Course Title: Technology 3 (Furniture Design)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Technology 3 (Furniture Design)

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
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:

Course Coordinator Location: 71.02.02

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP 2376 & GRAP 2377

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisites before enrolling in a course.
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Course Description

Technology 3 (Furniture Design) is primarily concerned with introducing you to the broad range of technological contexts and practices involved in furniture design and manufacture. These contexts may include but are not limited to; CAD (Computer Aided Drawing), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture), CNC (Computer Numeric Control). A focus is given to the role that you play in constructing your own relationships with technology. You will explore at least two contexts of technology in the course in practical sense and will be exposed to a diverse range of technologies used in the design and manufacture of products.
There is an emphasis on the use of new and emerging materials and application of elements in sustainable manufacture through the efficiencies gained in production to ensure savings and to minimise wastes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• explore materials & modern manufacturing methods to develop concepts to proposal or prototype for both local and international corporate or individual clients
• design and realise innovative and novel furniture products as part of a collaborative team or as an independent designer
• apply & creatively adapt theoretical & technical knowledge & skill to your practice of furniture design
• articulate & transmit design ideas & details through a variety of methods & technologies to be able to present design outcomes for others to understand & engage with
• present & communicate furniture prototypes for sustainable futures which consider the professional & ethical practice of furniture design in a global societal cultural context
• apply initiative & judgement in exploration in, planning of, problem solving & decision making in your work



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• generate basic programs on CNC software with knowledge of CNC Machine Centres; basic tooling and machine operations
• generate CAM compatible files from CAD software and apply CNC operations
• apply judgement from investigations and trials in construction, surface machining, profiling and materials relative to CNC processes
• investigate and inquire service providers of advanced processes & modern manufacturing methods
• articulate and transmit design ideas and details into CNC processes
• construct prototypes using innovative processes and techniques applying knowledge of Sustainable Manufacturing and Quality Control

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities;
• programming and simulations of CNC produced components
• practicals exercising elements of; Lean Manufacture, Sustainable Manufacturing and Quality Control
• investigation into service providers using advanced manufacturing technologies
• exploration of construction, assembly mechanics and aesthetics relative to CNC processes
• design, develop and CNC machine, full size and scaled furniture items

Overview of Learning Resources

You are required to have your own personal protective equipment.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems, tools and equipment in CADlab, workshop & machine shop environments for learning in this course.
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

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 capabilities.

Assessment will include the CNC’d objects, the exploration of materials and modern manufacturing methods during your learning and data supporting the object’s development.

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 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: