The Graduate Diploma of Design (Design Anthropology) course combines anthropological theory and methods with those of design to develop innovative, ethical and holistic solutions to business, environmental, and socio-cultural challenges.
Starting with core skills in research methods and studio design making, it builds disciplinary knowledge in the history and theory of design anthropology and understanding the workings of small corporate and community groups. Students then select a specialisation in either Indigenous Knowledge to facilitate cultural innovations with communities, Cross Cultural Brand Identity Design to align organisational and client values, or Sustainable Design with a focus on cultural sustainability.
Applicants should hold a Bachelors degree with the equivalent of an Australian system 60% grade average (or better) in a design, social science (especially anthropology), information science or human-computer interaction discipline. Candidates with other tertiary qualifications and relevant industry experience will also be considered.
Applicants who do not hold a degree but have at least eight years relevant industry experience demonstrating potential to undertake work at this level should contact the course coordinator.
English language requirements
Required IELTS Score: overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; or, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 575 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); or, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 85 with no band less than 18.
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This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Swinburne University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Diploma of Design (Design Anthropology) are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Design (Design Anthropology) students must complete seven units including one double unit.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Applicants with substantial relevant industry experience may apply for exemptions through RPL. The Faculty of Design’s RPL panel will assess the prior learning and experience of applicants and determine appropriate unit exemptions in accordance with the University’s policy and procedure for RPL.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students must complete 5 core units including one double unit Fundamental Design Studio. Students may select one of the three Specialisations in Indigenous Knowledge, Cross Cultural Brand Identity or Sustainable Design and complete both units in the specialisation.
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