Course Title: Design Studio 4 (Furniture Design)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studio 4 (Furniture Design)

Credit Points: 24.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

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

Prerequisites GRAP 2383

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisites and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
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Course Description

Design Studio 4 course is the further iteration of the design process through accumulated knowledge gathered from Design Studio 3.
Design Studio 4 course is based on developing a project that brings together a wide range of knowledge and skills that students have learnt through the first part of the undergraduate program, and applying and expanding on these through the development of a design project proposal.
The focus of this course is the creation of a piece of furniture ready for retail following the testing of a prototype.

This is the WIL designated course for the Asociate Degree in Design (Furniture Design) program and as such,students have the opportunity work in partnership with an industry partner, an industrial technologist and/or other furniture designers.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

1. Explore materials and modern manufacturing methods to develop concepts to proposal or prototype for both local and international corporate or individual clients.
2. Design and realise innovative and novel furniture products as part of a collaborative team and as an independent designer.
3. Apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to your practice of furniture design.
4. Identify and combine principles and concepts in art and design, the craft of making, the technologies of creation and manufacture together with ergonomic factors to develop furniture solutions to complex and varied problems.
5. Evaluate your own work, ideas and concepts, including self, peer and industry critique.
6. Articulate and transmit design ideas and details through a variety of methods and technologies to be able to present design outcomes for others to understand and engage with.
7. Present and communicate furniture prototypes for sustainable futures which consider the professional and ethical practice of furniture design in a global societal cultural context.
8. Apply initiative and judgment in exploration in, planning of, problem solving and decision making in your work.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Respond to market needs and wants and develop creative concept series to a set Target Market.
• Plan, organise and manage own design development process to Proto-type stage.
• Propose a sustainable concept through bringing together the design process, principals and theories in design and manufacturing methods suitable for a limited run production.
• Fully document technical production and visual information for presentation to a client.
• Calculate the wholesale cost of designed furniture item.
• Produce an industry presentable prototype and marketing material for a public and industry launch exhibition.
• Reflect, justify and communicate the outcome of overall design process.


Overview of Learning Activities

The overall project within this course is set as the Capstone project for the Associate Degree in Design (Furniture Design) program.

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:
Identifying market opportunities in Australia or internationally.
Develop a new proposal in association with industry, either directly or as sub-contractors. This allows for practical industry feedback on the commercial viability of a product.
Investigate viable and sustainable material and manufacturing solutions.
Promote and exhibit the new proposal to peers, public and industry to receive feedback as well as practice the promotional aspect of the design profession.
Negotiated learning; during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to purchase design studio equipment to participate in coursework.
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

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian:


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.
• Concept development
• Manage the design development process
• Prototype
• Presentation of work
• Ability to justify the outcomes against the original brief
• Promote to industry

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: