Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$6730 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


The Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education is a course that responds to the need for teachers to be upskilled and ready to empower students in design and technologies. Graduates who successfully complete this course will be able to apply for recognition as a teacher in the following subject areas: Design and Technologies, Industrial Technology (Timber) and Industrial Technology (Engineering), in addition to their current teaching areas.

This flexible course allows for all units to be delivered online, whilst the practical components are undertaken at either an ACU campus or in a school where the student works under supervision of an accredited technologies teacher (and/or technical staff). Units are run in professional terms for approximately four weeks each. This includes online study and a week of practical intensive.

Student will explore units in:

  • Timber design
  • Product design
  • Electromechanical and engineering technologies
  • Design and technologies curriculum, pedagogy and assessment

Professional recognition

Registered teachers who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education may apply for recognition of additional teaching areas through their state-based accreditation authorities and/or relevant state-based Departments of Education.


Registered teachers who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education will be eligible to apply for accreditation to teach Design and Technologies in Secondary Education Technologies programs in Australian schools. There is a high demand for Technologies teachers.  

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education, students must complete 80 credit points.

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Summer Term

TECH500 Design Principles

TECH501 Design in Timber 1

Practical Workshop Intensive, 6 days 

Semester 1

EDTE599 Design and Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

Professional Term 4

TECH502 Design in Timber 2

Practical Workshop Intensive, 6 days

TECH504 Electromechanical Technologies

Practical Workshop Intensive, 4 days

Semester 2

EDTE699 Design and Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2

Professional Term 6

TECH503 Product Design

Practical Workshop Intensive, 4 days

Professional Term 8

TECH605 Engineering Technologies

Practical Workshop Intensive, 4 days

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Strathfield Multi-mode offering: Summer Term Intake

AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree in Education or a Bachelor degree with a recognised teaching qualification.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7.0. Individual score of 6.0 in all tests

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Course costs

Average first year fee*

$6730 CSP

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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