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C11225v1 Graduate Certificate in Design

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Design (GradCertDesign)
CRICOS code: 071632B
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Exit award
Other information


Unique in Australia, this course is intellectually vibrant, socially engaging, visionary, practice-focused and actively linked to industry. The course centres on building a design community network.

The course has two main components: specialised master classes led by a studio leader and industry partners; and theory and technology subjects taught across the program.

This course is offered as an exit degree option for students enrolled in the Master of Design (C04243), who want a one-session (24 credit points) experience of postgraduate coursework in design. Subjects offered are drawn from the Master of Design suite of subjects.

Course aims

The course provides an introductory experience of postgraduate coursework in design. Students may undertake design studio subjects and/or theory, technology or practice-oriented subjects. Areas of studio focus may include lighting design, interaction design, product design, spatial design, textiles, visual design and service innovation and change. Entry to any studio area depends upon pre-existing skills, as determined by the studio leader.

Career options

The course offers graduates in design an opportunity to extend their undergraduate skills, or to acquire skills in emerging areas of practice. Career opportunities depend upon the particular studios undertaken and the student's level of attainment. Students wishing to acquire more developed skills in their studio area may choose to complete the Master of Design (C04243).

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Recognition that design decisions may impact global issues
A.2 Understanding of the need to acknowledge sources and the work of others
A.3 Awareness of social and cultural diversity
C.1 Attention to clarity and accuracy of communication
C.2 Capacity to work in a team
C.3 Recognition of the need to adapt communication style to context
I.1 Developing ability to work conceptually
I.2 Developing ability to appraise, develop or redirect design ideas
I.3 Recognition of the role of designed things in human practices
P.1 Understanding of the need to independently develop skills and areas of knowledge
P.2 Awareness of the aesthetic qualities of made things
P.3 Developing craft skill
R.1 Ability to make a clear argument
R.2 Ability to engage with complex ideas
R.3 Ability to reflect on work by self and others

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-session, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points of subjects.

Course completion requirements

CBK90670 Design Expertise choice 24cp
Total 24cp

Exit award

This is an exit-only course for students enrolled in the Master of Design (C04243).

This course enables students enrolled in the master's course to exit after completing 24 credit points of study and gain a graduate certificate qualification.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building