Course Title: Atelier

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Atelier

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Juliette Anich

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You must have satisfactorily completed all of your first-year core courses before enrolling in Atelier To participate in this course it is expected that you can undertake self-directed design studio projects and associated technical knowledge and skills. Additionally you are to be confident in workshop environments and demonstrate some proficiency in using manual and automated fabrication equipment in order to undertake work safely and productively.

Course Description

Atelier provides you an opportunity to learn through undertaking practical and theoretical design projects that deal with questions of aesthetics, materiality and the design process as modes of cultural production. Situated in the trans-disciplinary intersections between design practice, art making, contemporary craft and social systems, this course places significant emphasis on the combination of traditional and emerging design methods and form and fabrication techniques. Each semester an expert in a particular field of design practice will offer an immersion into their modes of design activity, within which you will develop your own process of design exploration, refinement and prototyping.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Apply analytical, critical, creative and strategic thinking to industrial design problems and research within complex and unfamiliar contexts and concerns.
  • Articulate complex design ideas to diverse audiences through an advanced and adaptable repertoire of communication strategies and technologies.
  • Reflect on own learning and the efficacy of design decisions made, adapting to needs and issues as they arise, and continuously seeking improvement.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1) Apply specialist technical knowledge and skills.

2) Approach unfamiliar design processes with confidence, creativity and a willingness to connect theory to practice and vice versa.

3) Articulate your design ideas in a range of mediums.

4) Reflect on your learning to inform future actions.

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format, you will actively learn through a variety of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course immerses you into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices through doing design projects. These projects involve a range of planned learning experiences including: individual and group problem solving; sketch ideation and the iterative development of design concepts; prototyping for the purpose of further refining propositions; realizing material design artefacts within workshop environments: and, presenting and reporting on individual and collective learning. The design studio format gives you the opportunity to explore and apply social, contextual , technical, and theoretical design issues in depth and through a variety of approaches, principles, real and simulated situations, and practical constraints.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

To effectively participate in coursework, either on or away from campus, you are advised to obtain (as a minimum) the following:

  • Drawing Supplies including visual diaries, pens, pencils, markers and ancillary products and consumables.
  • Personal Protective Equipment including protective eye-wear, ear plugs, a dust jacket, and closed toe safety shoes
  • Prototyping Supplies including a 150mm steel ruler, a high quality craft knife and ancillary products, materials and consumables.
  • Design and Documentation Equipment including a personal computer of an appropriate specification, course specific software, a digital camera and a mobile phone.

    When on campus you will have access to and will utilise the School of Design workshop facilities, specialist computer labs and software, and 2D and 3D printing facilities.

    Course specific resources such as readings, reference lists, access to specialist software, video demonstrations and class notes will be provided online.

    There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.   Assessment Tasks   Assessment Task 1: Appreciation, 10%, CLO1 Assessment Task 2: Inquiry, 20%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 Assessment Task 3: Project 30%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 Assessment Task 4: Documentation 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4   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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.