• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Design
  • Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course provides students with a grounding in professional design practice. It requires students to research, develop and justify independent projects informed by a critical and ethical understanding of contemporary design practice. It develops professional skills in documentation and communication, and extends understandings of design through practical and theoretical perspectives on fundamental processes: problem framing, ideation, prototyping and evaluation, and reflective practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. develop and articulate design problems and address them effectively through creative practice;
  2. apply and engage with contemporary design practices and methods;
  3. conduct research into design artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production; and
  4. document and critically reflect on design processes and outcomes.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Design research and project proposal (30) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Prototyping and design development (55) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Reflective practice journal (2000 words) (15) [LO 2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 82 hours of independent study consisting of a combination of research, reading and writing, and/or internship attendance.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design (MCPAD), Master of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design (Advanced) (VCPAD), Master of Design (MDESN) or Master of Design (Advanced) (VDESN), and have completed 48 units of ANU courses towards your degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DESN3010.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have attained the relevant domain experience required to engage with industry and public.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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