Course Title: Specialised Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialised Communication

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Leah Heiss

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3494

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.17

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Communication Systems ARCH1433 before you commence this course.

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 challenges you to develop your own unique approach to communicating your Interior Design projects.

In this course projects are concerned with advanced modes of production as a way of communicating dynamic and temporal interior space. These projects will provide you with the skills to articulate complex design ideas through a range of methods including advance modelling, additive manufacturing, filmmaking and digital image making.

By offering a range of complementary activities, and utilising physical and digital communication media, you will develop critical and practical experience relevant to designers working within contemporary and future design environments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Determine and plan a unified process to communicate your idea-led design projects.
• Work within a specialised domain of design communication.
• Evaluate a variety of advanced contemporary communication media.
• Compose and assess appropriate communication strategies for diverse design projects.

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

• Conceptualize and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
• 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.
• Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities. In-class activities will include lectures, presentations, group and individual tutorials, group discussions, peer-to-peer critiques, student presentations and studio workshops. Other activities may include excursions to exhibitions and site visits.

The range of learning activities will contribute to the building of a diversity of approaches to design practice in a number of different scenarios.

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 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 learning outcomes. The assessments in this course are designed for you to:

• Demonstrate competency in a range of integrated approaches to the design, production and conceptualisation of interiors through project based exercises;
• Respond to a range of project briefs that enable productive decision-making and development of idea led design strategies.
• Communicate ideas and concepts using drawing, image making, 3 dimensional models and verbal presentation, specific to the class you are undertaking.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services: 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Policy: Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: