Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Sound is a constant throughout our lives – involving, informing and profoundly shaping our experience of communication, entertainment and architectural spaces. The Graduate Diploma of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics) will provide you with a unique and challenging study in the design science of this area. The course may be undertaken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. You will begin by completing a solid foundation in the design, measurement and theory of audio and acoustics. You can then further your study by specialising in an area of interest including acoustics, audio systems and audio production.
The course is supported by one of Australia’s best acoustics facilities and two audio studios. The Acoustics Research Laboratory houses an anechoic room and reverberant room and has extensive state-of-the-art equipment for measurement and analysis. The audio studios consist of a recording studio and a 5.1 channel production studio.
The graduate diploma builds on the foundation of the graduate certificate and coursework undertaken from the graduate diploma may be counted towards the requirements for the Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics).
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ARCH9028 - Conservation Methods and Practices
- ARCH9039 - General Elective 1
- ARCH9040 - General Elective 2
- ARCH9058 - General Elective 7
- ARCH9059 - General Elective 8
- ARCH9063 - Urban Morphology
- ARCH9064 - East Asian Arch and Urbanism (Modern)
- ARCH9074 - History and Theory of Conservation
- ARCH9075 - New Design in Old Settings
- ARCH9081 - Heritage Law and Policy
- ARCH9082 - Conservation of Traditional Materials
- ARCH9085 - General Elective 9
- ARCH9086 - General Elective 10
- ARCH9087 - General Elective 11
- ARCH9088 - General Elective 12
- DESA9008 - Object Design
- DESA9009 - Public Art
- DESA9011 - Photography 2
- DESA9012 - Screen Printing on Paper
- DESA9013 - Sculpture
- DESA9014 - Ceramics (Handbuilding)
- DESA9015 - Site Specific Art
- DESC9011 - Audio Production
- DESC9014 - Building Construction Technology
- DESC9015 - Building Energy Analysis
- DESC9040 - Electrical Services
- DESC9047 - Strategic Facility Management
- DESC9048 - Operational Facility Management
- DESC9049 - Financial Decision Making
- DESC9050 - Fire Protection Services
- DESC9067 - Mechanical Services
- DESC9074 - Project Management
- DESC9090 - Audio Systems and Measurement
- DESC9111 - Energy Management in Buildings
- DESC9115 - Digital Audio Systems
- DESC9117 - Sound Design for New Media
- DESC9134 - Audio and Acoustics Seminar
- DESC9135 - Digital Audio Production with ProTools
- DESC9137 - Spatial Audio
- DESC9138 - Architectural and Audio Acoustics
- DESC9147 - Sustainable Building Design Principles
- DESC9148 - Sustainable Building Design Practice
- DESC9150 - Sustainability Research Project
- DESC9152 - Practice of Lighting Design
- DESC9153 - Graduate Internship
- DESC9154 - Lighting Design Software
- DESC9164 - Lighting Technologies
- DESC9165 - Architectural Lighting Design
- DESC9166 - Photometry and Colorimetry
- DESC9167 - Light and Vision
- DESC9169 - Daylight in Buildings
- DESC9172 - Building Asset Management
- DESC9183 - Risk Management
- DESC9191 - Building Acoustics and Noise Control
- DESC9192 - Energy Code Compliance in Buildings
- DESC9200 - Introduction to Architectural Science
- DESC9201 - Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
- DESC9300 - Research in Arch. & Design Science
- DESC9660 - Graduate Exchange Core A
- DESC9661 - Graduate Exchange Core B
- DESC9662 - Graduate Exchange Core C
- DESC9663 - Graduate Exchange Core D
- DESC9664 - Graduate Exchange Optional A
- DESC9665 - Graduate Exchange Optional B
- DESC9666 - Graduate Exchange Optional C
- DESC9667 - Graduate Exchange Optional D
- DESC9668 - Graduate Exchange Elective A
- DESC9669 - Graduate Exchange Elective B
- DESC9670 - Graduate Exchange Elective C
- DESC9671 - Graduate Exchange Elective D
- DESC9672 - Graduate Exchange Core E
- IDEA9101 - IDEA Laboratory 1
- IDEA9102 - IDEA Studio 1
- IDEA9106 - Design Thinking
- IDEA9201 - IDEA Laboratory 2
- IDEA9202 - IDEA Studio 2
- IDEA9301 - Graduation Studio
- IDEA9302 - IDEA Research Project
- IDEA9303 - IDEA Dissertation
- PLAN9045 - Economics for Planners
- PLAN9049 - International Urban Development Planning
- PLAN9061 - Planning Principles,Systems & Practice
- PLAN9062 - Planning Law
- PLAN9063 - Strategic Planning and Design
- PLAN9064 - Land Use and Infrastructure Planning
- PLAN9068 - History & Theory of Planning & Design
- PLAN9072 - Housing Policy and Assistance
- PLAN9073 - GIS Based Planning Policy and Analysis
Further course information
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics) complete 48 credit points (cp) made up of at least four core units of study (24cp), three optional units (18cp) and one elective unit (6cp) offered by the faculty, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.
The Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics) will prepare you to work in fields including audio production, sound design, audio systems design, acoustical consulting, and research and development of audio and acoustics products. You may also use the degree as the foundation for a research degree in audio and acoustics.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Design Science will have a bachelor's degree or possess experience, which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course.
This program can be taken with a secondary stream in combination with another Design Science Program. To undertake a double degree, the core units from the secondary degree are generally taken as the electives in the primary degree.
Please see the Faculty Handbook for enrolment advice for secondary stream structure, and apply through the specific double specialisation course page.
Many Design Science units are taught as ‘block-mode’ intensive classes, delivered over four to six full days, of which some fall on weekends to accommodate full-time working students. Some units however may be delivered in weekly lecture format.
Students may apply to upgrade at the completion of their program from the Graduate Certificate, through to the Diploma and then to the Masters by maintaining a credit average over the course of study.
Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.
Please note that students may commence studies in Semester 2, however some courses are only available in part-time capacity due to the units on offer.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.