Master of Design Degree
Whitehouse Institute’s Master of Design balances design research with inter-disciplinary studio practice enabling socially responsible and innovative outcomes. The course will develop students’ existing knowledge and skills to achieve mastery in their chosen discipline, whilst encouraging interdisciplinary engagement.
Prepared through independent judgements or collaborative shared vision, designed outcomes will be made in response to contemporary issues and contexts. Supported by a range of relevant design theories and current approaches to ‘make’, the course develops students’ design thinking skills, and promotes curiosity and design confidence, leading to a major design project.
Master of Design
The Master of Design curriculum is a triangular model of research, learning and teaching, and industry engagement, with a thematic approach to research and practice delivered across each trimester.
Practice-led research and studio practice in a collaborative learning environment form the basis from which students may produce original and innovative design outcomes.
The themes of the Master of Design are as follows:
- Design and research skills are covered at the Graduate Certificate level.
- Design and culture are investigated at Graduate Diploma level.
- Design and experimentation, practice, major project exhibition and publication form the basis of the Master level course.
The Master of Design is delivered over three, twelve-week trimesters. A full-time study load is indicated as six to nine hours per week face-to-face delivery plus up to thirty six hours of independent study.A two year part-time qualification is also available, allowing maximum flexibility for the learning content to be negotiated for interested students.
|Code||Subject||Credit points per subject|
|RW7||Research Workshop for Design||12 Credit Points|
|MC7||Explorations of Material Culture||12 Credit Points|
|IG7||Frameworks for Ideas Generation||12 Credit Points|
|BS8||Reading the Body and Space||12 Credit Points|
|DP8||Design Project||24 Credit Points|
|PP8||Project Proposal||24 Credit Points|
|DS9||Design Studio||24 Credit Points|
|DE10||Design Exhibition and Publication||24 Credit Points|
Upon graduation from the Master of Design, students will have access to a body of knowledge, and mastery of selected skills prerequisite for professional practice in the creative industries. They will be able to independently plan, organise, conduct, and successfully participate in the resolution of complex design problems, drawing on contemporary scholarship, and socially responsible and innovative approaches to make and supply.
Furthermore, students will demonstrate the capacity for reflective practice and utilise socially responsible design for the betterment of our communities. Students will demonstrate design confidence and be creative practitioners who can understand clients’ needs and the challenges associated with commercial projects. They will be flexible thinkers who show responsiveness to change and who can drive future and emerging economies.
Whitehouse campuses occupy prime locations in the heart of Sydney and Melbourne. The campuses are purposed to provide high quality technical and design studio workrooms. Both campuses are situated on over 6,000 sq. meters, and boast modern and facilities, designed specifically to offer a range of contemporary learning and social spaces.
Cultural and Academic Communities
Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia intersects with many facets of the design industry with cultural organisations and academic communities. Opportunities are offered to students to engage in academic forums and workplace settings, to participate in industry competitions. Cultural liaisons also contribute to Whitehouse students’ ability to work effectively in our creative communities.