Graduate Certificate of Design

Deepen your design skills and knowledge by building on your talents through this design certificate.
Completed a design degree and not sure where to go next? Don’t have the formal qualifications to back up your practical experience in the field?

The Graduate Certificate of Design course is available on our central Sydney campus in Ultimo.

It provides a foundation postgraduate qualification that extends and deepens a candidate’s design skills and knowledge by building on their academic background in design (or related field) and/or professional work experience in design. The Graduate Certificate of Design is also a pathway to the Graduate Diploma or Master of Design.


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About the School

Billy Blue College of Design courses are delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

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Course Delivery

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

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

It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 8.5 hours a week for subjects over a 14-week trimester.

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for more information on full-time and part-time workloads.

Typical assessment includes:

  • Practical assignments

  • Research projects

  • Presentations

Subject Information

This subject introduces students to contextual design-research practices using emergent technologies to elicit aspects of the contexts for which designers design. The technologies used enable these contexts to be explored through audio, visual and textual dimensions. Students gain skills in the analysis of ethnographic research data using grounded theory and phenomenography, in addition to visual research methods. Such design research practices foster understanding of, and connection with, the contexts that designed things participate in, enrich, and often transform. The emphasis of this subject is on understanding through making, as the process of data analysis enables the researched context to ‘talk back’ to the designer. Outcomes include designed communications that convey the particular understanding of context that each student has arrived at through their research process.

This subject introduces students to philosophical and theoretical lenses for interpreting the various contexts of reception within which their designs will be encountered, engaged with, experienced or consumed. “Connecting Texts, Deciphering Context” focuses specifically on ‘connecting texts’ as a stimulus to design understanding. In this subject students engage with texts that are, or have been, influential in shaping ways in which designers think about the worlds that designed things enter into and subsequently redefine. A range of differing texts, including theoretical, literary and designed texts, and texts utilising different media, are introduced.

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