While the MDF will always embrace the liquid modernity that Zygmunt Bauman describes, we also have a firm foundation, rooted in four guiding principles: Live and of the moment; Culture and community; Making a difference; and Design is thinking.


We (RMIT School of Media and Communication and MDF) are very excited to be sponsoring the inaugural Women’s Leadership Award in Architecture and Design (Australia).

Unlike most awards which are about the things that people make, this award acknowledges the leadership practices of women that have helped develop our fields. Please encourage any woman you know who is a leader who should be recognised to apply.

Reprinted from a partner content piece on Women’s Agenda, Feb 2017

Leadership alone is not enough for great problem solving and innovation.

That’s why more and more corporates, agencies, not-for-profits and governments are catching on to design thinking. It’s also why the field is currently producing an excellent range of great female practitioners, and creating more brilliant career opportunities for women in the process.

As strategic designer Dr Zaana Howard explains, using practices of design…

The Design Futures Lab 10×10 symposium is an online symposium that imagines the future of design.

The Design Future Lab partners the Master of Design Futures. DFL members are design researchers and educators, largely working in the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the RMIT School of Media and Communication.

RMIT’s Master of Design Futures is a graduate education program for working professionals who want to learn about meaningful, potent and valuable domains for design practice.

Your own experiences and expertise feed into a different type of learning environment. MDF is very live and of the moment. Our industry lecturers, who lead the educational experience, work at the leading edge of their fields, in organisations that are valuing our practices, such as Service and Strategic Design. …

The Master of Design Futures is driven by the final capstone course, Future Design Research Project. All courses lead towards this self-directed venture. While the project is not fully proposed and designed until the Research Methods course, we encourage you to start designing your project from the outset. In this way all the courses become useful lenses on your concept.

Over the Program you will be exposed to contemporary ideas around human centred design, design thinking, collaboration and high performance team work, the value of design, mindfulness and ethnography, among an array of practices and practitioners.

RMIT uses an integrated scholarship approach and practice based research and education methods as the foundation of its academic philosophy. These…

You’re already an experienced designer. Now it’s time to lead through design and use your creativity strategically.

The Master of Design Futures (MDF) is an accelerated post-professional program for experienced designers wanting to apply their skills to strategic and leadership roles.

This is a graduate education program for working professionals who want to learn about meaningful, potent and valuable domains for design practice, and to develop the capacity to articulate, frame and deliver the value that design brings to broader contexts of business, government and society.

MDF is currently fully online, with a strong sense of engagement, both synchronous and…

Marius Foley

Lead, RMIT Master of Design Futures — emergent design practices & the impact of design in the world

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