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Study Sustainable Design

  Sustainability is of critical importance to architects and designers, whose work determines much of the environmental impact of the objects, buildings and systems around us. It also shapes the social behaviours responsible for our ongoing environmental crisis. Knowledge of the principles and practices of a more sustainable approach to design has become an essential component of design education in all fields offering designers an opportunity to rethink the nature of their practice and the value of design to the broader community.

Increasing regulation and competition for innovative environmental solutions in the design industries have led to an increasing demand for professionals with a good knowledge of the principles and applications of sustainable design. Graduates from this program will be sought after to lead new and improved design solutions and processes, and to lend a competitive edge to existing design practices in industry and the public sector.

The courses in the sustainable design programs recognise that sustainability is necessarily interdisciplinary and global in its reach. The materials and methods chosen to produce an object or a piece of furniture, a lighting system or a retail interior, a house or a complete suburb, all have far-reaching environmental and social impacts which can cross borders and disciplinary boundaries.

This interdisciplinary coursework program is the first of its kind in Australia, and one of only a handful available internationally.

The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Design and Master of Sustainable Design draw on expertise in sustainability in the School of Art, Architecture and Design and across the University of South Australia, with sustainability a key research priority for the School and UniSA.