MC245 - Master of Design Futures

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Plan: MC245 - Master of Design Futures
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Design Futures
Award abbreviation: MDesFutures
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 Year (4 semesters) Full Time; 2 Years (8 semesters) Part Time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Design (370H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100501
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This is an accelerated post-professional program designed to develop skills and practices required for leadership roles in design-oriented organisations. These include businesses traditionally identified with design, as well as a growing field of public and private organisations that use design to achieve their strategic goals.

Delivered online through RMIT’s Learning Management System — Canvas — the Master of Design Futures will help you become a more valuable and strategic design leader in the following ways:


  • By extending your practice into strategic applications of traditional design skills 
  • By developing your capability to identify & articulate the contribution design makes to organisations
  • By framing this new practice in the context of how we design our (social, cultural and economic) futures
  • By introducing you to a global network of design professionals, design-oriented organisations, and different kinds of design problem.


You will be able to interpret issues, confidently lead others and provide informed insights into future directions of the industry. You will have the expertise and real world experience that will enable you to lead industry in this rapidly evolving domain. You will be experienced in team-based activities and be able to research new developments and apply expert judgment to problems and opportunities as they arise in practice.

Through a capstone experience based on an individually negotiated research project you will learn to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

You will gain skills in global contexts for research and life-long learning to enable you to confidently contribute to an industry that is always evolving. You will gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to plan, produce and deliver your own design projects. On completion of the Master of Design Futures you will have completed the pre-requisites for further education at doctoral level.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you, upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Design Futures (MC245) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including Postgraduate Research programs, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

  • a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a design-related discipline, AND five years' relevant professional experience in design


  • at least eight years' relevant professional experience in managerial (or equivalent) design roles such as Director, Senior Designer, or Manager of a design team.


  • Successful Completion of ALL of the following single course offerings:                    

                                - Service Design 12cp; PLUS Design Strategy 12cp; PLUS Future Design Contexts 24cp

                                - PLUS 5 years work experience in a design related field

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (

English Language Requirements

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (

Selection tasks

You are requested to provide a one page personal statement outlining the reasons why you will benefit from undertaking the Master of Design Futures, aligned to your interests, aspirations and career ambitions.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is not accredited with any professional external accreditation organisations.

The School works directly with industry partners and program participants to design real-world transformational challenges, as the focus for your involvement in the Master of Design Futures. Engaging with key industry thought leaders and networks ensures that the learning experience is contemporary and relevant.

The Master of Design Futures has a Program Advisory Commitee (PAC) that links you with industry standards and emerging practice. Ongoing engagement with the PAC ensures that this program is relevant to current and future industry needs and expectations.

The program draws on outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to the latest industry developments and can help to shape future professional practice in the field.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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