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Master of Design (Advanced)

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

MDESADV
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic and Design Studies
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Graphic and Design Studies

Program Requirements

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

24 units from completion of the following introductory component:

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

ARTH6004 City Sites: studies in art and urbanity

ARTH6043 Modernism and Postmodernism in Art and Design: 1850-2000

ARTH6162 Cyberculture

ARTH6164 Theories of the Object

ARTH6165 Theories of the Image

ARTH6167 Issues in Contemporary Craft and Design

18 units from completion of foundation studio and design courses from the following list:

ARTV6000 Animation

ARTV6003 Video Art

ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language

ARTV6059 - Introduction to VR

ARTV6601 - Photomedia: Foundations

ARTV6602 - Photomedia: Colour Photography

ARTV6703 - Etching and Relief

ARTV6704 - Screen Printing and Stencils

ARTV6823 - Sculpture: Concepts and Metal

ARTV6824 - Sculpture: Time and Wood

DESN8001 Design inquiry: Application of Research


24 units from completion of disciplinary courses from the following list:

COMP6720 Art and Interaction in New Media

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

DESN6012 The Ethics of Making: Design for Reuse and Repair

DESN8001 Design inquiry: Application of Research

DESN8002 Major Design inquiry: Application of Research

DESN8003 Extended Design inquiry: Application of Research

MGMT7161 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning

MUSC8018 Exhibition Design and Delivery


24 units from completion of the following research component:

12 units from completion of research training courses from the following list:

ARTH8020 Arguing Objects

ARTH8021 Writing About Art and Creative Practice

ARTH8022 Points of View: Independent Creative Art and Media Practice

12 units from completion of research project 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


24 units from completion of THES8105 Thesis


The following courses are repeatable for credit, up to a maximum of 36 units each, and if repeated must be repeated with a different topic each time. Each instance of a course may only be counted towards one list.

DESN8001 Design inquiry: Application of Research

DESN8002 Major Design inquiry: Application of Research

DESN8003 Extended Design inquiry: Application of Research


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 Foundation Studio & Design List 6 units Foundation Studio & Design List 6 units Foundation Studio & Design List 6 units
Research Training List 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units
Year 2 48 units Research Training List 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units Research Project List 6 units Research Project List 6 units
THES8105 Thesis 6 to 24 units - - -

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.


Applicants must also have a successful assessment of a portfolio of works.


Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in THES8105 Thesis in a specified semester one calendar year in advance of the start date of that semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor one calendar year in advance, or whose agreed supervisor either subsequently leaves the university or is on leave from the university, will be transferred to the Master of Design.


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.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0.


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Application for course credits

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$25,200.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$38,304.00

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.

Digital + Material

Innovation + Engagement

The Master of Design (Advanced) 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.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2020

Learning Outcomes

  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; and

  5. complete a major piece of research in the field of design.

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