Master of Design - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Art, Design and Architecture.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

F6002

Credit points

96

Abbreviated title

MDes

CRICOS code

089737A

Managing faculty

Art, Design and Architecture

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

F6002 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Award

Master of Design

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Design

Graduate Diploma in Design

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.

Description

The core of this course consists of four units of design studio extending over four semesters. These units include a series of defined and self-directed design projects that can engage with design systems, services, processes, environments and artefacts. Students are required to demonstrate high-level planning, resourcing, implementation and evaluation, informing the development of an expert understanding of professional design processes. The course engages students in design research processes and permits them the opportunity to personally contribute to the development of their discipline.

Students may select a particular design studio specialisation within the course, or they may enrol in the advanced studies in design specialisation and select units from across a number of areas:

  • Advanced studies in design
  • Collaborative design
  • Interaction design
  • Multimedia design.

In addition to the core design studios, a unit in design thinking initiates the development of individual design research strategies. Three further units build capability in design research, management, entrepreneurialism, culminating in an exegesis. Two selective units complement the core studies by extending relevant discipline skills and knowledge. Teaching methodologies consists of studio sessions, creative and technical laboratories, lectures, tutorials and research seminars.

Specialisations

Advanced studies in design

If you prefer a broadly applicable advanced design qualification you may choose, with the approval of your course coordinator, a selection of units from each level across the specialisation streams. This means you will refine your own studies by selecting from collaborative design, interaction design or multimedia design.

This enables you to tailor your unit choices while addressing the fundamental principles of advanced design practice and thinking. It will challenge you to connect research and practice across the design disciplines to become a highly thoughtful and engaged design practitioner. Throughout your studies you will build your learning by broadening your knowledge of key design constructs, deepening your professional learning in design areas of interest, and advancing your capacity as a design professional. The final semester of study provides the opportunity for you to pursue a major self-initiated project, or extend your skills by participating in a leading industry project.

Collaborative design

The collaborative design specialisation brings together expertise from disciplines that develop and create graphic, product and spatial designs. This specialisation responds directly to the contemporary shift towards collaborative design engagement. It will operate both conceptually and practically at the intersection of interior, graphic and industrial design practice. The program will expose you to design challenges that involve image, text, products, narratives, systems, services, public and private space, materiality and virtuality. These creative outputs are not approached as single entities, but in scenarios that require a comprehensive and holistic design approach. You will be required to demonstrate independent conceptual and practical skills and your ability to engage in collaborative design processes. The program will develop your professional awareness across the creative disciplines, prompt multidisciplinary design competencies, and promote broader skills in leadership, professional adaptability, and complex project planning. The final year of study provides the opportunity for you to pursue a major project, or extend your skills by participating in a leading industry project.

Interaction design

The interaction design specialisation develops your skills and competencies in the design of contemporary artefacts, products and services that engage with interactive, user-focused technologies and processes. These can include, but are not limited to, health and medical equipment, 'smart' furniture, educational toys, wearable technologies, public information kiosks and transport systems. You can engage with a diverse range of interactive processes, including the application of advanced technologies, electronics and programming, physical and virtual interface manipulation, engineering and material fabrication and rapid prototyping. The specialisation equips you with an understanding of the unique relationship that exists between interactive activities, products and human behaviour. You will develop a critical awareness of current social and commercial issues pertaining to interaction and user experience design. The final year of study provides the opportunity for you to pursue a major project, or extend your skills by participating in a leading industry-supported project.

Multimedia design

In the multimedia design specialisation you will engage with contemporary digital communication environments. This includes designing for the web, motion and animation, and interactive touch screen devices and surfaces. The specialisation emphasises an advanced knowledge of existing and emerging digital design processes and systems and embraces projects of varied scale, from hand-held smart devices to large public interactive screens. The studio units bring together practical design skills with the conceptual thinking required of contemporary digital communication environments. This includes an astute ability to construct a communication narrative, strategically and meaningfully engage multimedia processes with broader community and business needs, and understand the end-user's intuitive and iterative engagement with a project (web site, app and other screen-based media). The final year of study provides the opportunity for you to pursue a major project, or extend your skills by participating in a leading industry project.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that student will be able to:

  1. engage critically with design theory, concepts and methods
  2. understand the relationship of design to cultural, environmental, ethical, technological and professional contexts and practices
  3. apply design principles and advanced design skills to produce innovative ideas, concepts and solutions
  4. integrate specialised design research approaches in order to analyse, synthesise and evaluate diverse solutions for contemporary environments
  5. use technical and design methodologies to assess the needs, deliverables and constraints of complex projects
  6. draw on studio experience to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and communicate strategies and methodologies and apply them in the multiple fields of design practice.

Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A, Preparatory studies for advanced design; Part B, Advanced design studies, and; Part C, Advanced design applications. All students complete Part C. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

Part A. Preparatory studies for advanced design

These studies provide you with the conceptual thinking and technical skill set required for advanced postgraduate study in this area. The studio unit brings together conceptual and technical abilities developed in the other two units.

Part B. Advanced design studies

In these studies you will focus on the application of conceptual thinking and technical skills to advanced design problem solving. You will analyse and create a project outcome based on research, critique, and the application of design processes appropriate to your specialisation. You will also choose a selective unit that will further build capacity in your chosen specialisation.

Part C. Advanced design applications

In these studies you will focus on the application of advanced design problem solving skills at a professional level. You will consolidate skills and practice of design research methodologies and may extend your research trajectory to further study. Part C is also supported by a selective unit to allow you to build capabilities in your chosen specialisation.

In the final semester you will pursue a major design project or participate in a leading industry project. The exegesis unit formalises the research component of Part C. The final semester brings together advanced technical ability, conceptual thinking, entrepreneurial studies and design management in practice.

Requirements

The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Preparatory studies for advanced design (24 points), Part B. Advanced design studies (24 points), and Part C. Advanced design applications (48 points).

  • Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 96 points, comprising Part A, B and C
  • Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 72 points, comprising Part B and C
  • Students admitted at entry level 3 complete 48 points, comprising Part C.

Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.

A zero-credit-point unit in art, design and architecture occupational health and safety will also be undertaken. This unit is required of all students in the Master of Design and must be completed even if credit is obtained for Parts A or B.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Preparatory studies for advanced design (24 points)

Students complete:

  • ADA4500 Design thinking approaches
  • MDC4500 Design fundamental studio
  • MDC4550 Design technologies and processes (12 points)
  • OHS1000 Introduction to art and design health and safety

Part B. Advanced design studies (24 points)

Students complete:

  • TAD4523 Design research methods
  • one unit (6 points) at level 2 or above, chosen from within the faculty and selected in consultation with the course coordinator

one specialisation studio 1 unit (12 points):

Part C. Advanced design applications (48 points)

Students complete:

  • PPR5500 Design management and entrepreneurship
  • TAD5500 Exegesis
  • one unit (6 points) at level 5 or above, chosen from within the faculty and selected in consultation with the course coordinator

one specialisation studio 2 unit (12 points):

one specialisation research studio unit (18 points):

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Design after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma in Design after successful completion of 48 points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

Progression to further studies

Completion of the Master of Design will provide the prerequisite knowledge to progress to further postgraduate study.