Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

300575 v.3 Graduate Certificate in Design


Course CRICOS Code: 037343E
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0.5 Years


This course is for individuals with professional motivation and a passion for understanding design and its application in a world of rapid cultural and technological change. It aims to enhance the skills and depth of understanding of the design professional through discussion, reflection and thereby engagement in the design profession and society. Investigation leads to creative design insights and application, offering the potential for identifying niche markets and new applications for design. Importantly, the course encourages professional and personal development through investigative learning that is relevant and transferable to the circumstances of real organisations.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Arts from Curtin or other equivalent tertiary institution with a background in design with a course weighted average of not less than 65 per cent in at least the previous two semesters of equivalent full-time study. A Bachelor of Arts (Design) and vocational and/or professional experience minimum of two years or a diploma and vocational and/or professional experience minimum of five years or a minimum of 10 years vocational and / or professional experience in a design related discipline.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is of one semester full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

This course aims to broaden professional and vocational design interests and skills by engaging in professional design discourse and practice. It includes a combination of academically directed and individually inspired work, group activities and discussion through the following units - Design Research Methods 591, Design Negotiated Project 591 and Design Case Study 591.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership in the Australian Graphic Design Association, Perth Art Directors Club, Design Management Institute and Design Institute of Australia.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of design generally find employment within all avenues of design, including design studios, advertising agencies, public relations and marketing organisations. Additionally the student's research project can aid further in niche specialisation and self employment.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

12814 v.3   Design Issues Seminar 591 3.0 25.0
304006 v.3   Design Case Study 591 3.0 25.0
304007 v.3   Design Research Methods 595 3.0 25.0
307831 v.1   Design Graduate Project 591 1.0 25.0
307825 v.1 * Design Project Development 591 1.0 25.0
* This unit should be undertaken if intending to progress into the Master of Design.


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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