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Master of Design

Billy Blue College of Design

This course is for those who want to dig deep into the rich soil of design – experienced creatives as well as professionals across various other industries. Get your hands dirty; learn which rules apply and which ones don’t. Graduate with an impressive portfolio that’s sure to lead to work at the highest levels.

Developed by the brilliant minds at Billy Blue, this accelerated post-professional program offers an exciting opportunity for advanced study in design and is designed to engage designers, developers, technologists, programmers, artists and teachers to explore the convergent space between disciplines that shape technologies, applications and creative solutions.

If you want to progress to senior roles within the design industry worldwide and become an advanced, entrepreneurial, flexible problem solver who can create and contribute to a variety of design solutions, this program is for you.

Career outcomes

  • Managerial roles in Design agencies/other organisations
  • Creative business founder / owner
  • Creative leader

Quick Course Guide

Qualification Title MASTER OF DESIGN

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time Blended*

*Blended - face to face on campus plus facilitated online.

Study options – Overseas students

This course is currently only offered to domestic students

Start Dates

See Key Dates below

Course Length

Full-time: 1.5 years (accelerated 1 year)

Part-time: options available

Entry Requirements

Completion of a Bachelor-level degree or postgraduate study at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider, AND

Relevant professional experience, OR

Completion of postgraduate study in a field of design at an Australian university or equivalent from an overseas higher education provider, OR

A portfolio of relevant work from area(s) of expertise, AND

3 letters of recommendation from relevant persons, AND

A selection interview

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students


For full fee paying students, payment options are also available.

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees.

Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,126 in 2015-16). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Course study requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Design the candidate must complete satisfactorily a program of study that comprises all core courses and four optional subjects. A combined total of 48 units are required including a capstone Project of 8 units.


Practical assignments, research projects, presentations


Sydney Campus

Delivered by

Torrens University Australia

Accrediting body

Torrens University Australia is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

CRICOS Course Code


Key Dates

2016/17 course dates for all Billy Blue classes held at our Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane campuses.

Start Dates Census Dates Last Day Breaks
Mon 20 Feb 2017 10 Mar 14 May 15 May - 4 Jun
Mon 05 Jun 2017 23 Jun 27 Aug 28 Aug - 17 Sep
Mon 18 Sep 2017 6 Oct 10 Dec 11 Dec - 18 Feb

Billy Blue may offer mid-term intakes throughout the year which are subject to availability. For more information please speak with one of our course and career advisors on 1300 851 245

Course Subjects – Master of Design:

Core Courses

Code Subject Name Units
DSGN6026 Lvl8 Design Identity 4
DSGN6027 Lvl8 Design Context 4
DSGN6028 Lvl8 Design Futures 4
DSGN6031 Lvl8 Social Enterprise 4
DSGN6029 Lvl9 Research & Innovation 4
DSGN6030 Lvl9 Design & Economies 4
DSGN6032 Lvl9 Capstone Project 8
DSGNXXX Lvl9 Major Project (Advanced) 16

The candidate must choose from:
Code Subject Name Units
PROJ 6000 Lvl8 Principles of Project Management 4
MGMT 6013 Lvl8 Management Information Systems 4
MGMT 6014 Lvl8 Organisational Best Practice 4
MGMT 6012 Lvl8 Management Perspectives 4
MGMT 6000 Lvl8 Dynamic Leadership 4
PROJ6005 Lvl9 Sustainability in project, portfolio and program management 4
PROJ6004 Lvl9 Contracts and Procurement 8
PROJ6012 Lvl9 Managing Information Systems/Technology Projects 16
- or any one other subject at the appropriate level approved by Course Director

The final studio requires students to propose a self-initiated project that exhibits a sophisticated understanding of the potential of contemporary creative practice. Central to this project will be evidence of critical analysis, social engagement, reflective practice, as well as a refined visual language. Students must draw on the practical, methodological, theoretical and the technical tools they have gathered over the duration of the degree to complete a successful project. Students are individually mentored through this project by a supervisor with complementary practice-based research expertise. Projects can be static or interactive, print or digital, objects or installations, and could incorporate sound or moving image.