single degree

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

Program Requirements

The Master of Design 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

ARTH6171 Costume, Fashion and Visual Culture

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

ARTV6000 Animation

ARTV6003 Video Art

ARTV6006 Photography

ARTV6057 Hands On: Material Language

DESN8001 Design Inquiry: Application of Research

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

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

DESN8001 Design Inquiry: Application of Research

DESN8002 Major Design Inquiry: Application of Research

DESN8003 Extended Design Inquiry: Application of Research

MGMT7161 New Venture Creation

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

DART8067 Digital Arts Research: contexts, practices and methodologies

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 elective courses offered by ANU

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. Units from each instance of a course may only be counted towards meeting one requirement.

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.

Hurdle Requirements

The Master of Design double Masters Degree component requires completion of 72 units, which must consist of:

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Foundation Theory Course 6 units Foundation Studio and Design Course 6 units Foundation Studio and Design Course 6 units Foundation Studio and Design Course 6 units
Research Training Course 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units Disciplinary Courses List 6 units
Year 2 48 units Research Training Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Research Project Course 6 units Research Project Course 6 units
ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

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 5.0/7.0.


Applicants must also have a 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.


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 5.0/7.0.


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.

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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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 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.

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.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

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 & Design website where the requirements are listed and supporting material submission information is detailed: hhttp://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/students/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.

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