Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mike Mills


This unit outlines the design process with particular reference to creative idea formulation, information searching, problem solving, and incorporation of two and three dimensional design principles in terms of form development. User-centered design models are considered in terms of cultural, physical, logical and semantic constraints, mapping relationships, standardisation, control and feedback factors. Methods of design communication and presentation are explored and applied.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand and enjoy the challenge of designing consumer objects geared to mass production
  2. have an appreciation of the practical and theoretical nature of industrial design, in particular the intimate relationship between rational processes and inspirational factors in design
  3. have an appreciation of user-centred design criteria
  4. be able to identify, analyse, and interpret the general characteristics of design tasks
  5. understand simple models of the design process and their applications
  6. plan for and efficiently undertake simple three-dimensional projects with regard to functional, technical, structural and aesthetic design criteria.


Projects: 100%, of which at least 20% will be assessed in the early part of the program

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours studio contact and 8 independent study hours