Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6037C

Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

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 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

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminar presentations
• practical placement
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• guest lecture
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

WEEK  4The History of Interior Decoration 1 1.1 


 Industry Speaker Presented by Beautiful Rooms 1.2 1.3 2.3 

 Workshop Careers development and




 Industry Speaker 2.4 2.5 2.6



WEEK 8 Industry Speaker 1.5 
WEEK 9 Industry Speaker 1.4 


 Industry Speakers 1.3 






WEEK 12 Education Articulations

5 3 3.1



WEEK 13 Workshop Careers Development and Employment5.1 5.2 3  
WEEK 14Workshop  Careers Development and Employment  5  3 3.1  3.2 3.3 
WEEK 15 Interviews 5 5.1 5.2 5.3 





WEEK 16 Interviews4 4.1 4.2 4.3  Task1234

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design Students

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library privides guides on academic referencing

and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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

Task 1 Industry Speakers  Report   25%   formative    Due Week 4 &16

            Mentor Report / Interior Decorator Report  25%    Formative   Due Week 16

            Resume     25%  formative       Due Week 16

            Interviews   25%   Formative     Due Week 16

Assessment Matrix

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment
HD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Other Information

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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