Course Title: Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: ARCH5243C

Course Title: Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5396 - Diploma of Interior Design

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teaching staff:

Dellwyn Apted

Carol Batchelor

Samantha Nguyen


Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with BSBDES303 Explore and apply the creative process to 3D form.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the elements and principles of design to manipulate three dimensional (3D) interior space and form in response to a design brief. It involves the observation and analysis of a range of complex spatial typologies and a process of exploration and refinement to develop a design solution.

This unit applies to individuals who design any type of interior space.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5022 Explore and apply creative design methodology to interior space


1. Evaluate interior spaces

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Observe and evaluate existing spatial relationships of objects against the design brief

1.2 Observe and compare existing spatial typologies against the design brief

1.3 Observe and evaluate existing spatial arrangements and organising systems against the design brief.


2. Manipulate 3D space and form

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use the elements and principles of design to organise elements in 3D interior space based on the requirements of the brief

2.2 Manipulate 3D space using principles related to colour, texture and light

2.3 Explore spatial arrangements to satisfy brief requirements

2.4 Explore scale, volume and proportion for 3D space and form to satisfy brief requirements


3. Resolve interior design problems

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Resolve interior space and interrelated design issues through the application of the elements and principles of design

3.3 Evaluate design solution and further refine to satisfy brief requirements

3.4 Communicate interior design solution using media that best suits the solution

3.5 Explore and qualify feasibility of solution

3.6 Review design solution and processes used to assess own skill and identify areas for improvement or modification

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a Virtual studio classroom using industry standard tools and resources. 

You will also be required to undertake independent study.

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach


Virtual In-class activities will include:

• Tutorials and project based work

• Group discussion

• Teacher directed activities/projects

• Class presentations 

• Online research

• Independent project based work

• Site visits (observations)

• Studio Practice


Out-of-class activities will include:

• Online investigation

• Independent project based work

• Gallery/Exhibition visits


Teaching Schedule



Session Activities

Task Due


Orientation Week



Course introduction

Class discussion
Studio Time / Class Activity



Site Visit 1 - Student Hub RMIT
Spacial Typologies Introduction

Complete Learning Activity on Canvas for wither Site 1 or 2 Due end of Week 4


Site Visit 2 - St Judes Church

Learning Activity Due


No Class - Public Holiday



 Lecture and studio time



Site Visit NGV (Ian Potter)



Lecture and Activity: Introduction Scaling and creating a White model



 Mid semester break



Lecture and Activity: Introduction to Spacial Planning and its effects on us.



Quiz Session - complete online during class



Brief Assessment Task 2
Observations, investigate and Evaluation 



Explore and manipulate 3D Spaces



Spacial typologies - Studio time for Ass.2-2



Elements and Principles Stir measurements / NCC / Egress



How to resolve and communicate spacial solutions
Studio Time



Task 2-2 Video Presentations

AT 2 Due / Preset to class

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library support

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration 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


Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course.

Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include tasks and projects.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

AT1 – Knowledge Quiz Due Week 9

AT2 – Exhibition Space Presentation Due Week 16  

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. Assessment is on-going throughout the course. 


All assessment information for this course can be found on the course’s Canvas shell, in conjunction with assessment information communicated in class by the teacher.


This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment.


CA: Competency achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

SEC: Stopped engagement in course

WDR: Withdrawn from course


All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in the Assessment Briefs. Exception to this is where an approved ELS plan, an application for Special Consideration or an approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task’s due date with appropriate documentation.


Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments.


Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);


If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in order to meet the submission requirements. Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit within 5 working days.

Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above)

Other Information


The major learning experience involves studio-based exercises, demonstration and production.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.


Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;

Student feedback at RMIT:

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;

Student Progress Monitoring

Academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to the Student progress policy webpage;

Submitting Assessments onto Canvas

Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.

Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;

IT orientation

It's time to get ready;

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