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Why study at MADA?

Immerse yourself in a bold and creative community of artists, designers and architects, where you’re encouraged to question, explore, analyse and challenge.

You’ll be inspired to take action, encouraged to bring your ideas to life and respond to the important challenges of our time.

Guided by globally renowned academics, you’ll be part of an energetic and innovative culture, learning alongside motivated students and staff who’ll nurture, challenge and encourage you to achieve your best.

You’ll learn how to combine creativity with critical thinking to find tangible, measurable solutions to complex problems, and be part of a creative community that strives towards making the future possible.

From shaping the built environment, to designing a life-saving health device or travel app, to creating an artwork that comments on the world we live in, you’ll gain the know-how and hands‑on skills to see your vision come to life.

You’ll study in dynamic and progressive studio learning environments that will build your knowledge and creative thinking while allowing you to develop strong technical skills and abilities.

You’ll graduate from Monash with confidence to make a positive change on a local and global scale, and to make an impact on the world around you.

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Combine your creative vision and technical expertise to shape the future of society through great design in the built environment.

You’ll study every aspect of architecture in this hands-on, studio-based degree. More than half of your time will be in the studio, collaborating with your peers in small groups to develop design responses to a wide range of social and spatial issues, just like you would in an actual architecture firm.

At Monash, you’ll learn to think beyond the building and learn how to create solutions that transform the way we live, creating spaces, places and communities that improve our quality of life. You’ll gain the skills to make places that are both inspiring and sustainable.

You will also learn how to effectively communicate these ideas to others – whether they’re clients, communities or policy-makers – through drawings, models and live presentation.

In second and third year, you’ll be introduced to architects and designers from across Melbourne and around the world as they pitch ideas for projects you can work on together.

On successful completion of your bachelor’s degree, you can choose to move directly onto the Master of Architecture or the Master of Urban Planning and Design.

Our graduates are vibrant, agile, spatial thinkers with the ability to apply their skills across a variety of creative mediums.

It’s all about breadth. Combine elements from Communication Design, Industrial Design and Spatial Design to custom-create your own Collaborative Design degree.

Through design studios and industry projects you’ll develop multi-disciplinary skills to solve a wide range of challenges.

You’ll become an outstanding collaborator, critical thinker and problem-solver. This highly appealing and transferable combination of skills will ensure you’re equipped to take on the jobs of today as well as in the future.

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Year 1: You’ll focus on developing conceptual thinking and technical skills that will provide the foundation to your studies. You’ll also gain specialist knowledge in your choice of communication design, industrial design or spatial design.

Year 2: You’ll gain a deeper understanding of design practices, and learn how people engage with objects, spaces and systems. You’ll also have the opportunity to branch out and enhance your skills and knowledge through electives.

There are hundreds of electives on offer across the University – you can even undertake an internship and gain industry experience as a designer. Alternatively, you can undertake an approved semester exchange or spend it at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe.

Year 3: This is where it all comes together. In two bespoke Collaborative Design studios, you’ll be challenged to apply the unique insights you’ve gained from your first and second-year studios to an independent research project that highlights your capabilities as a multidisciplinary designer.

Your third year culminates in our annual graduate exhibition MADA Now, where you’ll exhibit your work to friends, family and industry.

Work one-on-one with leading professional artists, art theorists and cultural commentators as you explore the world of contemporary art from your own dedicated studio space.

You’ll have access to tools and workspaces for painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass and printmaking, and some you might not expect such as 3D printing, laser cutting and robotic manufacturing – the only limit is your own imagination.

You’ll graduate with a critically-informed studio practice and the confidence to succeed as a professional artist who can shape the future of contemporary art.

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Year 1: Studio time is a big part of studying Fine Art at Monash. You’ll work in your own designated studio space (every Fine Art student gets one) and be introduced to all sorts of tools and techniques – everything from glass blowing to woodworking to painting.

Year 2: You’ll continue to advance your skills exploring all aspect of fine art and will broaden your interests by undertaking electives. There are hundreds to choose – from photography to contemporary jewellery or select a uni-wide elective like French or accounting.

If you’re ready to showcase your work, we have our own student gallery on campus. Apply to take part in a group show or to present your very first solo exhibition.

Year 3: Four electives in year three give you an incredible chance to explore your interests, and additional studio time is a chance to refine your practice.

At the end of the year, the faculty transforms from studio space into one of Melbourne’s largest galleries. You’ll be asked to select your best works for exhibition to friends and family, and to invited curators, artists and industry professionals.

Design new experiences that set moods, communicate ideas, address social issues and facilitate cultural expression through the innovative use of space, lighting, technology and form.

This new course combines interior/exterior spatial and structural knowledge with a new approach to designing for people and places that engage immersive technologies, user experience and influence human behaviour.

You’ll work both independently and collaboratively on projects that range in scale from the most intimate private space to the largest public structure and have the opportunity to connect with designers and industry practitioners.

