Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: VART6037C

Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Contact name                John Perperis

Phone                              99254819

Fax                                    99254826


Nominal Hours: 30

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 develop and extend skills as a practising designer.
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:

BSBDES403A Develop and extend design skills and practice


1.  Acquire and develop technical skills

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Plan strategies to ensure the development of appropriate technical skills in design practice
1.2. Plan and use opportunities to develop and assess technical skills
1.3. Identify and use practice, feedback, discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve technical skills
1.4. Develop and extend technical skills through testing capabilities of materials, tools and equipment
1.5. Identify and use relevant media to stimulate technical and professional development


2.  Develop conceptual skills and ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Engage in ongoing experimentation and exploration of different ideas and techniques
2.2. Discuss ideas with others and apply knowledge gained to inform own work
2.3. Use work practice to gain experience in a range of genres and interpretations
2.4. Study the work of others to stimulate conceptual and technical skills development
2.5. Research and share ideas across a range of design disciplines
2.6. Identify and use a range of opportunities to develop own skills and keep informed about current design practice


3.  Develop own voice

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Explore and experiment with new ideas in making and/or interpreting design work
3.2. Explore and use technology, where appropriate, to develop own voice and expand practice
3.3. Demonstrate own voice through design project realisation


4.  Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Seek and apply constructive criticism from others to improve own work
4.2. Evaluate own work against planned strategy for own practice
4.3. Evaluate own work in the context of work by others in order to extend own practice
4.4. Adjust work processes and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes


5.  Research work opportunities

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Correctly identify sources of information relating to work opportunities for designers
5.2. Identify networks and promotional opportunities for designers which may be helpful in developing career opportunities
5.3. Incorporate research results and information into own work and career planning

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to any individual who works as a designer in any industry context. Designers may work independently or be employed by an organisation.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilitated through particiation in a range of activies


Excursions / Site Visits

Audio visual presentations

Guest Speakers

Independant research - Self Directed Learning

Some activities will include a salfdirecded learning approach. Self -directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake indendendently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace  research, library assignmewnts, field work and work placement

Teaching Schedule

A detailed Weekly Schehule is available under the relevant Course Guide VART603C in Blackboard via My RMIT

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:
• development of own voice through exploring and experimenting with new ideas in making and/or interpreting work
• application of planned strategies to develop appropriate skills in design practice
• use of discussion and evaluation opportunities to inform and develop technical and conceptual skills.

Assessment Tasks

Attend  Exhibitions and any related events that interest you

Gather revelvant information for discussion in class

Visit design websites as covered in class and log on or register

Participate successfully in a class activities

Attend industry related events as specified following class discussion and agreement.

Complete successful letter using draft.

Complete successful resume using draft provided.

Complete a succeccessful interview and folio presentation.

Attend and take notes -guest speakers.

Demonstrate that a resource folder has been produced which contains evidence of progressive and continuous research into the design industry.

This includes exhibitions , seminars, mentor times, conferences and presentations.

Assessment Matrix

Please refer to relevant Course Guides VART603A in Blackboard via MyRMIT for futher details

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