Course Title: Interior Design Studio 5

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Studio 5

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
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,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: James Carey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2763

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Interior Design Studio 4 ARCH1109 before you commence this course.

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.


Course Description

The Design Studio is the main focus of the Interior Design program and provides you with a range of methods for exploring spatial design practice.

At the beginning of each semester a suite of Design Studios are presented. Program staff or external practitioners lead these. At this time you are asked to select one of the Design Studios on offer through a ballot system. This enables you to make key decisions about the directions and design interests you wish to pursue.

The Design Studio requires you to draw from parallel streams and courses including History and Theory, Communications and Technology, to utilize and apply all relevant techniques, skills, methods and knowledge.

The Design Studios focus on various sites, questions, contexts, ideas and exploration of Interior Design practice.

Each Design Studio is based on a project that explores a range of ideas, sites, questions, contexts, and explorations to the practice of Interior Design. Each studio uses techniques that enable you to engage in the specific aspects of a studio direction and provide you with a range of technical skills that are particular to the context of the Design Studio.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Conceptualize and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
• Communicate your ideas and designs verbally, visually and textually through a range of media to your peers as well as professional, academic and public audiences.
• Reflect, analyse, synthesize, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
• Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
• Use technology as an intrinsic part of the design process and have the ability to identify relevant techniques, skills, materials and technologies for specific designs.
• Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.

 Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Determine a cohesive proposition in response to a given brief, which is substantiated by critical thinking.
• Begin to structure independent practice based design strategies.
• Employ innovative communication techniques.
• Extend and adapt knowledge through a design process.
• Formulate a critical position in relation to environmental, social and cultural concerns.
• Source, evaluate and implement technology at an advanced level.
• Instigate collaborative processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities.

Studio work is regularly critiqued via pin-up presentations and class discussions. Formal presentations of design projects, to a panel of studio tutors, program staff and invited guests, will occur at mid-semester and at the end of the semester.

In-class activities will include lectures, presentations, group and individual tutorials, group discussions, peer-to-peer critiques, student presentations and studio workshops. Other activities may include excursions to exhibitions and site visits.

The range of learning activities will contribute to the building of a diversity of approaches to design practice in a number of different scenarios.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning and research.

It is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott


Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment types may include assignments, projects, and verbal and visual presentations. Assessment is based on the subject matter of the chosen course offering and is to be advised by individual tutors/lecturers in accordance with their specific programs.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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.

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

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.