MDC4130 - Collaborative design studio 1 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Dr Pamela Salen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit engages the student in sophisticated concepts around understanding a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to design problem solving. Students engage set topics that are multi-faceted and human-centred. The student is guided through a process of evaluating and determining appropriate design research methodologies. This includes an appreciation of the core principles of the physical, semantic and cultural implications of design outcomes. Students will collaborate on projects and bring their personal skill sets together towards a unified and comprehensive solution to their set problem. As such student learning will be enhanced by peer-to-peer engagement as well as professional feedback in the evolution of their collaborative approach. Students learn to define design goals and objectives and apply a variety of media in order to realise them. Students are encouraged to apply theoretical learning with an experimental approach to problem solving. Project work is presented in detailed print, model, digitally mediated or prototypical form where appropriate.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a capacity to communicate and constructively contribute to a collaborative approach to design problem solving;
  2. recognise the affects and benefits of multiple participation within a single design context;
  3. recognise and devise solutions to design problems that respond to the key theoretical principles of design thinking and making;
  4. define design solutions based upon the gathering of research material, goals, aims, specifications and limits for intended design outcomes;
  5. create a design response to a problem or exploit a design intervention where an opportunity has been discovered;
  6. further develop the capability to express design outcomes, concepts and solutions by a variety of media;
  7. understand and appreciate the purpose and application of practical design research methodologies;
  8. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

8 contact hours and 16 hours of private study per week

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Chief examiner(s)


Successful completion of Design Fundamentals Studio (MDC4500); recognition of advanced standing or by permission