Course Title: Design a product(s) from a brief

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5233

Course Title: Design a product(s) from a brief

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 144.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Course Contact: Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop a product from a brief to meet a specified need through the exploration and application of a range of advanced techniques and media. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU044 Design a product(s) from a brief


1.  Interpret the product design brief

2.  Research relevant technology and background information

3.  Experiment with and assess tools, techniques and materials

4.  Develop a range of innovative solutions and ideas

5.  Plan design process

6.  Produce visuals for presentation

7.  Realise product design

Learning Outcomes

The application of this unit in the workplace sees an individual designer producing a product(s) from a brief. The designer would use a wide range of tools, equipment and materials and the concepts developed would convey strong conceptual and theoretical development. This work would usually be carried out independently although guidance would be available if required.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to realise the outcomes described in the Elements
to the required level detailed in the Performance Criteria.

The ability to design a product(s) from a brief to meet a specified need and which:
   • demonstrates a command of selected advanced methodologies, techniques, tools and materials and which are consistent with the design
   • demonstrates a sound knowledge of the design process
   • demonstrates effective presentation skills
   • demonstrates project planning skills
   • demonstrates an understanding of and knowledge of the requirements of a brief
The essential knowledge and skills must be assessed as part of the unit.