Master of Design

The Master of Design is a one and a half year (full-time) research degree aimed at developing high level design expertise. You will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects and develop your expertise in Digital Design, Fashion and Textile Design, Product Design, Communication Design, or Spatial Design. Within each discipline, there are potential study and research pathways.

The Master of Design provides the opportunity for you to research design through selecting to undertake 60 points of coursework and a 120 point thesis or 90 points of coursework and a 90 point research project. Each option can be tailored to suit your research interests (please note that not all papers are offered each semester). We suggest you discuss which paper combinations would best suit your research trajectory when you apply for entry into the Master of Design.


Please note that applications for the Master of Design are open to start in Semester 2, July, 2017.
 
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Quick facts

Programme code: AK1328
Level: 9
Points:
180
Duration:
1 1/2 years full-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

Applications for Semester 2, 2017 will remain open until all places are filled. AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Application deadline for Semester 2, 2017:  01 June 2017

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Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master of Design, an applicant must have completed the Bachelor of Design or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in the papers at level 7 or above.

Guidelines to entry

Structure

Option one - by thesis

Papers - 180 points in total
ARDN800  Research Methods (15 points)

SELECT a further 45 points from the elective papers listed below

AND
DESN999 Thesis (120 points)

Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a B- average in course work papers including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.

Option two - by project

Papers - 180 points in total
ARDN800 Research Methods (15 points)

SELECT a further 75 points from the elective papers listed below

AND
DESN998 Design Research Project (90 points)

Elective papers

ARDN801 Ethics in Research (15 points)*
ARDN802 Directed Studies Project (15 points)*
ARDN803 Reading Paper (15 points)*
ARDN804 Collaborative Design (15 points)
ARDN807 Coding for Artists and Designers (15 points)
DESN800 Design Practice I (15 points)
DESN801 Design Practice II (15 points)
DESN802 Design Contextual Review (15 points)
DESN803 Design Histories (15 points)*
DESN804 Design for Social Impact (15 points) 
DESN805 Design Practice for Health (15 points)
DESN806 Design for Health and Wellbeing (15 points)
DESN808 Game Design Practices (15 points)
DESN809 Virtual Production Practices (15 points)
DESN810 Strategic Design (15 points)
DESN811 Design Innovation (15 points)
DESN812 Design Futures (15 points)

*Paper not being offered in 2017

Additional paper and course information can be found here.


Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

For programme information and availability of papers, please email the Postgraduate Coordinator or Dr Andrew Denton, Head of Department - Art and Design Postgraduate

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Last updated: 28-Jun-2017 3.29pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.