The Graduate Certificate in Design provides a strong introductory foundation to diverse aspects of professional design. It consists of four courses two in the design core which introduce you to design processes and communication, and two from areas of design practice or other studio electives. These electives include Spatial Experiences, Interaction Design and UX Experience, Visualisation and Visual Effects, Future Making, Graphic Communication, Planar Practices and Temporal and Spatial Practices.

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Why choose this degree?

If you want to broaden your design practice with a shorter period of study, this is the program for you.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone with a background in design or digital media who wants to extend their professional qualifications will benefit from this program, as will those who intend to broaden or change directions in their practice.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • UX and experiential design
  • Graphics, media and digital design
  • Events, theatre and production design
  • Creative consultancies
  • social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Design management and strategy

Entry requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Design requires a Bachelors degree in any field.Applicants who apply with a bachelors degree completed more than 10 years ago can be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Design where they have 5 or more years professional experience in a design or media-related field since graduation.

Applicants without a Bachelors degree may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director, on the basis of a Portfolio of work and professional experience.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available to exisitng UNSW students (continuing or transfer) for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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