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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
  • Academic plan VDESN
  • CRICOS code 092389A
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VDESN
  • CRICOS code 092389A

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.

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.

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

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis and with the successful assessment of a portfolio of works.

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

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

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

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.

Progression Requirement
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.
 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$23,376.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

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 (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
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 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
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 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.

 

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.

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 - - -
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