COL1001 - Collaborative design studio 1 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robbie Napper


Dr Robbie Napper

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Design or by permission


CDS1001, IDN1001


Collaborative Design Studio 1 will immerse students in the essential, foundational learning required of all fields of design. Students will understand how design thinking informs design outcomes and their impact; have the capacity to identify design problems before navigating solutions; locate the user at the centre of all design challenges; identify and apply design methodologies and processes in ethical and culturally sensitive ways; and understand design is beyond an aesthetic, artefact-centred practice, and one that also embraces embodied, temporal and dematerialised modes of engagement. Through studio-based project learning, this unit will introduce its cohort to collaborative activities that encourage thinking beyond traditional discipline specificity, and help students develop hybrid competencies that can be built upon in all ensuing studio units. The projects will blend traditional modes of making with new and innovative ways of doing. Project learning will encourage personal and collective curiosity through applying a range of design enquiry processes such as ideation, prototyping and observation. Students will also learn to be critically reflective, able to review and re-evaluate their design solutions and those of others with clear and constructive communication capabilities.


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

  1. Develop skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration;
  2. Respond to real and speculative challenges through design thinking and making processes;
  3. Locate design's role in the expanded realm of contemporary systems of social, economic and political operation;
  4. Navigate complexity through an iterative process of prototyping and ideation;
  5. Utilise and value transdisciplinary modes of design enquiry and apply them in inventive ways;
  6. Observe and apply the OHSE requirements relevant to this unit.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

24 hours per week including 8 contact hours plus 16 hours of independent study, or equivalent.

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