Course Title: Design Discipline 1 - Workshop (skills)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Discipline 1 - Workshop (skills)

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 learn to develop skills that are specific to 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. The course ensures that you develop in-depth technical knowledge and ability in your chosen areas of design in a practice-based workshop setting.


This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in first year and Design Discipline 1: Seminar (theory).



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Use technical skills to develop innovative design alternatives to current products and practices in your selected discipline.

Demonstrate creative and strategic design thinking through a rapid acquisition and application of specialist skills within design studio projects.

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

Apply core technical skills and emerging design knowledge, skills and technologies, both independently and collaboratively, to enable further learning and professional practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will focus on identifying the specific skills you need to further develop your design abilities in a selected design discipline. Learning activities include:

  • Studio sessions where skills are developed and through 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.

The workshop format gives you the opportunity to explore and apply social, contextual and theoretical design issues in depth and through a variety of approaches, technical principles, real and simulated situations and practical constraints

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 workshop activities, including an assessment of acquisition of new skills. Assignments are:

Project Milestone 1       25%

Project Milestone 2       25%

Project Milestone 3       50%