Master of Communication Design - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete
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This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

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Due to changes and requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework, RMIT will not be accepting applications into the Master of Communication Design from 2015. This course will be formally discontinued from 2018.

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).

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 Communication 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.

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Communication Design.

Please note: Due to changes and requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework, RMIT will not be accepting applications into the Master of Communication Design from 2015. This course will be formally discontinued from 2018.

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 by the end of 2017.

To qualify for the award of Master of Communication Design students must complete a total of 12 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.

  Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Global Media and Communication Industries
GRAP24781 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Leading Change in Media and Communication
GRAP11831 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Professional Practice
GRAP24952 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Strategic Planning 1
GRAP2371 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Advertising Theory And Practice
GRAP1190 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Communication Management: Theory and Practice
GRAP1123 RMIT - Sess 2 -

1 Complete this unit towards the end of your study program
2 GRAP2495 is a double unit

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.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Due to changes and requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework, RMIT will not be accepting applications into the Master of Communication Design from 2015. This course will be formally discontinued from 2018.

Students who have been accepted prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 2, 2017 in order to graduate with the title Master of Communication Design. All students affected will receive information and guidance about completing the course. Students must contact RMIT if they require enrolment and study plan advice.

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