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Graduate Diploma of Design

Torrens University Australia
1 year
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Adelaide, Sydney

Program description

Graduate Diploma of Design

Design professionals came together to plan a course that would give you a broad view of the design techniques and practices today, enhance your career and give you a path to further study. The result? A Graduate Diploma that will provide the opportunity for you to: analyse design issues; develop new strategies in your own practice, in any field; apply your understanding of research and theory; and evaluate design from an interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll cross boundaries – drawing on your current expertise as a designer, or knowledge from your own discipline. This Grad Cert is all about thinking about design in new ways, no matter what field you’re in. Working on projects inspired by real briefs, you’ll respond to the client’s needs and consider the outcomes of your various design choices. In collaboration with other students, you’ll explore ways that smart, imaginative design can lead to sustainable options for our world. In this studio-based subject, your team will investigate how different kinds of objects shape our lives today – they might be gadgets, equipment, interfaces or environments. The emphasis is on understanding what should be valued and what can be let go, with the goal of being more sustainable. You’ll extend and deepen your design skills, build your career, and perhaps take the path to further study.

Admission requirements

Experienced designers who want to explore their craft at a higher level and progress to more senior roles within the design industry worldwide.

Domestic Students Admission Criteria

  • Completion of a Bachelor-level degree or post-graduate study at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider, AND
  • Relevant professional experience, OR
  • Completion of postgraduate study in a field of design at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider, OR
  • A portfolio of relevant work from area(s) of expertise, AND
  • 3 letters of recommendation from relevant persons, AND
  • A selection interview

International Students Admission Criteria

  • Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent; and
  • Design portfolio of experience; and
  • Written proposal; and
  • Selection interview; and
  • Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Elective Units

  • Special topic project: design and economies
  • Special topic project: creative entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary design theories: dialogues
  • Contemporary design issue: creative futures
  • Interdisciplinary design project: emerging contexts
  • Design research: connecting texts, deciphering context

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

10 hours per subject, per week. International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.

You control your workload, choose to study full-time, part-time, or accelerate your study to graduate sooner.

Tuition fees

For more about tuition fees, please request information.


Learning outcomes:

  • Evaluate design from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Analyse design issues
  • Develop new strategies
  • Application of research and theory

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About this institute

Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused and global perspective to higher education. Our courses are aimed at providing graduates with a globally oriented skill-set that will make them a valuable contribution to any employer. Torrens University’s ensures that...

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Why study at Torrens University Australia

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  • Flexible Online Learning
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Globally Focused curriculum
  • High-End Technology
  • Hundreds of Partner Companies around the Globe
  • Over 90% Alumini Employability
  • Actual industry professionals teaching

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Torrens University Australia

46-52 Mountain Street Ultimo
Sydney NSW

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