Course Title: Design Studio 3 - Systems of Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studio 3 - Systems of Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022

Course Coordinator: Ken Rabin

Course Coordinator Phone: +84 348504298

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS; RMIT Vietnam

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 Design Studio 2: Elements & Principles of Design

Course Description

In this course you will explore how design is often governed by various systems; many of which are derived from nature. Examples of systems that affect design composition and organisation include; grids, scale, proportion, golden mean, Fibonacci series, etc.

Over the semester you will be introduced to such Systems of Design and be asked to undertake assessable studies that require applying certain systems to better understand their importance and relevance to any traditional or dynamic Design disciplines.

This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in Design Studio 2 and Design & Computing 2. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will develop an awareness of, and familiarity with:

  • 2D and 3D organisational principles such as the golden mean, Fibonacci series and system-based repeating and nonrepeating geometries as tiles, flame fractals, L-systems, Julie sets and Mandelbrot sets.
  • The role that systems play in 2D, 3D and time-based art and design.
  • The role that systems play in the creative process.

This course supports your development in these program learning outcomes:

Exercise critical thinking and judgment when evaluating products, outputs and outcomes of design activity in multiple disciplines in a range of media.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:

  • Studio based discussion and development of design ideas with teachers and peers.
  • Topic specific seminars; space to introduce, explore and extend key course topics, theories and design projects.
  • Group-based learning; group discussion, collaborative projects and peer critique.
  • Presentations; the communication of your ideas to peers and teachers.
  • Negotiated learning – during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on an evaluation of your development of knowledge relating to systems of design studied in the course. Assignments are:

Project Milestone 1       20%

Project Milestone 2       50%

Project Milestone 3       30%