RMIT at Melbourne Design Week

RMIT is a major partner to Melbourne Design Week (26 March-5 April) and in 2021 explores how design is tackling some of the biggest challenges we face today, tomorrow and into the future in an exciting and extensive program of events.

Welcome from Tim Marshall

It is hard to think of a theme that might resonate more with Victorians at this point in our history than 'Design the World You Want', the focus of this year's Melbourne Design Week.

Living through the pandemic has brought about urgency and accelerated our reckoning with the fundamentals of our existence, such as the future of work and what it will take to design an inclusive and equitable community and society; our capacity to make sense of and design a just future in the face of profound technological changes; and, our ability to re-design ways of being that ensure the future of the planet. Taking time to consider how we might work together to create a better, healthier future for the planet and its inhabitants has never seemed more important.

Not surprisingly, given the centrality of these themes to so much of the work at RMIT, Melbourne Design Week 2021 has inspired many of us, resulting in a phenomenal 50+ accepted submissions from across the university.

For me, being new to RMIT and in my role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context (DSC), I am very excited to see the DSC community embrace the opportunity to showcase creative, practice-led research outcomes and elevate the ways the university is addressing major social and urban issues with a broad range of collaborators from applied research and industry partnerships. And it shows our pride in being the NGV Design Partner.

Included in Melbourne Design Week from RMIT are installations, exhibitions, lectures, launches, talks, and films from across all areas of DSC plus research hubs such as Centre for Urban Research, Contemporary Art and Social Transformation, Health Transformation Lab and Care-Full Design Lab, as well as works from two Masters students who collaborated with NGV to refine their projects.

For the first time, The Capitol joins with the NGV to present MDW @ The Capitol RMIT and will host talks, films, book launches and installations.

I look forward to attending many of the RMIT events for Melbourne Design Week 2021 and I am immensely grateful to all participants. 

Tim Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, RMIT University


Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. RMIT is the NGV Design Partner and a major partner for Melbourne Design Week.

RMIT University is ranked number 1 in Australia and the Asia-Pacific for Art and Design, and 15th globally (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)

RMIT events at MDW

More events will be added soon, so check back for updates.

RMIT’s Melbourne Design Week feature locations

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RMIT is a global university with a reputation for excellence, innovation and leadership in technology, design and enterprise. To collaborate with us, please contact

  • Belinda Anson, Senior Manager, Partnerships and Industry Engagement
  • Kiri Delly, Senior Manager, Partnerships and Industry Engagement


Learn more about the College of Design and Social Context and the university’s public cultural spaces, creative programs and art, film and design collections (united as RMIT Culture), that provide opportunities to engage creatively, as well as supporting RMIT’s learning and teaching activities, and dissemination of research.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer