australia Sydney

The UTS Master of Animation and Visualisation has been developed in partnership with Animal Logic and is offered through the UTS Animal Logic Academy. The course develops collaborative problem-solving skills and expertise through creative and technical collaborative work in a custom-built studio with real-world production work structures and creative and technical projects, under the guidance and mentorship of practitioners and creative leaders from the industry, including Animal Logic. [+]

The course provides challenges and opportunities that encourage exploration and skills-building across the spectrum of roles in digital production, animation, visual effects and emerging visualisation disciplines. Collaborative work practices guide the development of strong competencies in critical thinking, problem-solving, design thinking and effective communication in a production environment. Graduates are able to work productively and effectively in a professional workplace environment.

Graduates gain skills that can be applied across a range of roles, from animation and software development to data visualisation, data science and across emerging technologies. They are also able to innovate in traditional professions as well as drive the development of new industry sectors.... [-]


Master of Design

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 3 years January 2019 Australia Sydney + 1 more

Unique in Australia, the Master of Design is intellectually vibrant, socially engaging, visionary, practice-focused and actively linked to industry. The course centres on building a design community network and has two main components: specialised master classes led by a studio leader and industry partners; and theory and technology subjects taught across the programme. [+]

The programme focuses on and integrates research, industry collaboration, internationalisation and a design culture through the delivery of specialist, core and transdisciplinary subjects. It provides a postgraduate education that is flexible in both its practical orientation and research integration. With a focus on design evolution, innovative integration of new technologies, practice and student experimentation, this Master of Design is delivered by experienced studio leaders who are acknowledged leaders in their specific industries and professions.

Designed to produce a balance between high levels of specialisation and lateral thinking, the programme enables students to examine design from a transdisciplinary perspective. It enables students to explore design issues under the supervision of a practice leader, to learn new strategies and the application of research and theory. It supports best practices in postgraduate design education through learning and research strategies that critically examine design practice. Graduates of this course are leaders in design and related industries through their expertise in product and service development. They are able to utilise strategic processes, creative tools and research skills for innovation in design. The program provides a suite of subjects for postgraduate designers in the areas of interaction, strategy, design ethnography, physical prototyping, web design and designer identity. Common subjects explore related conceptual challenges and questions of visual expression in the quest to develop useful, usable and resonant designs. These include understanding and articulating the importance of user experience, the role of design in humanising information, the aesthetic and conceptual dynamics of effective communication, strategic thinking, and... [-]


Master of Design (Research)

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2019 Australia Sydney + 1 more

This degree is for graduates who want to deepen their understanding and hands-on skills in both research-for-design and research-by-design as a way to define the future of the design profession. [+]

Design challenges are becoming more complex: digitisation, globalisation, the growing importance of services and the shift towards culturally and socially intelligent design mean that the profile and role of the designer are changing. Research for design and researching through design experiments are becoming part of new design practice. In this course, students are challenged to develop a deep understanding of what this means for them as practising designers. They are trained in the insights and hands-on skills to do the various types of research that are becoming all-important in modern design practice.

Graduates are the new guard of academically trained designers who have deepened their insight into where design is going and can offer employers the combination of design and research skills that they need for their long-term prosperity. There is also a clear path from this degree towards a more research-focused career, either in industry or in academia.... [-]


Master of Architecture (Design)

The University of Western Australia
Campus Full time Part time 2 years January 2019 Australia Crawley + 1 more

The Master of Architecture (Design) is a program of independent, supervised research leading to the presentation of an exhibition of architectural design equivalent in scope to the schematic design of a building of major cultural significance. [+]

The Master of Architecture (Design) is a program of independent, supervised research leading to the presentation of an exhibition of architectural design equivalent in scope to the schematic design of a building of major cultural significance.

Students in this course undertake a program of independent, supervised research. Assessment is on the basis of an exhibition of their work.

Starting dates

By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year, except December

Weekly contact time

Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research, throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research, throughout the year. Admission Requirements Qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor of Architecture with at least upper second class honors and sufficient architectural design experience to satisfy the School of Architecture, Landscape, and Visual Arts and the Graduate Research School that the applicant has sufficient expertise to complete the course English competency ... [-]

Master of Design (Interior Architecture)

University of South Australia
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 Australia Adelaide

With a focus on design research, theory and practice, the Master of Design (Interior Architecture) will prepare you for a career as an interior architect or interior designer. You will also gain an advanced understanding of the innovative, changing world of design. [+]

With a focus on design research, theory and practice, the Master of Design (Interior Architecture) will prepare you for a career as an interior architect or interior designer. You will also gain an advanced understanding of the innovative, changing world of design.

A focus on practical, hands-on learning means you will not only gain the skills and knowledge needed to design stimulating, sustainable and visually appealing interiors, but also the confidence to embark on real-world projects. An industry placement is part of your studies.

The degree also focuses on design research, and you will complete an individual research-based project where you will be required to critically review, analyze, identify and propose solutions to complex design challenges. You will also study the development and application of research processes and, in conjunction with industry, will be given the opportunity to work on creative projects, developing skills in writing project proposals and presenting information.... [-]