Design

Master of Design

CRICOS 114511G
Delivered by
Billy Blue College of Design
Master of Design

What is a Master of Design?

A Master of Design encourages students to explore advanced design knowledge and studio practices to develop human-centred solutions to complex problems. Our Master of Design offers a variety of pathways and electives to choose from, allowing you to design your course to suit your career goals.

Throughout the course, you’ll extend your leadership skills, build your understanding of enterprise, and explore how innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship can change economies.

In the core subjects, you’ll develop your own skills and practices through the design of artefacts, systems, communications and services. Then delve into specialist areas of user-centered design, design methodologies, sustainability, design leadership, service design, and the role of design in driving social and economic innovation. Study face-to-face or online in our flexible learning environment, and complete your qualification faster if you already have a related undergraduate degree.

The advanced capstone studio project gives you an opportunity to consolidate your knowledge, skills and research capabilities into an innovative major design project that focuses on your own career aspirations.

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Learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse current practices and trends in design as they relate to social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental contexts.
  • Research complex problems, information and theoretical concepts to inform the development of design outcomes and solutions through independent analysis and synthesis.
  • Communicate advanced concepts and processes to justify design outcomes or solutions.
  • Exemplify informed judgement and effective management to facilitate collaboration across diverse global teams and communities.
  • Practice critical and advanced creative thinking to define and solve problems through complex design projects.
  • Demonstrate ethical, responsible design leadership and practices that safeguard individuals, enterprises and societies.
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Free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence

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

DIA recognised course

DIA-recognised courses

Certain courses are recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, so you know your education is of the highest industry standard.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
Master of Design (Cognate) 1.5 years, Master of Design (Non-Cognate) 2 years full time, part time options available
Start date
19 Feb 2024
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 9 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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Explore emerging design practices
Gain fresh perspectives from creative experts who are at the forefront of design innovation.

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Design the world of tomorrow
Accelerate the impact that design has on people and place by creating a capstone project tailored to a cause close to you heart.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your learning materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.
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Career opportunities

This program will help you progress to senior roles within the design sector, industries that use design services or areas related to research, development and innovation worldwide. It will also help you become an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial, successful problem-solver who can create and contribute to a variety of solutions. You’ll graduate with skills and knowledge to take your career to the next level, plus an impressive portfolio that will help you secure work at the highest levels anywhere around the world.

Potential career paths

  • Creative Director
    Average salary: $130,000 - $172,824
  • Startup Founder
    Average salary: $56,000 - $82,300
  • Senior Service Designer
    Average salary: $119,122 - $137,791
  • Senior Product Designer
    Average salary: $127,686 - $160,000
Daniel Coman - Master of Design 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.
Dan Coman
Master of Design

Subjects and units

For cognate entry (with a design qualification or background) the course comprises of eight core subjects and one elective subject.

For non-cognate entry (with no design qualification or background) the course comprises of 11 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

To qualify for a Master of Design (2 Year Non-Cognate Program), complete 11 core subjects. Additionally, you're required to select two electives from the electives tab.


Alternatively, if you’re eligible for a Master of Design (1.5 Year Cognate Program), complete 8 core subjects. Additionally, you're required to select one elective from the electives tab.

2 Year Non-Cognate Program

  • Professional Identity | DSG401
  • Design Methods | DSG402
  • Design Communication | DSG403
  • Design and Business Strategy | DSG404
  • Service Design | DSG405
  • Design Studio | DSG406
  • Design for Social Innovation | DSG501
  • Open Studio (pre-requisite DSGN6032B Design Studio) | DSG502
  • Research and Innovation | DSGN6029
  • Design Leadership | DSG503
  • Advanced Design Studio | DSG504

1.5 Year Cognate Program

  • Design and Business Strategy | DSG404
  • Service Design | DSG405
  • Design Studio | DSG406
  • Design for Social Innovation | DSG501
  • Open Studio (pre-requisite DSGN6032B Design Studio) | DSG502
  • Research and Innovation | DSGN6029
  • Design Leadership | DSG503
  • Advanced Design Studio | DSG504

Requirements

For a Master of Design, select one elective subject for a cognate entry (with a design background) or two elective subjects for a non-cognate entry (with a non-design background).

Elective subjects

  • User Research | DSG407
  • User Experience Design | DID602A
  • Multi-Platform Experience Design | DID603A
  • Management, People and Teams | MGT600
  • Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000
  • Financial Management | FIN600
  • Principles of Programming | MIS501
  • Marketing | MKT600
  • Business Environment | MGT501 
  • Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship | MGT607
  • Management Perspectives | MGMT6012
  • Dynamic Leadership | MGMT6000
  • Organisational Best Practice | MGMT6014
  • Contracts and Procurement | PROJ6004
  • Project Planning and Budgeting | PROJ6002

Technology

Learn with industry standard technologies

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

Need more help?

Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.

Undergraduate

  • Diploma of Design

    CRICOS 094008C

    8 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    1 year full -time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated

    Start with a Diploma to explore a new career area, or gain guaranteed entry into our Bachelor program.

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  • Bachelor of Communication Design

    CRICOS 090295A

    24 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    3 years full time, 6 years part time, 2 years accelerated

    Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    View course

Postgraduate

  • Graduate Certificate of Design

    CRICOS 114513E

    4 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    6 months full time, 1 year part time

    Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

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  • Master of Design

    CRICOS 114511G

    9 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    Master of Design (Cognate) 1.5 years, Master of Design (Non-Cognate) 2 years full time, part time options available

    Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

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.
Complete a capstone

Complete a capstone unit to showcase your understanding of design practice and theory in context within the industry. 
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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 the requirements listed below.

Completion of any Bachelor degree or equivalent are eligible to enter the 2 Year Non-Cognate Program

OR 

Completion of a Bachelor of Design degree or equivalent, or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Design are eligible to enter the 1.5 Year Cognate Program

OR 

Completion of any recognised Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of work experience demonstrated by a resume or portfolio.


View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. 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 any Bachelor degree or equivalent are eligible to enter the 2 Year Non-Cognate Program

OR

Completion of a Bachelor of Design degree or equivalent, or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Design are eligible to enter the 1.5 Year Cognate Program; or

OR

Completion of any recognised Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of work experience demonstrated by a resume or portfolio

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.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • 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?
  • 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?

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