Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Design for Health and Wellbeing

    What will I study?

    Overview

    What will you learn

    You will develop an understanding of how design impacts health and wellbeing throughout the life trajectory, the practical skills to implement these in real-world settings, and the ability to communicate your ideas to a range of specialist audiences.

    You will learn:

    • Key concepts of design for wellbeing, such as why space matters, spatial research methodologies and how users are impacted by their environments.
    • Unique skills needed to brief the design of spaces and critically evaluate the spaces we inhabit and which impact our health and wellbeing.
    • To use a range of visual communication techniques to translate ideas to a range of specialist audiences.
    • Key aspects of design process, briefing, design thinking and communication skills.

    On completion of this course, you will have:

    • Enhanced critical decision-making skills using design process and spatial research methodologies
    • The ability to use design practice skills, tools and knowledge to simply interpret data and ideas in a diverse range of formats, for specialist audiences.
    • Awareness of the impact of spatial considerations (including landscape) for user health and wellbeing in a variety of environments, such as residential, workplaces, educational, health care and others.
    • The ability to utilise a range of multi-disciplinary contexts to enhance design, design thinking and design analysis.

    Course structure

    The Graduate Certificate course is a total of 50 credit points, comprising four 12.5 credit point subjects.

    You must complete three core subjects and one elective subject.

    Core subjects:

    • Designing WELL – covers key concepts relevant to human, environmental and organisational aspects linked to health and wellbeing. This unit was developed in consultation with the International WELL Building Institute™.
    • UX Design for Health and Wellbeing – focuses on the inclusion of user voice and user needs in design processes.
    • Applied Design Thinking – introduces co-design processes to ensure interdisciplinary perspectives are considered.

    Elective subjects:

    • Design for Ageing – explores feasible and sustainable approaches to keep the older segment of the population physically and socially active.
    • Leading Change in Ageing – provides skills and techniques to think laterally, sustainably and to lead change in systems, policy, attitudes and service delivery.
    • Building the Brief: People Process Place – provides insight into the design briefing process for a range of facilities, with a specific focus on learning and health environments.
    • Therapeutic Landscapes – explores research, applications and practice of therapeutic landscapes across social, community, horticultural and education settings.
    • Workspace Design Evaluation – explores a deeper and more critical understanding of the workspace design on worker satisfaction, health, productivity and performance.
    • Other subject as approved by Course Coordinator

    Workload

    Students should allow up to 170 hours of time per subject for online content and discussions, webinars, research and assessment tasks.

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