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Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Design
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


An advanced exploration of contemporary design practice and research

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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

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This course is designed for students seeking an advanced exploration of contemporary design practice and research. In addition it provides a firm grounding in the theoretical, critical and practical aspects of design and its possibilities for transformation.

The course is ideal for design leaders and managers, as well as design practitioners eager to develop new practice-based competencies to solve design problems.

On successful completion of the graduate diploma, you may enrol in the master degree.

Why study

  • Curtin is the highest ranked university in Western Australia in the field of art and design and is in the top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings 2020).
  • Curtin’s teaching staff have extensive professional experience in design across several industry settings. They can provide both practical and strategic insights into a career in design and they continue to practice and research in, for and through design.

What you'll learn

  • develop advanced knowledge of a field of design practice through the creation of new artefacts, services, products or processes
  • apply advanced knowledge, theories, frameworks and practices relevant to design-led innovation
  • demonstrate a critical reflection on design theory, practice and history in a social and cultural context and apply this thinking to design practice and process
  • apply knowledge of design to the identification, framing and interrogation of problems to develop appropriate design solutions
  • professionally communicate concepts, proposals, ideas, and final designs to audiences with clarity and vision
  • understand the complexity and global context of design and apply this to contemporary design practice
  • apply a practical knowledge of technologies effectively to design practice or process to communicate ideas, concepts and proposals in design
  • apply design practice and process for real-life application in industry and practice
  • develop an advanced understanding of the the value of design to communities, enterprises and public

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $20,900*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-DESIGN
  • CRICOS code: 103010H
  • Last updated on: June 28, 2022