Course Title: Material and Spatial Communication: An introduction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Material and Spatial Communication: An introduction

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Leslie Eastman

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

Course Description

This course introduces you to a range of communication techniques and processes relevant to Interior Design practice including: photography, model making, film making, drawing, mapping and diagramming, digital and physical compositing and exhibition development.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Communicate your ideas and designs verbally, visually and textually through a range of media to your peers as well as professional, academic and public audiences.
• Use technology as an intrinsic part of the design process and have the ability to identify relevant techniques, skills, materials and technologies for specific designs.

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

1. Discriminately apply a range of communication techniques and strategies applicable to contemporary Interior Design practice.
2. Distinguish and critically apply communication mediums and processes relevant to specific project briefs and design agendas.
3. Assess and extend communication techniques, technologies and media to creatively inform your design thinking.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities. In-class activities will include lectures, presentations, group and individual tutorials, group discussions, peer-to-peer critiques, student presentations and studio workshops. Other activities may include excursions to exhibitions and site visits.

All forms of practice-led inquiry are concerned with production as a way of working through design issues.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will identify the learning resources specific to your own interests in conjunction with your tutors. These may include readings, critical study of precedents, and further refinement of the communication, workshop, and other skills that you have acquired in the previous levels of the course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

It is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Detailed references and ongoing updated information will be made available to students in the myRMIT Canvas site


Detailed references and ongoing updated information will be made available to students in the myRMIT Canvas site

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. The evidence for your learning outcomes will be in the design projects you present through a variety of visual and verbal means.

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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Coursework Submission - Work Record Part 1 - 30%

Online journal of communication artefacts across drawing, modelling, temporal media and photography.

Assessment 2 - Coursework Submission - Work Record Part 2 - 30%

Online journal of communication artefacts across drawing, temporal media, collage and diagrams.

Assessment 3 - Presentation - Design Presentation Folio - 40%

Folio using a relevant selection of communication artefacts to detail design process and development of a concept.

Refer to myRMIT Canvas for detailed briefs and assessment criteria.

Grading information:
RMIT grading information can be found here: exams/results/grading-information