IDN1001 - Industrial design studio 1 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Mr Selby Coxon

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the fundamental principles of understanding and controlling three-dimensional form. Design elements. A deconstructed look at the world. Students undertake weekly exercises that lead through the 'grammar' of shape, form and line. They practice expressing these things through drawing and the exploration of abstract interpretations in card, paper and foam. Early explorations of the same in a simple form of CAD (e.g. Google sketch-up). Cardboard structures are built to explore early understanding of structure balance and geometry in static objects. This unit explores the nature of design by introducing the characteristics of space, objects or images as appropriate, as part of a designer's repertoire of knowledge and understanding. Basic design studies provide the framework for the development of a language of design.


  1. recognise, analyse and apply the elements and principles of design.
  2. understand the nature of a generic design process and apply methodical steps in their own projects.
  3. understand core concepts of manipulating form to convey shared meanings.
  4. understand and appreciate the core concepts of structure in design.
  5. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

On-campus: 8 hours contact including, lecture, practical and tutorial time and 16 hours of private study time are expected to be spent.

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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to any MADA bachelors degree.