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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Design equips you with an understanding of the role of design in today’s business landscape and the ability to apply design thinking in practice. You’ll learn how to use design as a framework for solving complex problems and have an opportunity to apply design methods in practical projects that are based on real-world scenarios. Through a combination of core units, advanced core units and electives you will acquire broad skills in communication, information literacy, inventiveness and critical thinking.

You can choose to focus on Design Innovation or on Strategic Design in your Major Project. Depending on your focus , you will learn about the principles of design-led innovation, developing strategies for innovation and devising practices that lead to a strategic advantage in the market.

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

This program includes foundational core units, advanced core units and electives you can take with different faculties.

Download an indicative course progression table for the Graduate Diploma in Design.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Design, a candidate must complete 48 credit points including:

  • 18 credit points of core foundational unit of study
  • 18 credit points of core advanced units of study
  • 12 credit point of elective units of study

 

Assumed knowledge

No previous experience or knowledge in design is required.

Admission requirement

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Design requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification.

Career pathways & prospects

Career Pathways

Graduates of the Diploma in Design will be prepared to perform roles in organisations that incorporate design skills, design innovation and strategic design into their ways of doing business. These roles include strategic designer, design manager, product manager, customer experience designer and innovation strategist.

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Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.