Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Architecture


Dr Nicole Kalms



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


For students who might be interested in pursuing further study in the Master of Architecture after completion of the BIA degree it is suggested that they undertake one architecture design studio in their third year to gain experience in the field. With permission of both the interior architecture and architectural design coordinators, IAR3117 may be substituted with ARC3001 (12 Points) or IAR3118 may be substituted with ARC3002 (12 Points). It is also recommended that they undertake the following units as their electives: ARC2101 Technologies and environments 2, ARC3101 Technologies and environments 3 and ARC3401 Architecture and the city. Undertaking these units will not guarantee acceptance into the Master of Architecture, but will provide a foundation to increase the competitiveness of applications. BIA graduates will be subject to the Master of Architecture selection processes and minimum requirements.

Within this unit students engage in a range of studio design projects which have quota restrictions. For distribution into studio project groups, consideration will be given to student preference forms, academic performance, and previous design studio experiences. Weighted Average Mark (WAM) may be taken into account to ensure there is an even distribution of students in the studio project groups. Studio project group allocation will be decided by the Program Coordinator and Chief Examiner of the unit.


This unit builds on skills developed in previous studios and applies these to a range of focused projects that extend and explore transformational practices in interior architecture. In this studio successful project outcomes will be of a high intermediate level of complexity. They will provide an opportunity to integrate learning across the course with the development of responsive design practices. A number of focused studio projects will be offered.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have the ability to:

  1. respond creatively to design briefs of high intermediate complexity
  2. investigate relevant concepts and precedents in design discourse and incorporate these into design proposals
  3. demonstrate the resolution of competing needs during the development of a design proposal
  4. apply design strategies with increasing awareness and independence
  5. explore and communicate design schemes through appropriate modes of representation
  6. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% Mixed mode

Workload requirements

On campus: 24 hours per week including 6 contact hours and 18 hours of independent study or equivalent

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



IAR3116, IAR3106