Course Title: Partnered Interior Design Studio 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Partnered Interior Design Studio 2

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Coordinator: Roger Kemp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1815

Course Coordinator Email: roger.kemp@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 100 Level 8

Course Coordinator Availability: Thursdays


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed ARCH1502 Partnered Interior Design Studio 1 and ARCH1498 Interior Design Practices 1 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 the RMIT Student Page on Applying for Credit.

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake ARCH1503 Interior Design Practices 2 at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the partnered studio model of learning, where you will be supported to engage with studio cultures and project work. Studios are intensive design laboratories in which you will work with academics, professional partners and your peers to develop creative strategies, innovative approaches and unique responses to contemporary interior design issues.

The Partnered Interior Design Studio is the central focus of the Master of Interior Design program and provides you with a range of approaches for exploring Interior Design practice. The focus for this industry partnered offering changes each semester to provide you with a diversity of experiences, engagement and context. Design projects will change each semester cycling through a range of design briefs across commercial, civic, institutional and social projects.

Each Partnered Interior Design Studio is structured as a comprehensive project that explores a range of ideas, questions and contexts whilst developing an understanding of a range of technical, theoretical, historical and professional issues relating to the practice of Interior Design. Each studio uses specific design techniques that enable you to engage in the critical aspects of a studio direction with the ability to integrate this understanding into your design proposals and the communication necessary to demonstrate these.

Taught as a vertically integrated course, you will work with students across the two levels of the Masters, ensuring an engaging and dynamic learning environment. This will involve group design project work with an emphasis on developing innovative design outcomes through a research-intensive approach. You will engage with a number of design professionals and clients while pursuing a creative and enterprising approach to problem solving and idea development through studio work.

The course will include an embedded micro credential that will contribute to a sequence of specific learning components across studio level 1, 2, 3, 4 engaging with learning, culture, ethics + environment and professional development.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. Your design presentations will be facilitated through feedback and engagement with industry partners.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Establish modes of practice that initiate and execute substantial Interior Design projects situated in contemporary interior design.
  • Respond to the challenges of contemporary interior design practice using knowledge of relevant ecological, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues.
  • Engage in a team focused design practice approach and effectively liaise with key stakeholders and manage the expectations of partners and collaborators across sectors.
  • Generate outcomes for Interior Design projects within a range of settings and engage stakeholders through practice which synthesizes creative, critical, analytical, reflective and theoretical skills.
  • Develop research principles and methods that enable a critical approach to Interior Design practice that demonstrate responsibility and accountability within a professional context.
  • Effectively disseminate design research to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of forms and media which shows understanding of the technical and theoretical frameworks of Interior Design.


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically respond to a design brief through preparation of a comprehensive research driven design proposal.
  2. Assess environmental, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues and integrate your findings in your response to the project brief.
  3. Identify effective ways of working within a team focused design practice to engage stakeholders, and build creative, critical, analytical, reflective and theoretical skills to work in a studio environment.
  4. Apply design research principles and methods to foster a critical and strategic approach to an aspect of Interior Design practice professionally.
  5. Effectively communicate design research outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences through a range of forms and media that are suited to the interior design project.


Overview of Learning Activities

Partnered Interior Design Studio 2 is a ‘vertically integrated’ course in which you will work with other students with different levels of experience in the program in a dynamic learning environment. This will involve group design project work with an emphasis on developing innovative design outcomes through a research-intensive approach. You will engage with design professionals and clients while pursuing a creative and enterprising approach to problem solving and idea development through studio work.

The range of learning activities will contribute to the building of a diversity of approaches to design practice in a number of different scenarios. 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 course will include an embedded micro credential that will contribute to a sequence of specific learning components across studio level 1, 2, 3, 4 engaging with learning, culture, ethics + environment and professional development.

RMIT micro-credentials are an innovative suite of quick courses to help you develop skills and experiences for future life and work. They are developed with industry to ensure they are industry-relevant.  Micro-credentials range from short 30-minute exercises to extended online programs completed over a multiple weeks.


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 http://rmit.libguides.com/interior-design

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: 

http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. The evidence for your learning outcomes will be in the design projects you present through a variety of visual and verbal means. Your design presentations will be facilitated through feedback and engagement with industry partners in assessment tasks 2 and 3 where your work integrated learning experience will be assessed.

 

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1 - Preliminary Research Presentation 10%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  CLOs  2, 3, 5

 

Assessment 2 - In Progress Review Presentation 30% (work integrated learning)

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLOs 1-5

 

Assessment 3 - Final Design Presentation 50% (work integrated learning)

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLOs 1-5

 

Assessment 4 – Exhibition and Reflection 10%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLOs 2, 5

 

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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.