Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Managing facultyArt, Design and Architecture
Abbreviated titleMDes
CRICOS code044966D
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9903 1517, email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Jeffrey Janet


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study may be offered subject to final enrolment numbers.


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
  • 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.


Upon successful completion of the Master of Design, students will have acquired the capability to understand specific strategies and methods and have the skills to apply them in the fields of design. They will have sharpened their professional practice and taken their knowledge of marketing, business and analytical skills to a more 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.

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.


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


The course consists of seven coursework units, 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.


All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

First year

Semester one

  • MDC4001 Design project (part 1) (12 points)
  • TAD4523 Research methods in design
  • complementary study unit

Semester two

  • MDC4002 Design project (part 2) (12 points)
  • PPR4002 Professional practice and business planning for design
  • TAD4542 Research seminar in design

Second year

Semester one

  • MDC5001 Design project (part 3)(24 points)

Alternative exit(s)

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
  • two semesters of study (48 points) take out the Graduate Diploma of Design.


Master of Design