Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GRAP5295C

Course Title: Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Perperis

Kieron Meagher

Kristine Piggford

Nominal Hours: 50

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to explore and creatively apply the design process to the development of 3 dimensional (3D) forms.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES303A Explore and apply the creative design process to 3D forms


1.  Source information on 3-dimensional design

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Identify and access relevant sources of information on 3-dimensional design
1.2.Evaluate and collate information to build a knowledge of 3-dimensional design


2.  Explore the creative design process for 3-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Use creative thinking techniques to generate a range of ideas and options
2.2.Use experimentation to explore and challenge a range of different ideas
2.3.Challenge assumptions, reflect on ideas and refine approaches
2.4.Consciously change perspective, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways


3.  Communicate concepts or ideas through application of design processes to 3-dimensional forms

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Investigate and reflect on how a particular concept or idea might be communicated in a 3-dimensional form
3.2.Select materials, tools and equipment relevant to the realisation of the concept or idea
3.3.Apply a creative design process to produce a range of 3-dimensional concept realisations
3.4.Reflect on own application of design process and success in communicating the concept or idea
3.5.Seek and obtain feedback from others about the 3-dimensional form and its success in communicating the concept or idea
3.6.Present and store concept realisations or samples in a format which takes account of the need for professional presentation and potential value for future work

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals who apply the creative design process to the development of 3-dimensional forms. The unit underpins many other specialised design units.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.  The mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach.

In Class activities may include:

  • Lectures
  • Guest Speakers
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Group discussion
  • Teacher directed group activities/projects
  • Workshopping of student projects
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Construction of models

Out of Class activities will include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Industry related excursions
  • Gallery/Exhibition visits

Self Directed Learning
Some activities will include a self directed learning approach; self directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments, field trips and work placements

Teaching Schedule


1Overview of course content and assessment requirements.  Presentation of project.1
2Indoor/Outdoor Living Presentation and spatial planning1, 2
3Introduction to Ergonomics Presentation and spatial planning1, 2
4Concept Presenation to teacher & peers1, 2,3
5Construction Details Presentation and preparation of drawings2,3
6Electrical & Plumbing Services Presentation and preparation of drawings2,3
7Preparation of plangs, elevations and perspective drawings2,3
8Complete final plans, elevations and perspective drawings2,3
9Kitchen Presenation 1 and spatial planning1,2,3
10Kitchen Presentation 2 and drawing plan1,2,3
11Model Making Presentation and drawing plan and elevations1,2,3
12Preparation of Kitchen model and drawings1,2,3
13Methods of Documentation Presentation and completion of model and drawings1,2,3
14Oral Presentation Techniques and confirmation of final layout, model and drawings1,2,3
15Final submission of all documentation including 5 minute Oral Presentation to teacher and peers1,2,3
16Review and re-submission 

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Mitton, M., 2012, Interior Design Visual Presentation: A guide to Graphics, Models and Presentation Techniques, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York


Ching, F., 2011, Building Construction Illustrated, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York


Ching, F., Binggeli, C., 2012, Interior Design Illustrated, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York


Panero, J. & Zelnik, M., 1979, Human Dimension & Interior Space: A Source Book of Design Reference Standards, 1st Edition, Whitney Library of Design an imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, New York


Other Resources

Students may be required to use some of the following materials in preparation of drawings and models for this course:

  • drawing pencils, pens and markers
  • scale ruler, metal ruler, adjustable set square
  • paper
  • clays and other plastic compounds (plasticene, plaster)
  • cutting tools (scissors, knives, blades)
  • fibres, tape, sting
  • foamcore, polystyrene
  • glue
  • recycled/found materials
  • measuring tools
  • wire
  • papers, cardboard and paper pulp
  • pliers
  • relevant and current hardware and software
  • wood, metal, fabric, plastic

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:
• production of a range of samples or concept realisations which show the creative application of the processes to 3-dimensional forms
• knowledge of the design process as it applies to 3-dimensional work.
Assessment must ensure:
• access to the materials resources and equipment needed to apply design processes to 3-dimensional forms.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

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 Task 1 - Major Project - Warehouse Residence Renovation
Your major project is to design a renovation of a converted warehouse shell from concept through to final working drawings. You will be required to research concept ideas, specify and implement furniture plans, complete joinery drawings and scale model of Kitchen and present all in mixed media presentation supported by an oral presentation.  There will be 4 separate components of this project that you will be graded on: 1. Visual Diary, 2. Warehouse Documentation, 3. Kitchen Documentation and Model, 4. Oral and Visual Presentation.  Submission Due Dates: Visual Diary (formative) - Week 4 & 14, Warehouse Documentation (formative) - Week 4 & 15, All other documentation (summative) is due Week 15.

RMIT Grade Table

CHD    Competent with High Distinction

CDI    Competent with Distinction

CC    Competent with Credit

CAG    Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC    Not Yet Competent


Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant course folder.

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 gain the competency.

Feedback - 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.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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