Associate Degree in Design - Furniture

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00122A

In the associate degree, students will gain the skills to explore design through real world industry projects. Combining theory with high level industry skills, they will explore their professional future in major production companies or as an independent designer in the global furniture industry. Furniture design offers a blend of topics that enables them to design modern furniture. Students will investigate contemporary, cultural and environmental aspects of the professional furniture design practice. The Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) brings together the essential parts of the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) and the Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology to deliver design-focused learning with a focus on production and craft knowledge. Students will work with staff from the professional design community.


  • Design studies
  • Technology
  • Design studio
  • Communication

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12
  • Prerequisites: Units 3 & 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or at least 20 in any other English
  • Interview and folio


You will be eligible to join the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) as a student member while studying. Graduates can apply for associate membership and full membership once you have obtained your professional experience.

Study pathways

This program gives up to 1.5 years advance standing into the Bachelor of Design - Industrial Design (Honours). Graduates of the Diploma of Product Design may be eligible to apply for exemptions. Eligible graduates of the Certificate IV in Design who achieve a minimum grade of Competency with Distinction (CDI) across all units will be given automatic entry into the first semester, first year only of the Associate degree in Design - Furniture.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
City International: $59,520 No No information available

Further information

Manufacturing companies in Australia and overseas employ furniture designers as consultants or employees in their product development teams. Many manufacturers employ furniture technologists and developers to create and improve product ranges with their production departments. Graduates who have continued on to the Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) are employed as designers in design studios and design consultancy firms, or as entrepreneurs making products or servicing other design related areas. Research institutions such as environmental agencies and universities also employ designers to work on many aspects of products and services.

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