• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
This Design Strategies graduate certificate at University of Canberra by coursework takes a practice-led approach to design research and creative thinking. You will develop an understanding of the theory and methodologies of applied design for developing innovative solutions for products, interfaces and services.


You will graduate as a well-rounded design student, having also developed key skills in service design and interaction design along the way. Progression from this course to the Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies and the Master of Design Strategies is available by enrolling in additional units.

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

  • interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes
  • develop and review an iterative process of design involving the use of models and prototypes to be able to test and evaluate concepts and solutions to a wide variety of design problems
  • integrate design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Career opportunities

  • Design strategist
  • Design and project manager
  • Design studio manager
  • Design and innovation strategist
  • Digital innovation manager
  • Creative thinker and visualiser

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Thinking 
  • Designpreneurship 
  • Visualisation and Prototyping

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    12 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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.
  • CRICOS Code: 096395D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33100 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33100 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    21500 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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