Swinburne University of Technology

24 months
31200 AUD/year
25200 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Design at Swinburne University of Technology is designed for students from a range of design or related fields. The course emphasises a mix of interdisciplinary collaboration and provides a project-based, studio environment.


Students enhance their expertise within a chosen design field, including visual communication design, industrial design, interior architecture and digital media design. They also broaden their skills and knowledge in design practice, 3D printing, interaction design, design management, computer-aided design and visualisation tools. 

Students in the Design program by Swinburne University of Technology develop the professional capabilities and knowledge to become leaders in their field, as well as skills and strategies that enable them to be accomplished practitioners. 

They may also undertake study in related areas, including business innovation, marketing and media. Students have the option to participate in study tours and projects with Design Factory Melbourne.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find work in design consultancies, advertising, publishing, packaging, merchandising, design research and design management.

Aims and objectives

The Master of Design enables mastery in design and enhances the skills, knowledge and capabilities for professional practice and management in a broad range of design fields. Upon successful completion of the Master of Design, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate conceptual mastery and highly refined and detailed design outcomes and/or prototypes to professional standards.
  • Investigate and critically evaluate current practices and trends in design as they relate to social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts.
  • Conceptually and technically investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theory and apply them through independent research and project work.
  • Use research principles and methods and communication skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and outcomes to a professional standard.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and evaluative judgement in planning, problem-solving and decision-making during design projects.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Inclusive and Participatory Design
  • Integrative Design Studio
  • Cross- Cultural Social Design Strategy 
  • Methods for Design Research
  • Eco-Design Studio
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Design Futures

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




200 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code- 088128A

  • The minimum entry requirement for the Masters of Design is a recognised three-year Bachelor of Design or equivalent, or the completion of the Graduate Certificate of Design or the Graduate Diploma of Design. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor of Design qualification but have a related qualification and work experience* in a design-related field, will be required to submit a portfolio demonstrating their cognate skills and capabilities in design.
  • Related fields may include architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, digital arts, creative arts, multimedia or digital media, product design engineering, design technology, games and interactivity, and creative industries.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31200 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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