Course Title: Communication 1 (Furniture Design)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication 1 (Furniture Design)

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021


City Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Julian Pratt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 71.02.02

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to the practice, theories and principles of digital and hand visual literacy of design communication.

Design Sketching
You will explore the techniques used to produce form and narrative in sketching. Emphasis is given to learning and understanding how various visual elements combine together on a page to communicate the intended message as a creative professional. You will discribe 3 dimensional forms on a 2 dimensional surface with dynamic and expresses lie work.

Digital Documentation
The principles and practices of digital documentation will also be introduced and critically reviewed. Computer Aided Furniture Design introduces the use of 2 dimensional technical drawing and 3 dimensional modelling software programs to design practice.
Its emphasis is on the use of these software programs to refine design propositions and to encourage creativity in the use of the software commands and functions in producing design documentation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Articulate and transmit design ideas and details through a variety of methods and technologies to be able to present design outcomes for others to understand and engage in

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Construct objects in 3D space using drawing conventions both manually and digitally.
• Create a sense of proportion, depth, composition, contrast and visual balance in drawing, creative sketching and digital or virtual models.
• Use freehand sketching skills to communicate ideas and concepts in 3 dimensions on a 2 dimensional surface.
• Effectively use Computers and CAD software to communicate basic design outcome technical information for others to understand and use.
• Creatively use software to manipulate design information to produce innovative outcomes

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities:
The majority of learning will be undertaken through applying techniques and methods to set tasks to produce drawings and 3 dimensional digital models of furniture components and details.

Exploring, practicing and applying learnt techniques to develop design documentation methods and outputs to clearly communicate design intent and ideas generation

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Students will be provided access to current software packages used in this course to use outside schedule classes. Online tutorials are provided to backup learning program.

The University Library has extensive resources for Furniture Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Tristan Badham (


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

You will be required to present a portfolio of works (both digital and paper based) undertaken during the course which will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of presenting design ideas and outcomes. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: