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Master of Design

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

MDES
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Digital + Material
Innovation + Engagement

The Master of Design enables students to develop digital literacy and material knowledge to become enterprising professionals across diverse design disciplines. This unique program provides contemporary design education by focusing on cutting-edge practice at the intersection of material and digital domains. A flexible structure allows students to bring together digital and material practices, in ways that broaden and deepen their skills, knowledge and design agility. Engagement and innovation are program foundations. Students will collaborate with expert teaching staff, industry, and public audiences to gain real world experience and develop versatile design expertise.
 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

<p>This program is available for applications to commence from</p> First Semester, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Develop practice-led methodologies through investigation, analysis and synthesis of complex information to plan and execute substantial design research projects.

  2. Generate, develop and evaluate complex ideas and concepts using critical, technical and creative skills through design projects.

  3. Critically reflect upon and evaluate theoretical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of design.

  4. Research, design and develop projects that offer innovative conceptual and practical propositions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Further Information

Entry to the Master of Design requires a successful assessment of a portfolio of works and other supporting material. Before applying, applicants should consult the ANU School of Art website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed: http://soa.anu.edu.au/how-apply/postgraduate-coursework-applications.

 

Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.

 

Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.

Admission Requirements

 

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • and successful assessment of a portfolio of works.

 

Cognate disciplines

Architecture, Art History, Art Theory, Communication Design, Curatorship, Design, Digital Humanities, Game Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Information Technology, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Media Arts, Museum Studies, Science Communication, Visual Arts, Visual Communication, Web Design.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$21,216.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$32,640.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Design requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of foundation theory courses from the following list:

ARTV6008 Cyberculture
ARTV6030 Theories of the Object
ARTV6808 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design

18 units from completion of foundation courses from the following list:

ARTV6006 Photography
ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language
DESN6001 Digital Form and Fabrication
DESN6002 Foundations of Creative Code

A minimum of 12 units from completion of design courses from the following list:

ARTV6000 Animation
ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language
DESA6017 Multiples and Production: The Unique Offering
DESN6001 Digital Form and Fabrication
DESN6002 Foundations of Creative Code
DESN6003 Creative Data Visualisation: representing data in visual and material form
DESN6004 Dynamic Design and Generative Systems
DESN6005 Form and Fabrication in Context
DESN6006 Front-End Web: Crafting Online Experience
DESN6010 Design Practice: Engagement, Internship and Entrepreneurship

A minimum of 12 units from completion of research-led design courses from the following list:

DESN8001 Design inquiry: Application of Research
DESN8002 Major Design inquiry: Application of Research
DESN8003 Extended Design inquiry: Application of Research

12 units from completion of theory courses from the following list:

ARTV8107 Arguing Objects
ARTV8207 Writing About Art and Creative Practice
ARTV8821 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice
DART8067 New Media, Innovation and Research I
DART8071 New Media, Innovation and Research II
 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
 

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Foundation Theory List 6 units from Foundation Theory List 6 units from Foundation Theory List 6 units from Foundation Theory List 6 units from
Theory List 6 units from Design List 6 units from Research-Led Design List 6 units from Design List or Research-Led Design List 6 units from
Year 2 48 units Theory List 6 units from Design List 6 units from Research-Led Design List 6 units from Design List or Research-Led Design List 6 units from
ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
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