Graduate Certificate in Design Strategies – ARC001

University of Canberra

Develop a strategic career by design This graduate certificate by coursework takes a practice-led approach to design research and creative thinking. You will develop an understanding of the theory and methodologies of applied design for developing innovative solutions for products, interfaces and services. You will graduate as a well-rounded design student, having also developed key skills in service design and interaction design along the way. Progression from this course to the Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies and the Master of Design Strategies is available by enrolling in additional units. Study a Graduate Certificate of Design Strategies at UC and you will: interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes. develop and review an iterative process of design involving the use of models and prototypes to be able to test and evaluate concepts and solutions to a wide variety of design problems. integrate design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Work Integrated Learning Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a foundation of the Graduate Certificate of Design Strategies course, providing you with ongoing opportunities for direct industry engagement, such as connecting with government and private industry in Australia and overseas. Career opportunities Design strategist Design and project manager Design studio manager Design and innovation strategist Digital innovation manager Creative thinker and visualiser Course-specific information Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience. Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within the Graduate Diploma of Design Strategies. Progression from the Graduate Diploma to the Master of Design Strategies is available by enrolling in additional units.

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 096395D
Institution Name University of Canberra
Campus Location UC - Canberra, Bruce
Institution Type University
Course Duration N/A
Course University University of Canberra

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UC is ranked among the top 100 young universities in the world and consistently delivers 89 per cent graduate employment and above-average graduate starting salaries. At the University of Canberra we aim to be amongst Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions, continue our ascent in world rankings, and extend our regional, national and international reach – as outlined in our Strategic Plan.


We are committed to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. Key to this goal is our focus on work-integrated learning which offers every student the opportunity to hone their skills in a real-work environment. We have already embarked on a comprehensive development plan that will see our campus transform into an integrated learning community. Here you will see academics, students and the public come together in a seamless knowledge-sharing space that enables access to exclusive placements and projects. Our teaching is enriched by our research culture that produces high-quality and high-impact work and makes an early and significant difference to the world around us.


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