In a competitive global economy, the knowledge that design adds value to products and services in many industry sectors is better appreciated than ever before.
The Master of Communication Design focuses on design application, theory, new technologies and global business practice as they relate to the design industry. The design aspect of the course focuses on critical, strategic and innovative problem solving, while providing you with the knowledge to become leaders in your industry.
Through your studies you will explore a blend of management, process and design issues, with the aim of empowering graduates with the design know-how and management skills to be adaptable to the rapidly developing global economy.
The Master of Communication Design students not wishing to undertake the full Masters course may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Communication Design (8 units).
Please note: From 2012 this degree is retitled from Master of Design to Master of Communication Design and existing students who have completed any units should refer to the Transition Arrangements information before enrolling in their 2012 units.
This course is beneficial for anyone who contributes to, or manages, design projects. For instance, people in public relations, communications, publishing or advertising need to understand and manage designers to effect business results.
Designers work in a very competitive market place. For this reason, designers with a broader knowledge of business practice and the ability to justify design strategy have a key advantage.
This course provides you with greater understanding of the design process, design theory, business practice and knowledge of topics that relate to design such as branding. This course will enhance your competitive advantage in business and provide knowledge beyond your undergraduate studies. It will relate directly to and support your professional practice.
The Master of Design is endorsed by the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). While there are no requirements for design professionals to achieve prescribed qualifications or maintain professional accreditation, the AGDA supports this course.
The Design course has two entrance pathways:
Academic + work experience
Applicants should have three to five years experience in design or a related industry and have a qualification in that discipline. Degrees are a relatively new qualification within design disciplines, so the qualification may be a diploma or certificate. Teachers of design are welcome applicants, and those in fields that work with designers and have a full understanding of the design process will be considered.
Entry may be granted to applicants who do not have a qualification, but who have extensive professional experience. These applicants may have to submit a folio work for review. Extensive experience within their profession will be an important consideration for all applicants.
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This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by RMIT University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
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The Master of Design has been retitled from 2012 to the Master of Communication Design to reflect the changes to the course and unit content.
All existing Master of Design students are recommended to contact RMIT for enrolment advice and a study plan either to complete the Master of Design or to transfer to the new Master of Communication Design with credit for all units completed.
Existing students may continue their studies to complete the Master of Design before the end of 2013. Units from the Master of Design program will not be offered after 2013.
Existing students who decide to complete the current program will complete the following requirements.
Master of Design
To qualify for the award of Master of Design students must complete either:
Master of Design (Coursework) four core units and eight electives for a total of twelve units.
Master of Design (Coursework and Major Project) four core units, four electives and two double unit major project units for a total of ten units.
Recommended Study Pattern
CORE UNITS - 4 units
Required: GRAP2401 Research Methods and GRAP2402 Design Contract
Optional: Select two core units from those units indentified with * from the Master of Design course structure section
DESIGN ELECTIVES - 4 units
Optional: Select four units from those units identified with ^ from the Master of Design course strucutre section
ELECTIVES - 4 units
Optional: Select four units from either core units* or design elective units^.
To qualify for the award of Master of Communication Design students must complete a total of twelve units including one double unit.
Master of Communication Design students who do not wish to complete the program may apply for the Exit Award of Graduate Diploma of Communication Design after successfully completing eight units.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer are ways that RMIT recognises applicants' skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience. Applicants should contact the course coordinator for further information.
Recommended Study Pattern
New students - Master of Communication Design
From 2012 all new students will study units from the Communication Design program.
Students must complete the Graduate Diploma level units before enrolling in the Masters units: Global Media and Communication Industries, Masters Seminar and Professional Practice.
Students are encouraged to enrol in two units in each Session and must complete all units required for the Master of Communication Design within six years.
Existing students - Master of Design
Existing students who are completing the Master of Design program should refer to Transition Arrangements for information before enrolling in their 2012 units. The Master of Design units scheduled for final offer in 2012 and 2013 are listed below.
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