Course Title: Technology 4 (Furniture Design)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Technology 4 (Furniture Design)

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 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
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 2384

Course Description

Technology 4 (Furniture Design) is concerned with introducing you to the broad range of technological contexts and practices involved in furniture design. A focus is given to the role that you play in constructing their own relationships with technology. You will explore two contexts of technology in the course in practical sense and will be exposed to a diverse range of technologies used in the design and manufacture of products.
The focus of this course is to apply the theory of sustainable manufacture to real world problems. There is an emphasis on the use of new and emerging materials and the effective use of production flow to ensure savings and to eliminate waste.

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 collaborative team and as an independent designer.
• Apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to your practice of furniture design.
• Identify and combine principles and concepts in art and design, the craft of making, the technology 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.
• Present and communicate furniture prototypes for sustainable futures which consider the professional and ethical practice of furniture design in a global societal cultural context.
• Apply initiative and judgement in exploration in, planning of, problem solving and decision making in your work.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Explore and investigate advanced and/or alternative materials and processes for furniture production.
• Establish limits and goals of material and process testing.
• Clearly catalogue and document materials and technological aspects of furniture production.
• Justify the use of technological processes and materials.
• Develop new propositions for contemporary furniture.
• Produce components and construct prototypes in ways that creatively challenge and champion sustainable design.
• Review outcomes and reflect on learning and achievements, as well as those of peers.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research. You will be investigating technologies, materials and processes as well as applying this knowledge to propose and realise new design outcomes.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

You will be expected to have your own personal protective equipment.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. 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.
Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.
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: