Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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 this 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex theories, concepts and propositions, communicate specific design strategies and methodologies with a high level of personal autonomy
  • apply advanced cognitive abilities, technical skills, business and marketing strategies, cultural enquiry and conceptual resolution to independent professional practice at the forefront of their contemporary industrial practice
  • demonstrate a synthesis of complex theory and design practice through the execution and evaluation of creative endeavours, research and critical context

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)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety (0 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)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Design after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Design after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Design