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What will I learn?

Design is everywhere, and the role of design has evolved from making pretty things’, to being a creative platform to unpack and tackle complexity.

Designers today are applying design processes, such as Human-Centred Design to build empathy to redefine complex social and business problems. They’re helping the world become a better place. This postgraduate course is for experienced or recently graduated designers looking to expand their design abilities, as well as for non-designers who want to learn and apply design to their own fields. The course provides you with insights into the sophisticated roles of design in society, while learning about trans-disciplinary design strategies. You’ll be encouraged to view the design process as a collaborative activity that generates innovation through making and prototyping. In the latter stages of the course, you’ll focus on an advanced design application through the production of a major piece of sustained work that will fuse contemporary studio-based practice and theory with rigorous critical analysis.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities include the application of trans-disciplinary design skills to tackle complex social, organisational, economical, and sustainable challenges.

Possible future job titles

Graphic Designer, Social Designer, Spatial Designer, Human Centered Designer, Design Strategist, UX (User Experience) Designer.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

CRICOS

083663G

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,700.00 (16,97,002) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,700

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

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Venue

Mount Lawley Campus

2 Bradford Street,

MOUNT LAWLEY,

Western Australia,

6050, PERTH, Australia

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,700.00 (16,97,002) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,700

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

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have the minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional (work) experience. English Language Requirements accepted: Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0; TOEFL: Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5 or better; TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17; PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses; University of Cambridge [Cambridge English: Advanced]: Pre-2015: A score between 58 - 66 with no less than 'Borderline' in any element of the test. Post-2015: An overall score of 176, with no individual band less than 169.

For international students

Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

All applicants are required to attend an interview, and provide a folio.

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses.
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5.0 or better.
  • TOEFL - Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17.

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

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About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5% of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections