Course Title: Design Principles and Elements
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Design Principles and Elements
Credit Points: 12
320T Architecture & Design
|Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017
Course Coordinator: Julian Pratt
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4820
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Location: 71.02.02
Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Co-requisite - GRAP 2377
Design Principles and Elements is focused on providing you with a design language through familiarity with the essential concepts and principles underlying all good design.
The course encourages you to experiment with different forms and different elements. The course is an essential introduction to later studies in design and aims to help you develop creative methods of thinking and a critical approach to your own work.
In this introductory phase you will extend basic modelling skills and a working knowledge of materials and processes by developing concepts using models and presentations.
Learning takes place in a studio environment and you will be encouraged to take part in critiquing your own and other’s work. The practice of design combines both independent and collaborative work and this course requires you to use both methods of design development.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Evaluate your own work, ideas and concepts, including self, peer and industry critique.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should have an understanding of:
• Develop of creative concepts.
• Evaluate designs against the essential principles and elements of good design.
• Formulate and communicate an aesthetic judgement of forms in a variety of communicative modes including digital.
• Outline critique of own and peer’s work.
• Develop a creative concept from a project topic.
• Create three dimensional models from the own concepts.
• Contribution to peer discussions of your own and other’s concepts
• Plan, organise and manage concept development process to model-making stage.
Overview of Learning Activities
You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:
• Studio based discussion and development of design ideas with teachers and peers.
• Topic specific seminars; space to introduce, explore and extend key course topics, theories and design projects.
• Group-based learning; group discussion, collaborative projects and peer critique.
• Presentations; the communication of your ideas to peers and teachers.
Negotiated learning – during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.
Overview of Learning Resources
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer.
You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
The University Library has extensive resources for Furniture Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/furnituredesign
The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Tristan Badham (email@example.com).
Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
You will be required to submit a portfolio of works that includes evidence of all of the work undertaken in the course, including representations or copies of any project proposal, culmination or outcomes.
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 Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment