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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: GRAP5303C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Lyon

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9126

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use equipment and materials that creatively explore design processes and outcomes for 3 dimensional (3D) forms.

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

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

Your 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.

In class activities will include:
• lectures
• brain storming and group discussion
• online and library research
• market research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• demonstration and application of OHS rules
• demonstration of a range of techniques
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• analysis/critique of own and peer group design solutions

Out of class activities will include:
• Exhibitions

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule
Please note: There will be 2 versions of 3D design process; one in a flat clasroom and 1 in a 3D Workshop, the later orientated to those students following a 3Dimensional pathway.

Both versions cover the competencies for this course

Your teacher will cover most materials involved in the flat classroom and wokshop practices. Those explained in the following schedule relate to the flat clasroom.
The weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and
availability of speakers and resources.

WeekLearning activitiesLearning Elements

3 D Design Process

Introduce 3D Design process

Formative task

Task 1: Relief paper constrcution (iday activity)


Formative Task 2: Pop up card

Source and plan


Formative Task 2: Pop up card

Experimentation ans construction



Construction of Pop up card continues

3D Formative Task 1 and 2 due for review and feedback


3 D Design Process

Introduction of Summative Project1

Lofty Towers

Develop ways of construction

6Review Week 
7Submit Task 21,2

Project 1

Continue construction of Tower


Project 1

Continue construction of Tower


Project 1

Resolve and describe the design process for "tower" Project open assessment and clas review

  Mid Semester break 

Sumbit Project 1

Introduce Project2

Design a character in 3D and use it to brand a product
Resolve and present


Project 2

3D character construction
Source information and make mock ups of character

13Project 2
Experiment ways of construction

Project 2
Assemble and construct appropriately

Building 94

15Review week1,2,3

Public Holiday no class



Project 2

Resolve and present character complete with scaned images and branding


Submit all outstanding 3D construction


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course


You are advised to look at the course my RMIT site for ongoing updated

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and
relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources at RMIT.

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 practical tasks and practical projects.

Assessment tasks are:

1. Project 1 40%

2. Project 2 30%

3. Project 3 30%

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


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.
The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Certificate 4 in Design will undertake the following:

Student have the opportunity to work in the 3D workshop or a studio flat classroom
1 X practical Formative task and OHS
2 X Summative Projects

Research and realise creative ideas using 3 Dimensional skills and applications
Due week 7

Project 1
Research, realise and explore 3 Dimensional skills and techniques to create products suitable for the market place
Due week 11

Project 2
Explore design processes, research, realization and production using appropriate materials skills, techniques and applications and evaluate design solutions and presentation.
Due week 17

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency- based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

CHDCompetency with High distinction
CDICompetency with Distinction
CCCompetency with Credit
CAGCompetency achieved
NYCNot Yet Competent


The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with
the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course
contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students 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.
Student feedback at RMIT
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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
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

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