Specialist 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 25 credit points, comprising two 12.5 credit point subjects.

You must complete one core subject and one elective subject.

Core subjects:

Elective subjects

  • Applied Design Thinking – introduces co-design processes to ensure interdisciplinary perspectives are considered.
  • UX Design for Health and Wellbeing – focuses on the inclusion of user voice and user needs in design processes.


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