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.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Not offered in 2016


Students are encouraged to develop a greater understanding of furniture design and methods of production. Topics cover aspects of ergonomics, production processes in a variety of materials and the aesthetic aspects of furniture. Further sophistication in the demands of users. Furniture as components of exterior environments, and larger modules such as office spatial requirements. Studio project work is undertaken involving the development of furniture designs to meet particular technical and cultural requirements.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have an understanding of:

  1. the wide diversity of furniture types
  2. progressive ergonomic analysis
  3. the variety of production methods
  4. aspects of furniture in a wider external environmental context
  5. the development of furniture design concepts and details to meet selected design requirements
  6. the holistic integration of technical, aesthetic, and symbolic factors in their designs
  7. and will observe and employ occupational health and safety principles and rules appropriate to studio practice.


Minor project: 20%; Major project: 80%

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including, 4 taught hours plus 8 hours of independent study.

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