Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

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

$7255 CSP

Start dates

Summer term November


Broaden your skills and specialist knowledge in emerging design and technology practice through the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education at ACU.

Learn how to transfer expertise in the principles of design and key engineering technologies to empower students to become critical users of technologies and designers and producers of designed solutions for sustainable futures.

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, with the practical components 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.

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

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Commencing Summer Term

  • Design and Technologies UnitsTECH500Design Principles10 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsTECH501Design in Timber 1

     Practical Workshop Intensive (6 days)

    10 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsEDTE599Design and Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 110 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsTECH502Design in Timber 2

    Practical Workshop Intensive (6 days)

    10 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsTECH504Electromechanical Technologies

    Practical Workshop Intensive (4 days) 

    10 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsEDTE699Design and Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 210 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsTECH503Product Design

    Practical Workshop Intensive (4 days)

    10 cp
  • Design and Technologies UnitsTECH605Engineering Technologies

    Practical Workshop Intensive (4 days)

    10 cp

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

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 2024 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.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates may progress to masters by coursework.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$7255 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per year.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

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.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

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Staff Profile

Assoc. Prof. Belinda von Mengersen

National Course Coordinator and Discipline Lead Design Innovation and Technologies, National School of Arts and Humanities

Belinda vonMengersen is the National Course Coordinator and Discipline Lead Design Innovation and Technologies for the National School of Arts and Humanities. A specialist in traditional, current and emerging textile technologies, her primary research focusses on the study and practice of contemporary textiles and the intersection between new technology and traditional textile materials and techniques. Her secondary area of research practice is in creativity and reflective writing as a tool for conceptual thinking in studio practice. She has authored chapters in three volumes of Springer’s Contemporary Issues in Technology series, regularly reviews articles for the International Journal of Technology and Design Education and presents frequently at International Design and Technologies conferences.


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