Design

Study at the #1 design university in Australia, and work in studios that emulate industry best practice.

RMIT is synonymous for design excellence. We are globally recognised for our design research and practice, and work closely with local and international industry in a range of fields, including game design, fashion and textiles, interior design, graphic and communication design, and more.

Benefit from studio-based learning and mentorship from our experienced and practicing staff and academics. You’ll be designing from day one and will build confidence, skills and knowledge in a range of design media. You will work alongside industry in placements, internships and real-world design briefs to give you a greater chance of finding a job after graduation.

Design courses are offered from certificate and diploma level all the way up to Masters and PhDs.

Art and Design End of Year Exhibitions

What's it like being an Art, Design and Architecture student at RMIT? Discover how students in the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) and Bachelor of Design (Games) have prepared for their final exhibitions.

Top design courses at RMIT

Creativity is key to the new economy. RMIT knows that the future digital and knowledge revolution will depend upon innovatively designed solutions to visual and technological problems. 

You'll experiment with new ways of working, concentrate on building specialist techniques and refine your individual skills to situate your place in a successful creative career.

Here are some of our courses that reflect the latest industry developments in these fields:

Gain the skills required to excel as a brand designer, graphic designer, illustrator and art director across a wide range of industries. RMIT communication design graduates are sought after by industry, with a high employment rate upon graduation.

As this is the design course of choice in Victoria, you’ll learn skills alongside a strong selection of eager and talented peers in excellent studio-based facilities. The course has a strong focus on studio learning, enabling you to “learn by doing“. 

All lecturers have worked in the design industry throughout their careers and will offer you key insights into the contemporary design world.

RMIT Advantage

RMIT runs an internal mentor scheme and a number of industry events where students and design professionals work together on projects or professional practice. Opportunities exist for students to work on projects with organisations such as: Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA, Penguin Books, Deloitte, Kit Cosmetics, Hardie Grant, Jacky Winter Group, ABC, CFA, Roger Seller, de Bono Institute and MECCA.

For over 60 years, industrial design at RMIT is where aspiring designers develop the skills to invent, visualise and prototype design solutions to solve complex problems.

You will choose your studios from a range of options offered each semester, with the following orientations:

Service Orientation: sustainability, social innovation, health, transport, and community engagement.
Technology Orientation: universal design and ergonomics, manufacturing, technical innovation and prototyping.
Object Orientation: furniture, lighting and objects for the home.
Digital Orientation: emerging digital technologies, computer-aided design (AutoCAD), and coding and interaction design.

Graduates find work in product and manufacturing companies; in the consultancy, entertainment, education, cultural and services sectors; and for research institutions.

RMIT Advantage

Your studies at RMIT are centred around learning through design studios. Design studios provide a unique way of exploring ideas by challenging future designers and modelling the best practice of local and global design firms.

You'll learn from our local and international design practitioners and build your industry networks throughout your studies. 

This course will challenge your assumptions about interior design. You will learn to think and operate like a designer and, studying in a highly creative studio setting, you will learn from distinguished design practitioners. 

You will learn to design through the process of responding to a range of design briefs from the conceptual to real-life situations. You will be provided with technical and communication tools such as AutoCAD, 3D imaging, hand-drawing, film production and model making, as well as verbal presentation skills.

Your studies conclude with the highly-celebrated graduate exhibition INDEX. This event brings together industry, staff, and students to celebrate the discipline of Interior Design and its future through the work of these emerging designers.

RMIT Advantage

RMIT students in third and fourth year will have the opportunity to undertake internships and gain valuable experience with leading design practices in Melbourne and internationally. You'll engage with industry professionals through workshops and projects that allow you to respond to complex design challenges.

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