DurationFull-time 16 weeks, Part-time 1 year
AU$17,280 (2021 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 6 months
AU$20,640 (2021 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
The Graduate Certificate of Design Innovation and Technology is designed to provide a pathway for development for graduates from both design and non-design backgrounds.
You will broaden the breadth and depth of your professional practice by engaging in research driven collaborative design projects. During your studies you will not only develop specific specialist knowledge in emerging technology you will also work on cutting-edge industry partnered projects that explore the future of design practice.
You will develop design skills that integrate the needs of people with the potentials that lie within technological innovation. Through the engagement with an international community of forward-thinking practice-based academic researchers and professional designers, you will engage in a dynamic learning environment that is in a continual state of evolution.
The Graduate Certificate of Design Innovation and Technology will provide you with the technical training in one of the key research streams, which are:
- sustainable futures
- digital design and fabrication
- interactive technologies
- immersive experience.
Elective subject options provide you with the technical base to understand a particular research stream while design studios will present you with the opportunity to engage in real world projects that employ technology in novel and unique ways to solve the pressing issues of the modern world.
Each semester, this qualification offers a selection of design studios from the different research streams that form the core of your studies.
The studios address issues relating to the development of technologies and their innovative application. You will work to briefs that are connected to industry partnered projects and academic research collaborations. Previous studios collaboration have involved:
- The development of an Urban Living Lab in Victoria Harbour Docklands with Lendlease
- Designing digitally connected immersive experiences with Melbourne Museum
- Exploring interactive lighting technologies with Ramus Illumination
- Proposing concepts for Noise Wall Sound Parks with TransUrban.
International opportunites are also available as part of your studies. Recent international projects and collaborations involved students:
- developing digital prosthetic concepts for the Reshape 19/Cognified Matter Forum at Fira De Barcelona
- designing systems-based sustainable products and services for the Bio-Design Challenge at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
- producing 'smart city' transport solutions for safe urban mobility with the City of Barcelona.
To complete this graduate certificate,you must complete two elective subjects, and one design studio.
As part of you studies, you have the opportunity to specialise in one of four different streams:
In the sustainable futures stream, you will focus on sustainable design in the context of social-environmental-technological systems and speculate on how strategic design can mobilise and support systemic changes, from products and services to governance. You will explore sustainability from understanding the complexities of urban systems to the molecular dimension of bio-design approaches and the sociological understanding needed to promote large scale behavioural change within the general population.
Digital design and fabrication
In the digital design and fabrication stream you will develop experience and expertise in the creation of flexible computational, physical and mixed reality models. You will utilise fused deposition modelling print technology, laser-cutting and CNC fabrication in the prototyping of complex geometrical form. This knowledge will lead to the application of performance based and generative modelling in response to specific physical criteria of site, function and usage.
In the interactive technologies stream you will investigate the connections between data, information and people in the design of interactive and intelligent objects and spaces. You will explore interactive systems using electronic sensing devices, actuation mechanisms and integrations with digital media. You will be challenged to extend these principles into specific case studies that seek to integrate user interface and user experience methodologies into holistic design proposals.
In the immersive experience stream you will explore techniques for the creation of embodied, sensorial and affective immersive environments. In the suite of sound electives you will develop methods for the production of recorded or synthesised sound fields to create complex three-dimensional acoustic effects. Ultimately you will develop phenomenological approaches to the shaping of both virtual environments and physical installations.
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Program code: GC192
You must have:
- Successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- Significant work experience or professional practice.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
You must have:
- Successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- Undertaken significant work experience or professional practice.
To have your professional experience considered, you must include in your application:
- a curriculum vitae (CV)
- a statement that details your experience.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$17,280
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2021 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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