Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Ilya Fridman


This unit explores the nature of design by introducing the characteristics of space, objects or images as appropriate, as part of a designer's repertoire of knowledge and understanding. Basic design studies provide the framework for the development of a language of design. The understanding of the role of the designer for the enhancement of the human experience is developed by observation, critical enquiry, interpretation, communication and the creation of visual forms. Design is presented as a creative, analytical and synthesising process with social, cultural and artistic implications.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise, analyse and apply the elements and principles of design
  2. understand the nature of the design process and apply methodical steps in their own projects
  3. have the ability to undertake basic analysis and respond to a straight-forward brief
  4. understand the multidisciplinary nature of many design activities
  5. understand selected colour theories
  6. develop capabilities to communicate research outcomes, design concepts and solutions
  7. appreciate the relationship between design, industry and art
  8. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including One 1-hour lecture and 3 studio hours plus 8 independent study hours

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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to any Monash bachelors degree.