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GD-DESIGN

Design

Graduate diploma

An advanced exploration of contemporary design practice and research

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Diploma in Design
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
    200
  • CRICOS
    103010H
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Design at Curtin?

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

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Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Outline

Outline

This course is designed for students seeking an advanced exploration of contemporary design practice and research. In addition it provides a firm grounding in the theoretical, critical and practical aspects of design and its possibilities for transformation.

The course is ideal for design leaders and managers, as well as design practitioners eager to develop new practice-based competencies to solve design problems.

On successful completion of the graduate diploma, you may enrol in the master degree.

What you'll learn

  • develop advanced knowledge of a field of design practice through the creation of new artefacts, services, products or processes
  • apply advanced knowledge, theories, frameworks and practices relevant to design-led innovation
  • demonstrate a critical reflection on design theory, practice and history in a social and cultural context and apply this thinking to design practice and process
  • apply knowledge of design to the identification, framing and interrogation of problems to develop appropriate design solutions
  • professionally communicate concepts, proposals, ideas, and final designs to audiences with clarity and vision
  • understand the complexity and global context of design and apply this to contemporary design practice
  • apply a practical knowledge of technologies effectively to design practice or process to communicate ideas, concepts and proposals in design
  • apply design practice and process for real-life application in industry and practice
  • develop an advanced understanding of the the value of design to communities, enterprises and public
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $19,004*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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