Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

John Perperis

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
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 arange of activies


Excursions/ Site Visits

Audio Visual presentations

Guest Speakers

Independant research

Self- Directed Learning- Some activities will include a self- directed learning approach;

self- directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently,

either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a taecher. This may include

workplace research, library assignments. Field trips and work placements

Teaching Schedule

A detailed weekly schedule is available under the relevant Course Guides VART603C

in Blackboard via MY RMIT

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Pile John F, 2007 4th Ed , Interior Design , Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall


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 Exhibition 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 succssful interview and folio presentation
  • Attend and take notes - guest speakers

Demonstrate that a resource folder has been produced which contatins evidence of progresive and continuous research into the design industry.  This includes exhibitions, seminars, mentor times, conferences and presentations

Assessment Matrix

For assessment matrix, refer to the "Blackboard" link located in myRMIT". This file is the "assessment" folder in the relevant course folder

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall


CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved – Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for Assessment

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.

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:
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism

Work not seen in progress:
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

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