Design - F6002


Expert master degree

In a rapidly transforming profession, designers need to be constantly developing innovative skills and knowledge to respond and be a leader in their field.

Positioned at the intersection of several creative disciplines our Master of Design provides you with the platform to explore advanced principles in contemporary design that will enhance your design practice and provide you with the platform to be an innovative leader.

This project-based and studio focused course offers you the opportunity to extend your learning within a specialisation area of interaction design, multimedia design or collaborative design. Alternatively, you can choose from a range of units from across these three areas to construct a specialisation in Advanced Study in Design.

Central to this course is four core design studios that will engage you with design systems, services, processes, environments and objects.  In addition to the core design studios, you will undertake studies in Design Thinking allowing you to analyse real-world challenges through design thinking strategies and approaches.  Further studies will build your capabilities in design research, management and entrepreneurialism and culminating in an exegesis.

This program is ideal for people with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who are keen to enter the expanding fields of professional design engagement, or for design practitioners aiming to upgrade their expertise.

Choosing the advanced studies in design specialition, you can construct an individual program of study from across interaction design, multimedia design and collaborative design. This enables you to tailor your unit choices while addressing the fundamental principles of advanced design practice and thinking. It’ll inspire you to connect research and practice across the design disciplines, and to become a thoughtful design practitioner. You’ll broaden your knowledge of key design constructs, deepen your professional learning in design areas of interest, and advance your capacity as a design professional.

Collaborative design places you conceptually and practically at the intersection of interior, graphic and industrial design practice. The program will set you design challenges involving image, text, products, narratives, systems, services, public and private space, materiality and virtuality. You’ll develop independent conceptual and practical design skills alongside an ability to be part of collaborative design processes. You’ll expand your awareness across design disciplines; develop multidisciplinary design expertise; and build broader skills in leadership, professional adaptability and complex project planning.

The interaction design specialisation develops your skills in the design of contemporary artefacts, products and services that engage with interactive, user-focused technologies and processes. These can include, but aren’t limited to, health and medical equipment, ‘smart’ furniture, educational toys, wearable technologies, information kiosks and transport systems. You’ll use 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 gives you an understanding of the relationship between interactive activities, products and human behaviour.

Multimedia design develops your skills in digital communication environments. This includes designing for the web; motion and animation; and interactive touchscreen devices and surfaces. Emphasising an advanced knowledge of existing and emerging digital design processes and systems, this specialisation embraces projects of varied scale, from hand-held smart devices to large public interactive screens. It develops your ability to build a communication narrative; use multimedia processes to fill community and business needs; and understand the end-user’s engagement with projects or products such as websites, apps and other screen-based media.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
Depending on prior qualifications, this course can be completed in 1,1.5 or 2 years
Start date
Semester One (February), Semester two (July)
Master of Design
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Depending upon your prior qualifications and experience you will be eligible for entry credit which reduces the duration.

Entry level 1: 96 points to complete – Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit average (60%), or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete – Duration: 1.5 year full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a credit average (60%), or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline and a graduate certificate with at least a credit average (60%), or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete – Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a credit average (60%), or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline and a graduate certificate in a cognate discipline with at least a credit average (60%), or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

English entry 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

Applicants seeking admission at Entry level 3 are required to provide 10-15 images of recent, original work, clearly numbered with a corresponding list of details attached, and to identify their preferred specialisation.

The course comprises 96 points structured into 3 parts:

Part A. Preparatory Studies for Advanced Design, Part B. Advanced Design Studies, and Part C. Advanced Design Applications.

  • Students admitted at Entry level 1 complete 96 points, comprising Part A, B & C

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F6002


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F6002.


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

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.

International fee

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



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 089737A