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Design Strategies

Postgraduate Diploma
12 months
32900 AUD/year
22300 AUD/year
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This Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies from University of Canberra takes a practice-led approach and provides you with an understanding of the theory and methodologies of applied design for developing innovative solutions for products, interfaces and services.

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The course has a strong focus on social and global innovation and you will have access to opportunities to work directly with both government and private industry in Australia and abroad. You will graduate as a well-rounded design student, having also developed key skills in service design and interaction design along the way.

Study a Graduate Diploma 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 involving 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 a professional design strategy to create design solutions to social issues of global importance.

Career opportunities

  • Design strategist
  • Creative thinker and visualiser
  • Design and project manager
  • Design consultant
  • Design studio manager
  • Service designer
  • Consumer experience and digital strategist
  • Digital innovation manager
  • Experiential designer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Thinking 
  • Ubiquitous Computing and Internet of Things 
  • Designpreneurship 
  • Visualisation and Prototyping
  • Service Design 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee.
  • Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Design Strategies may apply and receive credit for the 3 Graduate Certificate (level G) units.
  • 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: 096394E

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32900 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32900 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    22300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


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