The Master of Design is a research degree aimed at developing your design expertise and empowering your decision-making.
Specialising in industrial design, fashion design and textile design, communication design, digital design or spatial design, you will work on interdisciplinary projects. Implementing creative research strategies, and continuing to develop expertise in your chosen field, you will contribute to a vibrant, collaborative design culture.
Through this degree you will advance your creative research skills, become ethically responsible and socially aware, and develop an understanding of the implications of working across cultural, social, and industrial contexts.
You can research design by choosing 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 (not all papers are offered each semester). We suggest you discuss which paper combinations when you apply for the Master of Design.
And 45 points from the elective papers listed below
Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a B- average in coursework papers, including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.
And 75 points from the elective papers listed below
Enrolment in a research project is subject to achieving at least a B- average in coursework papers, including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.
Please note that not all of the papers listed below may run each year/semester.
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Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.
Develop your expertise in communication design, design for health and wellbeing, spatial design, strategic leadership in design, textile design and virtual production. Within each discipline, there are potential study and research pathways.
Explore how communication design can transform and enrich human experience. You develop expertise in analysing, researching and applying master's level thinking and design practice in a range areas, including visual language, information design, wayfinding, typographic design, interactive and augmented design, layout, social media and web-based design propositions.
We promote a collaborative design approach responsive to the needs of users, the environment and business; enabling a conceptually driven approach to design concepts. You can hone your design skills and acquire knowledge and experience with cutting-edge technologies through design research. We challenge you to think creatively and push accepted boundaries.
Focusing on the wide range of specialist areas within the digital realm – including animation, cinematic and post-cinematic practices, virtual production and immersive technologies, screendance, gaming and photogrammetry – offers exciting possibilities for research.
Develop expertise in analysing and interpreting narrative and creating a compelling sense of immersion. Communicate complex ideas, data and visual forms to a wide range of audiences and participants.
This pathway blends storytelling, information and interaction with cutting-edge technologies to produce creative outputs that push innovation and boundaries within the digital arena. Research projects can focus on either individual or collaborative projects; encompassing bespoke projects to industry related projects, re-thinking what digital design can be on a local and global level.
Postgraduate study in fashion design will enable you to expand your personal design style. Through this practice-led pathway you’ll develop a conceptually robust, multifaceted approach to your practice.
Explore the different ways you can incorporate craft-based skills with cutting-edge technologies to produce bold approaches that re-position local and global fashion trends. Inspire change and counter-cultural, social, historical and political issues related to the industry.
The Good Health Design pathway focuses on design that has a positive impact on people's health and wellbeing.
Our team of transdisciplinary researchers and creatives collaborates with clinical experts, healthcare professionals and researchers from other disciplines to share and test ideas, and develop unique solutions.
The studio works on a project-by project basis, incorporating all design disciplines to create solutions across spaces, environments, communication, services, digital and physical products. Through this pathway you learn to customise your approach to health and wellbeing problems by using human-centred design approaches.
Good Health Design Gallery
Postgraduate study in industrial design enables you to hone your critical and creative thinking, design thinking, ideation, prototyping and communication skills.
Research solutions to real-life problems, and produce research that explores tangible, three-dimensional manufactured objects like consumer products, furniture, packaging, medical and sports equipment or systems, services and interfaces.
Focus on the specialist areas of spatial experience, material narratives, visual production, and explore how space transforms and enriches us. You develop expertise in analysing and interpreting existing conditions and sites to build a sense of place, visualising immersive spaces and helping others to visualise space.
We work with what already exists, refitting, reusing, reworking and adapting. We're detail-oriented, attending to materials, surfaces, pattern, fabrication, and connections.
This pathways blends craft-based skills with cutting-edge technologies through creative design outputs that push innovation and boundaries within spatial design. Research projects can focus on either individual or collaborative projects; encompassing bespoke projects to industry related projects, re-thinking spatial design on a local and global level.
Successful design leaders integrate imagination and tactics to create meaning, design experience and commercialise value through product, service and organisational innovation. This pathway combines creativity with strategic design thinking to create significant competitive advantage that is desirable, feasible and sustainable in a business context.
It aims to develop, bridge and enhance students’ creative potentials by instilling potent theoretical, tactical and design comprehensions to undertake leadership roles in strategic design in the creative industries, government sectors, and institutions.
The Textile Design pathway focuses on print, knit, laser cut, and 2D or 3D technologies; incorporating multimedia and fabrication approaches to re-think textile design on a local and global level.
It blends craft-based skills with cutting edge technologies through creative design outputs that push innovation and boundaries within textile design.
Individual research supervision will be offered across a range of textile design projects, including textiles for architectural design, seamless knitted textile applications, digital and analogue print design, e-textile design applications and developments, local textile innovation design solutions, and global textile issues and design innovation.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.