Course Title: Design Discipline 1 - Seminar (theory)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Discipline 1 - Seminar (theory)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet3 2018,
Viet2 2019,
Viet1 2020

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

You will select and research a particular theoretical construct, model or idea, and investigate how this informs practices and approaches within a selected design discipline. The design discipline will be selected from a set of options that include visual, physical, virtual, service-based and/or mediated design disciplines. Presentations will form part of a seminar series where you will have the opportunity to learn from the research and findings of your peers. 


This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in first year.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Investigate and critically analyse relevant developments in design theory and practice.
  • Synthesise knowledge of theory with strategy and practice in your own work.

Critically reflect upon your own work and its contribution to contemporary communication design ideas

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

Critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of diverse design theories, concepts and approaches, and adapt this knowledge to local and international contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be required to develop your own contributions to design seminars, and the respond to and evaluate the contributions of your peers. The intention of the seminar format is to support active participation in discussion, debate, critical peer review as an iterative, recurring and continuous process of development.

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.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on an evaluation of your participation in, and contribution to, the course seminars, including an assessment of your acquisition and development of new theoretical knowledge.

Assignments are:

Research          40%

Presentation     30%

Critique             30%