Course Title: Design Process

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Process

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 2 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

GRAP 2377 & GRAP 2375

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s courses before enrolling in a course.
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Course Description

Design Process stimulates student exploration of design processes through studio-based design projects encouraging creative conceptual thinking and experimentation. Through the projects you will acquire a repertoire of design skills and knowledge necessary to undertake design work from conception through to realisation.
This course aims to expand your understandings and articulation of core principles of Furniture Design activity. The focus will be on design processes: research, creative thinking, conceptualisation, problem solving, the articulation and realisation of ideas (design) through multiple mediums. Key to this is to enable your with a level of autonomy and self-discipline, and the capacity to work productively and creatively with others.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Explore materials and modern manufacturing methods to develop concepts to proposal or prototype for both local and international corporate or individual clients
• Design and realise innovative and novel furniture products as part of a collaborative team and as an independent designer
• Identify and combine principles and concepts in art and design, the craft of making, the technologies of creation and manufacture together with ergonomic factors to develop furniture solutions to complex and varied problems
• Evaluate your own work, ideas and concepts, including self, peer and industry critique
• 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 with
• Apply initiative and judgment in exploration in, planning of, problem solving and decision making in your work

Upon successful completion of this course, you should have an understanding of:
• Analyse relevant information on product needs and terms of a brief.
• Imaginatively generate options.
• Illustrate ideas to convey concepts to others.
• Review and evaluate ideas against an original brief or inspiration.
• Generate new ideas, enhance or combine ideas to improve concepts from the original brief and/or inspirational information

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:
• Studio based discussion and development of design ideas with teachers and peers.
• Topic specific seminars; space to introduce, explore and extend key course topics, theories and design projects.
• Group-based learning; group discussion, collaborative projects and peer critique.
• Presentations; the communication of your ideas to peers and teachers.

Negotiated learning – during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer.
You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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

Overview of Assessment

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

All students in this course are required to submit a portfolio of works that includes evidence of all of the work undertaken in the course, including representations or copies of any project proposal, culmination or 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 Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: