Course Title: Design Drawing: ideas,objects and diagrams

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Drawing: ideas,objects and diagrams

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Andrew Louey

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisites or prior knowledge required.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to design drawing as a thinking and communication tool.

You will learn the design-drawing method of rapid visualisation to enable you to generate, reflect on, analyse and develop ideas and concepts.

You will learn to use and apply form, shadow, line weight and freehand perspective to visualise and communicate objects, ideas, processes and systems for engineering, science, business and design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a university elective. 

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

  1. Apply design-drawing skills to visualise, explore and communicate ideas, processes, concepts and objects.
  2. Synthesise and apply appropriate drawing techniques towards an intended outcome.
  3. Demonstrate a proficiency in the use of drawing skills: form, perspective, line weight and shadow.
  4. Use drawing techniques appropriate toward you disciplinary focus.
  5. Analyse, reflect on and critique your own work and that of your peers.

Overview of Learning Activities

During this course you will participate in tutorial demonstrations and a range of practical learning activities, drawing workshops and documenting processes to explore and develop your design drawing skills within a drawing studio environment.

You will undertake a set of projects that will guide you through the design drawing process and enable you to develop specific capabilities. Your lecturer will help you tailor each of your projects to suit your capabilities and disciplinary focus.

You will contribute to class critiques and receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and your peers through a variety of consultations, presentations and tutorials. This feedback will help you track your learning against the specified learning outcomes for this course.

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 and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on your development and on how well you meet the course learning outcomes. 

Assessment will cover both practical and theoretical aspects of your learning. Project work will allow you to focus your learning toward your capabilities and disciplinary specialisation.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Understanding Constructed Drawing Forms (20%)
CLOs: 1,3, 5

Assessment Task 2: Understanding Perspective Techniques (20%)
CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: Understanding Shading (20%)
CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 4: Drawing Practice (40%)
CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Equitable Learning Services

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Policy

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: