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Master of Professional Design

Course code J72

Provides students with advanced technical and conceptual skills in design, and uses digital media as both a production and a creative tool.

In the latter stages of the course, students will focus on an advanced design application through the production of a major piece of work that will fuse contemporary studio-based practice and theory with rigorous critical analysis.
Students will be introduced to design thinking as a means of exploring ways of investigating and understanding complex challenges, and user-focused methods of generating ideas. Students will be encouraged to view the design process as a collaborative activity that generates innovation through making and prototyping.
The course will appeal to non-design related practitioners and graduates who wish to upgrade their practice by including design skills as the means to understand and apply the role of empathy in user-centred innovation.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

J72

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $18,300

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Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J72

CRICOS code

096497J

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $29,550

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Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 1: Study part-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study part-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester 2: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM5160Effective Communication in Professional Contexts20
CMM5165Media and Society in a Globalised World20
CMM5170Advertising and Brand Awareness20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CMM6116Methods of Inquiry20
DES5310What is Design For?20
VIS5110Visual Communication20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DES5102Design Thinking20
DES6010Design Case Studies20
DES6020Project Development and Management20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CCA6240Masters Project 130
CCA6250Masters Project 230

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced design research processes and methods to investigate, evaluate, and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories in inter-disciplinary design projects.
  2. Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative contributions to inter-disciplinary design practice or scholarship.
  3. Reflect critically on advanced design philosophies, principles, methods, and processes, to demonstrate master of inter-disciplinary design practice or scholarship.
  4. Use high level self management skills to initiate, plan, and execute a substantial design project.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $18,300 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $29,550 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include assisting organisations, companies, and communities to innovate through building empathy, understanding stakeholders' needs, co-creating possibilities with stakeholders, and developing socially, environmentally and financially sustainable solutions.

Possible future job titles

UX Designer (User Experience Designer), Service Designer, Social Designer, Design Strategist

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