Course Title: Design Studio 4 (Furniture Design)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studio 4 (Furniture Design)

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


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,
Sem 2 2023

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 requisite - required prior study - GRAP2380 and GRAP2376. Students are expected to have completed the specified study and will be directed to amend their enrolment if course requisite requirements are not met.


Course Description

Design Studio 4 course is the further iteration of the design process through accumulated knowledge gathered from Design Studio 3.
Design Studio 4 course is based on developing a project that brings together a wide range of knowledge and skills that students have learnt through the first part of the undergraduate program, and applying and expanding on these through the development of a design project proposal.
The focus of this course is the creation of a piece of furniture ready for retail following the testing of a prototype.

This is the Capstone and WIL designated course for the Associate Degree in Design (Furniture Design) program and as such, students have the opportunity work in partnership with an industry partner, an industrial technologist and/or other furniture designers.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development





This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) of the ADxxx Associate Degree in xxxxxx In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) of the AD007 Associate Degree in Design (Furniture Design):

1. Explore materials and modern manufacturing methods to develop concepts to proposal or prototype for both local and international corporate or individual clients.
2. Design and realise innovative and novel furniture products as part of a collaborative team and as an independent designer.
3. Apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to your practice of furniture design.
4. 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.
5. Evaluate your own work, ideas and concepts, including self, peer and industry critique.
6. 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.
7. Present and communicate furniture prototypes for sustainable futures which consider the professional and ethical practice of furniture design in a global societal cultural context.
8. Apply initiative and judgment in exploration in, planning of, problem solving and decision making in your work.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1 Respond to market needs and wants and develop creative concept series to a set Target Market.
2 Plan, organise and manage own design development process to Proto-type stage.
3 Propose a sustainable concept through bringing together the design process, principals and theories in design and manufacturing methods suitable for a limited run production.
4 Fully document technical production and visual information for presentation to a client.
5 Calculate the wholesale cost of designed furniture item.
6 Produce an industry presentable prototype and marketing material for a public and industry launch exhibition.
7 Reflect, justify and communicate the outcome of overall design process.


Overview of Learning Activities

The overall project within this course is set as the Capstone project for the Associate Degree in Design (Furniture Design) program.

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:
Identifying market opportunities in Australia or internationally.
Develop a new proposal in association with industry, either directly or as sub-contractors. This allows for practical industry feedback on the commercial viability of a product.
Investigate viable and sustainable material and manufacturing solutions.
Promote and exhibit the new proposal to peers, public and industry to receive feedback as well as practice the promotional aspect of the design profession.
Negotiated learning; during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided will be provided by your lecturer including books, references and web sources.
Student learning resources available include access to computer laboratories, relevant software and access to workshop equipment and facilities.
You will also be required to purchase design studio equipment to participate in coursework and expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Online learning tools and content
 As a student in this program, you can access online learning tools and resources for your program and associated courses from the RMIT student website.

RMIT will provide you with specific course materials for learning through our online system (Canvas). The course and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library
The library provides guides on academic referencing along with specific subject guides. 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 also provides a variety of resources including databases, e-journals, e-books and websites. You can find more information on Library services at: 


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.
Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester and feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment 1 - Studio - Concept Design outcome 25%     
Mapped to CLO 1, 3 & 4, Individual

Assessment 2 - Studio - Design Documentation 25%
Mapped to CLO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Individual

Assessment 3 - Workshop - Part 1: Exploration 10%     
Mapped to CLO 5, 6 & 7, Individual

Assessment 4 - Workshop - Part 2: Preproduction 12%
Mapped to CLO 5, 4, 6, Individual

Assessment 5 - Workshop - Part 3: Trial and Reflect 10%     
Mapped to CLO 6 & 7, Individual

Assessment 6 - Workshop - Part 4: Prototype 18%
Mapped to CLO 4, 6, Individual