SDN2001 - Spatial design studio 3 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Chris Cottrell


Dr Chris Cottrell

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


SDN1002 or IAR1114 and OHS1000


IAR2113, IAR2103, IAR2115, IAR1602


Students taking this unit will engage with notions of 'change' as a key consideration for spatial practice. Two fundamental modules will be explored: the development of design as a process of discovery, connecting introductory research concepts; and the assembly of materials in spatial practice.

In the first module students will focus on the temporal aspects of space, and the connection of design ideas, projects and experiences to change and transformation. In the second module services within inhabited environments will be introduced, and explored by students through focused observation and project work.


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

  1. Explain key temporal concepts and their relevance to interior architecture;
  2. Employ exploratory strategies within an iterative design approach;
  3. Apply a range of time-based representation strategies and techniques to the development and communication of design schemes;
  4. Critique, reflect and respond to aesthetic, functional, sustainable and programmatic aspects in the development of a design proposal;
  5. Identify common materials and qualities employed in spatial design projects, and explain their structural principles;
  6. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

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

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