Course Title: Interior Design Research Major Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Research Major Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: James Carey

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.01

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Interior Design Research Project Proposal ARCH1123 and Interior Design Research Strategies ARCH1435 before you commence this course.

Alternatively 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 capstone course involves the completion of the Interior Design Major Project - a self-directed major design project developed out of the research undertaken in Interior Design Research Project Proposal ARCH1123. It will enable you to demonstrate excellence in design, through the application of design knowledge, technical knowledge, theory and communication skills in the creation and presentation of an Interior Design Research Major Project.

It will provide you with the opportunity to apply and refine the knowledge and capabilities that you have acquired during all levels of the program and to demonstrate that you are ready to graduate.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

• Work in diverse contexts and be able to identify and address complex design problems with initiative and advanced knowledge to produce innovative interior design outcomes.
• Conceptualise and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
• 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.
• Reflect, analyse, synthesise, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
• Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
• 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.
• Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.
• Enter professional practice and/or postgraduate study with the ability and confidence to execute a project and/or piece of research with some independence, to collaborate with others, to contribute new understandings, to listen and continue to learn.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify a topic of investigation and independently plan and design a research inquiry into that topic.
2. Select and apply strategies, practices and ways of working independently through design and practice based design research.
3. Communicate a design project to a professional level via verbal and visual mediums to a panel of design critics / assessors.
4. Implement effective time management in the context of developing a design project.
5. Critically reflect upon your learning and propose how this research project informs your future professional practice or study path

Overview of Learning Activities

In response to your Interior Design Research Project Proposal you will develop and refine the your final Research Major Project. You should demonstrate your ability to use design as a tool for exploring ideas and formulating an argument as well as resolving problems, remembering that your final design should be a vehicle for the discussion and demonstration of your research ideas rather than a mere response to a given problem. As your project develops it should demonstrate appropriate and relevant use of technology and communication.

At the final presentation, your design project will be assessed by a panel of academics and invited critics. You will explain your area of interest, the framework and brief and discuss the kind of interior you have produced with the panel. You need to articulate your project both verbally and visually, demonstrating your competence with the communication techniques relevant to the discipline.

Overview of 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

Other Resources

Library Resources
The Library offers extensive resources and study support services for Interior Design students. These include:
• Subject guides tailored to your studies:
• Help with referencing, planning assignments and study support:
• Chat service Ask The Library and online study resources:

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.

Assessment Tasks:

Over the semester you will make two interim presentations prior to your third final presentation (assessment 1) and will receive formative feedback on your progress.

Assessment 1 - Research Major Project Final Presentation - 100%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLO 1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

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.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - Research Major Project Final Presentation - 100%

At the end of this year-long undertaking, you will have identified a motivation for interior design and developed an individual way of practicing demonstrated through a Research Major Project.

For the final presentation, it is required you present a resolved and comprehensive Research Major Project which demonstrates an in-depth focus on an interior design topic through exploration, innovation and technology and which importantly responds to the research question and framework established.

In this presentation, discuss how the research addresses contemporary issues and situations relative to interior design. You should be able to position the project in relation to social, cultural, environmental or technological concerns pertinent to contemporary circumstances.


A printed and bound copy of your research book should be provided for the panel’s information prior to the final presentation.

An edited version of your project presentation must be installed in the INDEX exhibition for final moderation as directed. This should include a photograph of your entire final presentation and display for reference

Work must be a pass grade or above to be included into the public graduation exhibition, INDEX.

Refer to myRMIT Canvas for detailed briefs and assessment criteria.