Start date

City West

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

AUD$ 32,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2022

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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The Master of Design (Sustainable Design) qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of practical knowledge and specialist theoretical framework of sustainable design for professional practice within ever-changing social, environmental and economic contexts, as well as a pathway for further learning.

Content & Structure

Graduates of the Master of Design (Sustainable Design) will have a body of knowledge of the principles and practices of a more sustainable approach to design. Graduates will have the disciplinary knowledge to critically evaluate and develop progressive approaches to multi-disciplinary design context. Graduates will also have knowledge of research methods and principles applicable to sustainable design in multi-disciplinary projects.

Graduates will have advanced cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on sustainable design theory and practice or scholarship, cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories of sustainable design to different bodies of knowledge or practice, communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret sustainable design theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences, technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to sustainable design practice.

Graduates will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through a substantial research-based project to demonstrate creativity and initiative to new situations in the design professions relative to sustainability.

The students will complete 72 units of study comprising 18 units of research studio, 18 units of project, 9 units of project report 4.5 units of research methods, 4.5 units of business practices, 13.5 units of sustainability and 4.5 units of electives.

What courses you'll study

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Studio 1 GRAP 5005 9 Rule(s): 1,2
Research Methods (Creative) CREA 4004 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Nature, Culture and Sustainability ARCH 6005 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Studio 2 GRAP 5006 9 Rule(s): 1,2
Principles of Sustainable Design ARCH 6006 4.5
Business Practice for Artists and Designers VSAR 5006 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Masters Project 1 GRAP 6001 9
Masters Project Report 1 ARCH 5036 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2 Rule(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Masters Project 2 GRAP 6002 9
Masters Project Report 2 ARCH 5037 4.5
Consumer Culture, Technology and Sustainable Design ARCH 6001 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2

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