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)Jen Butler


This unit further develops design research, investigation, concept development, communication, presentation and practice capabilities achieved in DGN2003 Interdisciplinary design studio 3. It focuses on expanding the details of user, technical and construction requirements. In addition, the social context of design is extensively considered, including cultural and ethical expectations. Projects will be set in a variety of contexts. A critical view toward designing is fostered throughout.


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

  1. demonstrate a high level of practical design research, design process and design communication
  2. demonstrate a practical understanding of user, technical and construction factors
  3. demonstrate an awareness of social, cultural, environmental and gender issues
  4. produce design solutions which resolve identified issues with aesthetic integrity
  5. defend their designs on practical, symbolic, aesthetic and ethical grounds
  6. understand and apply the principles of occupational health and safety practices in the studio.


Minor project: 20%
Two major projects: 2 x 40% each

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 studio hours and 8 independent study hours

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