Graduate Certificate in Design for Health and Wellbeing

What will I study?


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:

Elective subjects:

  • Design for Ageing – explores feasible and sustainable approaches to keep the older segment of the population physically and socially active.
  • 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.


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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