Design - F3703

This is a prestigious one-year program in design practice, theory and research for high achieving students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree. You will undertake coursework, research and practical training and carry out an independent studio project in your selected specialist area of study, working closely with a supervisor who will provide you with individual guidance and academic counselling. The course will extend your professional expertise but also offers a pathway to higher level training in design research.

The collaborative design specialist area of study brings together design thinking, methods and experiences from a range of design discipline specialist areas of study. This Honours specialist area of study responds to the emerging need for designers with multidisciplinary skill sets that can apply design processes that engage spatial, communication, experiential and object-based solutions. You will be able to traverse a range of employment options, including; mediated experiences and spatial design practices; products and packaging; and the increasing range of intersected real and virtual service processes (such as designing for banking, airlines and other service delivery industries). You will develop advanced strategic and critical design thinking skills that respond to current user needs and industry challenges as well as the requisite research and academic acuity to pursue higher qualifications.

The communication design specialist area of study will prepare you for a design future in the areas of graphic design, visual communication and digital media. It will equip you with the ability to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams: marketers, service providers, clients and other designers; and apply advanced visual and experiential processes across a range of communication challenges. These include such areas as corporate identity, interactive environments, interaction designs, information designs, analogue and digital publishing, advertising, promotion, packaging, illustration, typography, way-finding systems, animation, and motion design. You will develop advanced strategic and critical design thinking skills that respond to current user needs and industry challenges as well as the requisite research and academic acuity to pursue higher qualifications.

The industrial design specialist area of study will prepare you for a design future in the fields of industrial and product design and other related areas of industry and commerce. Industrial design is concerned with the research and development of design in consumer and industrial products used by people. These range from industrial equipment to motor vehicles and from medical equipment to domestic appliances. You will acquire the skills to work as a part of a creative team involving engineering, production and marketing. You will develop advanced strategic and critical design thinking skills that respond to current user needs and industry challenges as well as the requisite research and academic acuity to pursue higher qualifications.

The spatial design specialist area of study will equip you with the industry-ready skills to create the spaces, lighting and objects that encourage people to engage and interact. You will acquire advanced design knowledge relevant to commercial and domestic interiors, entertainment venues, festivals, exhibitions or theatre sets. Spatial designers create experiences that communicate ideas, values and stories. You will develop the collaborative and design management skills that enable you to work with developers, builders and architects, across a wide range of projects that may include commercial, cultural, institutional, hospitality and domestic spaces. You will develop advanced strategic and critical design thinking skills that respond to current user needs and industry challenges as well as the requisite research and academic acuity to pursue higher qualifications.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Bachelor of Design (Honours)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in an art and design field with at least a distinction average (70 percent) in 24 points of level three units in the intended honours discipline.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Extra requirements for domestic applicants: Applicants must attend an interview with a folio of their work and submit a detailed proposal outlining the aims, objectives and method of presentation of final submission.


What should you include in your folio?

Your folio should include 10-15 pieces of work that have been carefully selected to showcase the technical skills, visual sophistication and current theoretical interests of work produced either during your undergraduate degree or in a course of independent study. Supporting research activity such as drawings, sketchbooks, notebooks or journals that demonstrate your developmental and working processes can be presented at your interview. Your folio will be assessed on the following criteria, which also form the agenda and expectations for study during the honours year:

The selection of and capability with techniques and materials appropriate to the research topic under investigation.

Evidence of an informed and reasoned approach to creative practice: an awareness of the scope of the subject matter chosen for investigation; and knowledge of relevant precedents and the current context for such practice.

Evidence in the work to date of a sustained investigation of the initial premise and where necessary the expansion or re-definition of the parameters of the inquiry.

The ability to formally resolve ideas in a way communicable to the assessors / interviewers, as appropriate to the line of inquiry undertaken and level of completion reached.

Divergent thinking
The capacity for the candidate to operate in a way that is original in relation to the precedents and parameters identified for their practice, contributing to current debates concerning their particular interest in the international field.

Assessments / written submission

Research Proposal
Your research proposal should contain the following headlines:

The proposed title of your project.

Research topic outline
A one to three sentence description that briefly encapsulates your project.

This should be brief, a one or two paragraph description of your current work or study (150 words).

A description of your proposed project or thesis including the historical and theoretical contexts relevant to your project (300-500 words).

Using point form, an outline of the aims of your project or thesis (approximately 5 distinct aims – 100 words).

A description of your research methods, studio or theoretical giving an indication of the motives that guide the research and suggesting approaches to your work and reading that you expect to follow to achieve the aims (200 words).

Prior Reading
Using point form, an outline of the key texts and research topics that have informed your practice to date.

Also, please include a coversheet which states:

  • Proposal for Honours degree of the Bachelor of Design
  • Monash University Art Design & Architecture
  • Your full name and academic qualifications
  • The proposed title and research topic outline
  • The date

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

Multiple pathways to Graduate outcomes

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This course consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of design and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a major project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F3703


Closing date

Applications received by mid-October are considered for early offers into this course. Applications received after that time are considered if places are available.

Applicants are required to submit a folio, a draft research proposal and attend an interview. All applicants will be invited to an interview, where your folio and draft research proposal will be reviewed and feedback provided. Applicants may have a further opportunity to finalise their research proposal after the interview. A final approved research proposal may be requested to be submitted prior to your offer being accepted.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2021 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.