Course Title: Contemporary Furniture Design & Construction (Ergonomic)

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5111

Course Title: Contemporary Furniture Design & Construction (Ergonomic)

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 110.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Term1 2009

Course Contact: Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Course Description

In this course students develop an individual and innovative approach to designing and making an item of contemporary furniture specifically addressing ergonomics, such as a chair, and using timber as the basic material.

This course focuses on design and construction of prototypes of contemporary chairs.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre: BUIL 5377 and VART 5822C

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBA640 Contemporary Furniture Design & Construction (Ergonomic)

Learning Outcomes

1. Use ergonomic design principles in the development of a number of concepts for making a chair
2. Conduct design development, designing ergonomically for human usage.
3. Construct an ergonomically designed piece of contemporary furniture.
4. Upon completion of construction of the ergonomically designed item of contemporary furniture, evaluate the process

Overview of Assessment

• Brief: Describing market for piece
• Design folio of: Sketches and development work
• Production of item: completed furniture item
• Craftsmanship: assessed for structure, accuracy, finish, materials choices and quality control
• Self-Assessment: A written assessment of the finished piece