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Master of Design

Course code: 3113 ~ Course abbreviation: MDes ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time* ~ Managing faculty: Art and Design

    * Part-time mode will be offered subject to final enrolment numbers.

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

This coursework masters degree allows designers to sharpen their professional practice, and further their marketing, business and analytical skills at an advanced level. Graduates of the Master of Design will have enhanced, highly developed capabilities, which will place them at the forefront of their field of design practice.

The core of the course consists of three units of design studio extending over three semesters. These are a series of supervised projects culminating in a design product (including design system, process, or artefact). Students are required to demonstrate high level planning, resourcing, implementation and evaluation, culminating in an expert understanding of the professional design process.

Students select one of the following streams within design studio for the entire course: industrial design, visual communication; interior architecture; multimedia design; or multidisciplinary design. In addition to the core design studio, students take two units to support the formation of design research strategies, a unit in professional practice, and a unit which complements their other studies by extending relevant skills and knowledge. Teaching consists of studio sessions, lectures and tutorials.


Assessment is based on project work, written and verbal presentations and assignments.

Credit for prior studies

Up to 24 points of credit may be granted for previously completed similar units taken at the same level, for example as part of an honours course. For similar undergraduate units, students will normally be required to make substitutions.

Course structure

The course consists of seven coursework units, with a total of 72 points, usually studied full-time over three semesters. Students interested in taking the course in part-time mode should contact the course coordinator for further information.

Course requirements

First year

Semester one
  • MDC4001 Design project (part 1) TAD4541 Research methods in design
  • Complementary study unit
Semester two
  • MDC4002 Design project (part 2)
  • PPR4002 Professional practice and business planning for design
  • TAD4542 Research seminar in design

Second year

Semester one

Exit points

The program can be exited after one or two semesters of full-time study or the equivalent:

  • Students exiting after successfully completing one semester of study (24 points) take out the Graduate Certificate in Design.
  • Students exiting after successfully completing two semesters of study (48 points) take out the Graduate Diploma of Design.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Arthur de Bono