Course Title: Interior Design Research Major Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Research Major Project

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Phoebe Whitman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3495

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 100. Level 8.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Interior Design Research Project Proposal ARCH1123 and Interior Design Research Strategies ARCH1435 before you commence this course.

Alternatively 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 capstone course involves the completion of the Interior Design Major Project - a self-directed major design project developed out of the research undertaken in Interior Design Research Project Proposal ARCH1123. It will enable you to demonstrate excellence in design, through the application of design knowledge, technical knowledge, theory and communication skills in the creation and presentation of an Interior Design Research Major Project.

It will provide you with the opportunity to apply and refine the knowledge and capabilities that you have acquired during all levels of the program and to demonstrate that you are ready to graduate.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Capabilities, which will be developed through this course, are:

  • Work in diverse contexts and be able to identify and address complex design problems with initiative and advanced knowledge to produce innovative interior design 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.
  • Reflect, analyse, synthesize, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
  • 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.
  • Enter professional practice and/or postgraduate study with the ability and confidence to execute a project and/or piece of research with some independence, to collaborate with others, to contribute new understandings, to listen and continue to learn.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify a topic of investigation and independently plan and design a research inquiry into that topic.
  • Select and apply strategies, practices and ways of working independently through design and practice based design research.
  • Communicate a design project to a professional level via verbal and visual mediums to a panel of design critics / assessors.
  • Implement effective time management in the context of developing a design project.
  • Critically reflect upon your learning and propose how this research project informs your future professional practice or study path

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning throughout the semester will take place through discussing your work with tutors, peers and critics in a studio format; through tutorials and through both informal and assessable presentations. Feedback from these, verbal and written, will help you to refine and develop your existing knowledge and skills and identify future directions for self-directed learning. You are encouraged to consider and to articulate your own learning objectives, and to shape your course of study so that it supports these. There is an emphasis on self-motivated and self-directed learning. You are encouraged to seek out opportunities to exchange knowledge with other students and to discuss your work with them. Peer review and attending the presentations by other students will help you to develop your abilities to critique and assess your own project

In response to your Interior Design Research Project Proposal you will develop and refine the your final Research Major Project. You should demonstrate your ability to use design as a tool for exploring ideas and formulating an argument as well as resolving problems, remembering that your final design should be a vehicle for the discussion and demonstration of your research ideas rather than a mere response to a given problem. As your project develops it should demonstrate appropriate and relevant use of technology and communication.

At the final presentations your design project will be assessed by a panel of invited critics. You will explain your thesis topic and brief and discuss your design project with the panel. You will articulate your project both verbally and visually, demonstrating your competence with the communication techniques relevant to the discipline.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will identify the learning resources specific to your own interests in conjunction with your tutors. These may include readings, critical study of precedents, and further refinement of the communication, workshop, and other skills that you have acquired in the previous levels of the course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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.

At the final formal presentation of your major project you are required to demonstrate your design, communication and research capabilities via the discussion of the design thinking and resolution of the project to a panel of internal and external critics. There will be a series of interim presentations throughout the semester that will allow you to gain feedback from both Interior Design staff and external critics. You will be required to submit and present ’work in progress’ at the times specified in the semester schedule.

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 Equitable Learning Services 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: