Course Title: Material and Spatial Communication: An introduction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Material and Spatial Communication: An introduction

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Olivia Hamilton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3494

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

This course introduces you to a range of communication techniques and processes relevant to Interior Design practice including: photography, model making, film making, drawing, mapping and diagramming, digital and physical compositing and exhibition development.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Discriminately apply a range of communication techniques and strategies applicable to contemporary Interior Design practice.
• Distinguish and critically apply communication mediums and processes relevant to specific project briefs and design agendas.
• Assess and extend communication techniques, technologies and media to creatively inform your design thinking.

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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities.

In-class activities will include in-class workshops, small group project intensives, lectures, presentations, group and individual tutorials, group discussions, peer-to-peer critiques, student presentations. Other activities may include excursions to exhibitions, site visits and developing projects in a workshop environment. All forms of practice-led inquiry are concerned with production as a way of working through design issues.

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 Gwen Scott

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.

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: