Course Title: Future Design Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Future Design Practice

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Marius Foley

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Designing value: with people, through practice

In this course you will explore how designers engage with many different types of people to identify, create and communicate increased value and human capital in contemporary economies.

You will learn skills and techniques of engaging with people—framed as end users, communities, stakeholders, clients or partners—in new contexts; including business, government and social sectors.

The course focuses on a mix of case study and project work, to extend your existing design practice and prepare you for working with diverse stakeholders in a range of disciplines.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See 'Learning Outcomes'.

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


Program Learning Outcomes: 

1. Professionally communicate propositions, processes, and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

2 .Critically discuss how design creates increased value and human capital in contemporary economies.

3. Investigate and apply human centred methodologies to create competitive and sustainable design strategies for a global market.

4. Creatively respond through design to situations from fields other than your own

5. Critically reflect on the way design builds engagement with different stakeholders in a design project.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of online activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, discussion, individual and group activities.

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, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and 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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

This course is structured in three sections (modules):

  1. Understanding the Client (LO 1, 4) 25%

  2. Co-Designing Engagement (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) 50%

  3. Extending Your Practice (LO 1, 5)  25%