Master of Design

This course is for those who want to dig deep into the rich soil of design – experienced creatives as well as professionals across various other industries.

This accelerated post-professional program offers an exciting opportunity for advanced study in design and is designed to engage designers, developers, technologists, programmers, artists and teachers to explore the convergent space between disciplines that shape technologies, applications and creative solutions.

If you want to progress to senior roles within the design industry worldwide and become an advanced, entrepreneurial, flexible problem solver who can create and contribute to a variety of design solutions, this program is for you.

This course allows you to enter or exit with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Design.


Key study outcomes

  • Build on your professional experience and previous undergraduate study and extend your managerial skills and practice with an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Develop and apply strategic processes, creative tools and research for innovation in design.
  • Discover the convergent space between disciplines that shape technologies, applications and creative solutions.
  • Explore the latest design theory, practice and innovation.
  • Create an impressive portfolio of practical and relevant work experiences

Choose your degree type

Master of Design

The Master of Design enables you to develop and apply strategic processes, creative tools and research for innovation in design, and to independently apply highly specialised knowledge to professional practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. The degree is designed for students with an academic background at the AQF 8 level in a design related discipline, or at least three years of relevant professional experience plus a bachelor degree (AQF 7) in any discipline. The Master of Design can be completed on a full-time basis (three trimesters) or half-time basis (six trimesters).

Master of Design (Advanced)

The Master of Design (Advanced) is developed specifically for international students and those who wish to complete a 2-year course studied full-time. The Master of Design (Advanced) is an elongated course that provides you with an advanced body of knowledge to successfully implement design practices and principles to various societal needs.

Course Essentials

CRICOS Code: 03389E

Online

  • Not available

Duration

  • Full-time: 1.5 years (accelerated 1 year)
  • Part-time: options available

Intakes

  • 2016: February, June, September

CRICOS Code: 086072F

Online

  • Not available

Duration

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: Not Available

Intakes

  • 2016: February, June, September

English

International students may require an English Language score (IELTS or equivalent) in order to gain entry to the course. Please check the Entry Requirements below.

International Admissions

Torrens offers a free, personalised admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Admissions Officer to have your previous studies assessed for equivalence.

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Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.

Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.

    lCompletion of a Bachelor-level degree or postgraduate study at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider, AND
  • Relevant professional experience, OR
  • Completion of postgraduate study in a field of design at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider, OR
  • A portfolio of relevant work from area(s) of expertise, AND
  • 3 letters of recommendation from relevant persons, AND
  • A selection interview

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To gain entry into a course at Torrens University Australia, domestic and international applicants must satisfy the University’s English Language Requirements.

Approved English language tests include:

  • IELTS 6.5, with no sub score less than 6.0
  • TOEFL 79
  • PTE 60
  • CAE 58

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for more information on the course entry criteria.

Torrens University Australia operates on a trimester system comprising of 3 study periods per year.

Please contact one of our Course and Career Advisors to see if you’re eligible for credit transfer on 1300 851 245

Fees*

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for our most up-to-date fees.

You may also be eligible for FEE-HELP.

Scholarships

Torrens offers limited number of scholarships each trimester, ask a Course and Career Advisor if you’re eligible.

Key Dates

Torrens operates on a trimester system and has 3 intakes a year in February, June and September. Click to see a list of specific key dates

Members of Professionals Australia may receive a further 10% fee-reduction scholarship upon application.

* Torrens University Australia reserves the right to increase fees by up to 10% in each calendar year to cover increases in the cost of course delivery. The total course cost will depend on the duration of the course and whether a student studies full time or part time.

This course is currently only offered to domestic students

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SUBJECTS

Master of Design

The Master of Design is comprised of 2 core subjects and 4 elective subjects (48 units in total). As part of the course, you must complete the 2 core subjects and choose 4 elective subjects.

OR

Master of Design (Advanced)

The Master of Design (Advanced) is comprised of 2 core subjects and 6 elective subjects (64 units total). As part of the course, you must complete the 2 core subjects and all 6 of the elective subjects.

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Core Subjects

 DSGN6026 - Design Identity

 DSGN6027 - Design Context

 DSGN6028 - Design Futures

 DSGN6029 - Research & Innovation

 DSGN6030 - Design & Economies

 DSGN6031 - Social Enterprise

 DSGN6032 - Capstone Project

The final studio requires students to propose a self-initiated project that exhibits a sophisticated understanding of the potential of contemporary creative practice. Central to this project will be evidence of critical analysis, social engagement, reflective practice, as well as a refined visual language. Students must draw on the practical, methodological, theoretical and the technical tools they have gathered over the duration of the degree to complete a successful project. Students are individually mentored through this project by a supervisor with complementary practice-based research expertise. Projects can be static or interactive, print or digital, objects or installations, and could incorporate sound or moving image.

 DSGNXXX - Major Project (Advanced)

 PROJ6004 - Contracts and Procurement

Elective Subjects

 MGMT6000 - Dynamic Leadership

 MGMT6012 - Management Perspectives

 MGMT6013 - Management Information Systems

 MGMT6014 - Organisational Best Practice

 PROJ6000 - Principles of Project Management

 PROJ6005 - Sustainability in project, portfolio and program management

 PROJ6012 - Managing Information Systems/Technology Projects