Course Title: Interior Design Research Project Proposal

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Research Project Proposal

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 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 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: Phoebe Whitman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3495

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 6 ARCH1121 before you commence this course.

Interior Design Research Strategies ARCH1435 is a co-requisite to this course.

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.

Note: It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

Interior Design Research Project Proposal provides a bridge between the guided structure of the first three years of the program and the independent study of the second semester in 4th year. It will extend your personal practice of design through the development of your individual proposal for a Major Design Project that you will complete at the next and final level of the program.

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

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

  • Initiate and self-direct idea-led design, which evidences research and experimentation.
  • Communicate a self-directed research project to academic and professional audiences.
  • Select and apply independent strategies, practices and ways of working through design and design research.
  • Identify and critique an area of technology, which supports and connects with a specific area of an interior design enquiry.
  • Formulate judgments drawing on your environmental, social and cultural awareness, sensitivity and responsibility.

At the conclusion of this studio you will have identified an area of interest and undertaken an in depth exploration through design investigations and decided on appropriate strategies to develop your project in ways which are likely to lead to a successful outcome in the following semester. You will develop your individual abilities as a designer, further develop your practice of design and extend your ability to develop and present a design proposal in ways which communicate its theoretical, historical, technical, and social context through a range of media and techniques.

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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Over the semester you will generate a body of self directed design projects for critical reflection. In conjunction with Interior Design Research Strategies the Interior Design Research Project Proposal will enable you to identify, research and develop a coherent framework and proposal for your Research Major Project.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will identify the learning resources specific to your own interests in conjunction with your tutors. These may include readings, critical study of precedents, and further refinement of the communication, workshop, and other skills that you have acquired in the previous levels of the course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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 Tristan Badham

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.
Assessments you may face in this course are designed for you to:

  • Develop a research topic that is investigated through practice based research projects.
  • Develop skills in the construction of written and graphic material to substantiate design thinking and a significant project proposal.
  • Further develop communication skills relevant to the practice of interior design.

Assessment will be through a series of presentations of work to panels of critics and the submission of a written document. Assessment types may include assignments, projects, and verbal and visual presentations.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and may be delivered in a variety of forms including critique panels, audio or video recordings and written reports.

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:

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.