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Year 1: You’ll learn about materials and production, exploring different modes of practice, and getting hands-on with a variety of industry-standard 2D and 3D software. In second semester, you’ll develop a response to an imaginative brief.

Year 2: It becomes more ‘real’ with site visits and case studies, as you build on your experience and skills and learn how to adapt existing spaces to reflect your design ideas.

The entire second semester of second year is electives – choose from hundreds of units on offer from across the University, or undertake an internship with a local design agency. Alternatively, you can undertake an approved semester exchange or spend it at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe.

Year 3: You’ll work on projects ranging from real client briefs involving cultural, commercial and community organisations, to more speculative briefs that explore the opportunities and challenges of a continually transforming contemporary society.

Your third year culminates in our annual graduate exhibition MADA Now, where you’ll exhibit your work to friends, family and industry.

Be a key contributor to the artistic community as your knowledge of artists, art history and current art movements helps you succeed in a variety of careers – whether your aim is to be a curator, commentator, a gallery owner or academic.

From day one, you’ll be immersed in the practice, meeting industry professionals, visiting galleries and exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary curation.

You’ll learn from local and international writers and art professionals as you develop your skills as a writer and critic.

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Year 1: You’ll learn about the social, cultural and artistic climate that was in place when all sorts of famous works were created, and discover how the works both responded to their era and contributed to its culture. Undertake a foreign language or business elective or get hands-on creating artworks in the studio.

Year 2: You’ll examine academic writing and criticism to develop your skills as a writer and critic. You’ll also learn the basics of publishing so that you’re able to promote your work via various electronic platforms.

Between years two and three, there’s a six-week internship in a gallery/museum (or a related context), where you can put your skills and knowledge into practice and build industry contacts and confidence

Year 3: In your final year, you’ll learn about curating through the ages – how the practice has changed from the mid-18th century to today – and look at the rise of international biennales and triennials in the modern era.

You’ll also have the opportunity to exhibit your own curated project as part of the end-of-year MADA Now exhibition.

Become a bold, imaginative communication designer who shapes the visual language of contemporary society through creative visual storytelling.

From day one you’ll be in the studio – a hands-on, creative environment where you’ll be working side-by-side with your peers under the direction of Monash’s award winning designers and industry professionals.

The studio is equal parts ‘design-thinking’ and ‘design-making’. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with image making, typography, analogue and digital media, UX and more, as tools and techniques to solve specific design challenges.

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Year 1: You’ll get right into design in your first year. For half the year, you’ll be in the studio where you’ll experiment with drawing and digital imaging, and explore all sorts of design – from historical typography to contemporary multimedia and everything in between.

Year 2: This is your year to explore. In the studio, you’ll create works that use sound and motion to communicate a narrative. The entire second semester of second year is electives – you could pick any of the hundreds of units on offer from across the University, or you could choose to use the time to undertake an internship with a local design agency. Alternatively, you can undertake an approved semester exchange or spend it at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe.

Year 3: It all comes together in your third year. You’ll start by picking an area of specialisation to focus on. There’s lots to choose from – interactivity, branding, publication design, animation and more.

Your third year culminates in our annual graduate exhibition MADA Now, where you’ll exhibit your work to friends, family and industry.

Create beautiful, functional objects by combining your knowledge of materials, manufacturing, and human-centred design with innovation and aesthetics.

You’ll learn how to develop innovative solutions to design challenges for systems and services like transport and mobility, furniture and lighting design, to medical equipment and all kinds of products.

Guided by our talented academics, practicing industrial designers and top researchers, you’ll learn how to use design as a problem-solving tool in hands-on, practical studios to transform your ideas into functional prototypes.

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Year 1: In the Industrial Design studio, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of understanding and controlling 3D form, and the relationship between producer and manufacturer. You’ll explore the basics of modelling and industry-standard software.

Year 2: This is your year to explore. In the studio, you’ll explore the person/product interface, and discover how to improve your designs by considering how humans move and think.

The entire second semester of second year is electives – choose from hundreds of units on offer from across the University, or undertake an internship with a local design agency. Alternatively, you can undertake an approved semester exchange or spend it at the Monash Prato Centre studying design in Europe.

Year 3: In your final year, you’ll develop your own project from concept to prototype. You’ll look at market need, test concepts, develop product specifications, explore manufacturing techniques and create a prototype of your design to present at our end-of-year exhibition of graduate work.

Your third year culminates in our annual graduate exhibition MADA Now, where you’ll exhibit your work to friends, family and industry.

Apart from these single degrees, Monash University also offers double degrees such as Bachelor of Communication Design and Business, Bachelor of Collaborative Design and Information Technology, Bachelor of Industrial Design and Engineering etc.

Whether you’ve completed undergraduate studies in architecture or in another field, the Master of Architecture is the key to meeting the academic requirements leading to registration as Architect.

