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What will I learn?

Creative careers for visual strategists

Graduate ready to manage in industry or start your own design studio through a specialised degree that opens career opportunities across the world.

Why study communication design at RMIT?

RMIT has thousands of award-winning graduates spread across the creative industries.

Grow your network

Build your professional network by working with like-minded industry partners and clients on real-world briefs and projects. Connect with industry through work-integrated learning and by engaging with visiting industry professionals, who will deliver guest lectures and studio intensives.

Dedicated facilities

Immerse yourself in your practice in dedicated postgraduate studio facilities with state-of-the-art design and printing equipment. You’ll have unrestricted access to use the studio space for coursework, and collaborative and personal projects. You can also access photography, editing and production suites for cross-discipline projects.

Further your design thinking

Renowned design practitioners will lead you through studio-based courses, where you’ll work on briefs and campaigns with industry partners.

What you will study

Learn essential and advanced communication design skills to become a global communication design practitioner. Undertake a series of major studio courses and enhance your practice through additional specialisation courses.

In your final year, you’ll connect theory and practice in an individually negotiated professional research project.

Enhance your practice through studies in:

Strategic design thinking
Best practice in communication design
Theory and criticism
Research methods

Develop expertise in communication design practice, and focus on design entrepreneurship and strategic design thinking. Push your creative boundaries and think critically to find design solutions to communication challenges.

Develop expert knowledge and specialised technical and creative skills to prepare for professional roles in multidisciplinary environments, including communication design studios, digital design consultancies, advertising agencies, design teams within other organisations, and in independent practices. You will be able to work independently or in teams, and you will be able to communicate confidently with other design professionals and clients.

Under expert guidance from RMIT’s team of nationally and internationally renowned practitioners and educators, you’ll advance your knowledge and practice as a communication design practitioner and will be well prepared to contribute to global industry developments and design innovation.


The Master of Communication Design opens career opportunities across the world.

Design thinking is increasingly important in most organisations, and employers are looking for the advanced knowledge and skills demonstrated by graduates of this program. Graduates will be able to practise entrepreneurial and collaborative approaches to design, driving the creation of new business enterprises.

Graduates can enter into roles such as

communication designer
design manager
account manager
design strategist

Which department am I in?

College of Design and Social Context



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,560.00 (18,72,156) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected July 2022


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Melbourne City Campus,

124 La Trobe Street,



3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have:

successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification); or
at least 3 years professional experience in graphic design, communication design and/or visual communication area.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

RMIT University has obtained a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education.

  • Ranked 21st globally for universities less than 50 years old
  • 15th highest-ranked university in Australia
  • 8th in Australia for graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships in 100+ countries