Swinburne University of Technology is a leading Australian dual-sector tertiary institution, with over 62,000 enrolments, 2,400 staff and three campuses in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. With a strong reputation as a provider of high quality career oriented education, and as a University with a commitment to producing outstanding research, Swinburne has consistently been rated in the top 3% of research-intensive universities, by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Swinburne was also named one of the world’s top 400 universities by the Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2013-2014. Swinburne School of Design Swinburne’s School of Design is recognized as one of Australia’s leading institutions for design education, practice and research. The School offers three and four-year courses at Undergraduate level, as well as Masters, and a highly regarded Professional Doctorate and PhD program. Our courses encourage specialization, cross-disciplinary collaboration and international study experiences, which prepare our students for global design careers. Disciplines include Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Communication Design, Digital Media Design, Design Anthropology, Design Strategy, Service Design, Innovation and Design, and Branded Environments. The School has deep connections with the Australian Design Industry and has run its Industry Placement program for over 40 years, giving students the opportunities to gain experience in leading design studios and design-led organisations. The School of Design aims to build on its long history and continue to deliver world-class teaching and research by: - Teaching that adopts an interdisciplinary approach to design and embraces technology to enhance experiential learning - A collaborative, inclusive and vibrant culture of innovation that continually strives for excellence - Developing graduates who are capable, collaborative, embrace technology, entrepreneurial and provide leadership in their field - Research that is relevant, has practical applications, enthuses students and meets the needs of industry, communities and/or government - Strategic engagement and collaboration with industry, alumni, schools, government organisations and other educational institutions, both nationally and internationally, to develop mutually beneficial outcomes Our staff vary from research-active staff who engage on industry and academic research projects, to teaching-only staff who specialize in design education, to industry practitioners who bring the latest knowledge and skills into the classroom. Swinburne Design Factory Swinburne Design Factory is part of the Global Design Factory Network (www.gdfn.org) – a group of leading universities around the world offering innovative education, research and partnerships. It brings together undergraduate and postgraduate students, industry and researchers to co-create extraordinary results. At Swinburne Design Factory, students from a range of disciplines — including business, engineering, technology and design — have the opportunity to work on semester or year-long projects with industry partners, both locally and internationally. Centre for Design Innovation The Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) is our research centre focused on the outputs and impacts of design-related research in areas including health and the future-self across the lifespan, service and strategic design, human-product experience design and design for public good. CDI supports research in the following areas: - Strategic Design – design methods and processes in the innovation eco-system - Transformative Design – design, human behaviour and interaction research with a particular emphasis on health, wellbeing, social good and ageing. - Design Aesthetics – sensory measurement and cognitive decision-making - Productive design – design-led manufacturing and product development CDI exists to provide access to a strong, client-focused research capability, while nurturing and building Doctorate design students from around the globe, from a range of different design disciplines. The combination of our coursework and research courses nurtures our graduates to be leaders in strategic and meaningful design innovation. Melbourne, Australia Swinburne’s School of Design is based at the University’s Hawthorn campus, which is just a few kilometres from the centre of the city and is easily accessible by tram and train. Melbourne is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of over four million people, which enjoys good weather, a great café culture, beautiful parks and gardens. A city of magnificent architecture, Melbourne prides itself on its spectacular combination of the old and new. Glorious parks and gardens, elegant streetscapes and warm ethnic communities combine to make Melbourne one of Australia’s most popular destinations. For the past ten years it has been rated in the top three liveable cities in the world.
faculties and departments
Department of Architecgtural and Industrial Design
Department of Communication Design and Digital Media Design
Swinburne Design Factory
Centre for Design Innovation
bachelor level programs
Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)*
Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) / Bachelor of Business (double degree)
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours)*
Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours)*
Bachelor of Innovation and Design
Bachelor of Design (Branded Environments)
Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)
*Honours level courses
Honours courses are 4 years long and integrated industry engagement opportunities. The Honours courses also facilitates opportunity to join Swinburne Design Factory (SDF) and depending on results is considered a potential pathway to a Phd.
master level programs
Master of Design (2 years)
Master of Design Strategy and Innovation (1.5 years)
Master of Design (research)
research activity and main areas
The Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) is our research centre focused on the outputs and impacts of design-related research in areas including health and the future-self across the lifespan, service and strategic design, human-product experience design and design for public good. CDI supports research in the following areas: - Strategic Design – design methods and processes in the innovation eco-system - Transformative Design – design, human behaviour and interaction research with a particular emphasis on health, wellbeing, social good and ageing. - Design Aesthetics – sensory measurement and cognitive decision-making. - Productive design – design-led manufacturing and product development including smart wearables - Place and Space design - architecture and habitat design for human and environmental wellbeing. - CDI exists to provide access to a strong, client-focused research capability, with post-doctoral research fellows and research professors, while nurturing and building Doctorate design students, from around the globe, from a range of different design disciplines. The combination of a design honours or Masters course through Swinburne Design Factory, and a PhD or DDes through the Centre for Design Innovation, enables our graduates to be leaders in strategic and meaningful design innovation. Research programs include Masters of Design (by research Doctor of Design Phd See: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/research for more information.
doctorate level programs
The School of Design runs a PhD. Some Higher Degree Candidates are located in the Centre for Design Innovation, with their supervisors providing expertise and research training in a number of strategic design research areas.
subject areas for exchange students
Swinburne’s School of Design encourages its students to explore international study opportunities through short-term study tours or semester exchange programs. We currently have exchange with over 20 leading design schools and would welcome the opportunity to explore potential exchanges, collaborations or partnerships. See http://www.swinburne.edu.au/abroad/ for more information.
Application (final deadline) for semester one 31 October Application (final deadline) for semester two 31 March
English Level of English required: 6.0 overall with no band score below 6.0. Computer based TOEFL 213 with essay writing score of 5. Internet based TOEFL 80 with no band score below 20. Applicants from Scandinavia, Finland and Germany may provide secondary school English results in support of their English ability.
Late February to June semester 1 (summer to winter) Late July to November semester 2 (spring to summer)
cost of living per month (studying and living)
$AU 1,700 approx. (2011) See: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/abroad/ for more information