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Masters Degree

The Masters degree provides a mastery or high-order overview of interior design.

Graduates of a Masters degree possess a range of academic and vocational attributes such as:

Advanced knowledge of a specialist body of theoretical and applied topics.

High order skills in analysis, critical evaluation and/or professional application through the planning and execution of project work or a piece of scholarship or research.

Creativity and flexibility in the application of knowledge and skills to new situations; and
the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently.

There are a range of pathways to the Masters degree, with entry based on evidence of a capacity to undertake higher degree studies in the interior design field.

Typical programs and entry pathways are:

The coursework Masters degree program, comprised of coursework, project work and research in varying combinations with entry from a Bachelor degree, a Bachelor Honours degree or a Graduate Diploma.

The research Masters degree program, comprised of at least two-thirds research with a substantial, often externally assessed thesis outcome and with entry from a Bachelor Honours degree or Masters preliminary year, a research-based Graduate Diploma or equivalent research experience.

The professional Masters degree program, which may involve a work-based project, with entry from a relevant qualification and professional experience or extensive relevant professional experience.

Most Masters degrees require the equivalent of two years of study post the three year Bachelor degree or one year of study post the Bachelor Honours degree or four year (or longer) Bachelor degree

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