Master of Design

Griffith University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00233E

The Master of Design (MDes) is an exploration of 21st century creative practices suited to current or emerging designers who wish to complement their existing skills with concepts, strategies, and technologies to solve complex problems in business, government and communities. It offers students the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge on design context and processes in multiple areas including experience design, design thinking, emerging design futures and business and professional practice. These courses are complimented by a range of practical/making courses in the areas of visual communication, prototyping, still/moving image and interactive design. The program gives a broad range of disciplines (design and non-design) the opportunity to upskill and build upon contemporary practices relevant to all designers and equip them with the knowledge base to pursue a major design research project of their choice. Students will utilise both collaborative and individual working contexts to expand their knowledge of contemporary design processes at professional industry level. They will gain research and critical thinking skills which will be deployed in a major design project in the second year of the program. Graduates will be prepared for practice-led work and/or design strategy and leadership in macro, micro and freelance scenarios. DurationThe Master of Design offers a range of different durations depending on your previous studies:#qualTable, #qualTable td, #qualTable th{padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 10px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 10px; text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;border: 1px solid #ccc;}#qualTable{border-collapse: collapse;} If you have: You may be eligible to complete this program in: Bachelor, related discipline OR Bachelor Honours, non-related disciplineORGraduate Certificate in Design 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with 40 credit points of advanced standing) Bachelor Honours, related discipline OR Graduate Diploma of Design 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent (with 80 credit points of advanced standing)


  • CoLab
  • Design Exploration Studio
  • Design Research Methods
  • Design Thinking
  • Emerging Design Futures
  • Experience Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Intercultural Design
  • Managing Creativity in Organisations
  • Masters Design Project 1
  • Masters Design Project 2
  • Masters Design Project 3
  • Masters Design Project 4
  • Masters Dissertation
  • Narrative Interfaces in AR
  • Presenting Research
  • Professional Design Practice
  • Prototyping
  • Social Innovation
  • Standard pathway with 80 credit points of advanced standing
  • Still and Moving Image
  • Visual Communication
  • Web Technologies

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor degree or higher


Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website: Credit transfer Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect. View credit precedents for this program

Study pathways

The Master of Design enables qualifying students to pursue Higher Degree Research (HDR) studies such as the Master of Visual Arts Research (5052), Doctor of Visual Arts (6009) or Doctor of Philosophy (6001).

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Gold Coast Campus International: $72,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
South Bank Campus International: $72,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 4 years

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