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Creative Arts & Design

Design (Furniture) - AA

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Program facts

  • Program type Associate
  • Duration 2 years
  • Tuition fees per year 30,720 AUD
  • Language taught in English
  • Start date February, July

Program Overview

What RMIT University says about their program:
"Are you looking to work in the field of design? In RMIT’s award-winning furniture design degree you’ll learn to develop creative and original furniture designs with a strong grounding in design methods, manufacturing technologies and processes informed by cultural and social factors.

Combine real-life industry projects and design theory with a hands-on focus on production to create sustainable contemporary modern furniture products.

This degree allows you to use a combination of manual skills and machine technologies in the product development and construction of contemporary furniture products. You’ll gain a higher level of critical and conceptual thinking skills and develop ideas that will address issues within today’s society, including sustainable approaches to design and manufacturing.

With hands-on design-focused learning and an emphasis on production and craft knowledge, this degree offers a blend of topics that will enable you to design modern furniture. You’ll have the opportunity to compete in local and international design competitions such as London Design Week, Fringe Furniture, The Edge (Sydney) and the Australian International Furniture Fair.

You will gain the skills to explore design through real-world industry projects with companies such as Moran Furniture and Schiavello. The degree teaches you to investigate contemporary, cultural and environmental aspects of professional furniture design practice.

You’ll connect with Australian and international industry mentors such as Marc Pascal and Adam Cornish. These mentors will work with you to provide feedback on the commercial viability of your design work.

This is a hands-on degree where you will explore design solutions, taking into consideration aesthetics, technology, ergonomics, usability, stress analysis, sustainability and materials engineering, marketing and lean manufacturing.

You will develop freehand and computer-aided drawings and illustrations and develop your skills in everything from 3D ideas generation to prototypes that demonstrate and test furniture."

Admissions requirements

Find out the requirements you need to meet to get into an RMIT program as an international student, including academic scores and English proficiency.

IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.5) / TOEFL 79 / PTE 54 / CAE - 176 (no less than 169 in any component) - depending on the program

Students from English speaking countries may have the requirement waived.

Pathway Program through English Language School available for students who do not meet the English requirement.

University entry requirements

RMIT University admits students on the basis of their demonstrated capacity to succeed and sets minimum entry requirements for each level of study (e.g. diploma or bachelor degree), including:

  • the minimum age requirement
  • the minimum English language requirement

You can view minimum academic entry requirements for each level of study:


The University’s minimum academic entry requirement for bachelor and associate degrees is the successful completion of one the following:

  • Australian Year 12 (Victoria) - The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Australian Year 12 (other states) - The Australian Senior Certificate of Education for the State deemed equivalent to the VCE
  • New Zealand Year 13 qualifications - The National Certificate of Educational Achievement
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma - Satisfactory completion of the International Baccalaureate, including English
  • Foundation Studies - A Foundation Studies program offered by a registered TAFE, university or private provider that is accredited as a certificate IV or compliant with the Australian National Standards for Foundation Studies
  • International secondary schooling - A qualification recognized by RMIT as equivalent to an Australian Senior Certificate of Education
  • Australian higher education studies - Satisfactory completion, on an award or non-award basis at any university (including Open Universities Australia), of at least two programs (subjects) at undergraduate level equivalent in volume of learning to at least 24 RMIT University credit points
  • International tertiary studies - Satisfactory completion of study equivalent to at least 48 RMIT credit points in a program assessed as equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification of level 5
  • Australian vocational education studies (VET/TAFE) - The satisfactory completion of an AQF accredited award at Certificate IV or above


The University entry requirement for graduate certificates, vocational graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, vocational graduate diplomas and master by coursework programs is that you must hold:

  • a bachelor degree, or
  • an appropriate level of advanced professional experience relevant to the discipline area

Selection tasks (extra requirements)

For some programs you need to complete selection tasks as part of your application.

Selection tasks might include:

  • submitting a portfolio
  • completing a supplementary information form or pre-selection kit
  • attending an interview

February Semester - application deadline ongoing July Semester - application deadline ongoing

Students will be advised on submitting applications early due to visa processing times

Fees and funding

RMIT offers a range of scholarships to commencing international students across all fields of study.

International Excellence Scholarship (only 36 available) of 20% tuition fee reduction

  • Achieve an overall 70% or equivalent in last completed qualification

Deadlines for applications: February Semester - January 15 July Semester - May 31

Visa requirements for RMIT University

Many international students will require a visa to study in Australia, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Australia student visa requirements