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Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies - ARG001

Course Code: ARG001
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 880601
CRICOS Code: 096394E
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Design your career as a versatile professional

This graduate diploma by coursework takes a practice-led approach and provides you with an understanding of the theory and methodologies of applied design for developing innovative solutions for products, interfaces and services.

The course has a strong focus on social and global innovation and you will have access to opportunities to work directly with both government and private industry in Australia and abroad. You will graduate as a well-rounded design student, having also developed key skills in service design and interaction design along the way.

Study a Graduate Diploma of Design Strategies at UC and you will:

  • interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes
  • identify and evaluate concepts and theories dealing with service design, design innovation and entrepreneurialism in design
  • develop and review an iterative process of design involving models and prototypes to test and evaluate solutions to a wide variety of design problems
  • integrate design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • prepare and present a professional design strategy to create design solutions to social issues of global importance.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a foundation of the Graduate Diploma of Design Strategies course, providing you with ongoing opportunities for direct industry engagement, such as connecting with government and private industry in Australia and overseas.

Career opportunities

  • Design strategist
  • Creative thinker and visualiser
  • Design and project manager
  • Design consultant
  • Design studio manager
  • Service designer
  • Consumer experience and digital strategist
  • Digital innovation manager
  • Experiential designer

Course-specific information

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee.

In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Design Strategies may apply and receive credit for the three graduate certificate (level G) units.

Progression from this course to the Master of Design Strategies is available by enrolling in additional units.

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students:
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
Email FAD.Student@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Design Strategies may apply and receive credit for the 3 Graduate Certificate (level G) units.

In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies GradDipDesStrategies

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Design Strategies

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2021

$23,000

$32,900

2020

$22,300

$32,900

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
2.2 UC graduates are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
3.1 UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
Identify and evaluate concepts and theories dealing with service design, design innovation and entrepreneurialism in design. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; and
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Develop and review an iterative process of design involving the use of models and prototypes to be able to test and evaluate concepts and solutions to a wide variety of design problems. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.4 UC graduates are professional: work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
Synthesise design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively;
1.4 UC graduates are professional: work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and
2.4 UC graduates are global citizens: communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.
Prepare and present a professional design strategy to create design solutions to social issues of global importance. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity,
2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession;
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; and
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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