Course Title: Design Discipline 2 - Studio (project)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Discipline 2 - Studio (project)

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Khoa Nguyen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of year one courses.



Course Description

In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the principles and techniques of contemporary design practice, through inquiry-based learning in a studio environment. The course includes a series of studio-based projects, through which you will explore current and new thinking and specialised practice in design. Your project will focus on a specific design discipline selected from a set of options that include visual, physical, virtual, service-based and/or mediated design disciplines.


This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in first year and Design Discipline 2: Workshop (skills).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and respond through design practice and research complex design issues and opportunities within a particular real-world setting.
  • Develop and propose innovative concepts and alternatives to current design solutions.
  • Identify new opportunities for design intervention in response to your own design investigations.

Articulate your design ideas through a range of mediums within a design industry setting.

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

Apply planning, problem-solving and decision-making skills to the end-to-end design process.

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format, you will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course engages you in learning about design via an immersion into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices through self-directed design projects. These projects involve a range of planned learning experiences including:

  • Individual and group problem solving;
  • Sketch ideation and the iterative development of design concepts;
  • Making and prototyping for the purpose of further refining propositions, and presenting and reflecting on individual and collective learning processes.
  • Learning activities include studio sessions where ideas are developed and documented through a variety of methods.
  • Prototyping ideas into material design artefacts within workshop environments
  • Developing a practice of journaling design ideas.
  • Lectures and studio tutorials.
  • Peer review processes.
  • Independent design inquiry and critique.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.


Some projects that involve constructed outputs may require additional materials – this will be negotiated with the lecturer when the project scope is agreed.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on an evaluation of specific design outcomes of your project work. Assignments are:

Project Milestone 1       20%

Project Milestone 2        50%

Project Milestone 3        30%