Course Title: Interior Design Specialisation 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Specialisation 3

Credit Points: 12.00


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 1 2009,
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 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Caroline Vains

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2932

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the pre-requisite course Interior Design Specialisations 1 ARCH1289 and Interior Design Specialisations 2 ARCH1290 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

Interior Design Specialisations encompasses a wide spectrum of professional and academic learning activities in which interior designers engage. This range of offerings allows you to undertake design projects of a specialised nature in the field of interior design.

Classes operate from a very explicit practice orientated background and are taught by practitioners with a specific design expertise in the course they teach. They not only reflect the conventional domains of interior designers, but also question and extend the potential of the interior design practice within profession and academy through experimentation.

The broad variety of Interior Design Specialisations offerings provides the opportunity to develop your own individual design profile and to position your self in relation to particular areas of interior design practice. Through independent and collaborative project work it will allow you to undertake research through design; adapt and test ideas; and develop and execute concepts in a project based environment.

This is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for BH115 Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours), in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, projects and placements and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
• Engage with an advanced or specialised design practice and apply this to a complex project and context in order to create excellent and relevant interior design outcomes.
• Undertake diverse research within a creative design process that contributes to existing practice through experimentation.
• Select and utilise a variety of communication methods in order to successfully communicate design ideas to relevant audiences.
• Select and utilise relevant technologies to specific design processes or projects.
• Effectively contribute to individual and collaborative projects with some initiative and self-motivation.
• Contribute to a diverse range of design projects in readiness of future professional practice/or postgraduate study.

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

• Work in diverse contexts and be able to identify and address complex design problems with initiative and advanced knowledge to produce innovative interior design 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.
• 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.
• Enter professional practice and/or postgraduate study with the ability and confidence to execute a project and/or piece of research with some independence, to collaborate with others, to contribute new understandings, to listen and continue to learn.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning activities that are project-based and focused on a particular specialised interior design practice.

You will utilise and develop design techniques and processes that can be both digital and physical. These may include development of briefs, strategies, contextual and theoretical research, writing, publication, drawing, model making, drafting, image making, material construction and others that are appropriate.

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 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.
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 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:

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