DGN1001 - Design studio 1 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 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)

Associate Professor Gene Bawden


Ms Jessica Kerss

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Admission to any Monash Bachelor degree




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. The understanding of the role of the designer for the enhancement of the human experience is developed by observation, critical enquiry, interpretation, communication and the creation of visual forms. Design is presented as a creative, analytical and synthesising process with social, cultural and artistic implications.


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

  1. Recognise, analyse and apply the elements and principles of design;
  2. Understand the nature of the design process and apply methodical steps in their own projects;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to undertake basic analysis and respond to a straight-forward brief;
  4. Understand the multidisciplinary nature of many design activities;
  5. Understand selected colour theories;
  6. Develop capabilities to communicate research outcomes, design concepts and solutions;
  7. Appreciate the relationship between design, industry and art;
  8. Observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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