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Graduate Certificate of Design

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Graduate Certificate of Design

What is a Graduate Certificate of Design?

A Graduate Certificate of Design provides a theoretical foundation in applying contemporary design practices and principles within professional environments. Throughout the course, you’ll enhance your design knowledge as you learn about advanced design and creative thinking practices.
The course comprises two core subjects and two electives. The core subjects cover Design Identity, contextualising philosophical and theoretical text, and Design Context, which aims to provide an understanding of the user experience. You’ll also be able two complete electives from our MBA and Project Management programs, ensuring you graduate as a design expert with an extensive understanding of operating in global creative businesses. The Graduate Certificate of Design can be completed in two trimesters with a full-time study load, or four trimesters if studying part time.

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Learning outcomes

  • Critically evaluate findings and discussions in contemporary design literature.
  • Demonstrate mastery in design theory and practice to generate innovations that respond to future need.
  • Develop skills to argue the case to support a particular design position, drawing on relevant research, analysis and evidence.
  • Engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving to create a range of solutions to identified design problems.
  • Learn to resolve a range of complex design tasks using enhanced skills and knowledge.
  • Articulate design principles, theories and practice to a variety of stakeholders across a range of cultural groups.
  • Apply highly specialised design knowledge and skills to solve problems in a professional context.

Adobe affiliation benefits

You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.

Study mode
On campus, Online
Campus locations*
Sydney, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
2 trimesters full time, 4 trimesters part time
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Guaranteed pathway entry
Successful completion will guarantee entry into our Master of Design.

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Explore the connected space between design, project management and business systems.
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Career opportunities

Upon graduating, you’ll be well equipped for a successful career as an inter-disciplinary designer. Embark on your adventure and apply the theoretical and practical skills you’ve learnt, flexing your ability to problem-solve and create innovative design solutions. You will be ready to pursue a career in one of the below roles or pursue further study with the Master of Design.

Potential career paths

  • Art Director
    Average salary: $88,000 - $148,000
  • Design Strategist
    Average salary: $118,000 - $138,000
Madison Browne - Bachelor of Business Event Management student testimonial
Even in the early stages of my masters course I could see my approach to design changing. It elevated my design thinking and I started to base my decisions on research rather than opinion or trend.
Daniel Coman
Master of Design

Subjects and units

This course comprises of two core subjects and two elective subjects.

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Electives

Requirements

Complete the two core subjects listed.

Core subjects

  • Design Identity | DSGN6026
  • Design Context | DSGN6027

Requirements

Choose two electives from level 400 or level 600 from the elective bank.

Elective subjects

  • Interface Development | DID600A
  • User Experience Management and Systems | DID601A
  • User Experience Design | DID602A
  • Multi-Platform Experience Design | DID603A
  • Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000
  • Management Perspectives | MGMT6012
  • Management Information Systems | MGMT6013
  • Organisational Best Practice | MGMT6014
  • Dynamic Leadership | MGMT6000
  • Design Thinking for Education | DTE401
  • Technology and Education | TED403

Technology

Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

The big difference at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the design industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.
Vogue
Revlon
DDB

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet all of the requirements listed below.

Completion of a bachelor-level degree or postgraduate study and;
A written proposal and;
Portfolio of relevant work and;
Resume and;
Selection interview
OR work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Completion of a bachelor-level degree or postgraduate study and;
A written proposal and;
Portfolio of relevant work and;
Resume and selection interview and;
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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