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Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGSP

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
082775G

Key features

  • Gain advanced design and research skills, as they relate to building design and construction.
  • Learn in world-class facilities in our state-of-the-art on-campus workshops.
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.
  • Be part of one of the largest and longest running student construction programs in the world.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with industry – locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Learn from teachers who are practicing professionals with strong links to industry.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further study.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This postgraduate qualification will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the innovative, changing world of design. You will study emerging trends and technologies, contemporary design issues, construction challenges and management.

With a strong focus on construction challenges, design principles and client considerations, you will build on your previously acquired knowledge and skill set. In addition to fundamental practical skills (you will spend a large portion of your time on-site) a key part of your learning will relate to advanced research skills and you will graduate with the cognitive skills needed to review and analyse research.

Some of the projects students have completed include the visitor accommodation at Port Resolution, Tanna Island, Vanuatu; Aboriginal ranger accommodation and research facilities in Fish River, Northern Territory; and accommodation and research facilities at Witchelina Station, South Australia. You will be involved in projects such as these from conception through to completion.

Why Graduate Diploma in Design (Design and Construct)

Why this Degree

This unique qualification enables students to see a project from the initial concept and design stages, through to construction, client relations and community needs. It builds on the knowledge and skills already attained and will extend your learning in preparation for a rewarding career across a range of employment sectors that combine both design and construction.

The School of Art, Architecture and Design boasts state-of-the-art design studios and workshops where you will be able to develop practical skills, while teaching staff offer guidance, knowledge and links to industry.

This graduate diploma is also a pathway to further study - with just one additional year of study you can graduate with a Master of Design. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

Real-world connections

Our teaching staff are highly trained industry professionals who bring with them years of experience. They have strong industry links and many hold professional positions with national and international organisations. For students this means links to industry and the opportunity to build important networks. 

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

This unique qualification integrates both design and construction, rather than focusing just on one specialisation. It is therefore particularly relevant for students who wish to pursue careers in areas such as:

  • architecture (further study required): design new buildings, and help to restore and conserve old buildings
  • interior design: design, implement and refurbish interior spaces
  • civil engineering: plan, design and oversee the construction of infrastructure such as roads, railways and bridges
  • project management: plan, direct and coordinate building projects and personnel; manage budget

To increase employability in this competitive industry it is recommended that students complete the additional year of study required at attain a Master of Design.    

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this program are eligible for Associate Membership of the Design Institute of Australia. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Design Institute of Australia after three years of professional practice.

Industry facts

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Employment for architects, designers, planners and surveyors in Australia is projected to increase by 17,500 (14.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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UniSA students in the Design Construct degree are currently designing accommodation for Aboriginal rangers in the Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

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The Design Construct degree is currently assisting the Community of Port Resolution to build beachside eco visitor accommodation on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Emerging trends and technologies, contemporary design issues, construction challenges and research are key focuses of this graduate diploma. You will also:  

  • develop design proposals
  • foster client relations
  • survey building sites
  • learn how to translate traditional drawing and design methods to specialised computer programs
  • develop research methodologies  

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • research proposals
  • projects
  • literature/artefact reviews
  • presentations
  • essays and assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
Design Communication for Construction ARCH 5048 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2

I’m passionate about increasing awareness of Indigenous knowledges and providing expansive opportunities for students to engage in the educational process.

Mr Peter Walker

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

As a design student, you will have access to:   

  • state-of-the-art design studios and workshops
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum
  • the University library’s collection of art, craft and design resource materials, which is the largest in the state
  • a mobile art, architecture and design studio – a unique mobile facility that houses all of the equipment and resources you’ll need when on tour
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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