24 months
32900 AUD/year
22300 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Design Strategies from University of Canberra delves into the theory and methodologies of applied design across products, interfaces and services via a practice-led approach.

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UC recognises how important it is that you are able to continue with your studies while your travel plans are temporarily put on hold due to COVID-19. For this reason, we have developed a carefully selected range of online units for our most popular degree courses, enabling you to commence your study online before transitioning to face-to-face study once travel restrictions are lifted.

Please refer to our website for detailed info regarding availability/conditions etc.

Throughout this coursework-based degree, you’ll focus on social and global innovation, and will develop key skills in service design, interaction design and entrepreneurial practices.

The course structure allows for projects and problems from both the public and private sectors to be used as vehicles of learning and application. You’ll be encouraged to build your degree in a manner which suits your personal career goals and aspirations. With a well-rounded knowledge of design thinking and innovation, you’ll graduate ready to impress in a range of industries.

Study a Master of Design Strategies at University of Canberra and you will:

  • interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes
  • identify and evaluate concepts and theories dealing with service design, design innovation and entrepreneurialism in design
  • develop and review an iterative process of design using models and prototypes to test and evaluate solutions to a wide variety of design problems
  • integrate design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • prepare and present professional design strategies to create solutions to social issues of global importance
  • create business plans, pitch ideas, and develop branding and integrated communication plans for design concepts
  • apply established theories in practice-led research techniques, formative thinking, and reflective and critical practice to create innovative design solutions.

Career opportunities

The Master of Design Strategies gives broad training which aims to create design leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought shapers across a wide range of fields and industries. Some job roles which graduates of the course might undertake include:

  • Design strategist
  • Design and project manager
  • Design consultant
  • Design studio manager
  • Design researcher
  • Content strategist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Built Environment and Design 
  • Creative Thinking 
  • Ubiquitous Computing and Internet of Things 
  • Designpreneurship 
  • Visualisation and Prototyping 
  • Service Design 
  • Strategic Design for New Economies 
  • Design Led Innovation 
  • Innovation Toolbox 
  • Design Incubator 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 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

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee.
  • In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.
  • Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies can articulate into the Masters program.
  • Vertical integration with an undergraduate degree is meritorious. Only high achieving students will be considered for inclusion.
CRICOS Code: 095573K

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32900 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32900 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 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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