Course Title: Major Project Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Major Project Design

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Jeremy Parker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 36.04.07

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment (via email)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will undertake this course after completing other courses in the program as indicated in the program map depending on your commencement semester and discipline.

Course Description

In this course you will conceive an idea, plan and prepare for the production of an engaging personal work, in which you take a substantial creative role within your specialisation.  

This course will contribute to the development of an industry-ready portfolio for establishing or furthering a career in the industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 In this course, you will develop the following capabilities:

  1. Communicate ideas in ways that are appropriate to the medium
  2. Develop and present original concepts in a professional manner and translate concepts into practice or a creative product
  3. Apply a theoretical, historical and cultural reference to the discipline
  4. Develop team work skills and leadership appropriate to an industry that relies on collaboration
  5. Solve problems effectively and creatively
  6. Operate as a creative practitioner and/or entrepreneur within a changing industry context
  7. Interrogate and reflect upon personal work and the work of others, contributing to the knowledge base and practice of the field.

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate conceptual thinking and origination of content in your chosen medium.
  • Plan and organise a personal work from concept to pre-production stage within deadline and project parameters.
  • Display team work skills appropriate to an industry that relies on collaboration, and work collaboratively as appropriate to the requirements of the project.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is a ‘hands-on’ pre-production based course. Its objectives will primarily be achieved through ‘learning by doing’.  You are expected to reflect upon your experience and personal learning during the various stages of undertaking a substantial project, from original concept to pre-production stage.

The project itself represents an industry-standard brief, agreed-upon by you and your supervisor. You will be guided through project activities that parallel, in all relevant details, similar activities undertaken by industry professionals. Your supervisor will advise you on your project and provide weekly feedback of your progress based upon his or her knowledge of industry protocols, procedures and standards.

As a postgraduate student, you are also expected to be highly engaged in your own learning including development of project timelines, actively seeking appropriate support, and familiarising yourself with the literature of the field.

You should seek informed criticism of your work in order to develop your personal working methods into a mature professional practice. This could occur through contact with peers, lecturers and industry practitioners. You are expected to participate constructively in building a community of creative practitioners that forms and develops its own knowledge base, and contributes that knowledge in the field.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of print and web-based resources are available in the RMIT library. Reading appropriate for your major project will be determined in collaboration with your supervisor.   

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course has two components:

  • Individual project design
  • Project development for the production phase

The weighting of each assessment task and actual format of the major project design will depend on the specific specialisation. Your supervisor will negotiate this with you at the start of the semester.