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Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design

Program code: 5370
CRICOS code: 053337C

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

1 Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

Interaction designers play a vital role in creating digital products that are useable, uncomplicated, and human-centred. If you're looking to build and extend your knowledge about the design process for interactive products – this program is for you.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design is designed for applicants who haven't previously studied interaction design at university. There are several ways you can meet admission requirements – see Program Details.
  • Choose courses from a huge range of options. Courses cover topics including programming, web design, human-computer interaction, social computing, and more. Studio-based and project-focused courses are also offered.
  • Benefit from a program with a flexible study plan. Because the Graduate Diploma offers such a large number of courses to choose from, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry, or your career goals.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the Master of Interaction Design. Because courses are taken from the master's course list, you may be eligible to transfer study credits to the higher-level program.

The Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design will teach you how to understand and solve usability problems.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    The school is home to facilities including more than 400 Windows, Unix and Apple workstations; more than 20 specialist computer labs (including 10 with 24-hour access); a university-wide 802.11ac Wi-Fi network; and dedicated IT and engineering support staff.

  • Research

    Keep up-to-date and know more

    UQ is home to the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and also has a dedicated Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing, which means our teaching is informed by the very best and very latest research.

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    Our research and teaching work in Computer Science and Information Systems was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. This puts our academics as the best ranked in Queensland and in the top five in Australia.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Turn your idea into something big

    The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology has pioneered the development of the Idea Hub – a startup pre-incubator for aspiring student entrepreneurs. The hub gives students access to workshops, experienced mentors, a network of local and global innovators, and more.

  • Why study

    Annual student design exhibition

     

  • In the classroom

    Studio-based learning

    Interaction design professionals work in multidisciplinary teams to address open-ended, real-life design projects. Your program simulates this environment through studio-based and project courses.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design understand usability problems and know how to solve them. They also have diverse skills relevant to a range of industries, sectors and discipline areas.

Graduates typically work across the public and private sectors. Employers include technology companies, banking and financial services, digital agencies, media companies, government agencies, and health providers.

Many of our graduates also use the graduate diploma as a stepping-stone to the Master of Interaction Design program, which has a more comprehensive study plan and offers greater professional opportunities.

Summary

  • Program code
    5370
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    053337C

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a field other than Interaction Design/User Experience Design/Multimedia Design with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale OR relevant post-secondary study and at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and work experience will be individually assessed. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $36,688
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design is 5370. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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