Course Title: Develop self as a furniture designer

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5252

Course Title: Develop self as a furniture designer

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 72.0

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 specifies the outcome required to develop self as a furniture designer technically, professionally and artistically through research and reflection.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

LMFFDT5004A Develop self as a furniture designer


1.  Critically analyse and evaluate products and images for visual aesthetics

2.  Use a visual language in own work

3.  Critically analyse social and ethical issues in contemporary society affecting furniture design

4.  Recognise historical context of furniture products

5.  Critically analyse and recognise the impact of art and design movements on the development of products

6.  Identify technical skills needs to improve own practice of designing products

7.  Establish networks with other furniture designers, makers and other design professionals

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in the wide variety of furniture design and making operations. The competency applies to a custom furniture business or design support environment and involves application of skills and knowledge at a Diploma level. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the individual’s job and authority.

This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise, problem solving, self management and learning in order to reflect on own skills and identify and act on opportunities for improvement. Teamwork and communication skills are applied when working with others in the design process and expressing ideas.

Overview of Assessment

Report on design principles and elements for at least three other furniture designer’s product

Produce a documented folio of own work

Identify visual language in own work and further develop this through subsequent projects

Document ethical issues in design, manufacture and society in accordance with enterprise practice

Identify and document art and design movements elements and historical context in own product

Identify and document personal skills needs, including:

   -  conduct and document a needs analysis on required design skills

   -  prepare and produce a training plan and career map

   -  establish and maintain networks with other design professionals

Work effectively with others

Modify activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment