Design

Master of Design (Advanced)

CRICOS 088476C
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Billy Blue College of Design
Master of Design

What is a Master of Design?

A Master of Design encourages designers, developers, technologists, programmers, artists and teachers to explore the space between design, project management and business disciplines. It offers the high-level knowledge to successfully implement design practice and principles to various societal needs. At the same time, it introduces cutting-edge technologies, systems and applications. Complete the standard Master of Design in 18 months or the Advanced Masters in two years.
The course is blended with online and face-to-face subjects, providing a flexible learning environment. In the core subjects, you’ll explore conceptual challenges and questions of visual expressions to develop useful, usable and appropriate designs for good. You’ll explore aspects of the user experience, the role of design in humanising information, and the aesthetic and practical dynamics of effective communication and branding in the international industry landscape. With a variety of electives to choose from, you can design your course to suit your interests. You’ll extend your managerial skills and practice; build your understanding of strategic processes; use creative tools and design research; discover the convergent space between disciplines; and explore the latest design theory, practice and innovation.

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Learning outcomes

  • Develop your understanding of strategic processes, creative tools and design research.
  • Discover the shared space between disciplines.
  • Extend your managerial skills and practice in real-world environments.
  • Explore the latest design theory and innovations in your chosen area.
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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.

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

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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Broaden your career options
Explore the connected space between design, project management and business systems.

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Career opportunities

This program will help you progress to senior roles within the design industry worldwide. It will also help you become an entrepreneurial, successful problem-solver who can create and contribute to a variety of design solutions. No matter what field you’re operating in, you’ll graduate with skills and knowledge that will take your career to the next level, plus an impressive portfolio that’s sure to lead to work at the highest levels anywhere around the world.

Potential career paths

  • Creative Director
    Average salary: $120,000 - $174,000
  • Startup Founder
    Average salary: $58,500 - $175,000
  • Design Lecturer
    Average salary: $108,000 - $155,000
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I studied at Billy Blue for a few reasons. Most of my lecturers were working while teaching, which ensured that everything I was being taught had industry relevancy.
Todd Watts
Graduate, Bachelor of Communication Design

Subjects and units

This course comprises of eight core subjects and four elective subjects.

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

Capstone project: six hours facilitated study and 14 hours self-directed study per week.

Major project (Advanced): 12 hours facilitated study and 28 hours self-directed study per week.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives

Requirements

Complete five core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select three electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Design Identity | DSGN6026
  • Design Context | DSGN6027
  • Design Futures | DSGN6028
  • Social Enterprise | DSGN6031
  • Research and Innovation | DSGN6029

Requirements

Complete three core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Design and Economies | DSGN6030
  • Capstone project | DSGN6032
  • Major project (Advanced) | DSGN6033

Requirements

Choose four electives.

Elective subjects

  • Interface Development | DID600A
  • User Experience Design | DID602A
  • Multi-Platform Experience Design | DID603A
  • User Experience Management and Systems | DID601A
  • Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000
  • Organisational Best Practice | MGT610
  • Global Management | MGT616
  • Dynamic Leadership | MGT601
  • Design Thinking for Education | DTE401
  • Technology and Education | TED403
  • Digital Transformation | DTR400
  • Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence | DEST400
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence | DAAI400
  • Cybersecurity | DTCS400
  • User Experience | DTUX400
  • The Internet of Things | DTIT400
  • Cloud Computing | DTCC400
  • Blockchain | DTBC400
  • Agile Mindset | DTAM400
  • Data Science Essentials I | DSE500-MC1
  • Data Science Essentials II | DSE500-MC2
  • Human Centred Design for Software Engineering I | HCD402-MC1
  • Human Centred Design for Software Engineering II | HCD402-MC2
  • Secure By Design I | SBD403-MC1
  • Secure by Design II | SBD403-MC2
  • Work Integrated Learning | WIL600
  • Contracts and Procurement | PROJ6004
  • Project, Portfolio and Program Management | PROJ6018

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.
Complete a capstone or major project

Complete a capstone unit or work on a major project 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.

AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University in a relevant field of study

AND Basic awareness/familiarity and level of competence at surfing the internet and working with basic software packages

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.

Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent; and
Design portfolio of experience; and
Written proposal; and
Resume; and
Interview
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 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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