Master of Design

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Graphic Designer | Social Designer | Spatial Designer | Human Centred Designer | Design Strategist | View All

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Course Rundown

Are you a recent graduate ready to expand your knowledge and skills in specialised areas of design? Or perhaps you’re an experienced designer seeking a practical skills upgrade or extended design theory knowledge? Whatever your aspirations, the Master of Design from Edith Cowan University is the ideal postgraduate course for those who aim to excel in the design industry.

Throughout this coursework degree, you’ll learn about cross-disciplinary design strategies and gain insight into the current role of design in our society. As well as completing core units on design theory, visual communication and project methodology, you’ll complete a major project combining contemporary studio-based practice and theory with rigorous critical analysis.

Graduating after 1.5 years of full-time on-campus study (or 3 years part-time), you’ll have the advanced skills and knowledge you need to take on complex social, organisational, economical and sustainable challenges through expert design.


You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU, if you meet the following:

  • Hold a Bachelor Degree from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent) in a related discipline area; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course 

In this design course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Methods of Inquiry
  • What is Design For?
  • Visual Communication
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Case Studies
  • Project Development and Management
  • Masters Project 1
  • Masters Project 2

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Design from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are equipped with the trans-disciplinary design skills needed for higher-level roles in a range of industries, including interior/spatial, graphic, social and digital design.

Curious about where a career in designing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Students may pay for this course upfront or apply for a government FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of their fees (eligibility criteria applies).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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