Course Title: Interpret and respond to a brief

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5234

Course Title: Interpret and respond to a brief

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 15.0

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


340T Art


Term1 2012

Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret and respond to a brief through the production of public art works. The course is holistic in nature and focuses on the overall work process to meet the requirements of a brief and wherever work is prescribed by a commissioning agent/client.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief


1. Interpret the brief 

2. Develop and refine the design concept  

3. Liaise with client 

5. Complete the production of the work 

4. Plan the production of the work 

Learning Outcomes

As part of a series of studio based projects, you will learn how to interpret a brief, source information pertinent to the brief, and to respond to the brief within its parameters to produce a public art work. You will also gain skills in relevant documentation methods as well as a range of communication skills in relation to the client liaison process.

In this course, you learn through:
1.  In-class activities:

  • lectures
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • studio work
2. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • evaluation of design documentation and completed
  • work undertaken by the candidate
  • case studies to assess ability to adapt approaches
  • to different situations
  • questioning and discussion
  • written or verbal reports
  • review of portfolios of evidence
  • third party workplace reports of performance by the
  • candidate

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent.  Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.  
You will be assessed by a practical demonstration of skills and knowledge through the interpretation of and response to a brief to produce work which complies to the parameters of the brief.