Course Title: Design Management and Collaborative Studio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Management and Collaborative Studio

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Khoa Nguyen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1300

Course Coordinator Email: khoa.nguyen@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Design Workshop 1 (skills)


Course Description

In this course, you will investigate principles of design management and practice in relation to key stages in the design process through inquiry-based learning in a studio environment. You will also learn about project management techniques and quality control strategies in the context of local, national and global industry settings for effective design outcomes. This course will give insight into the various ways in which design (and design professionals) can create value and thus become a source of competitive advantage. The course will focus on the management of design, including, for example, the development and marketing of (innovative) design, integrating design in strategic decision making, the marketing-design interface, the measurement of design performance, and how to protect design against imitators


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Identify and assess the personnel roles and skills required within the design studio or design business.
  • Identify and solve design management issues relevant to end product and delivery within local, national and global markets.
  • Analyse the stages within the design process and critically evaluate their interrelationships with design management principles, planning models and design project co-ordination.
  • Interpret quality systems issues and strategically plan quality processes to achieve effective design outcomes.
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to develop competitive and sustainable design strategies for a global market.


This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

  • Exercise creativity, critical thinking and independent judgment to identify and solve real-world design challenges, and define and communicate innovative solutions.
  • Develop responsibility and accountability for development of a personal design practice that demonstrates an original, ethical, innovative and professional approach to design.


Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format, you will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course engages you in learning about design via an immersion into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices of project management. WIL-focussed projects engage industry partners, real briefs and provide mentoring for your professional development, This is followed by a collaborative studio environment where ideas are developed through a variety of methods:

  • Prototyping material design artefacts within workshop environments
  • Developing a practice of journaling design ideas.
  • Lectures and studio tutorials
  • Peer review processes

Independent design inquiry and critique.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.

Some projects that involve constructed outputs may require additional materials – this will be negotiated with the lecturer when the project scope is agreed.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on an evaluation of your participation in, and contribution to, studio activities and projects. Assignments are:

Design Problem Statement       25%

Design Solution Definition        50%

Design Evaluation                     25%