Master of Design

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 to 2 years full-time
4 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$24,500.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree or higher
  • Relevant work experience


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 2, 2022 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 4 July 2022

About this program

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.


The Master of Design offers a range of different durations depending on your previous studies:

If you have: You may be eligible to complete this program in:
Bachelor, related discipline
Bachelor Honours, non-related discipline
Graduate Certificate in Design
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with 40 credit points of advanced standing)
Bachelor Honours, related discipline
Graduate Diploma of Design
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent (with 80 credit points of advanced standing)

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3344 Graduate Certificate in Design Gold Coast, South Bank Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
5720 Master of Design (this program) Gold Coast, South Bank Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
4192 Graduate Diploma of Design Gold Coast, South Bank Exit point only

Attendance information

This Masters program is offered full-time in on-campus mode at the South Bank and Gold Coast campuses.

Studying amid COVID-19

The University's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing policy is under review and consultation and will be suspended from 14/4/2022, for four weeks. Please visit Studying amid COVID-19 for more information.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

My career opportunities

With a graduate portfolio demonstrating your innovative knowledge and skills, the Master of Design better prepares you for future jobs in a wide range of global industries and careers, including:

  • Experience Design
  • User Experience
  • Service Design
  • Graphic Communication Design
  • Digital Visual Design
  • Product and 3D Design
  • Design Management
  • Design Strategy
  • Creative Technologist
  • Design Research
  • User Research

Pathways to further study

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).

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Master of Design (5720)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information