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Swinburne University of Technology

  • 23% international / 77% domestic

Graduate Certificate of Design

  • Graduate Certificate

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
GC-DESG, 088130G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Aug
Domestic Fees
$13,100 per year / $13,100 total
International Fees
$16,300 per year

About this course

The Graduate Certificate of Design offers students a unique opportunity to develop and build upon their disciplinary design practice. The course is designed for a wide variety of students who have previous qualifications and/or experience in design or related fields. It caters for students who want to enhance their existing capability within a chosen design field such as visual communication design, industrial design, interior architecture or digital media design, as well as provide opportunities to broaden their experience in design practice. The course emphasises a mix of interdisciplinary collaboration and has a project-based, studio learning environment to develop a range of skills in their chosen field, and expand their knowledge in areas such as inclusive design, new technologies and design management. The course will equip students with professional capabilities and knowledge as future leaders in their field, and the industry-ready skills and strategies that enable them to become accomplished practitioners.

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Career pathways

The Swinburne Graduate Attributes signify that Swinburne intends that its teaching courses assist all its graduates to be:
  • Capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • Entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • Effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • Adaptable and able to manage change
  • Aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. socio-cultural, economic, natural)

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Design, students must complete 50 credit points comprising:
  • 2 Design Core units (25 credit points)
  • 2 Design Elective units (25 credit points)

Please note that a unit of study can only be counted once.

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.