DurationFull time 9 months, Part-time 1 year
AU$3,480 per course (2022)
Next intakeJanuary, April, July, October
DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
AU$3,480 per course (2022)
Next intakeJanuary, March, April, July, October
As technological advancements move the world closer to the next evolution of the internet with Web 3.0, the role of the digital product designer will become more important than ever before. Digital product design is an iterative design process that aims to demonstrate the feasibility, viability, and desirability of a digital solution to an existing problem.
In the Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Product Design, you'll gain the practical application of design tools and processes, gain the strategic skillset to execute or uplift successful digital products.
Your online experience
The 100% online degree delivers a convenient online program without the requirement for on-campus attendance and commitments. All lecture material and content is delivered directly to you, wherever you are.
Digital product designers play a crucial part in discovering, defining, designing, and delivering user-friendly, customer-centric solutions as their responsibilities intersect UX and UI design, visual design, information architecture, and more.
The Graduate Certificate in Digital Product Design will equip you with strategic skills in digital design processes, methods, and the strategy necessary to work as an effective digital product designer. Learn how to implement innovative design solutions and utilise innovative emerging technologies to deliver the best outcomes to users.
Equip yourself with the skills to think like a designer, understand users’ pain points, and craft exceptional solutions that delight.
Why study the Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Product Design?
- Learn from industry leaders: This program was developed with industry leaders in the digital design space, giving you an opportunity to experience industry design challenges and receive relevant hands-on experience.
- Get hands-on with the tools: Learn how to use industry tools, such as Figma and know that you can apply these skills in your next digital design role.
- Build leadership capabilities: Understand how product design contributes to organisation decision making and prepare yourself to step into leadership roles.
The 100% online program means your learning – and graduation – is fast-tracked and focused. You can enrol in any one of our four, ten-week teaching terms each year.
You can view online resources and learning activities, access course materials via Canvas, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account anywhere, anytime.
Our online learning platform is purpose-built and brings authenticity to your learning experience, available using your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Coursework is delivered in an engaging way and easy to follow.
You will also have access to discussion boards, online forums, electronic assignment submission, the library and business journals.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the teaching period and includes essays, reports, presentations, case studies, quizzes and research projects.
Australian Student Visas
RMIT's online Graduate Certificate does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study. Find out more about RMIT's on-campus programs.
Matt Kurowski is a senior strategic service designer across finance, fintech, and the public sector. He has expertise in strategic partnerships, organisation design, new digital product and omnichannel service development. Currently Matt contributes to RMIT and RMIT Online’s postgraduate courses in sociotechnical business design such as service design, user experience design, and digital product development.
The Graduate Certificate in Digital Product Design will equip you with the tools, skills, methods and processes needed to work as a versatile and capable digital product designer.
Digital Product Design Strategy and Contexts
This subject introduces you to digital products. You will gain an understanding of how they are conceived and designed for local and international markets. Using design thinking frameworks, you will experience the process of new product development (NPD), problem definition, opportunity scoping, and ethical design research.
You will be introduced to the various team and stakeholder roles and capabilities that are required to successfully bring new digital products to market, including the importance of persuasive storytelling and a sound business case.
Design Practice and Leadership
In this subject, you will explore the fundamentals of leadership within a design context. You will determine your leadership capabilities as a designer, not only as an individual, but as a crucial part of a team, an organisation, and society.
This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for the Graduate Certificate of Digital Product Design.
In the role of course facilitator, industry partners will support and review your work, as well as providing industryrelevant case studies and real-world scenarios. This ensures ongoing industry best-practice in both accessing and gaining feedback from the course content.
By developing a deeper understanding of the ways in which design shapes the world, you will be aware of the prevailing conversations, trends and future directions of the roles and impact of design for the economy, society, culture and the planet. You will examine how ethics, skills of team members and culture all contribute to, and constrain current and emerging design practice. You will also critically define your viewpoints, rationales and biases as you grow as a design leader.
Digital Product Design Process and Methods
In this subject, you will design a new digital product using an existing client’s brief. Using industry standard tools and ethical best practice, you will gain hands-on experience of framing a client’s problem.
You will then apply design research to explore the client’s brief and the possibilities for the digital product and move into conceptualising, prototyping and designing a product solution. You will gain a working understanding of digital product lifecycles and explore how products grow and change through industry and user feedback.
By understanding and enacting the roles of various team members, you will have a broad understanding of the responsibilities and expertise required to build a successful digital product, including different interface modalities, user contexts, business constraints, accessibility considerations, and market forces.
User Experience Research
In this subject, you will be introduced to the role research plays within the user experience domain. You will learn how to evaluate and implement research tools and activities to effectively articulate and interpret the ‘problem space’ and shape findings and insights for your client.
You will develop an understanding of how research is used in competitor analysis, user interviews, observations, surveys, testing, and analytics in order to deliver a suitable user experience. Project scoping protocols (including privacy, ethics, and data management) are reviewed to look at how to support your organisation to deliver evaluative and generative modes of research to enhance the user experience."
Dependent upon your previous experience, possible job outcomes for this certificate include:
- Junior-mid digital product designer
- Junior design strategist
You must have:
- An Australian Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent overseas qualification).
If you don’t have these academic qualifications, you may be eligible for entrance into this program if you have a minimum of five years’ professional experience in innovation and start-ups, creative practice, digital design studios, human resources, business analysis, management consultancy, process analysis, or other similar roles.
To have your professional experience considered, you must include, in your application, a CV and a statement that details your experience.
If you are a local student, refer to the English requirements for postgraduate coursework programs.
2022 tuition fees are AU$3,480 per course, totalling AU$13,920 for 4 courses.
Fees apply to 2022 only.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
See our fees page for more information.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF) based on your enrolment load, which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. Eligible local students can apply for an SA-HELP loan to defer payment of their SSAF.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
Some students may be eligible to apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Visit our HELP loans page for lots of useful information about eligibility, how to apply and payment. You can apply for FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in a program.
HELP loans are not available to international students.