In this course, you’ll be trained as an integrated urban professional, with vision to design progressive architecture that responds to the dynamic needs of contemporary society and speculates about the future of our built environment.

As a student you will undertake high-level study in specialised areas of architecture, from housing and urban design to digital practices. Through project based design studios you will gain exposure to leading design practices.

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An integrated program of study will allow you to select from a range of design studios in conjunction with advanced architectural studies – complementary depth units that introduce students to the methods and tactics of architectural design research and engage with the multidisciplinary socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, theoretical and technical dimensions relevant to contemporary architecture and urbanism. You will also develop knowledge of architectural practice within the context of multi-disciplinary collaborations and evolving construction methods and practices. Your studies will culminate in the final year with a self-directed project.In order to register as an Architect, graduates must also complete two years of professional practice and pass the AACA Architectural Practice Examination.

In a rapidly transforming profession, designers need to be constantly developing innovative skills and knowledge to respond and be a leader in their field.

Positioned at the intersection of several creative disciplines our Master of Design provides you with the platform to explore advanced principles in contemporary design that will enhance your design practice and provide you with the platform to be an innovative leader.

This project-based and studio focused course offers you the opportunity to extend your learning within a specialisation area of interaction design, multimedia design or collaborative design. Alternatively, you can choose from a range of units from across these three areas to construct a specialisation in Advanced Study in Design.

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Central to this course is four core design studios that will engage you with design systems, services, processes, environments and objects. In addition to the core design studios, you will undertake studies in Design Thinking allowing you to analyse real-world challenges through design thinking strategies and approaches. Further studies will build your capabilities in design research, management and entrepreneurialism and culminating in an exegesis.

This program is ideal for people with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who are keen to enter the expanding fields of professional design engagement, or for design practitioners aiming to upgrade their expertise.

Choosing the advanced studies in design specialition, you can construct an individual program of study from across interaction design, multimedia design and collaborative design. This enables you to tailor your unit choices while addressing the fundamental principles of advanced design practice and thinking. It’ll inspire you to connect research and practice across the design disciplines, and to become a thoughtful design practitioner. You’ll broaden your knowledge of key design constructs, deepen your professional learning in design areas of interest, and advance your capacity as a design professional.

Collaborative design places you conceptually and practically at the intersection of interior, graphic and industrial design practice. The program will set you design challenges involving image, text, products, narratives, systems, services, public and private space, materiality and virtuality. You’ll develop independent conceptual and practical design skills alongside an ability to be part of collaborative design processes. You’ll expand your awareness across design disciplines; develop multidisciplinary design expertise; and build broader skills in leadership, professional adaptability and complex project planning.

The interaction design specialisation develops your skills in the design of contemporary artefacts, products and services that engage with interactive, user-focused technologies and processes. These can include, but aren’t limited to, health and medical equipment, ‘smart’ furniture, educational toys, wearable technologies, information kiosks and transport systems. You’ll use a diverse range of interactive processes, including the application of advanced technologies; electronics and programming; physical and virtual interface manipulation; engineering and material fabrication; and rapid prototyping. The specialisation gives you an understanding of the relationship between interactive activities, products and human behaviour.

Multimedia design develops your skills in digital communication environments. This includes designing for the web; motion and animation; and interactive touchscreen devices and surfaces. Emphasising an advanced knowledge of existing and emerging digital design processes and systems, this specialisation embraces projects of varied scale, from hand-held smart devices to large public interactive screens. It develops your ability to build a communication narrative; use multimedia processes to fill community and business needs; and understand the end-user’s engagement with projects or products such as websites, apps and other screen-based media.

Complex urban problems require planning professionals who are versatile and multifaceted: they need to be persuasive collaborators, articulate mediators and strategic organisers.

Our Master of Urban Planning and Design is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. It gives students the technical capabilities and creative capacity to address the big challenges facing our cities.

Whether you’re keen to upskill or change careers as a Monash Urban Planning and Design graduate you will be ready to work towards a sustainable and people-centered future.

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The degree seeks applicants from a diverse range of disciplines: architecture and design, economics, engineering, environmental science, geography, international development, and landscape architecture.

You’ll build on what you already know to make a strong platform for the next stage in your career.
Employers now require planners who can bring fresh perspectives to solving urban problems, and readily adapt to new roles in the workplace.

This course clearly puts you ahead of the competition by training you to integrate design with traditional policy-based knowledge.

There are many directions your career might take and you can be employed in challenging positions in a range of organisations.

You may go into local government as a strategic or statutory planner working on local development proposals or resolving community disputes. You may work in state agencies that manage environmentally sensitive areas or providing transport and other infrastructure.

You may work with Australian or international firms that specialise in community planning or delivering affordable housing. Other graduates fill roles in not-for-profit organisations in underdeveloped or overdeveloped places far and wide, where you’ll confront diverse climatic and cultural issues.

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