Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Jen Butler


This unit places the more abstract concepts and studies undertaken in Design Studio 1 in the context of design practice to meet human needs. The project work uses simplified professional projects to ensure students start to consider all aspects of design problems. The projects involve the use of brief, analysis of requirements, design problem solving methods, synthesis of design resolutions and communication of design solutions. The primary concern in the subject is for the student to be able to overcome the project constraints in order to integrate the range of requirements and issues, and achieve a holistic design that addresses human needs.


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

  1. analyse a simple design brief
  2. understand the range of technical factors and cultural issues that must be considered for a meaningful and satisfying outcome of requirements
  3. explore and evaluate design options
  4. apply problem solving methods, synthesise design resolutions and communicate solutions using models, presentation and technical drawings
  5. achieve an integrated holistic design at a basic level that addresses human needs
  6. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


One minor project: 20% Two major projects: 80%

Workload requirements

4 studio hours plus 8 hours independent study weekly

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