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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Butler


This unit is the first part of a major design project. It provides an opportunity to research issues, undertake conceptual designs and develop refinements on the basis of the advanced attainment achieved at the end of the Bachelor of Design course. In most instances the project is proposed by the student at the beginning of the semester in consultation with the lecturer, and approved by the lecturer and course coordinator.


On successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. Demonstrate a capability to research and explore the full range of issues to be considered in a design project
  2. Be able to practice design to a high standard of professional competency
  3. Be able to relate their work to contemporary discourse and seek to extend its boundaries through their design work
  4. Be able to defend their chosen direction in the major project against informed criticism
  5. Have a base of sound knowledge, understanding and capability to undertake their major project
  6. Be capable of organising, developing and planning methodologies associated with the major project which will help to successfully determine a viable outcome.


Mid-semester portfolio: 20%
Final portfolio: 80%

Workload requirements

6 formal studio hours and 18 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Admission to Bachelor of Design (Honours)